September 22, 2008

NOT A PARODY:

Ululations for Obama across the globe (Kent Ewing, 9/23/08, Asia Times)

If Democratic Senator Barack Obama becomes the first African-American president of the United States, anyone living within a block of my family in this city is in for a shock: unbridled ululations.

My neighbors have learned to ignore Hong Kong's daily noise barrage - the sirens, the jackhammers the car horns and the collective volubility of a population of nearly 7 million people who love life and the pursuit of money - but ululations of joy, as in long and loud emotional utterances, may stop them in their tracks.

This rapturous wailing will come from my Kenyan wife, who happens to be from the same tribe (the Luo) as the African side of Obama's family. In fact, she hails from the same village as the Illinois senator's father. So don't even bother to ask whom she favors in November 4 election. Blood and tribe are thicker than water and nation.


So a vote for Mr. Obama is a vote for tribalism, eh?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2008 1:20 PM
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