Sen. Barack Obama with Raila Odinga
NAIROBI, Kenya – WND author and staff writer Jerome Corsi has arrived in the Kenyan capital to investigate Sen. Barack Obama’s ties to the prime minister, Raila Odinga, who was appointed to the position to stop a wave of violence by Muslim supporters.
Corsi came at the invitation of Christian missionaries who contend the rise of Islam in the African nation has been spurred by an agreement Odinga signed with Muslim leaders in an effort to win the presidency last December. Odinga lost but now shares power with the Kenyan president to appease Islamic leaders.
Corsi’s highly critical book examining Obama’s career, “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” remains on the New York Times best-seller list after its publication Aug. 1. The book was No. 1 on the list for four straight weeks after its launch.
Corsi plans to file daily dispatches from Kenya for the next week.
In a chapter of “The Obama Nation” titled “Kenya, Odinga, Communism, and Islam,” Corsi says Obama supported the candidacy of Odinga, a Luo tribesman like Obama’s father, in the 2007 Kenyan presidential election, opposing current president Mwai Kibaki, a member of Kenya’s largest tribe, the Kikuyu.
WND previously reported a segment by Chicago’s WBBM-TV that documented Obama attacking Kibaki with critical comments during a 2006 Senate “fact-finding trip” to Kenya.
The WBBM news team interviewed on camera Kenyan government spokesman Alfred Matua, who accused Obama of meddling inappropriately in Kenyan politics.
Matua said politely but pointedly, “I think Obama has to look at critically where he is receiving his advice from. Just because somebody somewhere wants to run for president, and he is using Senator Obama as his stooge, as his puppet, to be able to get where he wants to get.”
Odinga continued to consult with Obama by telephone, even in January 2008, while the senator was campaigning in the New Hampshire primary.
Odinga, as prime minister, shares the position of Kenyan head-of-state with Kibaki, who retains the title of president.
Corsi also plans to utilize contacts in Kenya and the Kenyan media to set up a private meeting with Obama’s “lost brother,” George Hussein Onyango Obama, who was featured in a London Telegraph story.
George Obama said he lives on $12 a year in a six-by-nine-foot shack in the shantytown of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi, according to the Italian edition of Vanity Fair.
Obama met his brother on two trips to Africa, according to the Telegraph, including during the Illinois Democrat’s 2006 fact-finding tour. Corsi said he is carrying a $1,000 check for George Obama from WND founder and CEO Joseph Farah.
The Telegraph reported George Obama is a half-brother to the senator, who shares the same father. George, according to the paper, was born to a woman named Jael.
Corsi reports in “The Obama Nation” that Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was a polygamist.
Sayid Obama, the senior Barack Obama’s brother, told Corsi in a telephone interview reported in “The Obama Nation” that the Obama family did not know for certain how many wives and children Barack Sr. had.
A report published in Thaindian News reported George Obama was into “all sorts of vices” and “has tried all the drugs you can imagine.”
In Sen. Obama’s autobiography “Dreams from My Father,” he writes of meeting his brother George in Kenya, saying, “And I took comfort in the fact that perhaps one day, when he was older, George, too, might want to know who his father had been, and who his brothers and sisters were, and that if he ever came to me I would be there for him, to tell him the story I knew.”