After a few days of 15-hour workdays, we were all half brain dead. One of those encounters happened on the last day. I saw a black woman waving a Kenyan flag in the crowd, and I asked: Is that the flag of Zimbabwe? No, it’s Kenya’s. “Oh, Kenya! That’s where President Obama is from!”
For some reason I really believed for a brief moment that he was born in Kenya. He was born in Kenya, right? Even Trump confirmed it. All those racists saying that you can’t be president if you are foreign born… uh wait..was I joking about birthers and then spaced out and fell into my own joke or was I lost from the beginning?
In any case Kenyans must be pretty proud of this achievement. He’s the son of a Kenyan national? That’s as close as you can get to Kenya while still remaining eligible for public office!
I don’t know how much Kenyans have claimed it, but if Obama was the child of a Korean person, there’s no way Koreans would have let that pass. Of course they would ignore him along the way, but the moment he’s elected everyone in Korea would open their windows and shout “All hail the Korean president of the USA!” and every interview wiith a celebrity instead of “Do you know Gangnam Style” would be “Do you know Barack Hussein Park?” – just like they have done with every drop Korean abroad who became famous, rich, or both.