Malik Obama Running for Kenya Governorship

Amusing in light of the birther nonsense:Obama half brother Malik seeks Kenya governor's office.


Amusing in light of the birther nonsense:

POLITICO (“Obama half brother Malik seeks Kenya governor’s office“):

President Barack Obama’s half brother is following his younger sibling into politics.

Malik Obama, 54, is running for the governorship of Siaya, a county in western Kenya, as an independent candidate. Bloomberg reports Malik Obama made the announcement Sunday, telling a crowd he would use his relationship with the U.S. president to address poverty and unemployment.

“Siaya county is facing a lot of problems from poor infrastructure to poverty due to bad leadership,” Malik Obama said. “I will change this if elected.”

Siaya is home to 842,000 people and has a poverty rate of 35.3 percent. Malik Obama and the president have the same father.

Kenya’s elections are scheduled for March, and Malik Obama is likely to face the brother of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the election, according to Bloomberg.

This would be funnier if he were running against Mitt Romney’s half brother.

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  1. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    I hear rumors this guy was actually born in Hawaii, not Kenya. We need to see his REAL birth certificate to make certain he’s qualified to run for that office.

  2. mattb says:

    Credit where credit is due. @Jenos Idanian #13 that caused me to smile.

  3. bandit says:

    He’s running on the ‘Failure and Food Stamps’ platform.

  4. Rob in CT says:

    Is he running on the Anti-Colonialist ticket?

  5. anjin-san says:

    @ mattb

    Yes, Jenos actually said something clever. Now I’m going to Skype Mr. Spock and see if he is sporting a beard.

  6. Nikki says:

    @anjin-san: Christ, that I know the reference means that I watched way too much Star Trek.

  7. Rick Almeida says:

    WND will soon publish incontrovertible evidence that Malik and Barack Obama are in fact the same person, a person who who might just be Saul Alinsky and/or Malcolm X’s love child.

  8. Vast Variety says:

    @Nikki: There is no such thing as watching too much TOS.

  9. anjin-san says:

    @ Nikki

    If you know what “rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock” is, it’s probably too late for you…

  10. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @anjin-san: Spock refutes paper. Lizard poisons Spock.

  11. anjin-san says:

    Sorry Jenos, you are still some geek from Bajor. Or a pre-Bernadette Wolowitz. Not sure which.

  12. Nikki says:

    @anjin-san: Dammit, my descent into geekdom is complete.

  13. anjin-san says:


    No worries. Geek is sheik….