Obama’s Muslim grandmother among Mecca pilgrims
Saudi King Paid For Obama's Muslim granny to go to Hajj
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Sarah Obama, US President Barack Obama’s 87-year-old Kenyan grandmother, has arrived in Mecca to perform the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj, the Saudi daily Okaz reported Wednesday.
Sarah Obama, one of her grandchildren and 10 people from her village in Kenya made the pilgrimage at the invitation of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah, the newspaper reported.
The Saudi monarch invites Muslims from around the world to make the pilgrimage at his expense each year.
Among his nearly 3,000 guests this year, almost 2,000 are relatives of Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Also, according to the (Italian/Arabic) Adnkronos International (AKI), the Saudi newspaper also reports:
Sarah Obama, 87, is being accompanied by a nephew and Obama’s cousin, Omran.
Well, it looks like Mr. Obama’s bow to the Saudi king has paid off.
Oh, and never mind that he did the same thing for the relatives of Palestinian terrorists.
Aren’t there laws about the President’s family members accepting gifts – especially from foreign governments? Didn’t Billy Carter catch a lot of flack about some Libyan ‘favors.’
By the way, when did Mrs. Obama convert?
Back when it was convenient, she said she was a Christian.
Obama’s grandma slams ‘untruths’
By Katharine Houreld, Associated Press
March 5, 2008
KOGELO, Kenya — American shock jocks, dirty tricks masterminds and political bloggers: Beware the wrath of an 86-year-old Kenyan villager.
A frown replaces the dimpled beam of Sarah Hussein Obama, grandmother of U.S. senator Barack Obama, when asked on Wednesday about recent attacks on her grandson that include the spreading of rumors that he is secretly a Muslim and the repeated use of his middle name — Hussein — by a radio host at rally of the Republican presidential candidate.
"Untruths are told that don’t have anything to do with what Barack is about," she said in the local Luo language, her gray hair smoothed neatly under a headwrap. "I am very against it." …
In recent weeks, two Clinton volunteers in the state of Iowa resigned after forwarding false e-mails falsely saying he was a Muslim and a threat to national security. Matt Drudge, who publishes the political blog the Drudge Report, said that he was e-mailed a widely circulated picture of Obama in a turban and robe by the Clinton campaign.
"Bringing such pictures that are trying to imply that not only is he a foreigner, he is a Muslim is wrong, because that is not what he is," scolded Sarah Obama…
Obama’s grandfather had converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism and taken the name Hussein, Sarah Obama said, but his children had inherited only the name, not the religion. Each person should be able to choose how they worshipped, she said.
"In the world of today, children have different religions from their parents," she said. She, too, is a Christian…
But that was then and this is now.
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