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Originally published 3.16.09
by Askia Muhammad, Final Call Senior Correspondent
Could President Barack Hussein Obamaâ€™s â€œhistorical memoryâ€â€”inherited from his paternal grandfather Hussein Onyango Obamaâ€”of the brutal British suppression of the Kenyan independence movement in the 1950s affect the â€œspecial relationshipâ€ between the United States and Americaâ€™s long time ally, the United Kingdom?
But what if his grandfather had been Palestinian? Would Mr. Obama ever have been able to become President in the first place? I doubt it very seriously.
After reporting on the barbaric torture inflicted on Hussein Onyango Obama in a Dec. 3, 2008 article published online by The Times of London, writer Ben Macintyre says that the first African American Presidentâ€™s views towards the United Kingdom just might be different from those of the previous 43 White U.S. presidents.
â€œBarack Obamaâ€™s grandfather was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the British during the violent struggle for Kenyan independence,â€ Mr. Macintyre and co-author Paul Orengoh reported. â€œHe was arrested in 1949 and jailed for two years in a high-security prison where, according to his family, he was subjected to horrific violence to extract information about the growing insurgency,â€ they wrote.
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