Obama’s Kenyan grandmother plans to attend her grandson’s inauguration in January
Having lost his maternal grandmother to cancer just one day before becoming the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama will get to see his paternal Kenyan grandmother, Sarah Obama, who is planning to come over to Washington for Obama’s inauguration in January of next year. She also says she will bring Barack’s favourite traditional Kenyan food to the ceremony, which is just so grandmotherly.
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's 86-year-old grandmother, Sarah Obama, said she will attend her grandson's presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington early next year.
Speaking to journalists after the Democratic presidential candidate won the historic elections, Sarah said she will take Obama's favorite food, chapatti, a traditional Kenyan pastry, with her when she goes to the ceremony.
"We are so happy and Kenya is also celebrating, we are going to feat. This is absolute joy," Sarah said, according to the Daily Nation newspaper on Thursday.
Sarah is one of the wives of Obama's grandfather, instead of the natural mother of Obama's father. But Obama treats her just like his natural grandmother.
Sarah is "very happy about what has happened, and she's happy not just for herself but for the whole world," said Obama's Kenyan half-sister, Auma, who served as interpreter and the family's spokesperson.
"As a family, we support Barack but we have no expectations. Because we are very, very clear that this is something he is doing in America and that he is an American president," said Auma.
Sarah has been the Kenyan face of the Obama family since he became Illinois Senator. She has dined with the high and mighty but maintained her humility and hospitality that has made her the darling of the locals, tourists and journalists.