Relative Reports

The Times of London reports on how Barack Obama’s half-brother, Abongo Obama, and other relatives in Kenya are preparing for election results:

Abongo, sitting in front of the tin-roofed shack that once belonged to Obama’s father, a government economist who died in a car accident more than two decades ago, said dozens of family members had congregated for a historic event.

“The reason we are here is that we are looking forward to a great day to celebrate,” he said, rubbishing any suggestion that Mr McCain might win. “We are not considering that possibility. I am not.” he said confidently, as a cock crowed in the shade of a mango tree.

Also more or less rubbishing any suggestion that Mr. McCain might win? McCain’s 96-year-old Aunt Rowena who tells The Daily Beast (and she’s quoting McCain’s mom):

“She really doesn’t care,” Willis said of her 96-year old twin sister, who has campaigned for her son and recorded TV ads with him. “‘Let these bastards get in,’ she says, ‘I don’t give a damn anymore. If these people want to buy votes and get their people in office, let them suffer for it in the way of high taxes.’”

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.