By Henry Gombya
American voters have once again placed their trust in a man whose father was a Kenyan and re-elected him to the highest and most powerful office in the universe. Barack Obama whose father Barack Senior hailed from the Luo tribe of western Kenya, beat all odds and accusations that he had failed to fulfil his 2008 election promises, to win the right to stay in the prestigious Pennsylvania Avenue residence of the President of the United States.
Watching the results come in early this morning was one of the hardest thing I have ever done in my 33 years in international journalism. Having failed to make it to the US for the elections, I chose the easier way of monitoring the election results by watching them being called on CNN, NBC, Sky News, BBC1 and ITV news channels. I deliberately left out Fox News Channel as I have since believed their journalism is a shame to dedicated journalists and our ethical beliefs.
A lot of praise has been bestowed on former President Bill Clinton who untiringly campaigned for Mr Obama’s re-election. During the election campaign, Mr Clinton lost his voice and told the audience: “I’ve lost my voice in support of my president.” Having made history as the first African-American to make it to the White House, Mr Obama has once again made history by becoming the first African-American to be re-elected.
His win has once again proved what many political observers have said about the Republican Party. That it has become more extremist and needs to take into account the people’s dejection of the party once again. Governor Romney’s defeat brings to an end his six year quest for America’s highest office that is estimated to have personally cost him an estimated $1billion.
Obama’s win came shortly after he won the state of Virginia, a win that brought him to the threshold of the 270 votes needed to retain the presidency. But a further win for the state of Ohio, which no Republican contender has ever lost and went on to win, went to the incumbent, consolidating Obama’s hold onto to presidency.