More Obama and the Churchill Bust
Thanks for the amusing “Obama, Calhoun and the Churchill Bust-Out.” What do you say however about the Daily Telegraph’s speculation that Obama’s rejection of Churchill was based on the British jailing and torture of his grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, between 1949 and 1951, “during the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya”? —R.P.
First, the Daily Telegraph did not connect Obama’s grandfather’s jailing with the Mau Mau rebellion. The Telegraph report is very careful on this point:
It was during Churchill’s second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya’s Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President’s grandfather.…