November 6th, 2012
12:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Mama Sarah wishes Obama well on Election Day

(CNN) - As President Barack Obama awaits his fate for the next four years in Chicago, his step-grandmother living in rural Kenya wished her grandson and the American people well on Election Day.

"I am grateful that the elections have arrived, I am wishing Barack Obama triumph of the elections," Sarah Obama, now universally known as Mama Sarah, told CNN's David McKenzie in Kenya. "And I wish well the people of America."

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Asked about the race that appears to remain neck-in-neck as voters across the United States cast their Election Day ballots, Mama Sarah said, "I appreciate that it is a tough race, but I am praying to God that he will win, and I feel confident that he will win because he has worked hard."

Election rekindles memory of Kenyan village's love affair with President Obama

Obama's step-grandmother also held prayers with local religious leaders in Kogelo for Obama to win and for the elections to go well.

Then-Illinois Sen. Obama visited his grandmother in 2006.

"He has not had time to come visit, probably he is so busy in America, but I am confident that he will find the time and visit soon."

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. kayla

    the president's love for this country and it's people, is far greater than the hatred they have of him.

    November 6, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. Phil

    Hasn't visited his Grandmother since 2006...... 6 years wow says a lot about Obama

    November 6, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Joan

    She is hardly a 'Grandmother' Obama has acknowledged the people in Kenya!!! His father completely deserted him!!! Send them a Christmas Card!!! Obama owes them nothing!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Anthony, a Gannett company, had this to say about the early vote total:

    'A front-page link to a chart with dummy data, created as a design template for election results, was inadvertently posted early Tuesday morning.

    It purported to show early voting totals in Ohio counties. However, no votes have been counted yet – by law counting doesn’t start until the polls close. regrets the error."

    November 6, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Lisa P

    "And I wish well the people of America."

    Thank you Mama Sarah for your kind thoughts! People here could learn a lot from your graciousness and good manners. Win or lose, I hope your grandson will be able to visit you again soon, or perhaps that you are able to visit him here.

    November 6, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Critical Thinking

    ok, here is more bogus data to ignore....The early voting in the Obama counties is down more than 298,000 versus 2008.

    November 6, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Debbie

    If that is his father's mother, then she is not a step-gradmother.....

    November 6, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. cecil barnor

    we in Ghana also wishing barack good luck.

    November 6, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Babyboomer

    Thank you Mama Sarah. We need all the well wishes we can get. We've done our part by voting and now we pray for a great outcome. Obama/Biden 2012...

    November 6, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. Critical Thinking

    @California Gary : here is some more information you can ignore until tomorrow. btw, with the state of financial collaspe in your state of California, crow might become somewhat of a regular dish for you.

    220,000 fewer Democrats have voted early in Ohio compared with 2008. And 30,000 more Republicans have cast their ballots compared with four years ago.

    November 6, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. Karen

    Sarah is Barack Sr.'s father's THIRD wife. I think after a grown man reaches a certain age, the parent or grandparent's subsequent spouses cease to be a step-anything.

    November 6, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. NoBama

    Yeah I bet he has time in January when he hears he's unemployed tomorrow.

    November 6, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Chris

    Time to send Obama back to Chicago. Sorry grammy Sarah 23 million under employed or unemployed 7.9

    November 6, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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