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.

Filed under: 2012
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Obama's the most culturally diverse presidential candidate we've had.  I hope he gets another 4 years to finish his good work.

    November 6, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. stars

    Mama Obama god heard your prayers. Your grandson is a gift to us from god we pray for you and your country too.

    November 6, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. ObamaJoe

    Only Barak Obama and Bill Clinton can save America from the GOP disaster,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    November 6, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    I am praying God to bless our lovely president of 47% and USA.... All say, yes on OBAMA12.

    November 6, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. ObamaJoe

    yes on OBAMA12 🙂

    November 6, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Expat American

    Trump just blew a gasket.

    November 6, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  7. Borderless

    Maybe she will be the one citizen in the whole country to benefit from his re-election.

    November 6, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  8. Critical Thinking

    Sorry to break this to you but here is some information that will not make Mama Obama too happy...

    Romney Won Ohio's Early Vote 697,143-605,546 [Plus 91,597!!!]

    November 6, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And I wish well the people of America."

    As do I the people of Kenya, and all people throughout the world.

    November 6, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Anne

    I am praying God to bless our lovely president of 47% and USA.... All say, yes on OBAMA12.

    You are right, that's all he will get in this election 47%.

    November 6, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  11. truth hurts

    You mean Obama didn't fly her over to vote? Should have been very easy in Illinois.

    November 6, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  12. 2020

    President Obama has the sensitivity to cultural diversity as he himself lived in many places in his young life. Even in the 70's this country instituted affirmation action to correct the imbalance of representation in school and in work place. The country has grown more mature and finally, equal pay for equal work became law of the land under this president.

    It is good enough for me, for all families of this country. Re-elect President Obama is a natural course. It will be done today.

    The whole world is watching, yes, the world expects Obama to re-elect today, the world needs stability, a steady, smart person to lead. That is OBAMA.

    November 6, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. 2020



    The last thing this world needs is Romney who has absolutely no knowledge of international affairs, totally ignorant, and offensive, shoot before aim, and changing position three times a day.

    November 6, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Sorry to break this to you but here is some information that will not make Mama Obama too happy...

    Romney Won Ohio's Early Vote 697,143-605,546 [Plus 91,597!!!]"

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but that data and story have been debunked and retracted and an apology posted because the early votes have not in fact been counted in any manner whatsoever it would be illegal under OH law to do so. Moreover, the attempt to post the data had a glaring ommission: Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland, the biggest Dem stronghold in the state. In short, keep your pants on, junior, lest you continue to jump the gun and embarass yourself.

    November 6, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. Anne

    This is where our taxpayer money are going?

    November 6, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. judy

    it is to bad that even now at the end of this campaign people are still jerks. Grandmas statments where nice and we wish the lady well. America denpends on this race to move forward.

    November 6, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Doug

    Critical Thinking.....You are anything but a critical thinker! If you only realized that voting counts will not be released until polls close out West. Typical Republican disinformation:)

    November 6, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    Obama's the most culturally diverse presidential candidate we've had. I hope he gets another 4 years to finish his good work.
    From your mouth to God's ears.

    Blessings to Kenya and the Mother land as well.

    November 6, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    In the case that Obama is re-elected, how will the Congress react and will they try to work with him? I would hope that the teapublicans settle down and get the stick out. Being too stubborn will only cause the country problems. Allow Boehner to reach a grand bargain with the president. Vote no when it hits the floor, but I say that it has to get there.

    November 6, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Anything but Critical Thinking:

    ....And the election is actually tomorrow...don't forget to vote....tomorrow.

    November 6, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. Dee

    God bless her and her people for the thinking about the President and the respect they are showing . I wish the same could be shown in this country. He is the President for 100% and it is unbelieveable that some are ignoring that fact.

    I hope he is elected OBAMA 2012 and finish the work he has started and bring this country up to date in the 21st century with high rail etc.

    November 6, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. California Gary

    critical thinking and truth hurts......I am so looking forward to your "eating of the crow" moment. I do hope to see some remarks from the two of you in here tomorrow morning, after the counting is completed and President Obama has secured a second term. I'm sure you will be gracious in defeat.

    November 6, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Mama Sarah Obama, we thank you for your wishes and we are very grateful for the very brilliant and intelligent President Obama that our country has been blessed to have, maybe soon one day I will meet you Kenya if not in the USA. Love you Mama Sarah Obama.

    November 6, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  24. Obama served Obama..

    Grandma..Obama we wish Pres Obama well in his next career..he knows America won't be taken in again with pure rhetoric...this is why Barack gave his good-bye speech in Iowa...Saying "Remember 4years ago how you adored-me...?

    November 6, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Nsikan

    Hmmm, Sarah Obama. That sounds like a christian name – November surprise!!! God bless you grandma.

    November 6, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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