Um, really AP? Your news organization ran this today as an "election color" piece: Obama favored in his ancestral Kenyan village?
At President Barack Obama's ancestral village in Kenya, witch doctor John Dimo tossed some shells, bones and other items to determine who will win Tuesday's election.A "witch doctor" pointing to the "white shell" declaring President Obama will win re-election. Subtle, huh? Since this is AP, the article is running nearly everywhere today on the web from newspapers, big and small, to local TV stations to the networks.
After throwing the objects like so many dice outside his hut in Kogelo village, Dimo, who says he is 105 years old, points to a white shell and declares: "Obama is very far ahead and is definitely going to win."
Not to be outdone, the Washington Post decided the headline the Associated Press sent out wasn't subtle enough, so they changed it to: "In Obama ancestral Kenya village, witch doctor tosses shells, bones to see election outcome". That's really captures the point, no?
CNN takes a different approach, "Election rekindles memory of Kenyan village's love affair with President Obama". No "witch doctor" mentions, but a quote from a man saying "we know Barack Obama is the son of this land".
The "ancestral home" town angle for the Republican candidate is missing from today's news pages. There is no article from AP, CNN, or other news organization interviewing the extended Romney family in Colonia Dublán, a Mormon colony in northern Chihuahua, Mexico asking for their 2012 predictions. Surely, that was just an oversight.