Ethiopia Reacts to Obama Inauguration

Above: Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the
United States during a ceremony at the Capitol by Chief Justice
John Roberts. (Doug Mills/NYT

CBNNews.com

January 20, 2009

Cheers of support for the new U.S. President Barack Obama echoed around the globe.

CBN’s Chuck Holton was in Ethiopia during the moments of Obama’s inauguration ceremonies. He commented on the response there.

“Everywhere you go you see people with Obama t-shirts. Everyone you pass asks you first if you’re an American. If you say yes, they say Obama!” he said.

This reaction comes unexpectedly as Ethiopia is a conservative country.

Ethiopians openly declare their support for Obama based on his race, but possibly only in that area.

“The few times I’ve had the chance to talk about Obama’s stand on various social issues, especially abortion, the two men that I’ve talked to have immediately changed their mind and said well if he’s pro-abortion then I don’t like him anymore,” Holton said.

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2 Responses to “Ethiopia Reacts to Obama Inauguration”


  1. 1 Love4All Jan 21st, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    All Ethiopians, conservative or liberal, are good friends of America in general. It got politically tense between the two countries during the communist regime of Mengistu H. Mariam. Then in 1991 – end of the Ethiopian civil war, the American policy imposed the actual regime. They are still the once in power.
    Most of the Ethiopian People didn’t understand why or for what reason this intervention took place.
    Their country never had the imperialist world’s interest. (eg. No Oil!?)

    During the last decade, the western world propagated all over the world ONLY about the drought and conflicts in some Ethiopian regions. The media intentionally makes it sound that only chaos is happening all over the country.

    To all who want to approach with no respect, Ethiopians say “Thanks, but no thanks!

    It is a question of being humble like the historic President B. Obama mentioned on his inaugural speech yesterday. Thanks to the attitude of the 44th President, I can say with full assurance, even after Bush!

    God bless America, for this country has the legacy of LEGAL and MORAL freedom fighters!

  2. 2 z Jan 21st, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    o wow

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