Apr. 28th, 2011

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Via [livejournal.com profile] trinker, this is absolutely awesome. From the New York Leftist:

So what does their scenario look like? And what would travel to Kenya have been like, for a woman in her third trimester of pregnancy, in 1961?


Would Barack Sr. even take a white pregnant wife to Kenya? First, his father was adamantly against inter-marriage. Second, he was already married to a woman in his village. And Ann Dunham could not have gone to Kenya without a yellow fever vaccination - which cannot be given to a pregnant woman. She would also need hepatitis A, typhoid, diphtheria, and tetanus vaccinations, and a polio booster.


In 1961, Honolulu - Nairobi RT airfare was £476. That's £7,335, or $11, 025 in constant dollars - each person. Ann and Barack Sr. would have had to pay $22, 050 cash on the barrel head. Per capita income in 1959 in Hawaii was $1,863 or $13,872 in constant dollars. In other words, two tickets would have been a year's salary from each of her parents.


So Ann, in her third trimester, and Barack Sr. have arrived in Nairobi, after seven days of constant air travel on a cramped prop plane. Now they have to get to Nyang'oma Kogelo, 402km away, where Barack Sr. has a wife he married before going to the States. Crazier things have happened. The only way was the train to Kisumu, an overnight trip with frequent stops for animals on the tracks. And then they had to travel over dirt roads for 60km, to his village on the equator - where his family lived in a thatched roof hut, without electricity or telephone. Normally, the story would have ended there, because his father would have hit him, and his village wife would have killed him, for showing up with a pregnant white wife. Well, I guess they all got along. As I said, crazier things have happened.

I'm thinking RPF Obama backstory AU where he really is born in Kenya would be sort of like a hippie Odyssey crossed with a soap opera.  Something about it is deeply appealing. Unfortunately, the only people who'd write it are deranged racist rightwingers who tend towards the purple prose and wouldn't really do it justice.  


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