Lucas D. Smith's 06.17.10 (revised 12.06.10) book review of George Hussein Obama's 'Homeland: An Extraordinary Story of Hope and Survival'.

I have recently completed my reading of the book Homeland: An Extraordinary Story of Hope and Survival, by George Hussein Obama (President Barack Obama's youngest brother in Kenya). George Hussein Obama, in his book, which was published in January of 2010, depicts Kenya just as I saw Kenya in February of 2009. There are several segments of the book that aid in depicting Kenya as I saw Kenya in 2009. Many critics (and Obots) have made claims that my depicting of Kenya in 2009 was tremendously inaccurate and downright impossible. Let¶s compare what de facto president Obama's brother (George) has to say in his new book to what I have said earlier.

Plantains... 1. (a). Lucas Smith, Kenya, 2009: "I had lunch at a small eatery and noticed that the club sandwich with fried plantains was now known as "Obama's plate of the day." 1. (b). Critics and Obamanuts: Plantains are a common and tasty treat served in the Caribbean and specifically in the Dominican Republic. Lucas Smith has confused, in his lies, the traditional food of the Caribbean for that of Africa and specifically Kenya. Kenyans do not eat plantains and plantains are not common to East Africa. 1. (c). George Obama at page 217: ""If you had cash and freedom, what would you buy to eat?" I'd ask Ramjo and the others. "Anything. You can go anywhere and afford anything. What would it be?"....."Pilau," Ramjo would answer....."Nah, matoke," I'd counter. "Has to be matoke. Nothing fills your belly like matoke." Matoke was a TRADITIONAL, thick KENYAN stew made of cooked PLANTIANS, potatoes, and meat." 1. (d). George Obama at page 234: "And then I took my first step into freedom and onto the teaming streets of the city. The four of us, along with the rest of the Huruma gang, headed directly for the nearest CAFE. Rambjo ordered pilau and I ordered matoke (i.e., PLANTAINS). That was our first, delicious taste of freedom, precious freedom." Conclusion: It appears that Lucas Smith wasn't the only eating plantains at a cafe in Nairobi, Kenya. Note: The country of Uganda (Kenya's next door neighbor) is one of the biggest producers of plantains in the world.

Obama's face was on everything and everywhere in Nairobi, Kenya in 2009... 2. (a). Lucas Smith, Kenya, 2009: "As an American I was bombarded with questions in English (English is the official language of Kenya) on my feelings and opinions of a Kenyan governing the United States of America. The first several times I responded in saying that not enough time had elapsed since Barack Obama's appointment as President of the USA, and that I'd have to hold my official opinion until at least January 2010, a year in office might be sufficient for me to judge his ability to govern the USA. Naturally I thought that by "Kenyan" they were referring to Barack Obama's blood, being that his father Barack Cbama sr was a native of Kenya. After a day and a half of my being in Nairobi I learned that they were literally referring to president Barack Obama jr as being born in Kenya, a native of Kenya. Now I started asking questions, did his father's Kenyan blood somehow entitle Barack jr to the equivalent of a native Kenyan? no, not all, I was to find out. They were referring to Barack Obama jr's physical birth on Kenyan soil." 2. (b). Critics and Obamanuts: President Obama's face and his name wasn¶t really plastered around that much in Nairobi or anywhere in Kenya. A person would not see Obama's face and name on everything and in Nairobi, e.g., not on T-shirts, not on signs nor posters in the street, not on all the TV stations and news broadcasts. 2. (c). George Obama at page 275 thru 276: "Most of the restaurants and bars around Nairobi have a TV set, and many show international news channels like CNN. Via the TV news the Kenyan people followed the unfolding battle in America for the Democratic nomination for president. Kenya celebrated the rise of Barack Obama, it's "lost" African son and the possibility that the first Lou president was going to elected -- in America! The reggae hit, Barack Obama" by Cocoa Tea boomed out from the matatus (city buses in Kenya are called "matatus"); bars set up wide screen TVs so customers could watch Barack Obama action. Like everyone else, I found myself gripped by the powerful rhetoric of this man. As my American brother went from underdog to odds-on-favorite, the interest in his Kenyan roots and heritage mushroomed. His face peered out of every Kenyan newspaper and magazine: T shirts sported his most popular slogans, like Change You Can Believe In. He seemed to be EVERYWHERE, and I suppose it was hardly surprising when the world's press came looking for me (George Obama)." Conclusion: It appears that Lucas Smith wasn't the only one that noticed Barack Obama's face and name on EVERYTHING and EVERYWHERE in Nairobi, Kenya. There was even a reggae song called "Barack Obama" by Cocoa Tea which blarred from public city buses in Nairobi all day long. Did you know that?

English is spoken in Kenya (and is the official, though not national, language of Kenya) , but most Kenyans speak terribly poor quality English« 3. (a) Lucas Smith: This is in response to the many critics and Obamanuts and their claims of having called on the telephone to the Coast Province General Hospital and their claims to have spoken with staff there. Communicating with the hospital staff via telephone may not be

possible over the phone because many Kenyans speak very poor grade English. I, Lucas Smith, and other serious investigators have even attempted to place calls to the hospitals telephone number that is listed on the CPGH birth certificate of Obama. I, and other serious investigators, found that a female receptionist would invariably answer with "Coast General Hospital". After that nothing could be understood, and they certainly DIDN'T understand a word that we spoke to them in English. Within 10 or so seconds the confused receptionist would hand up the telephone. Speaking face to face, in person, is always much less complicated then over the telephone when one party doesn¶t speak the language fluently or when accents are heavy. Yet critics claimed (lied) that they had no problems at all with communicating telephonically with the hospital. 3. (b). Critics and Obamanuts make the claims that all Kenyans speak fine English, I mean they make it sound as if we Americans might take a lesson or two from Kenyans and their fine English. 3. (c). George Obama at page 226-230: ""Obama is it?" You wish to make a point?" "I do Your Honor," I replied. "Am I permitted to speak in English? I find it a more suitable language to express what can be complex arguments". "In Kenya, English is the language of the ruling classes. Only those with a fine education can speak it fluently, and no one in that court had been speaking anything other than Swahili. My question was a ruse to unsettle the prosecutor, and perhaps even the judge. Of course, the judge had to accede to my request, for the language of the elite had to be his language too." ""Permission to speak in granted," the judge replied. He switched to English. "And please, of course you may argue your case in English, if you so wish"....."Objection!" the prosecutor announced, jumping to his feet and fixing me with a glare. "Accused has no right--" ""Overruled!" the judge growled. "Sit down, prosecutor. I trust that you are following Mr Obama's arguments? A fine thing to see such a command of English, don't you agree?" "He turned back to me. "Continue Obama."....."Ramjo, Stevo, and Mandeka added a few words in Swahili, backing up what I had said. As they did so, I was aware that just about everyone in the courtroom was staring at me. My three buddies were equally bemused. I hadn't told them that I intended to argue the case in English. In fact, it was something that had to come to me on the spur of the moment.....I'd noted that the prosecutor was struggling to conduct his argument in English. It was an effort not to crack up laughing.....Ramjo, Mandeka, and Stevo were flabbergasted by my performance. None of them had known that I was fluent in English, for all I had ever spoken with them was Swahili or Sheng. They'd managed to get the drift of what I was saying, but more importantly they'd seen the effect that my English had had on the judge and the court. It was clear what everyone had been thinking: How can this guy have emerged from the Industrial Area Prison and be here on robbery charges, and yet he speaks English as well as any judge? How on earth can he do that? Who is that guy?" Conclusion: Speculative.

Hussein ±vs- Kwame« 4. (a). George Obama at page 81: "It was my second name, and there was something exotic and different about it that I liked. Again, it was difference that drew me. There were plenty of Georges at school, but no other Husseins. It wasn't a regular Kenyan name, that was for sure. In fact the only guy I'd ever heard of called Hussein was Saddam Hussein, so maybe it hailed from Iraq." 4. (b). Critics and Obamanuts want everyone to believe that second name (Kwame) of 1961 Supervisor of Obstetrics John µKwame¶ Odongo's would have been an impossible name for a Kenyan to have. Yet these same skeptics have no problem with George µHussein¶ Obama and Barack µHussein¶ Obama I and Barack µHussein¶ Obama II. Conclusion (based also on scores of other research finds): The name John Kwame Odongo, in 1961 (and pre1961/post1961), wouldn¶t have been an impossible name for a Kenyan to have.

Other interesting data that I, Lucas D. Smith, obtained from George Obama's new book« A. At age 5, George Hussein Obama, meet his half brother Barack Obama in Kenya (sometime maybe in 1987 or so about). One that same day Barack Obama, his brother, was accompanied by his half sister Auma Obama and also his half sister Zeituni Obama. "He's come all the way from American to see you." see pages 17 thru 18. B. George Hussein Obama's mother was Barack Obama seniors fourth (4th) wife. Here birth name is Jael Atieno Onyango. She was 22 years old when she birthed George Obama. Obama senior died about six months afters George Obama's birth. see page 5. C. As of the year 2003 George Obama's mother (Jael Atieno Onyango) was living in American (USA) with her new African-American husband in Atlanta, Georgia. Husband¶s name is Hosea Dixon. George Obama's mother had a child with new American husband, a daughter which they named Chrissie. see page 236. Before arriving in America George's mother had been living in South Korea. see page 172. D. "...[Barack] Obama connection -- that of the affluent, urbane, GLOBAL CITIZENS of this earth." see page 293.

Lucas D. Smith's closing thoughts regarding George Hussein Obama (youngest brother of President Barack Obama). I am of mixed feelings when it comes to George Obama. I half despise the guy while the other half of me sees great character (during his prison stay and after release) in this man. George had a very privileged upbringing. His surrogate father was a white man from France (Christian Bertrand) who was his mother's boyfriend for many years, they all lived in a very upscale neighborhood (Umoja) in Nairobi. George attended to the finest schools and had the best luxuries of life granted to him by his rich white surrogate father. Yet, George seemed to screw his whole life up all by himself. George was the kind of kid that hung out in bad neighborhoods and with bad people and did bad things because he thought it was cool. He didn't have to do any of it, he wasn't poor nor did he live in those bad areas while growing up. He was a damn fool. time goes on, we begin to see some great qualities and character in George Hussein Obama. For one, he rejects the history taught in Kenyan schools which make claim that all of Kenya's current economic and social problems were (and still are) caused by white people. George, throughout his book, continually states that this is not true and the real problem in Kenya is crocked Kenyans in government. George also likes to help other people, which is commendable. He also turned his life around and got job driving a city bus. He also coaches soccer for kids the Nairobi slums. He also created jobs for kids in slums as garbage collectors, to clean up the place, and also the kids make a few dollars for their work. George seems to glorify what he calls the "ghettos" in Kenya. I don't think George knows the history behind the word "ghetto". It's also very apparent that by him not really having been born and raised in those slums, he has somewhat of a different outlook on life there. Sort of a rich kid gone bad then gone good and now glories in the bad past though now living the straight and narrow life. I hope that makes sense. One thing that goes in his favor is his character while in prison (for 9 months). George showed great character and did not contact his family for help. Instead he marshaled a defense to argue his case (for which he was really innocent) and that took courage and character. George said some things that I myself have felt in my life regarding jail and prison and the way that it changes you. Aside from my 5 year prison sentence, I, Lucas Smith, also once sat in jail for seven months for a crime that did not commit. In any case, after reading his book, and weighing the bad (and egregiously stupid) against the good, I conclude that in my opinion, George is a good guy. I, Lucas Smith, wouldn't mind sitting down and talking with the guy. I don't place him in the same category as his brother Barack Obama at all. Though, in no case do I think that George Obama has all the answers to address the economic and social problems of Kenya. George, if he had the power, might be the sort of guy that would go for his brother Barack Obama's welfare utopian society. However, I don't know that for certain. In any event, let's just hope that we don't ever have to worry about another Obama running for President of the United States of America.