The presidential candidate’s multicultural roots are all the rage. What could this fiery, young senator do for
I’m not going to get (too) political. This is a travel website! But, oh man, would it be an adventure to trace the life and times of the world’s most scrutinized political figurehead.
Surprise! You thought I would start with
If you are still thirsty for some Globamamania, I suggest venturing south to daddy’s homeland for a few Obama beers.
After reveling in the Globama enthusiasm of Nairobi*, you could venture west to the Masai Mara Natural Reserve to encounter some wild elephants, zebras, lions, antelopes, baboons, etc.. The reserve is a short distance from Obama’s African “hometown” of Nyangoma-Kogelo, near the shores of Lake Victoria.
We’ve all seen the darling photograph of young Barack with his fellow Indonesian school children in
(But what I’m wondering is: did little Barry have a cool lunch box? Was he a Soupy Sales or a Star Trek kid? All I can remember from 2nd grade is a cute boy named Jeffrey and my Winnie-the-Pooh thermos. I’m just saying…)
Right. Anyways, the
A-LO-HA! As if life couldn’t get more cultural and exciting?
All controversy aside, I think we can agree upon one fact: Ann Dunham really knew how to choose her nesting spots.
Oh, to be a beach baby. Oh, to sip freshly squeezed pineapple juice each morning with your Cheerios…
Oh, to live anywhere but
If you are going to pay an extended visit to one of Obama’s haunts, make it Honolulu. There is so much Globama cheer to be shared (and ocean side lounging to be done!) that you, too, may become possessed by the “Aloha Spirit.”
The Grand Finale:
Whew! What an adventure that was. How could we possibly top off this superb list of destinations with a grand, exotic, Obama-riffic finale?
Not possible…unless you have a secret fascination with the American Midwest.
You will end your global sojourn in Chicago, Illinois, where senator Obama has made his greatest political mark in recent years.
(Apologies if you actually wanted to read about mom’s hometown in
So back to Chi-town: Despite all the bad weather reports, the windy city is actually quite lovely in the summer: it is the only major American city where you can walk from a nice beach to a skyscraper in a matter of minutes. It’s no Hawaiian mai tai, but there are lots of cool museums (which, if you are feeling super quirky, you can visit on a segway tour) and, of course, Wrigley Stadium—home of the Chicago Cubs. There are also plenty of fantastic pizza joints (try Giordano’s deep dish)…and, most importantly, lots of great people. I hear that those mid westerners are a friendly bunch.
*Travelers are advised to plan all trips to