Granny Obama, Kenya celebrate White House win

November 7, 2012 - 10:33 AM
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Sarah Obama, step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, speaks to the media about her reaction to Obama's re-election, in the garden of her house in the village of Kogelo, western Kenya Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

KOGELO, Kenya (AP) — Waving her cane and smiling broadly, the step-grandmother of Barack Obama celebrated his reelection in Kogelo, the home of Barack Obama's father. The family matriarch is Sarah Obama, who was the second wife of the president's late grandfather.

"Take the great job that people have given to you and lead them well," Sarah Obama advised her relative by marriage after his victory.

Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga told The Associated Press that the election victory was a great day for the United States and Kenya.

Kenya has its own presidential election coming up in March. The country's last vote in late 2007 turned devastatingly violent, and more than 1,000 people were killed. Odinga said the U.S. vote showed that elections should be decided based on issues.