Barack to Ethiopians 37 Comments

This morning, Ethiopians for Obama received a letter from Senator Obama recognizing the importance of the Ethiopian-American community. Check out the full  letter.

This is really important because the Obama campaign will be giving more and more attention as we become a more powerful voting bloc.

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37 Responses to “Barack to Ethiopians”

  1. 1 Nolawi

    Its very smart of the campaign to send a letter to all its constituents

  2. 2 toothpick

    a mail-merge is a mail-merge, but definitely a smart campaign move.
    Maybe “dear friendS” may have been a tad more grammatically appropriate LOL

  3. 3 Nolawi

    LOl on the mail merge- indeed I agree its mailmerge but the signature was NOT printed on- he signed it

  4. 4 .mike

    lol.. yes, the mail-merge function is effective, isnt it?

    but yeah, he personally signed it.

  5. 5 Getu

    We, Ethiopian Americans, are not a powerful voting bloc. How can we be? There isn’t even an estimate of how many there are. Nor are we Obama’s constituents yet.
    I’ll also bet (albeit just a dollar) that the signature was printed on too.

  6. 6 .mike


    you have a good point and that’s exactly why we are collecting data on Ethiopian community voting pattern, voting history, number of voters, etc… so that we can back our claim with some concrete numbers. i think by the end of this election cycle, we’ll have a pretty good idea of where the community at large is at.

  7. 7 Asmechi

    Also something to think about dotmike – even though the number might be high – it doesn’t mean we can necessarily vote..

    the number of american citizens with Ethiopian origins might be less than 30% of the number of Ethiopian Americans.

  8. 8 Mamitu


    I disagree with the notion that only 30% of Ethiopians in America are US citizens. I think Ethiopians run to get their citizenship at the first opportunity to bring a relative over if not to vote. What .mike and his buddies have to make these people see is that they stand a better chance of getting all the perks that come with being a US citizen if they vote.

  9. 9 Nolawi
  10. 10 Aklile

    With due respect to most of the comments above, that stated “mail-merge”, “US citizens with Ethiopian origin” and “percentage that vote” should not be the main theme in participating our given right to vote.

    As stated above, and according to the experts, Ethiopian-American vote especially, in Virginia may swing the presidential election. That is the big picture; we should all strive to make. Let’s start by attending the upcoming event that was organized by Ethiopians for Obama (E4O) this Sunday Aug 10, 5:00pm at Bahir Dar Restaurant(Alexandria).

  11. 11 embrt


  12. 12 embrt

    wow. we get a whopping single copy & paste paragraph.
    we soooo ssssppppciaaaal

    kinda appropriate tho…im mean we ain’t that deep in the U.S

  13. 13 Teddy

    Gore lost to Bush in 2000 by less than 500 votes….i think there are more than 500 Ethiopians in the US. Our vote makes a difference, if only 500 Ethiopians in Florida thought the same thing, Bush would still be in Texas instead of DC.

    And the letter from Obama, it was HISTORIC. A presidential candidate has never acknowledged us EVER. This might be a baby step for us, but we will get there.

  14. 14 embrt

    um, Teddy, dont be delusional. Our comparatively tiny expatriate community would only make a nominal difference in whatever state you want to take into consideration.

    and Bush would have won whether or not if ethiopians, armenians and lizards had voted for Gore in ’00.

    but yea, it’s a cute gesture. it’s nice to be acknowledged however (and I know this is a lot to ask of ethiopians) lets rein in our weakness for grandeur here.

  15. 15 dawitm

    um, Teddy, dont be delusional. Our comparatively tiny expatriate community would only make a nominal difference in whatever state you want to take into consideration.

    and Bush would have won whether or not if ethiopians, armenians and lizards had voted for Gore in ‘00.

    but yea, it’s a cute gesture. it’s nice to be acknowledged however (and I know this is a lot to ask of ethiopians) lets rein in our weakness for grandeur here.

    why are you being so negative man? please don’t discourage people from what they believe in. as Teddy said, if gore lost to bush with 500 votes, doesn’t it make sense that our votes will make a difference and swing the result in obama’s favor? you can stay neutral, but to come and say that this is idea is “delusional” is dumb.

  16. 16 Teddy


    Ahhh, i see, you are the contrarian…one who shoots down all ideas and tries to discourage anyone from being inspired.

    Fortunately, the facts belie your rhetoric. The truth is that we actually do have a chance to make a difference. There are enough of us in states like Georgia, Minnesota, Georgia and Virginia to name a few to make a big impact on the outcome of the vote.

    But there is no convincing you, you seem to want to bring the voice of pessimism no matter what facts are presented before you. Just out of curiosity, what was the odds of Ethiopians coming out the victor in Adwa? Left to your kind of thinking, you would have told them to give it up, that we did not have enough Ethiopians to achieve victory, and we would probably be speaking Italian right now….thanks for your advice, but no thanks..


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  18. 18 soj

    As I have said before in one of the posts, I am for Obama but these over zealous attitudes must stop….he is just a better choice than McCain. There should be no romantic ideas of he is this and that. And of course we should brace ourselves for the fact that one day he might disappoint us…….because he is a politician,…and that is what politicians do best.DISAPPOINT.

  19. 19 helen

    How about Obama last night? He was amazing, inspirational, moving …very presidential. I cried when I watched him. I hope he will be our president but I have a feeling the old man might win… they play so dirty.

  20. 20 Mikematic

    That black MFer better ease his rhetorics on Russia or else…but Im still going to support his ass because the alternative walking mummy might send us to a nuclear holocaust

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