Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving US First Lady (she would serve for 12 years beyond the 8 years allowed in America) had an iron heart that probably made her too strong to face life’s greatest challenges. I remember her for two.
No president has been promiscuous in American history like John Kennedy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But Americans failed to notice because they responded to higher national ideals that made their citizens blind to their amorous escapades. When friends reported to Eleanor that her husband was ‘consuming’ the largest number of skirts in their nation’s history and she needed to act, she curtly told them ‘Nobody wants a gelding in the White House”. It ended there. And Roosevelt ‘ate’ until his death in 1945.
When the man who would later occupy the seat of her husband John Kennedy invited her to the White House years later to celebrate her, John a natural lover of women, opened the door as he did to all women to go in first, Eleanor refused and curtly said “No. You go in first. You are the President”.
John Kennedy with celebrated Singer and friend Frank Sinatra acting as pimp would ‘eat’ one of the most beautiful women who ever lived Marylin Monroe till his death through an assassin’s bullet.
But what i wanted to put across is that i would not mind what Ann does or what the President does if the economy is right, if the politics is right, if education is right, if there is no corruption, no tribalism. But if these are wanting, then i think it is because they are preoccupied doing other things to the detriment of Kenyans. And we have too look also in that direction.
By Eric Ochanji