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Obama’s Half Sister Hit with Tear Gas During Live CNN Interview

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Dr. Auma Obama, the half-sister of former President Barack Obama, was subjected to tear gas, along with other demonstrators during a live CNN interview in Kenya.

Following the passage of the Finance Bill 2024, which includes tax increases, violent protests in the country have resulted in police firing live rounds at protesters attempting to storm Parliament. Larry Madowo of CNN spoke with Auma Obama during this period. Clashes with law enforcement have resulted in the deaths of at least five individuals and the injuries of dozens more.

“I’m here because look at what’s happening. Young Kenyans are demonstrating for their rights. They’re demonstrating with flags and banners,” Obama told Madowo as explosions could be heard in the background.

As tear gas permeated the air, Obama and the other activists surrounding her began coughing.

“I can’t even see anymore!” she said, coughing. “They’re being tear-gassed!”

Madowo also began wheezing, and the group began to disperse from the smoke before the feed was interrupted.

Kenya International Amnesty has also raised concerns regarding the disappearance of 12 individuals who were “abducted in the middle of the night” before the protests, in addition to the known deaths.

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William Ruto, the President of Kenya, has expressed his eagerness to engage in a “conversation” with demonstrators.

“I am very proud of our young people… they have stepped forward peacefully and I want to tell them we are going to engage them,” he said this week.

Mediaite reported: “Madowo later reported both he and Obama were “struggling to breathe” after being hit with tear gas. Obama is an activist and the founder of the Sauti Kuu Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping financially and socially disadvantaged children.”

“She’s usually free of politics. She usually doesn’t discuss politics,” he said.

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Separately, former President Barack Obama made headlines this week for stepping in to help President Joe Biden secure votes and money.

Obama will be making a second appearance in Biden’s rematch with former President Trump. Obama’s fame and standing among Democratic donors have helped Biden’s finances and public image at a time when the president is facing more questions about his record, plans, and mental health.

“I take great pride in what the Biden administration has accomplished,” Obama said during a recent event with Biden and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles. “And it’s a reminder that we don’t have to just vote against something in this election. We have someone to worry about. And there’s a whole agenda that we should be concerned about.”

He continued, “But we can take pride in affirming the extraordinary work that Joe has done. And we want to make sure that we build on that and then pass it on to the next president rather than have a president who wants to reverse the progress that has been made.”

Fox News reported: “Obama’s comments were part of a ritzy fundraising event at which the Biden campaign pulled in a whopping $30 million as Hollywood stars such as George Clooney and Julia Roberts took the stage in support of the 46th president. The dollar total shattered previous Democratic fundraising records. Biden is gearing up for a difficult rematch against Trump this year, with polling showing Biden with a two-point advantage over Trump, which is well within the margin of error.”

The outlet added: “Biden said in April last year that he’d ‘finish the job’ and run for re-election, and the announcement was soon followed by a series of high-profile fundraising events with Hollywood stars, elites at the highest echelons of American society and industry, and notably Obama.”

This month, Obama’s visit in Los Angeles wasn’t the first time that his presence helped Biden get millions of dollars.

In March, Biden joined the 44th president and former President Bill Clinton at Radio City Music Hall in New York for another star-studded benefit. This time, actress Mindy Kaling was in charge of the event. Late-night host Stephen Colbert led a talk with Biden, Obama, and Clinton at the event. Queen Latifah, Lizzo, and Ben Platt were among the special guests.

The campaign said at the time that the event brought in more than $26 million.

Several news outlets say that Obama and Biden have also made campaign movies together and talked about how the campaign will be set up for 2024.

Obama’s efforts to raise money in 2024 are similar to what he did to help Biden in 2020. For example, they held a $11 million gathering together, which was the first time they had done something like this since Obama was president. Before the election, Obama went on the campaign trail to back Biden. During this time, he said some very harsh things about Trump.

Biden’s turning to Hollywood comes as Trump’s campaign has raised a staggering $200 million since the former president was found guilty of 34 felonies last week, the Daily Mail reported.

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