This past week was an angst-filled one for Americans. Thanks to International Cable Networks (CNN), people around the world were privy to all the inner workings of the American judicial, political and social systems.
There were the heads of the national security agencies — being sort of questioned by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee on all things Russian.
At the same time a new Supreme Court Justice was playing it safe through his nomination hearings. In the same space Republicans were congratulating him —Democrats were frustrated.
Then behind these proceedings was the lead up to ‘Replace and Repeal’, the Republican rally cry to throw away the current healthcare system seemingly only because President Obama made it happen. I am not deep in the details, but all I know is that I was not able to get insurance after having a major medical illness, and under the new health care plan popularly known as Obamacare, I along with millions of Americans, could no longer be denied health coverage.
In the midst of all these happenings, I observed my Kenyan mother –in-law watching the proceedings. She was engrossed in all the questions and commentaries. She has been staying with us for the past few months.
However these mornings she would position herself early in the morning, in front of the television she could not operate and command me to turn on the station where I can watch ‘Obama’s Hospital’.
I would leave the house for hours and come back and be surprised that the news outlets were still talking about the same point and more shocked that she was hanging in there so intensely.
I was a mirror copy of my mother-in –law in 1998 watching impeachment proceedings against President Clinton, for 5 hours.
It made me realise that what happens in America, its consumption is no longer for Americans only.