KHAYEGA, Kenya — If the U.S. presidential election were to be determined by a bull fight in Kenya, then President Barack Obama would defeat Mitt Romney.
On Saturday villagers from western Kenya town of Khayega held a bull fighting contest between a 900-pound black bull they named Obama and a black and white 1,000-pound bull they named Mitt Romney. Both are cattle breeds indigenous to Kenya.
Despite being smaller in size, Obama was the overwhelming favorite having won six of his last fights, and he did not disappoint. After close to half an hour the bulls were separated and Obama was declared winner. Happy villagers burst onto the streets in song and dance rejoicing the victory, some carrying placards reading “Obama top most!” while others reading “Romney Can’t!”
Most Kenyans consider Obama, the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, as one of their own.
Bull fighting has been held in Khayega town for generations but attempts last year to bring the event to the national stage attracted the wrath of animal rights groups. Paul Shiboko, one of the event’s organizers, said bulls are usually bred to fight and sometimes named after both famous and infamous international newsmakers to create a frenzy among the spectators, like Saddam versus Bush.