KHAYEGA, Kenya – If the U.S. presidential election were to be determined by a bullfight in Kenya, then President Barack Obama would defeat Mitt Romney.
On Saturday villagers from the western Kenya town of Khayega held a bullfighting 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. He did not disappoint. After close to half an hour the bulls were separated, and Obama was declared the winner. Happy villagers burst into the streets in song and dance rejoicing in the victory, some carrying placards reading “Obama top most!” while others read “Romney Can’t!”
Most Kenyans consider Obama, the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, one of their own.
Bullfighting has been held in Khayega 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 it is a great honor to be an owner of a winning bull, aside from the prize money. Shiboko said bulls are usually bred to fight and sometimes named after international newsmakers to create a frenzy among the spectators.