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Obama and Sevele

Pago Pago, American Samoa


May I add to Mr. Tuileva's latest comment in your paper.

I graduated from Tonga High School. Same school that Tupou Pulu, Langi Kavaliku, Futa Helu and so many great minds in Tonga attended. But I would not consider myself anywhere close to their caliber. Sione Tupouniua was the most celebrated Tongan to attend Harvard when I was a young kid in Tonga.

I am more impressed that Obama started out in a relatively unknown junior college, went to work as an ambitious your politician in a very active political Chicago. He failed his first major election and decided to apply and was accepted to attend the most prestigious Harvard School of Law. Become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he returned to Chicago and to the political arena. The rest is history.

A comparison between Obama and Dr. Sevele can be misleading. I can see your reasoning that they both come from a "commoner's" background to become the two of the most powerful man in their respectful country. The difference is, Obama of the US of A, the most powerful country in the world. On the other hand, Sevele of Tonga, the Friendly Island. The last but most significant difference that must be considered; Obama was elected by the people of the United States of Amerika. Sevele was appointed by the King of Tonga.

Mafi 'o Amerika Samoa.

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