Show Segment January 21, 2013
Wab Kinew on Meeting Barack Obama and How It Changed His Life

Wab Kinew is a First Nations leader and the Director of Indigenous Inclusion at the University of Winnipeg. He appears on 'George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight' to discuss 'Idle No More' and spoke about meeting Barack Obama in 2008. Wab told a story of Obama mesmerizing an audience and realizing he was witnessing a politician of colour who was playing the game of politics better than anyone else. It was at that point, Wab realized the road to success is open to anyone.

On Obama:

"I had a chance to meet him in 2008 and it changed my life....Before that I was very skeptical. I thought for a person of colour to achieve in mainstream society that it would be as a token...but then I met Barack Obama, I saw him walk into a room, shake hands and almost like a jedi mind trick, 'Barack Obama 2008'.

"I was like holy cow this guy is going to win, not because he's a token, he's gonna win because he's better at playing the game than anyone else out there right now. And that was a tremendous eye opening experience for me...it made me realize there may be obstacles...but you cannot tell me the road to the top is not open."

Related:
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THE BIO: Wab Kinew

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