Russia’s First-Ever Black Elected Official Does Not Appreciate Your Very Lazy Nickname for Him


My name is not Obama. It’s sensationalism. He is black and I am black, but it’s a totally different situation.” —Jean Gregoire Sagbo, one of ten municipal counselors for the town of Novozavidovo and the first black person ever elected to any office in Russia, whom the media is calling “Russia’s Obama.” Previously, another black candidate who went on to lose his race was also known as “Russia’s Obama.” [AP via HuffPo]