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President Ruto makes Kenya proud with brilliant speech but ruins it with embarrassing Abraham Lincoln blunder 

by Joshua Wanga
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Cometh the hour, cometh the man, and our dear president didn’t disappoint. Stepping up to the world stage on an imposing and intimidating humongous platform that caught him barely a week in his infant presidency, our eloquent leader came through when it mattered most. Taking it all in his stride, His Excellency William Ruto refused to be shaken and stood tall amongst giants at the United Nations General Assembly. Going shoulder to shoulder with some of the world’s greatest men, President Ruto proceeded to deliver a speech that left Kenya proud, going as far as even challenging the immorality of neocolonialism- hallowed ground that only the likes of Gadaffi and Fidel Castro have dared step on in the past. Unfortunately, all this risked being ruined by recklessly blurting out of a fake Abraham Lincoln quote.

“Great things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

The president regularly used this quote in Kenya during the campaign, but then yesterday, he went ahead to mention the quote in the very land of Lincoln himself.

Despite many references on the Internet to Lincoln saying this quote, there is no evidence to support it. Within The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, he says the phrase “things may” only three times, and never says “things may come,” “things left,” or the word “hustle.” Furthermore, in Lincoln’s era, “hustle” meant to obtain something rather than to put in an energetic effort.

Known widely as a great orator, Abraham Lincoln said (and wrote) many inspiring things during his life and presidency. From the “House Divided” speech to his lesser-known letters and writings, there are plenty of motivational phrases to be found. However, in the decades and centuries following his death, many quotes have been wrongly attributed and disseminated in various publications, with the Internet spurring it all on.

Ruto was able to capture the imagination of the country with his widely popular Bottom-up Model which seeks to empower the low-earning workers by laying more emphasis on them during policy-making. He branded himself with the moniker, ”Hustler”.

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