Obama's Promises to Africa in Spotlight on Rare Trip
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Remember when President Obama was a freshman U.S. senator? He and first lady Michelle took a trip to Kenya, his father’s birthplace, and made the following promise to its people:

“I want you all to know that as your ally, your friend and your brother, I will be there in every way I can,” he said, speaking in the Kenyan capital.

By most accounts, President Obama hasn’t lived up to that promise for Kenyans and citizens of several other sub-Saharan nations, who hailed the election of an African-American president as a good thing for relations with the U.S.

According to the New York Times, Obama will again skip Kenya in his second trip to Africa as president. Kenya just elected a president indicted by the International Criminal Court, for allegedly bankrolling death squads driven by ethnic rivalry. That was an outcome the Obama administration wanted to avoid.

President Obama has a little more than three years left to build a legacy on the continent — one that would stand up to those of his two immediate predecessors.

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Aaron Morrison

Aaron Morrison is an award-winning New York area-based multimedia journalist with a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University. Aaron uses video, audio, photography, the web and social networks to tell captivating stories across all media platforms. Over the last year, Aaron has worked as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Record (Gannett) in northern New Jersey. Before that, he spent the spring of 2010 as the temporary legislative relief reporter for The Associated Press' statehouse bureau in Trenton, N.J. In his down time, Aaron enjoys the company of his friends and extended family. He is a fan of culinary arts and dreams of having a home kitchen so tricked out that Julia Child turns over in her grave.

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