What Obama victory means for Kenya

US President Barack Obama and family arrive on stage after winning the 2012 US presidential election in Chicago November 7, 2012. Obama swept to re-election, forging history again by defying the dragging economic recovery and high unemployment which haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney. PHOTO / Saul LOEB /

What you need to know:

  • What can we expect of him in his second term? What should we do to squeeze more out of his administration? In his first term, President Obama was a disappointment for Africa.
  • Obama has made the African engagement with European Union under Economic Partnership Agreements sound like a generous deal by just pretending that lifting duty on a small basket of products is all it takes to grow solidarity with the land of his father.
  • Because we love our son, we have been in a hurry to excuse these failings. The American economy has been in bad shape. The domestic rivals were forcing his attention to remain local.

The resounding victory of Barack Obama over Mitt Romney has understandably elicited great joy and celebration in Kenya and much of Africa.


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