Critics call out Obama leniency towards government

US President Barack Obama (right) greets the crowd after speaking at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi on July 26, 2015. The long term possibilities of Obama’s lenient approach will be interesting. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Johnnie Carson and Mark Bellamy, wrote an opinion article in The New York Times, calling on the US president to “tread carefully, but not silently.
  • Selecting safe subjects for discussion and also safe speakers to raise issues on those topics, was seen as key to ensuring that meeting remained within the scope of what was tolerable by them.
  • In the end, Ruto and members of his family, all visibly nervous, met with the president.

There is growing sentiment that President Barack Obama was too soft on the Jubilee administration during his visit to Kenya last week, and that he missed an opportunity to express himself about key governance concerns.


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