All eyes and ears are open regarding what would be President Obama US-African Policy
This incident is leading me to revive my worry and wonder about President-elect Obama’s unstated/understated and generalized or hazy stance regarding on what exactly would be his African policy; or put in another way, what exactly will be the United States African Policy during President Obama’s administration?
Should Africans and people of African descent just assume that the United States would receive better or favorable attention and treatment, unlike what has been the case in the past?
During the campaigns, Senator Obama, as he then was, visited and toured Europe (Berlin, London and Paris etc) He then visited Israel etc all well and good; but no visit to any part of Africa and no mention of what would be his US African Policy. http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/07/24/obama-in-berlin/?scp=1&sq=Obama%20in%20Berlin%20Adujie&st=cse
During the campaigns leading to the elections, I can understand at the time, if some thought Africa was a delicate or even inappropriate distraction for candidate Obama, an issue that could have been amply exploited by his opponents and detractors. But, elections are over now, the Obama presidency policy-positions are being set on crucial issues; and besides, the candidate was emphatic about Israel, just as emphatic and matter-of-factly like the senior Mr. Emmanuel
It really nice to have the symbolism of President Obama as a person of African descent as an American president, he certainly must not be docile regarding Africa. It will be really even nicer still, to begin to know what President Obama would do differently regarding the African continent, and Jamaica, Trinidad/Tobago, Haiti, Antigua, Cuba, Guyana and all the Islands and Caribbean nations etc which brims with peoples of African descent, AND, if not during an Obama presidency, when? When will the lot of Africans and peoples of African descent fare better in terms of US Foreign Policy?
All eyes and ears are open regarding what would be President Obama US-African Policy.
Paul I. Adujie
New York, United States