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Obama visit will boost, slightly, US-Africa ties

Monday, July 27, 2015

Significance

Obama's personal connections to Kenya have ensured that this trip has received much more attention than usual presidential journeys. However, the impact of these visits has been called into question, as expectations for results are often not met.

Impacts

  • The trip is designed in part to mend fences with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which has criticised Obama for continental neglect.
  • Shoring up support in the CBC will help to maintain Democratic party unity in the House of Representatives.
  • Obama's domestic position has been enhanced by his comments on human rights in Kenya, particularly for women.
  • His prestige will help Democrats in 2016 presidential elections.
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