White House sees great 'bang for buck' from Obama in Africa
President Barack Obama (R) waves to Vice President Joe Biden. The White House on Friday insisted President Barack Obama's looming trip to Africa was overdue and would give great 'bang for the buck,' pushing back at concerns over the journey's cost. Ben Rhodes, a top foreign policy aide to Obama, admitted that the president, despite his Kenyan heritage, had focused far more on other regions, including Asia and Europe, than Africa, despite crucial US interests there.
Rhodes noted that Obama had traveled multiple times to the Asia-Pacific region, as part of a rebalancing of US foreign policy there and had made many trips to Europe, so Africa needed some attention. You've got some of the fastest growing economies in Africa.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that plans for Obama to take a safari with his family in Tanzania had been canceled due to budgetary concerns.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online