While 80% of Americans disapprove of Bush in opinion polls, similar polls in Africa show that the same percentage approved of him while in office. When he visited Tanzania last February President Jakaya Kikwete praised Bush commenting that he had been “good friends to our country, and Africa.”
So why do many African’s like President Bush? Since Bush has been in power African Aid quadrupled from $1.3bn to $5bn. In addition billions of dollars were spent by the US to reward good governance programmes to help combat HIV/Aids and malaria.
The love for US Presidents is sure to continue. Obama’s father is Kenyan (from the Nyang’oma Kogelo, Nyanza Province) and as a result has given the people hope and inspiration. The whole country followed the election very closely. His face was everywhere from peoples cars to t-shirts. Songs were sung about him and there was even a musical performed in Nairobi!