When President Kikwete was given an audience with President Obama.. it was made a huge deal although in fact it was not.. compared to what transpired between Nyerere and his friend Kennedy. Before this meeting there was ongoing discussion on the future of Tanganyika. The meeting was necessitated by the then growing situation in Southern Africa (South Africa and Angola) on which Nyerere had written to Kennedy asking for US's support in bringing it under control. In the letter (which I'll provide sometime next week) Nyerere articulated the reasons why he had to ask for the US's support. In his reply, Kennedy invited Nyerere to visit him and have a person to person conversation on the matter. This is part of the story.