- Sep 5, 2006
Looks like we are in a losing battle hapa. Huyu Mkewere naamini alifanya kitu kule Bagamoyo..yaani pamoja na kumporomoshea madogo lakini Tazama wazungu wanavyomsifia...Imagine Ikulu wangekuwa na website! this would have a good news clip lakini wapi Salava is more interested na kuwaburuza wenzie
Even though that part of the question was not directed at him, Bush weighed in first with mock exasperation that everyone seemed to be forgetting he was treated like a rock star on the trip. "It seemed like there was a lot of excitement for me, wait a minute," the President said to laughter. "Maybe you missed it."
Then after Bush answered the first part of Loven's question, which was about criticism over the focus on abstinence in his AIDS plan, the President turned to Kikwete and wondered aloud whether he wanted to answer the question about U.S. politics. "See, she didn't ask me it because she knew I wouldn't answer the question," said Bush, who has been trying with mixed success to refrain from opining on the exciting race to succeed him.
But Kikwete ducked any kind of endorsement in the U.S. election, instead heaping some praise on Bush.
"Well, I don't think I can venture into that territory, either," said Kikwete. "Of course, people talk with excitement of Obama well, our excitement is that President Bush is at the end of his term, and the U.S. is going to get a new President, whoever that one is. For us, the most important thing is, let him be as good [a] friend of Africa as President Bush has been."
Public relations crisis averted. If Kikwete had launched into a speech about the wonders of Obama, U.S. journalists here would have been scurrying to file stories about how the Democratic upstart was trumping Bush's Legacy Tour.
Surely this was just a case of Kikwete being a smart politician who didn't fall into the trap of upstaging his guest. But then again, that $700 million aid check Bush had forked over to Kikwete a few minutes earlier probably fostered a wee bit of goodwill too.