Obama's backchannel to Kenya
From "Obama's Other Life", by Joe Klein in Time.
One of the more extraordinary stories of the Obama campaign has been playing out behind the scenes over the past week as the candidate has been working on a daily basis to try to calm things down in his father's homeland and his grandmother's home, Kenya, where a contested election has led to riots. ...
On January 3, the day of the caucuses, he had a conversation with Bishop Desmond Tutu, who had flown to Nairobi to see if he could begin negotiations with the factions. In the days since his Iowa victory, Obama has had near-daily conversations with the U.S. Ambassador in Kenya or with opposition leader Raila Odinga. As of late this afternoon, before his rally in Rochester, N.H., Obama was trying to reach Kenyan President Kibaki.
We don't know what the content of these discussions were but on the face of things they touched base with the US ambassador to Kenya which suggests some coordination with official policy. Talks with Raila Odinga might be a worry though. Odinga claims he is Obama's cousin and has reached an agreement with Muslim groups to insitutionalize sharia law in parts of Kenya.