Into Africa

Will Clinton's trip change the way Americans view Africa, and rewrite the terms of U.S. policy?

Is it the media or the message? This is supposed to be the trip that changes Americans' view of Africa and rewrites the terms of U.S. policy. Yet the first, riveting picture bounced back across the Atlantic was of a frightened, scarlet-faced President Bill Clinton shouting "Back!" as he was nearly trampled by screaming, shoving crowds in Ghana's capital of Accra. Complained the Rev. Jesse Jackson, shepherding Clinton across the African continent: "A half-million people were reduced to 40. So America saw us through a keyhole rather than a door." Unruly mobs in sweltering heat, photo ops with men who came...

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