Raila Odinga and nearly all the people from the Lake side have in the last one decade associated themselves with Obama. However, not many people know that Obama in a way helped solve the crisis in the country during 2007/008 violence.
Obama contributed in uniting Odinga with former Head of State Mwai Kibaki during the 2007-08 post-election violence.
Series of messages from Obama to the two leaders during the heightened violence including an exclusive phone call to Odinga show that he was keenly following the events that were happening in Kenya.
After the call, the outgoing US President stated that Odinga agreed to meet with Kibaki to discuss on ways of having an amicable solution to the dispute as documented in a book: The Obama Nation by Jerome R. Corsi.
“If the country sees you talking and a willingness to resolve this political situation peacefully, a powerful message will be sent to the people. The country would see the message that both you and Kibaki do not want chaos and that violence on all sides must stop,” Obama was quoted as having told Mr Odinga.
This culminated in the formation of the coalition government under agreeable terms to both parties who settled on a 50-50 division of power.