There are wide-ranging protests against Barack Obama’s foreign policy as he travels in South Africa – they want the US to leave Iran alone. In an interesting sidenote, Obama was told to NOT visit Mandela by Mandela’s wife. During the visit, Obama took the time to blame Bush for his [Obama’s] failures in Africa.
Insofar as I can tell, we do leave Iran alone to build their bomb and Obama would like to destroy all our nuclear weapons. He is on the same page with them.
Prior to leaving the states, he talked of his hopes to see Nelson Mandela but would leave it to the family. Obama is now making it seem as if it is his choice to not visit Mandela. Obama said “I don’t need a photo-op” and I “don’t want to intrude.” He said, “The last thing I want to do is to be in any way obtrusive at a time when the family is concerned with Nelson Mandela’s condition.”
As it turns out, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Nelson’s wife, said it would not be right for the US president to visit Mr Mandela while he was in a critical condition.
Almost 1,000 trade unionists, Muslim activists and South African Communist Party members marched through the capital to the U.S. Embassy, where they burned an American flag and called Obama’s foreign policy “arrogant and oppressive.”
Prior to being elected, Obama promised his Muslim backgound would unite us with Muslims. He had a special relationship with them. Muslim activists in South Africa for their part prayed for Obama’s redemption in a car park outside the embassy. Leader Imam Sayeed Mohammed told the group: “We hope that Mandela feels better and that Obama can learn from him.”
There were many South Africans who applauded Obama’s visit, because they see him as one of their own. Funny, a lot of us think that too – he’s more African-Socialist than American.
Both Obama and Mandela were the first black presidents of their nations and both received the Nobel Peace Prize, but only one earned it.
Obama met with Zuma and offered his prayers for Mandela.
George W. Bush whose broad vision to save Africans from AIDS and now uterine cancer has literally saved millions of Africans. His accomplishments in Africa can now be compared with Barack H. Obama’s. Obama is thinking about recruiting some 500 African students to get training in the United States.
Obama even blamed his failures in Africa on Bush.
“Given the budget constraints, for us to try to get the kind of money that President Bush was able to get out of the Republican House for massively scaled new foreign aid programs is very difficult,” Obama said.
Obama had the House for the first two years of his term and did nothing but foist an unpopular health bill on the American public. Bush also received matching funds from the UN which Obama could seek now if he had a vision.
Obama’s message while in South Africa – oddly – had nothing to do with LGBT’s but he wants to reach the young about the legacy of Mandela. Obama said, “He showed that when you lead with integrity, when you are more concerned about what is right than simply being in power, you can perform miracles. You can bring about incredible change,” said Obama.
They need Obama to teach them about Mandela?
Obama knows incredible change. He is taking a well-functioning Republic with real freedom and turning it into a declining Banana Republic.
To date, this visit is not worth $100 million taxpayer dollars.