Saturday, February 23, 2008
Africa and President Bush Enjoy Each Other
President Bush visited Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana and Liberia and was celebrated by the people in each country. Although the mainstream media seemed a little reluctant to show celebratory greetings President Bush received in these countries, the people showed their appreciation for his support. President Bush has a particularly close relationship with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The U.S. has invested $1.5 billion in Liberia in the past five years.
Live Aid promoter Bob Geldof accompanied U.S. Congressional Representative Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, did not accompany the president on the trip. Payne is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Neither did representatives from TransAfrica. The human rights challenges are great other African countries, including Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Chd, Uganda and Kenya. Economic opportunites are plentiful in two other large African countries: Nigeria and South Africa.