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Obama Has Photo Op With (Hated!) George Bush

From a memory challenged Associated Press:

Obama ends Africa trip by joining Bush at memorial

By NEDRA PICKLER | July 2, 2013

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican predecessor President George W. Bush found common ground in Africa on Tuesday, honoring the victims of a terrorist attack in an unprecedented chance encounter a world away from home.

The U.S. presidents had a brief, silent appearance together at a monument to victims of the 1998 embassy bombing here in the east African city where Bush coincidentally happened to be as Obama wrapped up a weeklong tour of the continent. While the two U.S. leaders didn’t say anything publicly, their wives engaged in a warm and chatty joint appearance at a summit on African women…

Bush ended up joining the current president for the wreath-laying ceremony honoring the Tanzanian victims of the simultaneous attacks at the U.S. embassies here and in Kenya masterminded by Osama bin Laden.

The two presidents bowed their heads as a Marine placed the wreath of red, white and blue flowers in front of the large stone memorial on the grounds of the new U.S. Embassy. After a few moments, they shook hands with survivors of the attack and relatives of those killed before walking back into the embassy together in private discussion…

Lest we forget, Mr. Obama’s insistence on giving the terrorists behind this attack civilian trials almost resulted in one of them getting off scot-free.

From the archives of the New York Daily News:

Ahmed Ghailani’s acquittal on nearly all counts in embassy bombings case has big repercussions

By James Gordon Meek | November 18, 2010

WASHINGTON – Ahmed Ghailani was supposed to be the test case, the reason why political opposition to trying Guantanamo goons in civilian courts was just hot air.

But now, after "Foopie" Ghailani was acquitted on all but one count for his role in the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings by Al Qaeda, Team Obama’s hope of trying Gitmo’s worst in civilian courts has been all but dashed…

In fact, the civilian jury found Mr. Ghailani guilty of only one count of conspiracy, but acquitted him of 284 other charges, including all of the murder counts.

Ghailani had been among 14 "high value" detainees held in secret prisons by the CIA before they were transferred to Gitmo to face military tribunals. He was quietly transferred from Cuba to New York City a little more than a year ago by a U.S. Marshals special operations team to stand trial for the deaths of a dozen Americans and hundreds of Kenyans and Tanzanians in the twin bombings 12 years ago.

The Obama White House made it clear that they would not seek the death penalty…

With Ghailani in federal lockup in New York, some… feared the unthinkable, that the Tanzanian Al Qaeda facilitator might be acquitted.

That wasn’t going to happen, Justice Department officials smugly scoffed back then. And if this mope was convicted, they added, it might help build political support for the 9/11 trial being prosecuted in a U.S. district court. [But] Ghailani almost got off the hook…

Fortunately, on January 25, 2011, the presiding judge in the case, sentenced Ghailani to life in prison for the bombing. But no thanks to Obama or Eric Holder.

Still, this verdict helped kill Obama’s efforts to bring all of the detainees from Gitmo to the US for civilian trials. But all of this has been conveniently forgotten by our media guardians.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Has Photo Op With (Hated!) George Bush”

  1. canary says:


    While the BBC explained Laura Bush had to teach and show Michelle Obama how to take part in the Africa’s First Ladies Summit that was started by Laura Bush by the George W Bush Institute,
    the AP plays it down that Michelle Obama thought it was about how to style hair and put on make-up

    DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) —

    Initially the two presidents weren’t even planning to meet while in town, but first lady Michelle Obama joked as she sat next to her predecessor: “They’re learning from us.”

    At that very moment, their wives were putting on a public display of mutual affection in a discussion moderated by American journalist Cokie Roberts. Mrs. Obama said she wanted to appear with Laura Bush because “I like this woman” and it’s therapeutic to share the challenges of their roles.

    “While people are sort of sorting through our shoes and our hair, whether we cut it or not …” Mrs. Obama started.

    “Whether we have bangs,” Mrs. Bush interjected to laughter. Mrs. Obama expressed surprise that her change in hair style this year would prompt so much media coverage. “Who would have thought? I didn’t call that.”

    “But,” Mrs. Obama said, “we take our bangs and we stand in front of important things that the world needs to see. And eventually people stop looking at the bangs and they start looking at what we’re standing in front of.”

    “We hope,” Mrs. Bush joked. Mrs. Obama replied, “They do, and that’s the power of our roles.”

    During a visit to a local power plant built with a U.S. grant, Obama demonstrated a soccer ball designed to bring power to communities off the power grid.

    Obama kicked the ball off his foot and did a low header. “We’re going to start getting these all around Africa,” Obama said. “Pretty impressive stuff.”


    How insulting for Obama to use a soccer ball to explain himself to Africans, and Michelle to think the African women consider bangs a powerful hair style. I think the two have been taking those powerful African herbs that make people go nuts.

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