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Obama To Africa: End Tyranny, Corruption

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Obama declares to Africa: End tyranny, corruption

By Mark S. Smith, Associated Press Writer

ACCRA, Ghana – An American president who has "the blood of Africa within me" praised and scolded the continent of his ancestors Saturday, asserting forces of tyranny and corruption must yield if Africa is to achieve its promise.

"Yes you can," Barack Obama declared, dusting off his campaign slogan and adapting it for his foreign audience. Speaking to the Ghanaian Parliament, he called upon African societies to seize opportunities for peace, democracy and prosperity.

"This is a new moment of great promise," he said. "To realize that promise, we must first recognize a fundamental truth that you have given life to in Ghana: Development depends upon good governance. That is the ingredient which has been missing in far too many places, for far too long. That is the change that can unlock Africa’s potential."

The son of a white woman from Kansas and a black goat herder-turned-academic from Kenya, Obama delivered an unsentimental account of squandered opportunities in postcolonial Africa.

America’s first black president spoke with a bluntness that perhaps could only come from a member of Africa’s extended family.

"No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or if police can be bought off by drug traffickers," he said

"No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the Port Authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.

"That is not democracy, that is tyranny, even if occasionally you sprinkle an election in there," he said, "and now is the time for that style of governance to end."

He added: "Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions."

The 33-minute address was in part a splash of cold water for Africans who blame colonialism for their problems.

Obama spoke of the indignities visited upon Africans from the era of European rule. He said his grandfather, a cook for the British in Kenya, was called "boy" by his employers for much of his life despite his being a respected village elder. He said it was a time of artificial borders and unfair trade.

But he said the West is not to blame "for the destruction of the Zimbabwean economy over the last decade, or wars in which children are enlisted as combatants." Nor for the corruption that is a daily fact of life for many, he said.

"Africa is not the crude caricature of a continent at perpetual war," he said. Yet for "far too many Africans, conflict is a part of life, as constant as the sun. There are wars over land and wars over resources. And it is still far too easy for those without conscience to manipulate whole communities into fighting among faiths and tribes.

"These conflicts are a millstone around Africa’s neck." …

The president pledged America’s partnership in Africa’s growth. Specifically, he said he would make sure U.S. aid gets to the people who need it most, such as farmers and entrepreneurs, not Western consultants and administrators

If this isn’t the pot calling the kettle half-black, we don’t know what is.

The son of a white woman from Kansas and a black goat herder-turned-academic from Kenya, Obama delivered an unsentimental account of squandered opportunities in postcolonial Africa.

Isn’t it nice to see the Associated Press repeating this long debunked lie sentimental fantasy about Mr. Obama senior being a ‘goat herder.’

In fact, he was no such thing. What he was, however, was a fervent communist who wanted to impose the communist system upon Kenya.

The apple did not fall far from the tree.

"No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the Port Authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.”

Just ask Mayor Daley, Mr. Blagojevich or Mr. Burriss.

Indeed, just ask any Democrat in any position of power at any level of this country.

Obama spoke of the indignities visited upon Africans from the era of European rule. He said his grandfather, a cook for the British in Kenya, was called "boy" by his employers for much of his life despite his being a respected village elder.

Speaking of fantasies, this race-baiting detail is somehow never mentioned in Mr. Obama’s first autobiography, Dreams Of My Father.

We strongly suspect it was made up on the spot, as Mr. Obama is wont to do.

And continuing the fantasy theme:

The president pledged America’s partnership in Africa’s growth. Specifically, he said he would make sure U.S. aid gets to the people who need it most, such as farmers and entrepreneurs, not Western consultants and administrators.

That’s right, Mr. Obama. It’s those damn Western consultants and administrators who have made Africa so corrupt.

“White man’s greed runs a world in need.”

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 11th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

26 Responses to “Obama To Africa: End Tyranny, Corruption”

  1. jobeth says:

    Steve, my whole thought while reading that was “Pot…meet Kettle”! You beat me to it. :-)

  2. jobeth says:

    Just occurred to me. Wouldn’t be something if all those Africans that were moved to respond audibly to Obalmy’s speech decided that they were fed up with all the corruption in their country and began rising up against the only “democracy” in Africa?

    I’m waiting to see how this all plays out in the long run.

  3. bronzeprofessor says:

    The main problem, methinks, is that a leader will exhaust the capital he can draw from speeches after a while. While many people view O’s oratory as one of his strengths, he may have already gotten all the mileage he can get from delivering soaring rhetoric. It is starting to feel empty. Too much of his team’s focus has been on selecting the right words and staging the proper effect for deliverance of careful language. Not enough focus has been on just doing stuff…. On the latter problem, I find myself ironically agreeing with Bill Maher and Jon Stewart, who have both been saying recently words to the effect of, “we know you can give a good speech, now just get off our TV screens for a while and get busy doing things.”

    It also feels, in Obama’s speech, like he views all of Africa as one big entity, rather than a complex continent with many different levels of corruption or lawfulness. Remember when Palin was smeared (falsely) for thinking Africa was a country? It seems that smear is more appropriate if applied logic to the rhetoric here.

    • neocon mom says:

      “It also feels, in Obama’s speech, like he views all of Africa as one big entity, rather than a complex continent with many different levels of corruption or lawfulness. Remember when Palin was smeared (falsely) for thinking Africa was a country? It seems that smear is more appropriate if applied logic to the rhetoric here.”

      But it is identifiable in the way the left views Africa today. I expressed my displeasure that my son’s school legitimizes the phony baloney, profoundly oversimplified concept espoused by Kwaanza, that there is unity among black Africans because of their skin color. It should be rejected by anyone who has studied Africa or who has eyes and ears to see what is happening there today. Worse though, it reminds one of the illegitimate notion of unity among the “Aryan” race. It is an offense to logic and decency to embrace or advance this faux holiday (not to mention its less than respectable founder, Ron Karenga.)

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Obama spoke of the indignities visited upon Africans from the era of European rule. He said his grandfather, a cook for the British in Kenya, was called “boy” by his employers for much of his life despite his being a respected village elder.”

    Ah, so. All of the white race is now to suffer because of this and any other past transgression. I therefore hold the decendants of the black natives, who sold other tribe members to white slave traders, responsible to this day then and they must pay reparations for enabling the slave trade they forced on whites under the excuse of “just trying to make a dollar”.

    While I’m at it, I’m gonna sue the entire American Indian populace for teaching the white man to smoke, thus killing millions of “my people”. I am outraged.

    And, since I’m on a roll…I’m gonna hold Italy personally responsible for damages to my fellow christians 2,000 years ago for “crimes and persecution of a high nature”. Although I’m not a practicing christian, it is sufficient that my ancestors suffered significantly so that I get my million dollars in “fariness money”.

    And, just to be on the safe side, I want reparations from the school bus driver who yelled at me when I was eight years old and made me sit down on my tunafish sandwich.
    ———————————
    Honestly, Barry, the indignities of racism in the past are well-documented. So much so that every time I hear another one I don’t even have the inclination to yawn. Every nation in history has practiced some form of it. Why is it that the US is the only nation that sees a profit in this crapola?

    Answer: Lawyers. Of which Blammo is one and thus, sees the world as an object lesson in tort law. I’ve watched this guy for six months and I don’t like him for decades.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Bully …….Bully!!!
      Nicely said and eloquently put!!

    • jobeth says:

      “I’ve watched this guy for six months and I don’t like him for decades.”

      He makes me sick too. I feel tortured every time I even think of him.

      I know..Lets all sue for reparations!!! Yeah…that’s the ticket! :-D Hey, that makes as much sense as them sueing…and they didn’t even have to endure the pain. Their ancestors did it for ’em.

  5. islandman says:

    And continuing the fantasy theme:

    The president pledged America’s partnership in Africa’s growth. Specifically, he said he would make sure U.S. aid gets to the people who need it most, such as farmers and entrepreneurs, not Western consultants and administrators.

    Now where have we seen this before ?
    As more and more Americans lose their jobs and need assistance Congress spends more and more on trips such as to the Galapagos and Italy. Obama travels with his family once a fortnight and takes $300,000 trips to NYS to have a night out with the wife ! ACORN officials get higher and higher salaries and Freddie and Fannie executives get ever increasing bonuses.

    California goes bankrupt with a $32 billion deficit hole AND huge debt. The responce of the Democratic Party politicians and liberal media ( see Western Consultants and administrators above) is to castigate the “stupid” electorate who do not want to pay more taxes and declare that there will be massive service and job cuts but the liberal administrators will still maintain their high paying jobs and be PAID ONTIME and not with I.O.Us.

    Having come from a Third World country it is ironic to see the world’s greatest country with all it’s academics printing reams of liberal non sustainable academic nonsense advising other countries, while at the same time in their own backyard they and their cohorts are proving to be immature, incompetent, self centered, greedy, selfish clowns living in their ivory towers pontificating about real Americans who are the backbone of the greatest country on Earth. Even they and their mindless supporters will soon feel the effects of the years of liberal nonsustainable academic and media driven policies that has slowly gutted American insitiutions and made a mockery of politics. Then they will all be hoping for change in the person of a Sarah Palin to cut through the lies that have sustained New York and California elites for the past 40 years.

    • bronzeprofessor says:

      “Then they will all be hoping for change in the person of a Sarah Palin to cut through the lies that have sustained New York and California elites for the past 40 years.”

      I am already at the hoping for Palin stage! :)

      Which island did you come from, islandman?

    • jobeth says:

      Islandman….Here, here, well said! It’s good to hear the truth from someone who knows the truth first hand as yourself.

      “Even they and their mindless supporters will soon feel the effects of the years of liberal nonsustainable academic and media driven policies that has slowly gutted American insitiutions and made a mockery of politics. ”

      The term “useful idiots” come to mind here. They will someday feel the pain they were so instrumental in putting in place. Lets hope and pray they fail first.

      Thanks for your post. I enjoyed reading it.

  6. DGA says:

    “he said he would make sure U.S. aid gets to the people who need it most, such as farmers and entrepreneurs,”

    And yet this a**hole is going all out to destroy those same people in America. Despicable, lying marxist commie wannabe, born of a communits agitator and a ’60s hippie mother. Who would have guessed anything else??

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      … don’t forget alcoholic, communist agitator who lost his legs and life in two of his drunken episodes.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    ” No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.”

    Nope, and you can ask anyone in GM or Chrysler to vouch for that. You nailed it Barry. Funny how even when you lie, you tell some form of truth.

  8. GetBackJack says:

    quote – The president pledged America’s partnership in Africa’s growth. Specifically, he said he would make sure U.S. aid gets to the people who need it most, such as farmers and entrepreneurs, not Western consultants and administrators. – end quote

    A Must-See video report from Pajamas Media TV, interviewing the Minority Leader of the House in Honduras

    http://www.pjtv.com/?cmd=video&video-id=2143

    … where he explicitly cites how much $$$ America and European nations have sent that lousy Zelaya and Honduras as aid, and how NONE OF IT got to the people who need it. Every dollar of it was diverted. And then goes on the describe security camera footage they now have of Zelaya and top Cabinet members with WHEELBARROWS carting out millions of actual dollars as they seek to get out. When the Army entered the Presidential Palace they found millions and millions of US Dollars, actual currency.

    So, President Obama … Iit does not good to talk about making sure. YOUR HAVE TO MAKE SURE. And so far, not one of my tax dollars has gotten to anyone it was meant for. Not in the 40 years I’ve been taxed.

    Here me, Bono?

  9. tranquil.night says:

    “No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or if police can be bought off by drug traffickers,” he said

    “No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the Port Authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery.

    “That is not democracy, that is tyranny, even if occasionally you sprinkle an election in there,” he said, “and now is the time for that style of governance to end.”

    WHOA! Yeah, here’s to wondering if those quotes won’t come back to bite O’blah-blah square in the 16 year old girl’s toosh-toosh he was scoping hard.

    But this is a very interesting and clear portrayal of Liberal Philosophy at work, and bless Nerobama he certainly gives us a clear example almost daily. First off however, one most note that the entire context of his speech is that he’s the first American to understand the African predicament apparently because of his father and his blood. The whole messianic complex has definitely kicked into overdrive at this point.

    It is easy to point fingers, and to pin the blame for these problems on others. Yes, a colonial map that made little sense bred conflict, and the West has often approached Africa as a patron, rather than a partner. But the West is not responsible for the destruction of the Zimbabwean economy over the last decade, or wars in which children are enlisted as combatants

    If I may translate here, he’s telling Africa to get with the times here. In the 21st century, hate isn’t resolved through violence, but through vengeance justice. What he’s saying basically is ‘hey look how I’m not dealing with Ahmadinejad, look at what I’m doing with Zelaya – just look clean and you got America’s support, and money! Just stop the brutal killing and I can save you!’

    And it is still far too easy for those without conscience to manipulate whole communities into fighting among faiths and tribes.

    Again, get with the times Africa. That’s what ACORN COI is for. Warlords are just so oldfashion. Look at Putin, now that guy has the right idea. Half the world in the palm of his hands and the guy sits out in the forest, meditates and fishes all day.

  10. Chinnubie says:

    I actually sat through half of this speech yesterday, because obviously, I had nothing else to do. Anyway he is consistently contradicting himself and NO ONE picked up on this little quote,

    “In Zimbabwe where the election support networks braved brutal repression to stand up for the principle that a persons vote is their sacred right. Make no mistake history is on the side of these brave Africans, not with those who use coups or change constitutions to stay in power.”

    Isn’t this the same President that got his administration to get involved (meddle) in the Honduran situation where the current President of Honduras Mel Zelaya was attempting to CHANGE the constitution to stay in power?

    Now I’m just a man with a better than average intelligence, not a real brilliant scholar like these AP reporters, but I would think that this was a pretty important contradiction with the policy of this countries (U.S.) administration.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Obama say he wanted Zelaya placed back into the Presidency of Honduras?

  11. canary says:

    What hoot to play sympathy for his grandfather in Kenya. fairy tale dreams

    pg 369 Obama learns that his family nick-named him “the terror” because he was so “mean”. lot’s of the children and grandchildren. He raped and beat his many wifes that would run away from him, because of it. He was always beating someone for petty things. AND he chose to work for the British who taught the ignorant man how to farm. Family felt most of problems stemmed from this grandfather.

    Grandfather volunteered to work for British and served as a “captain”. One day he just left to follow the Englis white men for 3 monthes, came back dressed like a white man. His father (O’s great-grandfather disowned his grandfather for this. 398. His grandfather then started working for the white man. because he’d learned the language. pg 401 Obama’s grandfather “PROSPERED” and O’s grandfather believed the black Africans needed to be beat to get work out of them, though he himself would not allow abuse.
    Nothing about being called “boy”. Must have sounded good for his seech.
    He was muslim and did not understand forgiveness. Something Obama doesn’t understand either. O’s grandfather considered the black man dumb and lazy, unlike the white man. O’s aunt tells him, that his grandfather’s name appeared on a list of KANU as a subversive, and so he was “detained”. Didn’t use the word imprisoned. Also, when O’s mean grandfather died the
    death certificate said he had no scars or tribal marks.
    “no where is it written he was called boy.” He was a captain.

    • jobeth says:

      Canary,

      thanks for doing this. I like being able to get a closer look at what he wrote and for the life of me I can’t find it in me to sit and read this stuff. I view what you are doing ss “taking it on the chin” for the rest of us :-D who want to know what the books say but can’t stomach him.

      Also I love to read your thoughts. You often say things that the rest of us feel and think.! Keep up the great work.

  12. proreason says:

    He’s certainly an audacious conman.

    The crime boss ne of Chicago, now of Washington, lecturing other countries on morals and corruption.

    Could there possibly be more laughably ironic advice.

    Like a Michael Jackson on steroids, the contemptable clown finds nothing wrong with HIS vile despoilation of everything good in America while lecturing the entire world on what morality and justice is.

    But hey, his family has a lot in common with the gloved one, and their minds seem to work a lot alike. Except, I don’t think Michael was as pure evil as our little Obamy is.

  13. Steve says:

    I meant to post this earlier.

    From the original article:

    Obama spoke of the indignities visited upon Africans from the era of European rule. He said his grandfather, a cook for the British in Kenya, was called “boy” by his employers for much of his life despite his being a respected village elder. He said it was a time of artificial borders and unfair trade.

    But ‘Dreams’ (pp 218-9) seems to tell a different story:

    I also did not always understand what your grandfather thought. It was difficult, because he did not like people to
    know him so well. Even when he spoke to you, he would look away for fear that you would know his thoughts. So it
    was with his attitude towards the white man. One day he would say one thing, and the next day it was as if he was
    saying something else. I know that he respected the white man for his power, for his machines and weapons and the
    way he organized his life. He would say that the white man was always improving himself, whereas the African was
    suspicious of anything new. “The African is thick,” he would sometimes say to me. “For him to do anything, he needs
    to be beaten.”
    But despite these words, I don’t think he ever believed that the white man was born superior to the African. In fact, he
    did not respect many of the white man’s ways or their customs. He thought many things that they did were foolish or
    unjust. He himself, he would never allow himself to be beaten by a white man. This is how he lost many jobs. If the
    white man he worked for was abusive, he would tell the man to go to hell and leave to find other work. Once, an
    employer tried to cane him, and your grandfather grabbed the man’s cane and thrashed him with it. For this he was
    arrested, but when he explained what had happened, the authorities let him off with a fine and a warning.

    Somehow Obama’s grandfather doesn’t sound like the type to let himself be called ‘boy.’

    But what’s another ‘white lie’ among friends.

    • proreason says:

      “Even when he spoke to you, he would look away for fear that you would know his thoughts. So it was with his attitude towards the white man. One day he would say one thing, and the next day it was as if he was saying something else. I know that he respected the white man for his power, for his machines and weapons and the way he organized his life.”

      Sounds like a Chicago community organizer currently imposing Marxism on the world.

      If there is one thing the Moron is good at, it’s talking out of 3 sides of his mouth at the same time.

    • dulcimergrl says:

      Like I said in another thread, everything, and I mean EVERY WORD, out of obambi’s mouth is a lie.

  14. jobeth says:

    “One day he would say one thing, and the next day it was as if he was saying something else.”

    ‘splains a lot! Obamy’s lies are only genetic? (sarc)

    “But despite these words, I don’t think he ever believed that the white man was born superior to the African”.

    Wanna bet? That’s usually where this anger comes from.

    If someone tries to tell me they are superior to me, I don’t become angry, I just out perform them and I can then enjoy THEIR anger. Anger comes from frustration of not being able to best someone. Not in the satisfaction that you have bested someone else.

    Its all about performance. (performance = power ,,, less performance = less power) Thus the off hand remark of having to beat a black man to get them to work. Sounds to me like this is what ol’ grandpa was saying.

    That being said, no one would fault grandpa for quitting a job where someone would beat him.

    But in the end…Just like grandpa…Obalmy too is quilty of … “One day he would say one thing, and the next day it was as if he was saying something else.” As I said…genetic? Yep…my bet.

  15. MinnesotaRush says:

    I checked the dictionary for hypocrite .. yup .. there he was, o-blah-blah.

    Then I looked up liar. You got it. There he was again. Was listed under habitual, too.

    Go figger!

  16. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Steve,

    As you have pointed out. In our society that, at one time, had literary names to match up to the great Eurpoean literary masters, now has publishers who only work the money. Thus, if some poorly presented and equally poorly written lettuce sandwich of a book that will garner some quick cash even if the reputation of the publisher takes (yet another) hit, then so be it. It’s all about bucks, not Buckley anymore, so…so what?

    And, while America is reading the mental masturbations of this never-quite-grown-up adolescent-in-charge, reason, logic, sense all take yet a further back seat all in the name of racial justice, and his anger towards whites.

    I can only speak for myself when I say that if I went to high school with this guy, as non-violent a person as I am, I would easily, EASILY have yelled at him for a whiny, spoiled, self-absorbed, out-of-touch, lazy pansy.

    Unfortunately though, even in the class of ’79, that would have only resulted in his being raised up to some level of victimization.

    His books suck. His writing sucks. His ghost-writer’s writing sucks and he is unable to present the truth in any way, shape, form or even (yes, dare I say it?) COLOR.

    He is not descended of slaves. He is in no way a touch-stone to even begin to discuss the history of it. And the liberals have chosen as their representative the LAST person on the face of the earth to make their case.

    But, by today’s standard….who cares about truth, facts, real evidence anymore? He looks good in dem shoes, don’t he? Num sayin?’ Word!

  17. wardmama4 says:

    asserting forces of tyranny and corruption must yield if AfricaAmerica is to achieve its promise

    There I fixed that for Obama & the AP


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