Lord Crimson

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Bush Praised In Rwanda

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The news media has proven over time to be more self-serving than actually interested in doing their job, which is reporting the news. If events don’t meet their world-view then they hide it away or downplay it as needed.

Media bias seems to have again outweighed the need to let people know what is happening. You may or may not have heard, but President Bush has traveled to Rwanda and Ghana getting the lay of the land as to foreign aid distribution. This is a good sign and much preferred over the proven futility of just sending money, then hoping it will get to the right places.

Bob Geldof of Live Aid fame praised Mr. Bush for his work in delivering billions to fight disease and poverty in Africa, and blasted the U.S. press for ignoring the achievement.

Mr. Bush has done more than any other president has so far. This is the triumph of American policy really,” he said. “It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion.”

“What’s in it for Mr. Bush? Absolutely nothing,” Mr. Geldof said.

Mr. Geldof said that the president has failed “to articulate this to Americans” but said he is also “pissed off” at the press for their failure to report on this good news story.

“You guys didn’t pay attention,” Geldof said to a group of reporters from all the major newspapers.

Bush administration officials, incidentally, have also been quite displeased with some of the press coverage on this trip that they have viewed as overly negative and ignoring their achievements.

Will this be a long-term fix? Given the reality of politics, who really knows? For Africa’s sake and for the generous people of American we can only wait and see if this round of aid will make a difference.


Written by Lord Crimson

February 19, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Posted in Africa, Life, News, Politics, Poverty

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  1. Hi LC,

    I’ve been following the tiny bit of news that has leaked out about Bush’s trip. My initial thought is that it’s a shame that real Africans appreciate him, and our Country, more that African-Americans do. After a little more contemplation, it also came to me that a 5 year ban on mosquito control efforts here in the US might make give our population a better perspective on just how well off we are.

    the Grit

    the Grit

    February 21, 2008 at 9:02 pm

  2. Hi Grit

    For some strange reason watching Bush dance around tossing money at every stop reminded me of a sailor on shore leave. It may be short lived, but it was nice to see what appeared to be appreciation from the locals.

    No matter how much is given here it’s clear that too much is not enough.

    Lord Crimson

    Lord Crimson

    February 22, 2008 at 1:23 am

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