Obama Tells University of Cape Town Students America’s Support of Apartheid Moved Him to Engage in Politics

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Obama Tells University of Cape Town Students America’s Support of Apartheid Moved Him to Engage in Politics

President Obama told students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa that America’s support of apartheid moved him to engage in politics. I can hear his critics’ heads exploding. I must admit, I was taken aback to some degree by President Obama’s admission, since we are still grappling with racism in some areas in the U.S., such as the prison system, that continues to jail black men at a higher rate for less serious crimes. Hey, how about the civil rights struggle in the U.S. in the 1960s?

“I actually took my first step in the political life because of South Africa,” Obama said. He added, “Like many young people I thought that cynicism, a certain ironic detachment, was a sign of wisdom and sophistication. But then I learned what was happening here in South Africa.”

“I knew that while brave people were imprisoned just off these shores, on Robben Island, my own government in the United States was not standing on their side. And that’s why I got involved in what was known as the divestment movement in the United States. It was the first time I ever attached myself to a cause,” Obama said.

President Obama Visits Nelson Mandela Jail Cell at Robben Island

President Obama visits Nelson Mandela Robben Island jail cell as he on his three-country African tour. This has to been a touching moment to see where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of the 27 years behind bars for standing up against apartheid.

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President Obama Visits Nelson Mandela Jail Cell at Robben Island (Photo credit: Doug Mills via Twitter)

President Obama also unveiled a $7 billion initiative, dubbed Power Africa, to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa. The funds will be distributed over the next five years.

“More than two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is without electricity, and more than 85% of those living in rural areas lack access,” the White House said in a statement.

Sub-Saharan Africa will need more than $300 billion to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, the statement said.

The preliminary setup will include Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria , Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.

“These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation, and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth,” the statement said. Source: CNN

Riot Police Disperse Anti-Obama Protesters Outside University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus

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Riot Police Disperse Anti-Obama Protesters Outside University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus

The thrill is gone….South African riot police clashed with anti-Obama protesters in Soweto Saturday shortly before President Obama was set to hold a townhall at the Soweto campus of the University of Johannesburg, a Reuters photographer said. Armed police fired stun grenades to disperse the crowd over several hundred protesters.

Separately, President Obama met privately with members of Nelson Mandela’s family. He said, ‘I expressed my hope that Madiba draws peace and comfort from the time that he is spending with loved ones.’

YCL’s Buti Manamela: Obama Touring Africa Over Fears of Chinese Infiltration into Vast African Market

 

South Africa’s Young Communist League national secretary Buti Manamela says President Obama has disappointed millions. He says, “In reality, Obama is here for trade relations, not for the benefit of the continent, but the gain of United States imperialism. The benefit of American companies to continue raping our mineral resources,” the City Press reports.

“We had hoped that with his election those things would come to a decline.”The world had hoped he would withdraw troops from Afghanistan, allow Africans to use African solutions to African problems, and close down the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.

Manamela said these expectations had become a pipe dream. Obama decided to tour Africa because America felt threatened by Chinese infiltration of the vast African market, Manamela said.

“They [the Americans] see that China is already here. It is because of that threat posed by China that America is here. This whole thing [the trip] is influenced by the fact that Africa’s economy is growing,” he said.

“It is opportunistic of the Americans to present this trip as beneficial to the continent when it is part of their battle against China.”

President Obama Accepts Honorary Doctorate from University of Johannesburg

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President Obama Accepts Honorary Doctorate from University of Johannesburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama accepted an honorary doctorate of laws from the University of Johannesburg, vice chancellor Ihron Rensburg announced:

“It is my delight and pleasure to announce, on behalf of the entire community of the University of Johannesburg, that Dr Barack Obama has become our newest alumnus, and that all matters relating to the award were concluded according to the relevant policies and charters of the university,” he said today in a statement.

The fact that Obama’s visit coincided with former president Nelson Mandela’s hospital stay was also cited as a reason for the university not physically conferring the doctorate.

“Accordingly, the ceremonial conferral of the honorary doctorate on Dr Barack Obama will take place at a future occasion on a mutually agreed date,” Rensburg said. Source: City Press

 

 President Obama Accepts Honorary Doctorate from University of Johannesburg

Thrill Is Gone as President Obama’s Favorability Among Democrats Fades

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Thrill Is Gone as President Obama’s Favorability Among Democrats Fades (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The thrill is gone….A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds President Obama’s number among his fellow Democrats softening considerably, despite a majority of Americans regarding him favorably.

President Obama’s favorability currently stands at 53%, compared to 44% of Americans who view him unfavorably.

Obama is viewed favorably by 85% of Democrats, with just 58% strongly favoring the president, down from 72% in January.

 Thrill Is Gone as President Obamas Favorability Among Democrats Fades

Obama’s Berlin Speech Panned as “Weak, Underwhelming Address by a Floundering President”

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Obama’s Berlin Speech Panned as “Weak, Underwhelming Address by a Floundering President” (Photo credit: Wootpeanuts)

It seems that President Obama pulled a Mitt Romney on his European trip — he bombed in Berlin. Well, that’s according to Nile Gardiner, who characterized President Obama’s speech as a “weak, underwhelming address from a floundering president.”

When John F. Kennedy delivered his “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 26, 1963, with 450,000 people in attendance. Ronald Reagan delivered his famous speech June 12, 1987, which included his famous call to “Tear Down This Wall.” 

In stark contrast to that of his presidential predecessors, Barack Obama’s message on Wednesday was pure mush, another clichéd “citizens of the world” polemic with little substance. This was a speech big on platitudes and hopeless idealism, while containing much that was counter-productive for the world’s superpower. Ultimately it was little more than a laundry list of Obama’s favorite liberal pet causes, including cutting nuclear weapons, warning about climate change, putting an end to all wars, shutting Guantanamo, ending global poverty, and backing the European Project. It was a combination of staggering naiveté, the appeasement of America’s enemies and strategic adversaries, and the championing of more big government solutions.

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But Barack Obama underscored again why he is no JFK or Ronald Reagan. In front of the Brandenburg Gate, Obama sounded more like the president of the European Commission than the leader of the free world. It is never a good sign when a US president parrots the language of a Brussels bureaucrat when he is supposed to be a champion of freedom. Obama’s distinctly unimpressive speech in Berlin was another dud from a floundering president whose leadership abroad is just as weak as it is at home.

The National Journal also had a similar take on President Obama’s speech, characterizing his trip as a “turbulent European vacation,” noting “he [President Obama] didn’t come away with much, winning just a smattering of applause from a crowd that was one-hundredth the size of JFK’s.” The crowd was also far less than the 200,000 Germans who witnessed his 2008 address as a presidential candidate. I guess the right is trying to make the argument that President Obama isn’t an international rock star any more. The NSA leaking scandal is weighing heavily on the minds of many, since the argument can be made that the U.S. is spying on everyone, even though other countries like Russia and China aren’t above reproach.

President Kennedy’s Berlin speech:

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President Obama’s Berlin speech:

 Obamas Berlin Speech Panned as Weak, Underwhelming Address by a Floundering President

Right Wing Freak-Out Over Photo President Obama, Daughter Playing With Waterguns

The right wing never stops at manufacturing scandal after scandal. The latest freak-out is over the White House releasing a photograph of President Obama and his daughter playing with water guns by pool during Sasha’s birthday party at Camp David in 2011.   I would think the right wing is besides itself now that President Obama’s approval rating has taken a major hit due to the controversies swirling around his administration.

They are saying it’s hypocritical since “an elementary-school student gets suspended for merely mentioning the word gun, the picture instead stands as an image of hypocrisy, as the White House’s Twitter followers pointed out, The Blaze reported.” Really people? I am sorry, but I don’t believe President Obama ever told any school to suspend students mentioning the word “gun,” Red Alert reports. Melissa Quinn outdid herself by ending the article with this statement:  “As many across the Twitter-sphere react to the Father’s Day photo, they’re telling the President, “you should be suspended from the White House.””

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Right Wing Freak-Out Over Photo President Obama, Daughter Playing With Water Guns (Photo credit:  White House)

President Obama on Father’s Day: “I Try to Be for Michelle and My Girls, What My Father Was Not”

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President Obama on Father’s Day: “I Try to Be for Michelle and My Girls, What My Father Was Not” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama gave a touching Father’s Day message during his weekly address, opening up about his absent father, Barack Obama Sr., who divorced his mother in 1964, three years after the birth of their son. President Obama emphasized the importance of involved fathers in their children’s lives.

“I never really knew my father,” Mr Obama said in the address. “I was raised by two wonderful grandparents. But I still wish that I had a dad who was not only around, but involved, another role model.

“That’s why I try to be, for Michelle and my girls, what my father was not for my mother and me.”

Barack Obama senior,  who was a Kenyan economist, died in a 1982 car accident, 11 years after he last saw Barack junior.

 President Obama on Fathers Day: I Try to Be for Michelle and My Girls, What My Father Was Not

President Obama Cancels Safari Trip Over Security Costs, Right Wing Freak Out Anyway

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President Obama Cancels Safari Trip Over Security Costs, Right Wing Freak Out Anyway. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here we go again, every time President Obama and his family take a vacation, the right wing freaks out. President Obama cancels safari trip in Tanzania because of the cost of security, during his trip to Africa later this month. Of course, he won’t be applauded for it, instead,  someone chose to leak that snipers will be on hand to shoot any lions or other wild animals that come near the First Couple.

Any journey by the president, such as one scheduled next week for Northern Ireland and Germany, is an immense and costly logistical challenge. But the trip to Africa is complicated by a confluence of factors that could make it one of the most expensive of Obama’s tenure, according to people familiar with the planning.

The first family is making back-to-back stops from June 26 to July 3 in three countries where U.S. officials are providing nearly all the resources, rather than depending heavily on local police forces, military authorities or hospitals for assistance.

The president and first lady had also planned to take a Tanzanian safari as part of the trip, which would have required the president’s special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat, according to the planning document.

But officials said Thursday that the safari had been canceled in favor of a trip to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner.

The right wing hypocrisy is glaring. Not a word from anyone when former presidents George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush or Ronald Reagan went on vacation but they freak out when President Obama makes a move. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also went to Africa and I can remember hearing any freak-out over those trips. Would President Obama’s critics prefer that he take Delta Airlines on official U.S. business?

 President Obama Cancels Safari Trip Over Security Costs, Right Wing Freak Out Anyway