Monday, February 18, 2008


I may not agree with every stance that President Bush takes on issues, but on this issue I'm very pleased...Bush's policy towards Africa, specifically economically and where humanitarian issues such as malaria and HIV/AIDS are concerned. The past couple of days have found Bush meeting in Africa with important leaders including Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete.

I read in an article that Kikwete told Bush, "The outpouring of warmth and affection from the people of Tanzania that you have witnessed since your arrival is a genuine reflection of what we feel towards you and towards the American people." And, "Different people may have different views about you and your administration and your legacy. But we in Tanzania, if we are to speak for ourselves and for Africa, we know for sure that you, Mr. President, and your administration have been good friends of our country and have been good friends of Africa."

In most parts of Africa, there is widespread recognition that Bush's economic and humanitarian efforts have been very successful. Bush has spent more money on aid to Africa than the previous president, Bill Clinton. His funding to help fight AIDS/HIV and malaria, wide spread killers on the African continent, as well as providing economic assistance to hospitals and schools has made him well liked by most.

Bush has also, according to the Reuters article, "stressed new-style partnerships with Africa based on trade and investment and not purely on aid handouts."

The afore mentioned news story ended with these words---

Because of the U.S. anti-malaria program, 5 percent of patients tested positive for the disease on the offshore islands of Zanzibar in 2007 compared to 40 percent three years earlier, the Tanzanian leader said.

Bush's legacy in Africa would be saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of mothers and children who would otherwise have died from malaria or AIDS and enabling millions of people to get an education, he said.

"I know you leave office in about 12 months' time. Rest assured that you will be remembered for many generations to come for the good things you've done for Tanzania and the good things you have done for Africa," Kikwete said.

I love Africa. And I for one and very grateful to President Bush for all he is doing to bring much needed help to these people...these sick mothers and poor widows, these starving toddlers and abandoned street children, these overworked grandmothers and stretched-thin pastors. There are real people who desperately need someone to step in and do something. I'm glad America and her president is on the right side of this issue.

For the complete Reuters article, follow this link:

(Top photo from Reuters story)


Karen Deborah said...

I like your pic, sweet. Are you going to post a favorite song?

Elysa said...

Thanks, Karen. And thanks for the heads up about the song. I hadn't seen Kelly's post that day for some reason.