Let’s see, we’ve got Fast & Furious, surveillance and wiretapping of reporters, a massive IRS scandal, the stench of ObamaCare, intimidation of opposition and an American public fed up with the government. So how ironice is it Obama goes to Africa and lectures about corruption? In the meantime, he pledges $7 billion for electricity projects, then says he’s not offering handouts. All this on the most expensive vacation in the history of the planet.
Obama cautioned in his speech that, despite freer societies and growing economies, much needs to be done to eradicate poverty, shed corruption and eliminate conflict.
“We know this progress rests on a fragile foundation,” he said. “Across Africa, the same institutions that should be the backbone of democracy can all too often be infected with the rot of corruption.”
He pledged that the United States would do its part, not by offering handouts, but by partnering with African governments and private companies to lure businesses to the continent. That would come in the form of a new $7 billion program to double access to electricity and continuing efforts to produce new food technologies and reduce illness.
“We are moving beyond the simple provision of assistance, foreign aid, to a new model of partnership,” he said.
Obama also may appear in Tanzania with former President George W. Bush, who has been working against AIDS, cancer and malaria in Africa. Michelle Obama already plans to appear at an event with Laura Bush and African first ladies.