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The O. Presidency

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2009 at 7:07 PM

What Obama’s Doing Right:


1) Creatively Continuing Foreign Aid to Africa

            When Obama was a candidate, his website stated many direct problems in Africa that deserve America’s attention. Those are as follows, “stopping the genocide in Darfur, passing legislation to promote stability in the Congo and to bring a war criminal to justice in Liberia, mobilizing international pressure for a just government in Zimbabwe, fighting corruption in Kenya, demanding honesty on HIV/AIDS in South Africa, developing a coherent strategy for stabilizing Somalia, and traveling across the continent raising awareness for these critical issues.” (link below)

            Also stated was the need for focus on the long term challenges of, “education, poverty reduction, disease, strengthening democratic institutions and spurring sustainable economic development”

            One more idea I loved was making diplomacy a priority in Africa. Obama and Biden will, “expand our foreign service, and develop our civilian capacity to work alongside the military.” It’s time for America’s presence overseas to be that of humanitarian civilian service, and that can change the world.

            Lofty goals, but so was JFK’s decision to go to the moon.

            Sen. Obama worked with Sen. Brownback (R-KS) to pass the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act in 2006. After former President Bush’s final State of the Union, Sen. Obama made it clear he supports what Bush has done in Africa. Gutsy move, I like it.

            As to fighting poverty, here’s another promise from his site, “Obama and Joe Biden will double our annual investment in foreign assistance from $25 billion in 2008 to $50 billion by the end of his first term and make the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs link below to learn more), which aim to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015, America’s goals. They will fully fund debt cancellation for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries in order to provide sustainable debt relief and invest at least $50 billion by 2013 for the global fight against HIV/AIDS, including our fair share of the Global Fund. (link below)”

            Today on The White House Blog we saw George Clooney, sitting with VP Biden, discussing his recent trip to Eastern Chad. The Oval Office has its eye on creatively continuing foreign aid to Africa and I’m excited.

            “When you go to places like Africa and you see this problem up close, you realize that it’s not a question of either treatment or prevention – or even what kind of prevention – it is all of the above. It is not an issue of either science or values – it is both. Yes, there must be more money spent on this disease. But there must also be a change in hearts and minds, in cultures and attitudes. Neither philanthropist nor scientist, neither government nor church, can solve this problem on their own – AIDS must be an all-hands-on-deck effort.” –Barack Obama. Prustice.

            I know this blog was made mostly of quotes, but that’s because when you see something good, you don’t mess with it.

            Now, to Africans and Americans who stand alongside each other wondering if all this is possible, we shall boldly respond to them and to ourselves, Ndio Tunaweza (Yes We Can).

 

Links:

http://origin.barackobama.com/issues/foreign_policy/#onafrica

(READ THIS) http://www.kaisernetwork.org/election2008/OBAMAFactSheetAIDSFINAL.pdf

(MDGs) http://one.org/issues/mdgs.html

(Global Fund) http://www.theglobalfund.org/en/

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