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Liberal News Analyst: 'George W. Bush, Not Barack Obama, Is the Real American Hero in Africa'
NewsBusters.org ^ | April 27, 2013 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 04/27/2013 2:26:39 PM PDT by Kaslin

NewsBusters readers know Ellen Ratner as the perilously liberal news analyst typically offering the left-wing views on Fox News Watch.

On Thursday, Ratner published an article titled "George W. Bush Has Saved More Lives Than Any American President" that is guaranteed to shock the heck out of you as it angers folks on her side of the aisle:

"George W. Bush, not Barack Obama, is the real American hero in Africa," she amazingly began. "Take it from me, a liberal Democrat who voted for Obama twice."

After discussing her knowledge of the problems on that continent, Ratner continued her praise of our 43rd president:

Back in early 2008, when I started my work in South Sudan--I have been working closely with Christian Solidarity International--everyone was excited about the possibility of Barack Obama becoming president. [...]

Indeed, after Obama won the U.S. election in November of 2008, many Africans, in South Sudan, and everywhere else, were proud to wear T-shirts with photos of President Obama on them

Yet now that Obama’s first term has drawn to a close, the positive buzz about Obama has dramatically shifted; the Obama excitement, and the T-shirts, have most disappeared.

In fact, South Sudanese today are thinking more about another U.S. president: that would be Obama’s predecessor, Bush 43. As a liberal Democrat and Obama supporter, I was particularly struck by this. Yes, Bush is a hero in Africa, and Americans, too, should know why.

No American president, before or since, has had Bush’s vision and determination to save so many millions of lives.

As you likely surmised, Ratner was referring to Bush's African AIDS program (PEPFAR).

"Five million children, women and men have received antiretroviral treatment under PEPFAR," Ratner wrote. "In 2010 alone, 600,000 pregnant mothers received treatment so their newborn children would not be infected. Yes, millions of people live productive, healthy lives due to Bush 43."

After discussing a new program the Bush's are working on to fight cervical cancer, Ratner concluded, ""[T]his liberal commentator thanks president and Mrs. Bush every single day for their amazing and tireless work for humanity. They are wonderful role models for future leaders around the world. I wish more leaders would follow the shining example of George W. and Laura Bush."

Indeed, and I wish more liberal media members would follow the shining example of Ellen Ratner by being willing to give praise to politicians on the other side of the aisle when they deserve.

Brava, Ellen! Brava!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; aids; barackobama; bush; ellenratner; georgewbush

1 posted on 04/27/2013 2:26:39 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

If a Liberal says anything at all complimentary about the Right, you can bet it’s said grudgingly and must be true.


2 posted on 04/27/2013 2:29:26 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Jack Hammer
If a liberal says anything at all complimentary about a non-liberal you can be sure they have an ulterior motive.

I believe they want W in the fight for 'comprehensive immigration reform'.

3 posted on 04/27/2013 2:31:55 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

Heck lets send the pretender to Africa full time to hone his skills. He can visit with his homies.


4 posted on 04/27/2013 2:32:29 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight,, he'll just kill you.)
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To: skeeter

“I believe they want W in the fight for ‘comprehensive immigration reform’.”

They’re sucking-up to W for some reason, and it isn’t because they’re nice people or think highly of him.


5 posted on 04/27/2013 2:37:20 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: Kaslin

Then let’s send the Undocumented Kenyan back to Kenya.


6 posted on 04/27/2013 2:38:17 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: skeeter

Ah, I see.

Thanks for the illumination.


7 posted on 04/27/2013 2:38:59 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Kaslin
Why Does The President Of South Sudan Always Wear A Cowboy Hat?

Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of South Sudan, who recently signed a historic oil deal with his northern neighbor (and erstwhile enemy) Sudan, has at least one peculiar habit, sartorially speaking.

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According to reports, the hat was a gift to Kiir for then-U.S. President George W. Bush when the former leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement visited the White House in July 2006. Kiir liked the hat so much, he reportedly bought several more and now has a closet full of them.

Kiir apparently is grateful to Bush for playing an instrumental role in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which ended the second Sudanese civil war and paved the way for a referendum on South Sudan’ independence -- a measure that became a reality in July 2011, two years after Bush’ term ended.


8 posted on 04/27/2013 2:40:02 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (I believe in God. All else is dubious.)
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To: carriage_hill

Probably, but not necessarily.

Once somebody has been trashed into uselessness, liberals consider it a noble act to say good things about that person.


9 posted on 04/27/2013 2:42:24 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Pan_Yan

Pimpin’ it REAL!!!


10 posted on 04/27/2013 2:46:17 PM PDT by Fedupwithit (You gave him what he wanted. I gave him what he needed.)
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To: Jonty30

Yeah, like they did with Jerry Ford.


11 posted on 04/27/2013 2:46:31 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: Jonty30

They are bringing Bush back into the spotlight so after immigration reform passes and Obama attributes it to Bush, in 2014, when it goes to hell they can blame Bush and the Repubicans.

No one sees this one coming....


12 posted on 04/27/2013 2:48:34 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Jonty30
When I was channel surfing the other night PMSNBC was running a hit piece on W. I told my wife that Bush has been out of office for four years and 3 months, and these whackos are still attacking him? Just goes to prove that they need a scapegoat to deflect the critism of the utter failure of who is in there now.

I did not agree with the '03 invasion, but otherwise I think history will be kind to the 43rd president.

13 posted on 04/27/2013 2:49:05 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Good article.

I heard an interview with 41's official White House photographer the other day. He said that this was President Bush's favorite official photograph:

I think Obozo's favorite photograph will probably be something like this:

"One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong."

14 posted on 04/27/2013 2:51:48 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: Jonty30

Did they do that for Nixon, Ford or Reagan? I just don’t remember it being so. They’re still trashing Nixon and Reagan, and ignoring Ford.


15 posted on 04/27/2013 2:54:10 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: lonevoice

Great photo of President Bush and Barney.

The other photograph of o not so much.


16 posted on 04/27/2013 2:55:49 PM PDT by funfan
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To: carriage_hill

Nixon is recognized, even by Liberals, for opeing up China to the West.


17 posted on 04/27/2013 2:56:36 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults)
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To: Kaslin

Thanks for posting this, and thanks to Ms. Ratner for saying it.

I can only hope she doesn’t get a bucketful of hatred thrown her way; or maybe I hope she does, so she can learn what “her side” is really all about.

They’ll probably chose to ignore her comments, that seems to be their MO these days: If I cover my eyes what I don’t wish to see doesn’t exist.


18 posted on 04/27/2013 3:05:00 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Jonty30

His legacy was, is and always will be the Watergate cover-up, the continuation of the VietNam War, loss of pubic trust in gov’t, along with the EPA, OSHA, NIOSH, MSHA and other agencies which liberal adore. His opening-up China is #6 or #7 on his dance card.


19 posted on 04/27/2013 3:13:05 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: Kaslin

FU, Ratner. Why didn’t you write this when he was in office?


20 posted on 04/27/2013 3:14:44 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Kaslin
On the continent of Africa, food and medicine are reverse weapons to keep away from those a marxist socialist dictator has decided need to be culled.

Enter Obama. He's full of greater good ideology. He's greater and he decides who's good.

21 posted on 04/27/2013 3:20:45 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Lurker

Oh she’s full of crap. She just wants to deliver a eulogy at Pappy’s funeral, Of which she’s caught scent of in the wind.


22 posted on 04/27/2013 3:22:48 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: Jack Hammer

“If a Liberal says anything at all complimentary about the Right, you can bet it’s said grudgingly and must be true.”

If you think George W. Bush is a man of the Right, you need to have your head examined.


23 posted on 04/27/2013 3:27:46 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Kaslin

Rat Face Ratner did more than her part to demonize George Bush during his presidency.

She well knew the constant attacks on him were without substance but she was unrelenting in her condemnation of him and his policies.
Obama has continued many of the same Bush policies she and other lefties were so upset over, yet nary a bit of criticism has been heard from her.

She has a long way to go to redeem herself.
I don’t think she could live long enough to atone for her bitter partisanship even if she started right now.


24 posted on 04/27/2013 3:35:47 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: Jack Hammer

Actually, this recent flood of revisionist Bush news is preparing the peasants for Jeb.


25 posted on 04/27/2013 3:55:51 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: jocon307
I can only hope she doesn’t get a bucketful of hatred thrown her way; or maybe I hope she does, so she can learn what “her side” is really all about.

She probably already gets hate mail from the left for daring to appear on Fox News.

26 posted on 04/27/2013 3:57:29 PM PDT by Hugin (“Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without ha)
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To: Iron Munro

Yeah, I remember that and every time she was on, I muted her. As I did and do with all liberals. I am just not intereested in what they have to say


27 posted on 04/27/2013 4:18:47 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Hugin

So GWBush is lauded for stealing from the US taxpayers and giving to the Black Oligarths in Africa, this is a peculiar disease of the Western Elite. That’s a real Conservative steal from the poor in the West and give to the Black oppressor of the poor in Africa. Bah, GWB is a complete fool, a worthless President and will always be such no matter whatever the greater fools say!


28 posted on 04/27/2013 4:18:55 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: warchild9

It’s NOT revisionist history. It is well known that W spent a lot of time and effort in Africa.

In many countries, there are buildings and streets named after him.

W did things, and never called attention to them. He really did spend tons of US taxpayer money all over Africa in an attempt to crush AIDS. Its well documented. Its well under reported.

The fact is, W is a hero in most of backwash Africa.


29 posted on 04/27/2013 4:23:43 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: lonevoice

I heard that interview too on Fox News. Eric Draper said that he was laying on the ground and President Bush asked him “Eric, what are you doing?” after which Eric Draper replied: “But sir, Barney is under the bench”


30 posted on 04/27/2013 4:30:12 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: ConradofMontferrat

I never denied he did good. Public PERCEPTION of him is being altered. The Big Money is preparing for a Jeb Bush run for the White House, and part of that is getting people to forget “Watch this drive,” “You’re doing a helluva job Brownie,” the Great Recession, etc. The Bush brand is shiate right now.

And the peasants will fall for this marketing campaign, too, and think a presidential contest between Hillary and another Bush possesses credibility.

Watch and see.


31 posted on 04/27/2013 4:30:20 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: warchild9

His mother doesn’t want him to run. She says No more Bushes


32 posted on 04/27/2013 4:34:37 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

The Big Money obviously wants him in as puppet. Or Hillary. They win either way. It makes no difference.

Look at how they’re profiting from the supposed Black Messiah.

Observe carefully if Jeb receives an escalating quantity of face time on the corporate news, particularly now that Marco Rubio is slowly falling out of favor. The same goes for Hillary.

Watch and see.


33 posted on 04/27/2013 4:43:02 PM PDT by warchild9
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To: iopscusa

I don’t know why you ditected your comment to me, but I will say one thing that was different about the Bush inititive in Africa is that it was largely adminstered through private agencies. They didn’t just hand the money to the local dictators, which is probably why it actually worked to whatever degree is has.


34 posted on 04/27/2013 4:48:24 PM PDT by Hugin (“Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without ha)
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To: Kaslin
LOL! I didn't hear that part.

I'd say one of my favorite things about GWB is how much he loved that dog.


35 posted on 04/27/2013 4:55:56 PM PDT by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: iopscusa
So GWBush is lauded for stealing from the US taxpayers and giving to the Black Oligarths in Africa, this is a peculiar disease of the Western Elite. That’s a real Conservative steal from the poor in the West and give to the Black oppressor of the poor in Africa. Bah, GWB is a complete fool, a worthless President and will always be such no matter whatever the greater fools say!

Yes, I think the same. How many more decades are we going to tell people how to prevent HIV/AIDS before we say enough? We could have bought the whole of Africa with the amount of aid we've poured down that rat-hole. I've wondered just how much of that Aid went into the pockets of political leaders, on both sides of the pond. As I see it, Bush should have sent his own d@^^&d money over there. It's not hard to spend our money and send our children into debt. His children will never have to suffer they way ours will.

36 posted on 04/27/2013 10:58:11 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: warchild9

That is probably more likely than immigration reform. It would guarantee the dems the wh for another 4 yrs.


37 posted on 04/27/2013 11:10:25 PM PDT by ican'tbelieveit
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To: Kaslin

As I recall, that program involved vast sums of taxpayer money.


38 posted on 04/28/2013 12:36:29 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: Hugin

sorry Hugin, that post was not directed at you...just omni-direction, the ‘great GWB’ spew from the right side got my BP up.


39 posted on 04/28/2013 8:21:27 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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