Skip to comments.They miss Bush in Africa
Posted on 07/03/2013 9:01:48 PM PDT by chessplayer
George W. Bush isnt a man to gloat. If we were, his message to Africans, as he visits the continent at the same time as President Obama, would be: Miss me yet?
The answer, according to the Washington Post, is a resounding yes. Consider this passage from the Posts story Bush AIDS policies shadow Obama in Africa:
[A]cross this continent, many Africans wish Obama was more like Bush in his social and health policies, particularly in the fight against HIV/AIDS one of the former presidents signature foreign policy aid programs. Bush poured billions of dollars into the effort to combat the spread of the disease that once threatened to consume a generation of young Africans, and as Obama has spent two days touring South Africa, the shadow of his predecessor has trailed him.
Obamas words have carried him far in America. But on matters of life and death, actions speak much louder than even Obamas words. In South Africa, Bushs actions helped reduce the HIV infection rate by 30 percent and put nearly 2 million people on antiretroviral drugs.
Obama, by contrast, produced a budget last year that reduces AIDS funding globally by roughly $214 million, the first time an American president has reduced the U.S. commitment to fighting the epidemic. He has proposed additional cuts for 2014.
Hillary Thulare of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation summarized the situation this way:
Knowing that Africa has many challenges, with fighting AIDS being one of the biggest challenges, we were really expecting President Obama to continue where President Bush had left off. But its been a disappointment. Obama is retreating on AIDS and, by this, retreating on Africa.
So, yes, they miss Bush in Africa. And all of Obamas efforts to bask in the glory of Nelson Mandela wont change this.
He should move there and take Jeb with him.
Didn’t Obama claim to have quadrupled what Bush did? Obama’s zealotry in favor of homosexuality isn’t exactly helpful in trying to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS either.
Yes, but Bush’s billions for AIDS and Hussein’s billions for development is way too much of our tax dollars.
leftists do not care about the spread of HIV and AIDS, did you never see the pamphlet that Planned Parenthood hands out to HIV infected yutes?
It encourages them to keep having sex and not tell their partners if that would mean they couldn’t have sex.
I think its a felony in every state for a person infected to lie about it to get sex, but PP calls it a “right”
Tough luck, Africa. Sucks to be you.
The US really doesn’t miss the Arbustos much.
Isn’t it nice, he’s not the least concerned about the “photo op?” Maybe next time he can borrow MO’s $600 running shoes instead of wearing the beat-up ones he’s got on in this pic.
At least Bush’s AIDS program was effective — and, by all reports I’ve seen, very cost-effective too. If you’re going to spend money on foreign aid anyhow, it’s a nice bonus if it actually helps improve the situation.
I realize that Bush sets a great example and he is not afraid to get his hands dirty. But is he what Africa really needs — more cheap labor?
They miss Nixon and Agnew in America, compared to what we have now.
Dubya—return to me!
LOL, He's married I think :)
And You, also
1) joined with open-borders progressives McCain and Kennedy to try to force shamnesty down our throats;
2) massively expanded the federal role in education;
3) championed the Medicare prescription drug entitlement using phony math;
4) kowtowed to the jihadi-enabling Saudis;
5) stocked DHS with incompetents and cronies;
6) pushed Hillarycare for housing;
7) enabled turncoat Arlen Specter;
8. nominated crony Harriet Myers to the Supreme Court;
9) pre-socialized the economy for Obama by embracing TARP, the auto bailouts, the AIG bailout, and in his own words:
Bush did a photo op with Obama so I’m not surprised other photos are being posted here to take the heat off.
George W Bush decided in 2008 that the government had to take taxpayer dollars and bail out businesses. The government was “saving the free enterprise system” we were told at the time.
It was the beginning of a policy that Barack Obama would carry on with gusto, adding more billions and trillions to our national debt.
GEORGE W BUSH IS SLOW MOTION OBAMA AND I DON’T WANT HIM BACK
You were a few minutes early, enjoy :#19
And George P. and Jebby. And Rove, Cheney, Cheney’s lesbian daughter, Cheney’s lesbian’s daughter’s girlfriend, John Roberts and his biggest legacy, Barack H. Obama. One way ticket to Kinshasa for the lot of them.
Bingo. The dumb loser wasn’t content to waste money and lives in Iraq - spent millions on Africa to combat aids. Using OUR tax dollars as his personal charity trove.
Yeah, President George W. Bush, was being deeply loved and respected in that shot. Good choice. I like all the white folks on the perimeter. Kinda like minders, for a political photo op. No?
You lie, a true blue conservative like GWB would do a photo-op with Obama??? never !!
Let’s see, Obama thinks Africans should get AIDS, not have Cars and forego Air Conditioning to save the Planet. Got it.
Just look at that Creepy Ass Cracka sitting with all those Black Folks that he and his Republican buddies hate.
Who does he think he is anyway, a former President? LOL
Carter looks outnumbered in that photo.
Obama looks outnumbered in yours (2 white, 1 brown) :)
Bush joining a Democrat social gathering w two Dems Carter and Obama.
The other was Carter joining three Rs : Reagan, Ford, and Nixon.
This one is heartwarming
When you post a picture of Reagan hugging Obama (that’s real) I am going to freak out!
My point was that Presidents always pose with other Presidents — nothing new. But I don’t remember Reagan hugging Carter.
Great article. I think the 2016 third party candidate should focus on something like this. It is not what a man says out loud and in front of the cameras, it is what he does with little prompting. Of course our Constitutional Republic has reached a point where it is failing and we have mob rule, but this is a great reminder. The Emperor has no clothes.
True, but Obama HAS increased funding to Al Qaeda, something Bush DID NOT do.
They just miss the money he confiscated from us and sent there.
Bingo. Bush is a grand humanitarian at taxpayer expense.
According to Bono,Bush save 5 million lives there.
So of course Obama goes and tells them Gays should be allowed to marry,great make aids spread as one more,what an ass
“Bush poured billions of dollars into the effort to combat the spread of the disease”
Yeah, it came out of his own pocket.
Everywhere this clown went, he was “pledging” billions here and billions there. Foreign welfare, domestic boondoggles, it didn’t matter, just so long as he was spending our money. Billions for African AIDs, but he couldn’t seem to find the money to close our southern border.
He can stay in Africa as far as I am concerned.
About 3% of the country HAVE ANY CLUE as to what Bush accomplished in Africa. Even for people that don’t agree with the policy, one has to admire what he did, and how quietly he did it. Even Dems are blown away when they find out what he did.
Martha gave GW that extra dose of compassion. But after the Iraq war turned sour and the economy dived few seemed to appreciate it
‘I am the decider’
‘So you at the signing’
‘Stay the course’
” I am the decider”
Yeah, now Obama has taken your intrusive govt, and turned it all on the people.
See you at the signing”
” And George P. and Jebby. And Rove, Cheney, Cheneys lesbian daughter, Cheneys lesbians daughters girlfriend, John Roberts and his biggest legacy, Barack H. Obama. One way ticket to Kinshasa for the lot of them.”
And the whole family (after having disappeared for 5 years) is back in the media boosting amnesty.