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  • Obama’s Secret Service Entourage in Africa Cost Taxpayers Over $2M (Total cost $60M to $100M)

    05/30/2014 3:03:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    CNSNews ^ | May 30, 2014 | Ali Meyer
    (CNSNews.com) – The cost for the lodging, entertainment, and security by the Secret Service for the June 2013 Africa trip by President Barack Obama and his family cost $2,189,727, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch. In addition, the flights costs to, around, and from Africa for that trip cost $8,104,224, and the total cost of the trip has been estimated by numerous media reports as somewhere between $60 million and $100 million. “The Obamas clearly either do not understand the value of a dollar – or understand it all...
  • White House defends high bills for Africa trip

    06/17/2013 8:28:29 AM PDT · by Justaham · 49 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 6/15/13 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama is under fire for the price of the first family’s upcoming weeklong trip to Africa, which could cost taxpayers as much as $100 million at a time of federal budget cuts and furloughs. The Obamas’ trip will take them to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa from June 26 to July 3. The excursion will involve military cargo planes airlifting 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines, and three trucks to carry bulletproof glass panels to cover the windows where the family is set to stay. One estimate of the cost has pegged the bill to U.S. taxpayers at somewhere...
  • Michelle Obama Listed Daughters Malia and Sasha as “Senior Staffers” for $432,142 African Trip

    10/04/2011 2:16:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 102 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10/4/11 | Jim Hoft
    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands with Karen Dudley, right, at her restaurant “The Kitchen” as she makes an unscheduled stop for lunch in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Also pictured, left to right, daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, niece Leslie Robinson, nephew Avery Robinson. (AP/Charles Dharapak, Pool) Washington Whispers reported on the African trip. First lady Michelle Obama’s family trip to South Africa and Botswana in June cost taxpayers well over $424,000, according to new accounting based on Air Force manifests obtained by Judicial Watch, a taxpayer watchdog group.
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family Trip

    10/04/2011 11:35:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 4, 2011
    Complete title: Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family Trip to Africa Charges for the Aircraft and Crew Alone Amount to $424,142 Washington, DC -- October 4, 2011 Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained mission expense records and passenger manifests from the United States Air Force related to the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to an August 19, 2011, Freedom of Information Act...
  • Ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton urges Africans to team up for economic growth

    09/23/2002 8:14:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 389+ views
    Associated Press | September 23, 2002
    ACCRA, Ghana, Sep 23, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton on Monday urged Africans to team up to fight poverty, saying boundary-less cooperation means boundless economic potential. "Through cooperation and collaborative efforts, termites have been able to pull down strong edifices," Clinton said. "Bees have been able to build houses for humans to tap heir honey from." Clinton, who is in Africa to promote efforts to fight AIDS and encourage economic development, was speaking to an assemblage of government ministers, traditional rulers and academics at the launch of Ghana President John Kufuor's Foundation for...
  • A Day In The Life Of President Bush (with photos) ~~ 2-23-08

    02/23/2008 4:25:47 PM PST · by STARWISE · 119 replies · 569+ views
    Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island PHOTO OF THE DAY President George W. Bush embraces a student Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, during an education roundtable at the University of Liberia in Monrovia, Liberia. QUOTE(s) OF THE DAY President's Radio Address ~ February 23, 2008 Critical excerpt: Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell recently explained that the vast majority of the communications infrastructure we rely on in the United States is owned and operated by the private sector. Because of the failure to provide liability protection, he says private companies who have "willingly helped us in the past, are now...
  • The African Connection:Rep. Jefferson and Joe Wilson

    07/25/2006 8:44:51 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 72 replies · 2,731+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/25/06 | Clarice Feldman
    The documents seized in the FBI raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) remain unread by Justice Department investigators, pending a federal Appeals Court ruling scheduled for August 27. [snip] But we already know a bit about the charges and some of the alleged partners of Congressman Jefferson. Two people have pleaded guilty to bribing him.
  • The African Connection: Rep. Jefferson and Joe Wilson

    07/25/2006 2:50:50 PM PDT · by Monitor · 63 replies · 1,790+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | July 25th, 2006 | Clarice Feldman
    The documents seized in the FBI raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) remain unread by Justice Department investigators, pending a federal Appeals Court ruling scheduled for August 27. Jefferson is anxious to overturn the ruling of federal Judge Hogan of the Washington, DC federal District Court, who allowed the raid. One can only surmise that the seized documents contain material even more embarrassing than the discovery of $90,000 in cash in Jefferson’s freezer. But we already know a bit about the charges and some of the alleged partners of Congressman Jefferson. Two people have pleaded guilty to...
  • Jefferson Probe Includes Other Suspected Schemes

    05/28/2006 2:16:26 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 61 replies · 2,167+ views
    WP ^ | May 28, 2006 | Allan Lengel
    The FBI is focusing on at least eight different suspected bribery schemes as part of its corruption probe of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), according to a federal affidavit and sources familiar with the investigation. A key part of the FBI probe has centered around Jefferson's dealings with a Louisville high-tech company, iGate Inc., that was marketing broadband technology for the Internet and cable television in Africa. But an affidavit used in last weekend's controversial search of Jefferson's Capitol Hill office stated that authorities are looking at "at least seven other" bribery schemes in which Jefferson "sought things of value...
  • Zimbabwe -- Mbeki a dishonest broker: analysts

    07/17/2003 4:51:38 AM PDT · by Clive · 2 replies · 183+ views
    Financial Gazette (Zim) ^ | July 17, 2003 | Brian Mangwende, Chief Reporter
    SOUTH African President Thabo Mbeki this week came in for flak as a dishonest broker, with political commentators accusing him of having a guarded motive in his handling of the country?s worsening economic and political crisis. They decried the fact that American President George W Bush whose high profile visit to Africa last week "signified nothing" had been swayed by Mbeki's arguments and subsequently bought into the South African leader?s scheme. Eliphas Mukonowe-shuro, a political analyst and adviser to opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) president Morgan Tsvangirai, said Mbeki was very much aware of the gravity of Zimbabwe's problems....
  • Africa trip may mark transition (GWB as leader of the free world)

    07/15/2003 4:01:50 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 144+ views
    Bangkok Post ^ | 7-15-03
    Two and one half years into George Bush's presidency, his trip to the Middle East last month to try and push the Palestinians and Israelis along the road to peace was his first real foray outside the United States in the role of a world statesman. And the Africa tour which he finished up on Saturday was another tour in which he was more of an ambassador than a politician. President Bush has a well-known dislike for travel. Before being elected president he had rarely been outside the United States, except to neighbouring Mexico, despite his family's wealth. Since becoming...
  • Bush discovers Africa

    07/15/2003 11:03:20 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 159+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2003 | by Armstrong Williams
    President Bush's current five-nation tour of Africa seems an appropriate occasion to laud him for doing more to benefit black people than any other leader in our history, including the so-called, "first black president," Bill Clinton. During the Clinton administration, AIDS tore through the sub-Saharan continent, infecting an estimated 35 percent of the adults. Only a fraction had access to life-extending drugs. The rest had to simply wait and die. Despite the ballooning toll in human life and suffering in Africa, the U.S. budget for total nonmilitary aid, including the funding of AIDS prevention and literacy programs, health care, etc.-...
  • Niger upset by uranium slur

    07/16/2003 1:20:54 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 20 replies · 145+ views
    BBC ^ | 07/14/03 | BBC
    Niger upset by uranium slur In Niger, there is continuing anger and dismay at suggestions that it would consider selling uranium to Iraq. Last week local newspapers were full of criticism of President George W Bush during his whistle-stop tour of Africa when allegations of contact with Iraq again became headline news. Calls were made in Niger for President Bush to visit in person to apologise for raising the uranium issue during his State of the Union address last year. The private weekly Le Democrate posed that very question in a headline: Should Niger make the US apologise? Some radicals...
  • The Evangelical President: America's commander in chief answers to a higher Power

    07/14/2003 9:05:25 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 14 replies · 303+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 07/15/03 | BRENDAN MINITER
    <p>President Bush has just returned from a tour of sub-Saharan Africa, where he condemned slavery (calling it a sin), indicated a willingness to intervene in Liberia's civil war and promised more money to combat AIDS--this on top of his earlier $15 billion pledge to fight a disease that threatens to decimate the continent's population.</p>
  • Secret deal paves way for Mugabe exit this year

    07/14/2003 4:42:28 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 4 replies · 183+ views
    The Independent (U.K.) ^ | 07/15/03 | Basildon Peta
    Robert Mugabe will relinquish his leadership of Zimbabwe's ruling party by December, paving the way for his exit as President and new elections by June 2004, the South African President Thabo Mbeki has told George Bush. The Independent has established that Mr Bush has pledged a reconstruction package for Zimbabwe worth up to $10bn (£6.2bn) over an unspecified timeframe, if a new leader takes over.The deal was discussed by the two leaders during a private meeting in Pretoria last week.Important differences remain: Washington is anxious to make the money conditional on the emergence of a new leader chosen by the...
  • Union of despots

    07/14/2003 7:42:21 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 293+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 14, 2003 | (leader page)
    The appointment of Robert Mugabe to a senior post in the African Union may look like a snub to President Bush; in reality, though, it is a snub to the wretched people of Zimbabwe. The AU seems set to go the way of its predecessor, the Organisation for African Unity, in becoming a haven for crooks and tyrants. This is partly because, in common with other international bureaucracies, it is not answerable to anyone, leaving its members free to arrange things in their own interest. Which is precisely the problem with many of its member states. Governments that do not...
  • Let's Stand With Bush's America (African perspective)

    07/13/2003 9:44:04 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 12 replies · 164+ views
    http://allafrica.com/ ^ | July 11, 2003
    IF a question were put to many a Ugandan as to what four countries one would love to live in, it would not be far-fetched to get an answer saying: (a) USA. (b) USA. (c) USA. (d) USA. Such a reply would only confirm the zeal with which lots of people all over the world desire to share in the so-called American dream. As US President George. W. Bush, a.k.a. Baby Bush, visits Uganda today only ostriches are not excited. When world citizens - young and old - crave for things American, from Colas to dollars, some call it cultural...
  • Slavery apology-seekers need to look beyond Bush

    07/13/2003 2:02:52 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 20 replies · 232+ views
    sunspot ^ | 07/12/03 | Gregory Kane
    Originally published Jul 12, 2003 Gregory Kane -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AS PRESIDENT Bush winds up his five-nation tour of Africa, perhaps it's time to revisit that annoying question of whether he should have apologized for slavery. The president started off his tour in Senegal, where he visited the slave castle on Goree Island. Several newscasts quoted Bush when he called slavery a "sin," but added that he didn't issue a blanket apology for slavery. That apology has been a demand of some African-Americans for the past several years. Should Bush have apologized?
  • Zimbabwe -- Liars, cheats and diplomacy

    07/13/2003 1:59:59 PM PDT · by Clive · 3 replies · 135+ views
    Zimbabwe Standard ^ | overthetop By Brian Latham
    That all politicians are lying, venal hypocrites is probably true, but the leader of a confused southern African nation surely takes the biscuit. Last week he rose on his hind legs and told the strangest of lies about his troubled central African neighbour. More remarkable still, he told these particular lies to the entire world. This dissipated leader said, with a straight face, that talks between the ruining Zany Party and the More Drink Coming Party were underway. He said this while standing next to the leader of the free world, liberator of oil producing nations and all-round good guy,...
  • Mugabe touts Africa's admiration for Zimbabwe

    07/13/2003 12:10:53 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 9 replies · 145+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | July 13, 2003
    Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said on Saturday African leaders had greater admiration for his country than ever before, as he returned from an African Union (AU) summit in Maputo, state television said. Mugabe said his election as regional vice chair of the AU was "an honour to us and it also serves paid to those in the hostile circles who think that Zimbabwe is being isolated." "There is greater admiration now for Zimbabwe than there ever was, and we are very happy about that," he added. The Zimbabwean leader has been in Maputo, in neighbouring Mozambique for the second AU...
  • Mugabe's shadow falls on Bush safari

    07/13/2003 5:04:15 AM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies · 253+ views
    Sunday Times (UK) ^ | July 13, 2003 | RW Johnson, Johannesburg
    THROUGHOUT the African safari of President George W Bush last week, tension mounted over Zimbabwe. Colin Powell, his secretary of state, had been deeply affected by a meeting with Pius Ncube, the Bishop of Matabeleland, only a few weeks before. Ncube had told him in terrible detail of the many murders, rapes and tortures orchestrated by the regime of President Robert Mugabe and the way in which its opponents were being systematically deprived of food aid from America and Britain. Powell declared that Mugabe's time had "come and gone'. The Bush team was also determined to be rid of Charles...
  • Bush back home after week in Africa

    07/13/2003 1:44:49 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 116+ views
    Associated Press | July 13, 2003
    (White House-AP) -- President Bush is back at the White House after ending a week-long trip to Africa on an optimistic note. He told a group of African and African-American leaders in Nigeria yesterday that he's confident the coming decade will be one of rising prosperity and spreading peace for the continent. In addition to Nigeria, Bush's trip took him to Senegal, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda. The five-nation, five-day tour inevitably has drawn comparisons with President Clinton's two, more liesurely visits to Africa. But Secretary of State Powell told reporters, "We're not here for style, we're here for...
  • Bush Expresses Faith in CIA Director

    07/12/2003 8:31:28 PM PDT · by hoosiermama · 21 replies · 244+ views
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP)/Iwon.com ^ | July 12, 2003 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    - President Bush said Saturday he still has faith in his intelligence chief after CIA Director George Tenet accepted blame for Bush's erroneous claim about Iraqi weapons. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tony Blair's office insisted he still believes the disputed charge that Iraq sought uranium in Africa was true, saying Britain has reliable information it cannot share with Washington because it comes from foreign intelligence sources. In a letter made public Saturday, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the CIA had expressed doubts to Britain about the uranium charge but did not specify what they were. Britain did not know until...
  • Slavery apology-seekers need to look beyond Bush

    07/12/2003 6:20:12 PM PDT · by What Is Ain't · 10 replies · 248+ views
    SunSpot.net ^ | 07/12/03 | Gregory Kane
    AS PRESIDENT Bush winds up his five-nation tour of Africa, perhaps it's time to revisit that annoying question of whether he should have apologized for slavery. The president started off his tour in Senegal, where he visited the slave castle on Goree Island. Several newscasts quoted Bush when he called slavery a "sin," but added that he didn't issue a blanket apology for slavery. That apology has been a demand of some African-Americans for the past several years. Should Bush have apologized?
  • Graft-crippled Nigeria begs Bush’s aid

    07/12/2003 4:55:53 PM PDT · by sarcasm · 8 replies · 224+ views
    Mail & Guardian ^ | July 12, 2003
    Yetunde Ogunwa, a 45-year-old mother of five, lives without water or electricity in a dilapidated house next to mountains of garbage in Lagos, Nigeria's vast seaside commercial capital. Despite the country's massive oil wealth, Nigeria's citizens have grown steadily poorer and its cities more violent in the four years since military rule gave way to democracy. So as the United States turns to Nigeria to help lessen its dependence on Middle East oil, pressure is mounting for US President George Bush to take a stand against rampant corruption in the West African country. "If only they would let him see...
  • Embracing Africa

    07/12/2003 12:21:50 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 12 replies · 346+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 12, 2003 | Clarence Page
    <p>President Bush's multinational African safari displays one of his more valuable talents: He's a fast learner.</p> <p>That's a valuable talent to have when you don't know much.</p> <p>As a candidate, he didn't know much about Africa and didn't much seem to care. During a televised presidential debate in which Africa came up, he accidentally called it a "country" and a low foreign-policy priority on his list.</p>
  • AFRICA: Bush Vows to Stop Terrorists Using Africa as Base

    07/12/2003 12:50:11 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 268+ views
    Reuters News Wire ^ | Sat July 12, 2003 02:11 PM ET | John Chiahemen and Patricia Wilson
    Bush Vows to Stop Terrorists Using Africa as BaseSat July 12, 2003 02:11 PM ET By John Chiahemen and Patricia Wilson ABUJA (Reuters) - President Bush warned on Saturday he would not allow terrorists to use Africa as a springboard to threaten the world as he ended a five-nation African trip that underlined a major U.S. policy shift. Bush, wrapping up his trip in Nigeria -- a major U.S. oil supplier -- issued fresh vows to help restore peace to war-ruined Liberia, provide funds for Africa to fight its AIDS scourge and promote economic development on the world's poorest continent....
  • Bush in South Africa? My, What Fools We’ve Become! (Mandela Good, Bush Bad)

    07/12/2003 10:04:32 AM PDT · by Recourse · 15 replies · 128+ views
    Islam Online ^ | July 9, 2003 | Ebrahim Mohamed
    Bush in South Africa? My, What Fools We’ve Become! By Ebrahim Mohamed Institute for Arabic & Islamic Research 09/07/2003 Yeahaah! As if in typical Western fashion, the Bush entourage (Billy the kid and his men) have decided to visit Africa. The West has become too small and unsophisticated for this new-age cowboy to wield his pea-shooter, so now he has to come to Africa to show us what he is really made of. If anything, we as South Africans can learn from our past President, the honorable Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, that diplomacy is the child of steadfastness. Mr. Mandela has...
  • Bush Press Plane Stowaway Raises Security Scare

    07/11/2003 9:42:53 AM PDT · by I_Publius · 10 replies · 222+ views
    Reuters World ^ | 7/11/2003 | Reuters
    Bush Press Plane Stowaway Raises Security Scare (2003-07-11) ENTEBBE (Reuters) - A stowaway flew from South Africa to Uganda on the press plane accompanying President Bush on his visit to Africa and entered the compound where Bush met Uganda's president, U.S. officials said. U.S. Secret Service agents conducted a security sweep on the plane after the unidentified stowaway was detained and removed from the compound on the shores of Lake Victoria where Bush met President Yoweri Museveni Friday. "He did not have a credential. He did not have a passport. He has nothing," said White House travel office official Curtis...
  • Caption This Photo of Bush in Africa

    07/11/2003 11:12:10 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 37 replies · 528+ views
    Hmmm....
  • Homes Bulldozed to Make Way for Bush

    07/11/2003 11:19:55 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 13 replies · 227+ views
    Overseas Security Advisory Council ^ | July 11, 2003 | Independent Online (South Africa)
    Abuja, Nigeria - Armed police backed by bulldozers tore down illegally built homes and shops in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Friday ahead of a visit by United States President George Bush. The operation began on Thursday after an order from President Olusegun Obasanjo to clean up the city ahead of his American counterpart's arrival, officials said. In one residential quarter of the city an AFP reporter saw about 60 buildings, ranging from brick-built structures to makeshift wooden shanties, ploughed down as hundreds of residents looked on in despair. "They didn't give us any warning," wailed tailor John Emeka, who...
  • Bush: CIA Cleared Iraq Uranium Claim

    07/11/2003 2:13:51 PM PDT · by JustPiper · 13 replies · 257+ views
    AP ^ | 7-11-03 | TOM RAUM
    ENTEBBE, Uganda - President Bush (news - web sites) and his national security adviser on Friday put responsibility squarely on the CIA (news - web sites) for the president's erroneous claim in his State of the Union address that Iraq (news - web sites) tried to acquire nuclear material from Africa. "I gave a speech to the nation that was cleared by the intelligence services," Bush told reporters in Uganda. National security adviser Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) was more direct, saying, "The CIA cleared the speech in its entirety." If CIA Director George Tenet had concerns about the...
  • GW and the Elephant Incident

    07/11/2003 5:10:28 PM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 32 replies · 288+ views
    Reuters, AP
    My fellow FReeper, if you aren't informed about the elephant incident, you need to be. How will people think you're informed if you don't find this? I checked this morning and didn't see it here in the forum. I checked this afternoon, and nothing. Not in 'search' or in the side bar. We must stay cutting edge when it comes to hold-muh-beer moments such as this. I am very proud of the way GW reacted when he encountered the elephant incident. He had no 'party boy' wit. He is too straight laced a guy. So is his wife. While many...
  • The African Bush

    07/11/2003 5:22:44 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 3 replies · 130+ views
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 07/12/03 | editorial board
    On Africa, George W Bush has proved a surprising president. Campaigning in 2000, he consigned the continent a lowly place on his list of foreign policy priorities and said he would not have committed American troops to Rwanda in 1994 to prevent genocide. Yet during his visit to Senegal, South Africa, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria this week, Pentagon teams have been assessing whether Washington should intervene militarily to end the civil war in Liberia. And earlier this year Mr Bush signed into law an emergency plan for Aids relief that would commit $15 billion to fighting the disease, primarily in...
  • ABC's T. Moran calls mating Elephants a lesson for "social conservatives"

    07/11/2003 9:06:42 AM PDT · by subterfuge · 23 replies · 829+ views
    ABC Morning News | 7/112003 | subterfuge
    Did anyone else see Terry Moran on ABC this morning when they showed two elephants mating, with a third looking on he exclaimed that birds do it, bees do it, and so do elephants? Then 'Moron' says they are simply producing some more Republicans and that its a lesson for "social conservatives." Or something to that effect. He seemed to get a real kick out of it while the tele-bimbo seemed embarrased. Please forgive if already posted.
  • Terror threat raises US interest in Africa

    07/11/2003 11:47:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies · 565+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 11, 2003 | Nicole Itano
    SHAKE DJIBOUTI: A US Army Humvee enters Camp Lemonier in Djibouti where some 1,800 troops are based for counterterrorism operations. KAREL PRINSLOO/AP/FILE JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - As he's swept across the continent, visiting a slave house in Senegal, a factory in South Africa, and a safari lodge in Botswana, President Bush has emphasized what America can do for Africa. He's hyped his $15 billion pledge for AIDS and promised to open American markets to African products. But the president's five-day, five-nation tour is also about what Africa can do for America, particularly regarding terrorism. The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...
  • Uganda - Laura Bush cries in Entebbe

    07/12/2003 12:23:38 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 257+ views
    The Monitor (Kampala, Uganda) ^ | July 12, 2003 | Badru D. Mulumba
    The US First Lady, Laura Bush, had tears in her eyes yesterday as she listened to a performance by the Watoto children's choir - made up mainly of children orphaned by HIV/Aids. Laura, and her husband, US President George W. Bush, were at The Aids Support Organisation clinic in Entebbe on the last stop of their four-hour visit to Uganda. During the emotional presentation, where President Yoweri Museveni was also present, Ms Bush wiped tears from her eyes as the children sang Christian songs of hope in English. Later, President Bush promised more support to Uganda in the fight...
  • Drudge: SECRET SERVICE BUSTS STOWAWAY ON BUSH PRESS PLANE

    07/11/2003 7:54:32 AM PDT · by jern · 119 replies · 265+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | July 11, 2003 | Matt Drudge
    **EXCLUSIVE** Secret Service just arrested a stowaway who made it onto the Bush press charter plane in Pretoria, South Africa this morning and flew unmolested to here, Entebbe, Uganda. After getting on and off the 747 with absolutely no credentials, he boarded a bus with the rest of the White House press corps and was taken to the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel on the shore of Lake Victoria -- the same hotel where Bush arrived 90 minutes later. At length, the White House staff noticed that no one seemed to know the guy, so they alerted Secret Service, who arrested...
  • GOP PARTY ANIMALS --- ELEPHANTS "Couple" in front of President

    07/11/2003 6:50:08 AM PDT · by bedolido · 41 replies · 540+ views
    New York Post ^ | DEBORAH ORIN
    July 11, 2003 -- President Bush got an eyeful of two elephants he'll never forget yesterday at an African game preserve when the pachyderms put on an X-rated performance. Bush, wife Laura and daughter Barbara had just arrived on the scene when Shaka, a 13-year-old male, decided to mount 13-year-old Thandi in what one game warden called "a reproductive attempt." Reporters at Botswana's Mokolodi Nature Preserve convulsed into giggles as the president smiled sheepishly and threw his cap over his face to block the sight of the antics of the giant beasts that symbolize his Republican Party. Barbara threw her...
  • Transcript: Powell on Larry King Live

    07/11/2003 5:45:29 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 2 replies · 188+ views
    CNN ^ | July 10, 2003 | CNN
    <p>THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.</p> <p>LARRY KING, HOST: Tonight, Secretary of State Colin Powell in South Africa with the president's historic trip, to answer the questions everyone's asking. Are United States troops going to Liberia? Why is it so important for the president to be in Africa now? And why hasn't Saddam Hussein been found yet? We'll get into it all with Secretary of State Colin Powell, and then legendary journalist Bob Woodward, all next on LARRY KING LIVE. Good evening and welcome to a very special edition of LARRY KING LIVE.</p>
  • Rice: CIA approved Bush remark on Iraq

    07/11/2003 4:30:10 AM PDT · by kattracks · 168 replies · 272+ views
    AP | 7/11/03 | MIKE GLOVER
    ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — President Bush's national security adviser said Friday the CIA cleared Bush's State of the Union speech in its entirety, including a sentence alleging that Iraq was seeking to buy nuclear material from Africa. If CIA Director George Tenet had any misgivings about that sentence in the president's speech, "he did not make them known" to Bush or his staff, said national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.Her comments to reporters aboard Air Force One came as the administration presented a full-press defense of Bush's use of that allegation against Saddam Hussein, which the White House subsequently acknowledged was...
  • A Cry From Zimbabwe

    07/10/2003 11:52:59 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 14 replies · 191+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | Friday, July 11, 2003 | Steven Tennett
    A Cry From ZimbabweBy Steven TennettAyn Rand Institute | July 10, 2003 This week President Bush came to Africa. Though he rightly did not visit President Mugabe in Zimbabwe, I wish he could hear from ordinary Zimbabweans about the terrible violations of our rights. I wish he could hear how Zimbabwe was recently paralyzed by a week-long mass stayaway that saw the closure throughout the country of some 98 percent of businesses--in spite of violence and intimidation by Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF party, which attempted to force businesses to reopen under threat of losing their trading licenses. On the last day of...
  • Bush backpedals in Africa

    07/10/2003 10:46:32 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 92+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 11, 2003
    <p>President Bush disappointed us while in South Africa on Wednesday. Perhaps succumbing to bad counsel of his diplomatic advisers, Mr. Bush toned down his once tough line on Zimbabwe, by failing to hold South African President Thabo Mbeki to a firmer stance against Zimbabwe's oppressor-in-chief Robert Mugabe. This is a shame, because only Mr. Mbeki, the power broker in the region, has the African clout to effectively pressure Mr. Mugabe to step down.</p>
  • The times get tough, and it's time to punt

    07/10/2003 10:42:39 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 1 replies · 126+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 11, 2003 | By Wesley Pruden
    <p>There must be something in the water in Texas that makes great punters.</p> <p>The Washington Redskins' Sammy Baugh, who learned to punt at TCU, still holds the record for career average (45.3 yards) in the National Football League. Sammy can be glad George W. Bush, a Texan despite his soft years at Yale, does not compete in the NFL. His punting is spectacular: booming yardage, great hang time.</p>
  • Elephants leave Bushes blushing

    07/10/2003 10:33:46 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 238+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 11, 2003 | By Bill Sammon
    <p>GABORONE, Botswana &#8212; It was supposed to be a priceless photo-op, showcasing the first family marveling at African wildlife on a pristine game preserve. It turned into a sexually awkward moment of elephantine proportions.</p> <p>President Bush and first lady Laura Bush took daughter Barbara, 21, on a tour of the Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana yesterday.</p>
  • Powell denies attempt to 'oversell' Iraq case

    07/10/2003 10:27:13 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 106+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 11, 2003 | By Bill Sammon
    <p>PRETORIA, South Africa &#8212; Secretary of State Colin L. Powell yesterday rejected Democratic accusations that the Bush administration misled the public on Iraq, saying "we were not cooking the books" to justify a war against dictator Saddam Hussein.</p> <p>"We weren't trying to oversell the case," Mr. Powell told reporters traveling with President Bush on his five-day tour of Africa. "There was no effort or attempt on the part of the president or anyone else in the administration to mislead or to deceive the American people."</p>
  • Bush: CIA OK'd Iraq Speech (CBS Radically Alters "Bush Knew Iraq Info Was False" Story!)

    07/11/2003 9:57:18 AM PDT · by Dont Mention the War · 88 replies · 299+ views
    CBS News ^ | July 11, 2003
    Bush: CIA OK'd Iraq Speech  (Photo: CBS/AP) "If the CIA — the director of central intelligence — had said 'Take this out of the speech,' it would have been gone."Condoleezza Rice, national security adviser President Bush delivering State of the Union address in January. (Photo: CBS) WASHINGTON, July 11, 2003 What CIA analysts said and when they said it were matters of dispute Friday as the Bush administration denied that it made an allegation against Iraq against the intelligence agency's advice. Senior administration officials told CBS News that the president's State of the Union speech claimed that Iraq had tried to...
  • Tusk tusk, Mr President

    07/10/2003 8:09:30 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 26 replies · 233+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | 07/11/03
    Front row seats ... Bush family's African safari THESE naughty elephants showed a total lack of wildlife reserve in front of President George Bush and wife Laura. They were on safari with daughters Jenna and Barbara in a 4x4 when the frisky beasts started bonking. Heat stroke ... Bush and daughter Barbara The Bush family were visiting Mokolodi Nature Reserve, Botswana, during the President’s five-nation African tour.Looks like these animals found a visit from the world’s most powerful man a surefire way to tickle their ivories.
  • Bush Knew Iraq Info Was False

    07/10/2003 6:06:27 PM PDT · by NYC Republican · 553 replies · 770+ views
    CBS News ^ | 7/10/03 | CBS News
    CBS) Senior administration officials tell CBS News the President’s mistaken claim that Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa was included in his State of the Union address -- despite objections from the CIA. Before the speech was delivered, the portions dealing with Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were checked with the CIA for accuracy, reports CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin. CIA officials warned members of the President’s National Security Council staff the intelligence was not good enough to make the flat statement Iraq tried to buy uranium from Africa. The White House officials responded that a paper...
  • The African Bush

    07/10/2003 4:54:49 PM PDT · by Cathryn Crawford · 38 replies · 248+ views
    MSN ^ | 04.10.03 | June Thomas
    The African Bush By June Thomas Posted Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at 5:41 PM PT George W. Bush's trip to Africa—with stops in Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda—received a lukewarm welcome from the African press. South Africa's Sunday Times said the whirlwind tour is "part of an elaborate plan to give [Bush's] presidency a human face. Being seen to be helping 'poor, starving Africans,' and expressing support for the New Partnership for Africa's Development will work with African-American voters who are key to Bush's re-election campaign." On a less high-minded note, an op-ed in the Nation of Kenya...