Barack Obama sure has a way with words when he’s out of the country, doesn’t he? Especially when he’s talking about America. Yep, I couldn’t think of a better “goodwill ambassador” for the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Whether Obama is in France attempting to atone for American “arrogance” and our “dismissive” and “derisive” attitude toward Europe, apologizing in Prague for the United States being “the only country to use a nuclear weapon” or telling Mexico “we recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence (drug-war killings) here in Mexico come from the United States,” this guy throws America under the bus every chance he gets.
So why would it be any different when he spoke in Africa Sunday? It wouldn’t.
Yes, America’s goodwill ambassador had a few words of warning for the entire continent of Africa: Beware of foreign powers – including America.
“If somebody says they want to come build something here, are they hiring African workers? If somebody says that they want to help you develop your natural resources, how much of the money is staying in Africa? … Don’t just assume that folks come here and they’re automatically benefiting Africans. And that includes the United States. Ask questions in terms of what we do.”
Obama was speaking at the University of Capetown in South Africa where he also said, “I’m calling for America to up our game when it comes to Africa,” as if to imply that past administrations have somehow failed the continent. (I wonder if he bothered to look into President Bush’s legacy on Africa before he simply mouthed rhetoric from his trusty teleprompter?)
Obama also pledged $7 billion in aid to provide electricity to sub-Saharan Africa, saying: “You will always find the extended hand of a friend in the United States of America.” Although, judging from the rest of his speech, I’m sure he meant to imply: “As long as I am president.”