Just as I couldn’t believe my ears this morning as I listened to the entire speech, something I’m not inclined to do if there’s something really interesting on, I still can’t believe it in this clip that has been transcribed:
While citing Africa’s sometimes “tragic past” and acknowledging the ravages of colonialism, he said, “It is easy to point fingers and to pin the blame for these problems on others.”
“But the West is not responsible for the destruction of the Zimbabwean economy over the last decade, or wars in which children are enlisted as combatants,” he said.[…]
“No country is going to create wealth if its leaders exploit the economy to enrich themselves, or police can be bought off by drug traffickers,” he said. “No business wants to invest in a place where the government skims 20 percent off the top, or the head of the port authority is corrupt. No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end.”
President Obama on your return to the states could you perhaps practice what you preached to Ghana?
I did listen to the entire speech and it was filled with segments similar to the one quoted. Yet, the very things he outlined to the people of Ghana and it’s parliament as detrimental to a nation are exactly what he has done in this country, as its leader.
So which do we believe? The words of Obama in Africa or the actions of the Obama here?