Urbin Report

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Bush and Africa...

There has been a push lately by celebrities to get President Bush to "do more" about Africa.
The probably would be surprised to know that President George W. Bush has done more for Africa than former President Clinton.
As the Washington Times reported back in May 2003:

The Dixie Chicks will be interested to learn that Live Aid founder Bob Geldof "shocked" the international aid community, as Reuters wrote yesterday, by praising President Bush as one of Africa's best friends in the fight against AIDS and famine.
"You'll think I'm off my trolley when I say this, but the Bush administration is the most radical - in a positive sense - in the approach to Africa since [John F.] Kennedy," Mr. Geldof said during a visit to famine-ravaged Ethiopia.
The Irish musician and activist said Mr. Bush's predecessor, Bill Clinton, might have talked passionately about Africa, but he did very little to help the continent.


RightwingSparkle points out that President Bush is still helping Africa.

Update: Curt at Flopping Aces has more details, including more celebrity quotes:
...Lord Alli, the aid activist who is accompanying Geldof on the trip organized by the UN children's aid agency Unicef, echoed his praise of the Bush administration.

"Clinton talked the talk and did diddly squat, whereas Bush doesn't talk, but does deliver," Lord Alli said.