Obama's Africa trip long overdue

  • Article by: Washington Post Editorial
  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 11:08 AM

President Obama's tour of Africa this week has been defined as much by the countries he is skipping as those he is visiting. Among those excluded from the itinerary are Kenya, the homeland of  Obama's father, where the newly elected president and vice president are under indictment by the International Criminal Court; and Nigeria, the continent's most populous country, which recently was accused by the State Department of "gross human rights violations" in its campaign against Islamic extremists.

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squeezemeJun. 26, 1312:45 PM

More taxpayer dollars wasted. Not just on the travel and security expenses (that will run into many millions of dollars), but when Obama gets there he will start offering millions upon millions of taxpayer dollars in "aid" because the $6 trillion in borrowing he racked up in less than 5 years just isn't enough money wasted. Oh, did I mention that Obama wants to waste billions more on financial support to the "alternative energy" industry on top of the billions he wasted giving "loans" to his campaign donors and political backers that will never be repaid because the companies went banrkupt--as people with brains knew would happen?

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Lifeguard06Jun. 26, 13 2:59 PM

Wish i could take a 3 week african vacation, at least he cancelled the safari.

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Mrs.JackJonesJun. 26, 13 3:23 PM

Everyone should have a 100 million dollar vacation at tax payers expense.

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tupelohoneyJun. 26, 13 3:32 PM

Bush took working vacations to his ranch. Obama takes vacation after vacation with no regard to the cost to taxpayers.

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jdlellis1Jun. 26, 13 4:06 PM

In its drive to be the global economic power. China has been spending funds in Africa on infrastructure (can you say Three Gorges Dam as an example of civil enginerring prowess). Africa is rich with energy, minerals, oil, etc. not to mention the needs of millions to get out of poverty. The U.S. has attempted to placate the African continent (Africa is not a country) with humanitarian aid. In the end, the generation of wealth in Africa will be based more upon Africa developing an global economic framwork than a humanitarian. This is not to diminish the need for humanitarism. However, consider the realities of the proverb, "Give a man to fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he is fed for a lifetime." All to say, President Obama is there to play economic catch up least the U.S. will never catch the billion plus Chineese already with a foothold on the African Continent.

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jarlmnJun. 26, 13 4:32 PM

Agreed with Jdlellis1. The past few administrations have virtually ignored Africa, except when brow-beaten to mush-headedly intervene in some inter-tribal squabble. Meanwhile, the Chinese have quietly and patiently invested time and billions in Africa. The Chinese have also made considerable inroads into South America. We'd better start learning to speak Chinese. In the meantime, I hope Barrack enjoys his trip to the land of his birth.

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brianjapanJun. 26, 13 4:49 PM

Well go Obama go. Spend as much as you possibly can on your vacations. Only 2 1/2 more years of FREE vacations. Spend spend we love to pay for them.

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boozlesJun. 26, 13 4:56 PM

I'm sure Panama would have had the same warm reception for John McCain had he become President.

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hrearden57Jun. 26, 13 5:24 PM

$100 million bucks. No problem.

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billieeJun. 26, 13 5:32 PM

TAKE TWO Re: "Bush took working vacations to his ranch." And a few places beyond, tupelohoney... Here are 49 trips from the first three years of Bush 43's Administration: (1) 16-Feb-2001: San Cristobal, Mexico; (2) 22-Apr-2001: Quebec, Canada; (3) 12-Jun-2001 13-Jun-2001: Madrid, Spain; (4) 13-Jun-2001 14-Jun-2001: Brussels, Belgium; (5) 14-Jun-2001 15-Jun-2001: Gothenburg, Sweden; (6) 15-Jun-2001 16-Jun-2001: Warsaw, Poland--State Visit; (7) 16-Jun-2001: Kranj, Slovenia; (8) 18-Jul-2001 20-Jul-2001: London, Chequers, Halton, Brize Norton, United Kingdom; (9) 20-Jul-2001 24-Jul-2001: Genoa, Castel Gandolfo and Rome, Italy; (10) 24-Jul-2001: Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo; (11) 18-Oct-2001 21-Oct-2001: Shanghai, China; (12) 16-Feb-2002 19-Feb-2002: Tokyo, Japan; (13) 19-Feb-2002 21-Feb-2002: Seoul, Dorasan and Osan, South Korea; (14) 21-Feb-2002 22-Feb-2002: Beijing, China; (15) 21-Mar-2002 22-Mar-2002: Monterrey, Mexico; (16) 23-Mar-2002 24-Mar-2002: Lima, Peru; (17) 24-Mar-2002: San Dalvador, El Salvador; (18) 22-May-2002 23-May-2002: Berlin, Germany; (190 23-May-2002 26-May-2002: Moscow and St. Petersbury, Russia; (20) 26-May-2002 27-May-2002: Paris, St. Mere-Eglise and Colleville, France; (21) 27-May-2002 28-May-2002: Rome, Italy; (22) 28-May-2002 28-May-2002: Vatican City; (23) 25-Jun-2002 27-Jun-2002: Kananaskis, Canada; (24) 26-Oct-2002 27-Oct-2002: Los Cabos, Mexico; (25) 19-Nov-2002 22-Nov-2002; (26) 22-Nov-2002: St. Petersburg, Russia; (27) 22-Nov-2002 23-Nov-2002: Vilnius, Lithuania; (28) 23-Nov-2002: Bucharest, Romania; (29) 16-Mar-2003: Terceira, Portugal; (30) 7-Apr-2003 8-Apr-2003: Belfast and Hillsborough, United Kingdom; (31) 31-May-2003: Kraków and Oświęcim, Poland; (32) 31-May-2003 1-Jun-2003: St. Petersburg, Russia; (33) 1-Jun-2003 2-Jun-2003: Evian-les-Bains, France; (34) 2-Jun-2003 3-Jun-2003: Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt; (35) 4-Jun-2003: Aqaba, Jordan; (36) 4-Jun-2003 5-Jun-2003: Doha, Qatar; (37) 8-Jul-2003: Dakar and Goree Island, Senegal; (38) 8-Jul-2003 11-Jul-2003: Pretoria, South Africa; (39) 10-Jul-2003: Gabarone, Botswana; (40) 11-Jul-2003: Kampala, Uganda; (41) 11-Jul-2003 12-Jul-2003: Abuja, Nigeria; (42) 17-Oct-2003 18-Oct-2003: Tokyo, Japan: (43) 18-Oct-2003 19-Oct-2003: Manila, Philippines; (44) 18-Oct-2003 21-Oct-2003: Bangkok, Thailand; (45) 21-Oct-2003 22-Oct-2003: Singapore; (46) 22-Oct-2003: Denpasar, Indonesia; (47) 22-Oct-2003: Canberra, Australia; (48) 18-Nov-2003 21-Nov-2003: London and Sedgefield, UK--State Visit; (49) 27-Nov-2003: Baghdad, Iraq.

This is kind of tedious. Are you sure you want to see the other 91 trips?

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