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Writer Says KIWA Poll Ignored the Facts
Date posted - July 4, 2013
President Obama took a trip to sub-Saharan Africa last week, the first trip to the continent since becoming president in 2008. Over the course of the trip, Obama met with political leaders in South Africa, Tanzania, and Senegal. Discussions occurred concerning the need for African nations to become economically viable as foreign aid to these nations has been and will continue to diminish, and it is imperative that these nations work to become a part of the global marketplace for the good of the countries and the people that reside there. Although it was, in part, a vacation for the Obama family, the recent KIWA poll dismisses the trip as though the family had spent $100,000 going to Disneyland rather than what it was, a working vacation during which the President of the United States reached out to these nations in Africa and their leaders. At the end of the trip, the Obamas were joined by former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura for a wreath laying ceremony commemorating the 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Tanzania. Looking to forge partnerships between the US and these African nations that help bring reliable electricity to African nations, that encourage trade with these countries, and that demonstrate that the US will not and should not ignore the people of Africa and their efforts to improve their infrastructure, stability, and modernization so that they can emerge as powers, is hardly playing golf for a week. The KIWA poll was misleading and disappointing, particularly since it completely ignores the facts regarding this “vacation,” facts clearly available in a number of news sites around the world.