Confront Corruption! Oh, and feed me Braaaains!
doh! I should have been on this way earlier today. I mean, c’mon, here I am in Africa and we’ve got, visiting a country in Sub-Saharan Africa, an African-American, American President. Is that headline worthy or what????!
I know it can sometimes be hard to parse out my sarcasm/satire from my genuine politics– and mind you I am very glad to have this guy around and glad that he is visiting Africa (and planning to announce billions in aid is the rumor?)- but still. I mean you read something like this utter crap that these AP journalists consider “coverage” of our Black President in our black continent, and my lunch gets in danger of leaving my belly and getting coughed up into the sink. Exhibit A:
(AP) ACCRA, Ghana — America’s president and Africa’s son, Barack Obama dashed with pride onto the continent of his ancestors Saturday, challenging its people to shed corruption and conflict in favor of peace. Campaigning to all of Africa, he said “Yes you can.”
“I say this knowing full well the tragic past that has sometimes haunted this part of the world,” Obama told a riveted Ghanaian Parliament. “I have the blood of Africa within me.”
In the faces of those who lined the streets and in many of Obama’s own words, this trip was personal. Beyond his message, the story was his presence _ the first black U.S. president coming to poor, proud, predominantly black sub-Sahara Africa for his first time in office.
insert spoon into mouth. gag as needed.
I mean, people are literally dancing in the street. And by “streets” I mean soccer fields. Which they may actually call “futbol” fields up there…
Man oh man. And the parliament in Accra was eating up every word of his speech. Kinda seems like they somehow never heard his embarrassing little secret.
Whats amazing is the sheer stamina of Obama. I mean, our first undead president has managed to attend to head of state duties in spite of his zombie infection, participating in whirlwind G8 Summits, Kremlin visits (he had to cancel his Gremlin visit to make that work), and rolling out the long leash on Rahm Emmanuel his Secretary of I’ll-Bash-Yr-Teeth-In-Motherfucker *(see “Rahm Bomb” in the video below). Its just makes you wonder how much more effective he could have been if he had some basic zombie survival skills on the campaign trail. That senior citizen, come US senator, come undead presidential candidate John McCain may have been a goober as far as election competition goes, but he was expedient at catching and eventually converting Obama immediately following their last debate last Fall.
Sorry you guys, I just (finally) watched 28 weeks later, and I’m feeling a little punchy right now. On the bright side, I’ve spared you my impulse to write about Black President Obama stopping by the nation of Wakanda before leaving the continent. I read a Black Panther comic this morning and all I can think about in light of this trip to Ghana, is Obama glad-handing T’challa, King of Wakanda, along with Storm the X-men/mutant slash kinda recent Queen of Wakanda. Oooh, I can just picture Ororo Monroe and Michele Obama in some hi-tech royale palace…
Anyways, I’m gonna hitch the next ride outta geekville, which require me to wrap up this post and move along. Have I warned you about when I post on Saturday afternoons?!