I know, the title sounds crazy. However, I’m not referring to the president’s sinking poll numbers here at home. In Africa, Bush’s approval rating is well over 80%. It may seem surprising at first, but that area of the world, a place that has seen countless years of disease, starvation, and war, generally has a positive view of the United States.
On Tuesday, President Bush visited Rwanda and met with President Paul Kagame, the man who led the resistance against the brutal Hutu militias that ended up slaughtering almost a million innocent people in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. During the visit, he toured the genocide memorial, and pledged to keep up the pressure on the Sudanese regime for its atrocities in Darfur. The President’s other contributions to Africa include spending nearly 15 billion dollars to combat HIV/AIDS across the continent, with similar actions being taken to fight malaria. He has also granted billions of dollars in African debt relief and has offered much support in Africa’s quest to move forward into the 21st century. In the end, the lives of many Africans have improved because of the administration’s policies.
Odds are though, this isn’t the big story out there you’ll be hearing on the news. No, the media and President’s growing number of critics would rather focus on an economic recession and his falling poll numbers here in the US, along with the obsession over all things negative in Iraq. At the same time, the two buffoons better known as Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are given a pass as the promises they made during the ’06 elections come up empty.
Maybe the president is not the aweful man he is all too often villified as.