Africa, 2013

August 2006: Senator Barack Obama peers out of what was Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa (Photo: Pete Souza)

Washington Post: President and Michelle Obama will leave Washington on Wednesday for a week-long trip to three African nations, focusing on economic development, democracy building and private sector investment.

Among the highlights for the president will be bilateral meetings with the leaders of Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, visits to Senegal’s supreme court and a power plant in Tanzania, tours of a slave museum in Gorree Island and the site of the prison where Nelson Mandela was held for two decades on Robben Island.

Obama also will tour a community center with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Cape Town.

The centerpiece of the trip will be the president’s speech at the University of Cape Town, where he will deliver a message that the United States intends to significantly boost its presence on the continent….

…. Michelle Obama, too, will have a full schedule. She will speak to girls at a Senegal middle school and with students at a South African high school, and she will participate in a first ladies summit hosted by the George W. Bush Institute. Former first lady Laura Bush also will participate, along with first ladies of African nations, officials said.

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August, 2006: Sen. Barack Obama, Michelle, daughters Sasha, Malia and other children help plant a tree with 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Nairobi, Kenya


Photos from then Senator Obama’s visit to Africa in 2006 – all taken by Pete Souza, then working for the Chicago Tribune:

…. touring Robben Island with Ahmed Kathrada, a former prison mate of Nelson Mandela

….. visiting a health clinic in a township near Cape Town, Sen. Obama talks to Sisisipo Mngeni, 3, whose mother Nomathamsanqa Mngeni (top right) is HIV positive

….. viewing a 1976 photograph of the fatally wounded Hector Pieterson at the museum in Soweto, named for the 13-year old victim of apartheid violence. Antoinette Pieterson, Hector’s sister, accompanies Obama

During a visit to the Rosa Parks Library in Soweto, Sen. Obama examines a 1966 photograph of Sen. Bobby Kennedy who visited the famous township during the apartheid era

….. talking to young people during his visit to the Rosa Parks Library

 ….. visiting an office at the Constitutional Court of South Africa decorated with a poster of Rev. Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech

Sen. Obama listens as UN representative Serge Male tells him about the plight of Sudanese refugees living at the Mile Refugee Camp near the town of Guereda, Chad

….. visiting with children at the Milé Refugee camp


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155 Responses to “Africa, 2013”

  1. 1 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm

  2. 7 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm


  3. June 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Look at how small the girls were! Beautiful pictures!

  4. 10 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
    June 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you Chips. The photo of Senator Obama and the 2 little girls at the Mile Refugee camp is so filled with who he is and the way children react to him.

    • 11 MightyPamela
      June 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      This one stuns me, as well, Bobfr, tho they are all fascinating. He looks so young…

    • 12 jackiegrumbacher
      June 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      And, Bob, those two beautiful little girls have a world of living in their eyes as if they had already known more suffering than any of us ever have. PBO’s empathy and his bone-deep connection with real suffering and endurance has shaped his character and probably helps him to put everything into perspective when dealing with the ugliness of politics and the pettiness of politicians and the media.

      • 13 nathkatun7
        June 22, 2013 at 3:48 am

        Very well said, JackieG! What you said is what the pundits, and the privileged “holier than thou” progressives do not understand about the essence of President Obama. His pragmatism is deeply rooted in empathy. His goal is to improve the lives of those suffering, no matter how imperfect the improvement may be. Whereas comfortable people, who have absolutely nothing to loose, are always looking for the politically untenable perfect solutions. I don’t care what any one says, but by the time President Obama leaves office no one will be able to credibly argue that he did not make an effort to improve the lives of ordinary people.

  5. June 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Stunning diary Chips……. Bravo!!! …..Congrats on first Bobfr…..

  6. 22 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Great post LP! Thanks for the very timely trip down memory lane.

  7. 23 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm


    • 24 jackiegrumbacher
      June 21, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Good, let there be real consequences for their reckless risk to the nation’s security.

    • 25 nathkatun7
      June 22, 2013 at 3:55 am

      I hope the Home Secretary follows through in banning these two from entering the UK! These are some of the most nasty people around. Their sole mission is to go around inflaming people against all Muslims.

  8. June 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm


    • June 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      Absolutely inexcusable…….. just disgusting!

      Image and video hosting by TinyPic

      • 28 arapaho415
        June 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

        Needs more than a “correction.”

        This is a continuation of the f**King MSM blowing dog whistles to stir up the Tea Party crowd so they can be entertained while “reporting on it.”

        The real problem is that once something is reported by the MSM it stays uncorrected because it’s repeated by other journos in the echo-chamber. Example:

        Reminder from WaPo:

        The GOP is so incompetent in their attacks that the MSM graciously steps in to help. Assholes, all of them.

        • 29 yardarm756
          June 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm

          Stop denigrating ass holes for at least they have a purpose!

          • 30 nathkatun7
            June 22, 2013 at 4:36 am

            Indeed, Bobfr! Both the MSM and the GOP are, in my humble opinion, pure evil! Since January 20, 2009, The MSM’s and the GOP’s entire raison d’être has been all about denigrating, humiliating and de-legitimatizing President Obama. Thank God for the majority of Americans who refused to buy into the MSM/GOP agenda and re-elected President Obama.The fact that the voters thoroughly rejected their evil tactics has not deterred them a bit. This explains their negative obsessions about the President’s up coming trip to Africa. It’s as if Africa is not a part of the world community. They don’t even care about the message they are sending some of us who are of African descent when they denigrate and trivialize President Obama’s trip to Africa. I’ve got news for the MSM and the GOP. There are almost
            1 and 1/2 to 2 billion people who are of African descent, world wide. Moreover, if the paleontologists are correct, all humanity is of African ancestry. Trying to denigrate and devalue Africa is an epic mistake.

    • 32 dotster3
      June 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      changed it to “ancestral homeland”—-which is still purposeful and incomplete. Ancestral homeland is also Kansas, USA and Ireland and likely etc. etc. etc. My ancestral homeland is Titonka, Iowa then. Kinda sad. (haha–just remembered that only 4 showed up for my dad’s 50th h.s. reunion—-they had lunch at Chicken Delight)

      • 33 arapaho415
        June 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm

        Correction is not enough.

        That is sweeping the real problem under the rug.

        Marissa Mayer needs to put an end to this now and fire that idiot “reporter.”

  9. 34 dotster3
    June 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    The Africa trip doesn’t begin until next Wed., right? Or am I goofy?

  10. 36 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    For HZ.
    Sorry I missed your request earlier. I hope you a feeling spry and foxy on this first day of summer.
    If I temper it with a big ol’ virtual hug, I hope you’ll indulge my teensie-tiny bit o’ tardy !
    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{ HZ }}}}}}}}}}}}


    • 37 HZ
      June 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      My dear”Musician-In-Chief,”you are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful. Forget about anything even related to tardiness. Just on time. I will always accept you beautiful hugs. ((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Much Appreciated with loving hugs))))))))))))))))))))

      Great music indeed. TY, TY, TY, my beautiful Dudette. We are such a wonderful family here. I love it. HZ

    • 44 nathkatun7
      June 22, 2013 at 4:45 am

      Thanks HZ for your request and thanks, as always, Dudette for always being there to oblige. Donny Hathaway is one of my all time favorite musicians. He is one of those rare musicians who could directly touch your soul in a profound way.

  11. 45 carolyn
    June 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    This is an important trip for the U.S. and for the President. Our narrow-minded, prejudiced press corps refuses to accept the importance and significance of Africa in the world today. I wrote both CBS and NBC and told them I expected them to send their A Team with the president on this trip. I specifically said NOT Chuck Todd to NBC.
    I think the press corps gripe because it is a long trip to Africa. They are just plain lazy. OH, I also told both that the American press corps needed to learn about foreign affairs so they won’t look so stupid in front of the world. They stupidly ask about domestic gotcha issues, while the world press asks about important international issues.

  12. June 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm

  13. 49 desertflower
    June 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Throw his ass in jail, too!

    Matthew Keys ‏@MatthewKeysLive 57m
    Glenn Greenwald, reacting to charges against Edward Snowden, calls President Barack Obama “vindictive.”
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    And then this:

    Matthew Keys ‏@MatthewKeysLive 58m
    Glenn Greenwald to CNN, reacting to Edward Snowden charges: “I’m not sure he should be charged with anything at all.”
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    Right, asshat.

    • 50 desertflower
      June 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Matthew Keys ‏@MatthewKeysLive 58m
      Glenn Greenwald on CNN, reacting to Edward Snowden charges: “There is zero evidence…that (this) has remotely harmed national security.”
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      Matthew Keys ‏@MatthewKeysLive 57m
      Glenn Greenwald on CNN: Expecting Edward Snowden to stay in the U.S. after leaking information is “unreasonable.”
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    • 56 jackiegrumbacher
      June 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Good grief, Df. what unbelievable arrogance for Greenwald to think he has any say in whether Snowden should be charged or what he should be charged with. There are just no limits to this man’s hubris. We have laws in this country. Snowden broke them and put the country at risk. Nobody has to prove to his majesty Greenwald what risks to to national security Snowden incurred. He’s a criminal. Period.

      • 57 nathkatun7
        June 22, 2013 at 4:52 am

        I wouldn’t for a minute care if Glenn Greenwald was charged as an accessory to the crime of espionage and treason. After all, why was Greenwald in Hong Kong with Edward Snowden?

  14. 58 desertflower
    June 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    here’s the complaint against Snowden:

    • 59 arapaho415
      June 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      From NYT national security reporter:

  15. June 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  16. 61 Bill
    June 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Chris Hayes is interviewing Greenwald live.

    • 62 arapaho415
      June 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Hayes is digging his own (metaphorical) grave with MSNBC.

      He’ll soon be unemployable except at the Nation. I doubt whether MoJo would take him.

      The sooner he is off the air, the better. And hope he takes Rachel Hartman from Yahoo! with him.

  17. June 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Must say I’m a little heartened by the sentiment being conveyed in the article….shows maturity and pragmatism.

    • 64 4morefor44
      June 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      that’s their usual schtick. they try to lure people back by being somewhat reasonable for a couple days, but rest assured, when the next “hair on fire” nontroversy is trotted out by “the news,” they’ll all be freaking out in a fit of obama=bush rage. don’t be fooled by these racist charlatans.

    • 65 4morefor44
      June 21, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      just read the article…what a laughable mess. the “reporter” start with a preposterous theory, then desperately tried to find “proof” and seems surprised not to find much. straight republican propaganda from nbc “news” as usual.

  18. June 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Everyone;

    Hope you all had a good day.

    I’ve been discharged from the hospital and I am now at a rehab center possibly for another 2-3 weeks. It’s a decent place. Clean with interesting decor. My roommate is not loud – thank goodness, but we do have a screamer down the hall. Dinner was a hot dog and included ice-cream for dessert. Can you believe it? Staff seems nice. I still miss the rehab floor of the hospital. Only reason I’m here is because my insurance wouldn’t cover extra days in rehab at a hospital.

  19. 95 amk for obama
    June 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm

  20. 100 vitaminlover
    June 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    My Dear Obama Family, I am soooo glad to see you plan to go on to Africa. Keep on doing you. God and His Angels have your backs always and you are much beloved and protected. I am so honored that you are my First Family and am pleased to give you the honor and respect you ALL so richly deserve. Looking forward to pictures. Sasha had a nice Irish 12th birthday trip and now Malia shall have a nice African 15th birthday trip. Godspeed to you all with love

  21. 107 desertflower
    June 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Matthew Keys ‏@MatthewKeysLive 6m
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes calls Espionage Act a “pretty terrible piece of legislation”
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  22. 108 amk for obama
    June 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    The girls have grown right before our eyes.

  23. 109 desertflower
    June 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I won’t listen to that lying, enabling POS…but someone here might have the stomach for it

    Matthew Keys ‏@MatthewKeysLive 4m
    Audio: Journalist @ggreenwald speaks to MSNBC on charges against Edward Snowden, from moments ago – https://soundcloud.com/producermatthew/glenn-greenwald-speaks-to
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  24. June 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

  25. 111 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Gotta keep this up!

  26. 112 japa21
    June 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  27. 113 japa21
    June 21, 2013 at 8:41 pm

  28. 114 amk for obama
    June 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    The prison sentence for the former boss of scandal-hit Enron has been reduced on appeal from 24 to 14 years.

    Jeffrey Skilling presided over Enron when it became embroiled in one of the biggest corporate frauds in US history.

    In return for the more lenient sentence, Skilling, who has been in prison since 2006, has agreed to stop appealing against his conviction.

    The agreement between Skilling and federal prosecutors also allows more than $40m (£26m) seized from him to be distributed to the victims of the Enron fraud.

    His prison term is now set to expire in December 2020.


  29. 115 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:44 pm

  30. 121 amk for obama
    June 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Google has been given 35 days to delete any remaining data it “mistakenly collected” while taking pictures for its Street View service, or face criminal proceedings.

    But the UK Information Commissioner’s Office did not impose a fine.

    Its investigation into Google reopened last year after further revelations about the data taken from wi-fi networks.

    During that inquiry, additional discs containing private data were found.

    Google had previously pledged to destroy all data it had collected, but admitted last year that it had “accidentally” retained the additional discs.

    The ICO has told the search giant it must inform it if any further discs of information are discovered.


  31. 122 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    • 124 99ts
      June 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      I am of an age with Paula Deen – and regardless of how you live as a child – when you grow up you throw away childish things – and realize the error of your ways, your family’s ways and the hatred they bred.

  32. 125 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Perfect tweet for LL! Thinking of you brother! 🙂

  33. 126 amk for obama
    June 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  34. 127 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Any tweeters out there who enjoyed the #PaulasBestDishes, here’s the next one for ya – #PaulaDeenTVShows

  35. 128 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  36. 129 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  37. 130 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Last bit of energy I’m expending on this woman

  38. 131 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm

  39. 135 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

  40. 138 amk for obama
    June 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  41. 140 Layla
    June 21, 2013 at 9:05 pm

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  42. 145 4morefor44
    June 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    wow, just looking more into yahoo’s yahoo rachel “birther” hartman’s “reporting.” this one is as bad in my opinion.

    “In Organizing for Action’s new television ad about the president’s health care law, a man of indeterminate ethnicity appears to be filling out his taxes.”

    “indeterminate ethnicity?!?!!?” are you freakin kidding me?!? first of all, we all are “indeterminate” depending how far you want to go back on anyone’s family tree, and second, what a freakin insult to anyone who is from a “mixed” procreation in recent times, such as president obama. is president obama “indeterminate ethnicity” in young rachel’s mind?!? what a joke.

    i also noticed she called him simply “obama” without ever typing “president” in the first reference to the president of the united states. do they have any writing standards at yahoo “news?”

    • 146 arapaho415
      June 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm


      A person is voting in the photo.

      Yahoo! has a big problem with user privacy. They are arbitrarily making inactive user ids available to whoever wants that ID next month.

      I have an inactive Yahoo! account but don’t want to pay them to reactive it. It’s a scheme, and a loss of privacy for their former customer. Hope the entire company is circling the drain now.

      • 147 arapaho415
        June 21, 2013 at 9:41 pm

        Didn’t complete my thought on the photo caption.

        Why is ethnicity only important if the person doesn’t appear white? Would the caption read “An Irish-American is voting…” or a “Russian-American is voting…”

        Yahoo! editors need to be fired as well.

      • June 22, 2013 at 6:54 am

        Except for one thing. Some folks may be inactive only because they are in jail or the hospital. Or it’s used very infrequently. My yahoo is attached to an old website I’ve been trying to at least download. So much for “infrequent”. Bty, Chips, did you receive my picture of Nelson Mandela and Obama on their one meeting back in 2006?

  43. 149 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

  44. 150 amk for obama
    June 21, 2013 at 9:13 pm

  45. 151 Dudette
    June 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Maybe we just need a livestream of Joy’s tweets! 🙂

    • 152 arapaho415
      June 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      I am livid at the MSM and at Yahoo!

      Marissa Mayer needs to show leadership and fire Rachel Hartmen, who doesn’t meet the MINIMUM standard of being a journalist.

      Any third-grader can answer the question of “what country was the President born in?” and yet she’s getting a pass?

      This is NOT an “error.” She has either proven herself incapable of objectivie “reporting,” or has proven herself to be too stupd to be a journalist. Either way, Marissa, fire her before Monday morning.

    • 153 anniebella
      June 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Rachel Rose Hartman is a Dam Yahoo Birther Idiot.

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