Pres. Donald Ramotar and wife meet the Obamas at the U.N.

Note: This picture was originally posted as President and Mrs Ramotar meeting President Obama and Mrs Obama at the White House.  The caption has now been corrected.  It now reads:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, greet Guyanese President H.E. Donald Ramotar and First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar during the UN General Assembly reception at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York September 24.

Here is the official picture from NCN Guyana. From Left to right: First Lady Deolatchmie Ramotar, Michelle Obama, President Donald Ramotar, and President Obama.

Earlier, this Blog carried a video interview with First Lady Deolatchmie Ramotar.  Here it is: First Lady of Guyana – Deolatchmie Ramotar – Interview

— Guyanese Online Post #1900

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  • Cyril Balkaran  On 09/27/2012 at 7:48 am

    This photo Opportunity shows and speaks volumes. The President of the greatest nation on earth finds time with his charming wife to take a picture of the President and his wife of a third world country. This is in direct contrast with what President the late John F. Kennedy did in the year 1963, He flew in Air Force one to the UK to hold talks with Sir Harold MacMillian, Britain’s PM and the only topic on their agenda was the denial of the Independence of British Guiana to the hated Communist Dr Cheddi Jagan, the then Premeir of British Guiana. This single act on the part of a President of the USA , changed the Political course of an entire Nation and people!
    While in Washington, Ramotar held talks with the President of the World Bank and other interested parties on Phase one of the Giant project the Amaila Hydroelectric Plant for the Region and Latin America. This massive Project of $US 850million dollars is the largest mega project ever undertaken by its Financers. Gook luck to Phase one nearing completion.

  • eusi kwayana  On 09/27/2012 at 8:02 am



  • leonard Joseph Punambolam  On 09/27/2012 at 11:09 am

    By denying the people their independence, JFK and Macmillan continued to exploit the country of its resources and further the sufferings of its people.
    Their fears were the communistic Dr. Jagan, which we know that was a blatant lie; a communist (Marxist-Leninist) never changed their colours. Dr. Jagan fought for the rights of the exploited and equality for all. The west didn’t’ want anyone to interfere in their dominance, so they saw it fitting to label Dr. Jagan a communist; if there was a communist in that group, it would have been Mr. Sydney King who was by far a greater and more recognized fighter of the dis advantaged. Mr. King represented Guyana at international conferences of socialists parties and groups in the 1950s and 1960s, than Dr. Jagan and anyone else in Guyana.
    Times have changed and that is to our benefit. Today 2 great presidents, one a life-long fighter of injustices and the other the first black president of the USA. The denials and the 60 years of isolation have finally been opened up; President Ramotar meets President Obama at the White House. It is interesting to note that both presidents believe that all men are created equally and of such, their policies are to enhance the lives of those that have been manipulated, deprived and suffered under the guise of fairness. They both saw the need for full participations of non-whites (especially blacks) to be in all parts of government and society as a whole. Thanks to Mr. Balkaran for reminding us of JFK and the Labour Party (government) in the United Kingdom who was supposed to back the working people of the colonies.


  • Barbara  On 09/27/2012 at 2:20 pm

    Something is in the works that’s for sure.

    • gigi  On 09/27/2012 at 10:29 pm

      Yes, more exploitation of the Guyana’s resources and its people. Mr Obama’s foreign policy agenda is not of nation building, rather the opposite as seen elsewhere – the Middle East, Asia, Africa, The Caribbean, and other parts of South America. Mr Obama was selected and elected to provide distraction whilst America continues down its hubristic and warmongering path. President Ramotar is definitely no Burnham. The man responsible for everything that’s continues to plague Guyana. Obama is just another of America’s puppet

  • Ron. Persaud  On 10/03/2012 at 12:37 am

    ex·ploi·ta·tion (ksploi-tshn) n.
    1. The act of employing to the greatest possible advantage: exploitation of copper deposits.
    2. Utilization of another person or group for selfish purposes: exploitation of unwary consumers.
    3. An advertising or a publicity program.

    I suspect that gigi might be employing the second meaning of the word. And I would certainly agree that there has been a great deal of that type of exploitation of both people and resources in Guyana’s history. I wish to point out, however, that some of the worst examples of exploitation were of Guyanese by Guyanese. And while Bookers, Sprostons and other ex-patriate companies profited hugely while British Guianese remained mired in poverty and impoverishment. there were not too many local entrepreneurs who were prepared to take the risks to exploit the natural resources of the colony.
    There were notable exceptions certainly – A M Fredericks, (Quarrying) , Toolsie Persaud (Timber), the Fernandes’ (Shipping & Commerce), DeFreitas’ (Saw Mills); but by & large, it was exploitation (1 & 2) by foreign agencies and agents.
    But Thomas Friedman makes a convincing argument that the world is now “hot ,flat and crowded”. The economic catastrophes around the globe indicate that each little or large event affects all nations.
    World co-operation is the planet’s only hope.
    From this aspect we have to aspire to that first meaning of “exploitatiion”.

    When it comes to ‘Nation Building’ the United States President’s first obligation is to the American Nation.

    To insinuate that a single person could be responsible for ” everything that’s continues to plague Guyana.” is myopic – even in hindsight.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 10/04/2012 at 6:43 am

    Exploitation is the word that is used for Development in many country and it works. The Capatilists have exploited the development of the Mineral Resources on land and in the seas by their development of suitable equipments to do the same, They exploited Bauxite, gold mining and diamond seeking in British Guyana and the Copper, Nickel Gold Uranium in Africa and everything else that is worth drilling and mining for was their first Hobby and so the world lost its Economic power and base to the exploiters and development pioneers in the New World. Some super leaders of the Third World countries who could not take it anylonger cried Socialism, Communism and were severally dealt with from the Colonial view point. Those who deflected from the path and shouted that the Commanding heights of the Economy will be dealt with. Here is where the the British Cronies mounted the pressure and threw out those early but progressive thinkers of the Colonial Era.Who else could have threatened the powers of the Colonial Office in order to improve the Living Standards of the impoverished people of the Country. Nationalisation was the answer and that too to the peril of a whole Nation and its warring Leaders!

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