Obama warns on Africa leaders refusing to step down

Obama warns on Africa leaders refusing to step down

US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on July 28, 2015

US President Barack Obama speaks at African Union HQ

[28 July 2015 – BBC News] US President Barack Obama has ended his visit to Africa by warning the continent will not advance if its leaders refuse to step down when their terms end.  “Nobody should be president for life,” Mr Obama said.

He was speaking at the African Union‘s headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, the first time a sitting US president has addressed the body.

Earlier in the trip, Mr Obama visited Kenya, the homeland of his late father.   

“I don’t understand why people want to stay so long, especially when they have got a lot of money,” he told the 54-member AU, an apparent criticism of African leaders who have done just that.

Calling on the AU to ensure leaders respect their constitutions and step down when their term ends, Mr Obama specifically mentioned Burundi, whose president Pierre Nkurunziza has controversially been re-elected for a third term.

“Sometimes you will hear leaders say ‘I’m the only person who can hold this nation together.’ If that’s true, then that leader has failed to truly build their nation.”

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  • de castro  On 07/30/2015 at 4:21 am

    Give credit where it is due…..Obama got that right “first time”

    Take it further el presidents..8 years is too long also ….6 years enough.
    Explain my thinking…
    Two 3 year terms of office.
    First year equal predecessor.
    Second year improve on it.
    Third year excel.

    Given a second chance to do it all over again….reward for contribution in public servitude. Democracy in practice.

    Ways I see it !😇
    Sir kamtan lord of cherin by appointment of HRH QE2 longest serving leader unelected.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/30/2015 at 8:56 am

    de Castro: I say 2-five year terms would be more in line with the workload of a President of any country. President Obama is an exceptional President – there is no Republican in the USA that could have accomplish 50-percent of what he did for the USA and the World.

    Are you paying attention to those neocon fools in Israel and the USA? They are prone to violence, guns and killing and maiming mostly non-white people …

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/30/2015 at 2:52 pm

    Here is a union organizer that is about to shake up things in Jolly Ole England.

    by Francisco Toro – Caracas Chronicles: Love Labour’s Loss

    I’ve heard that Britain’s Labour Party is in full-on PTSD mode after its unexpected electoral shellacking at the hands of Cameron’s conservatives, was flirting with electing an out-and-out leftie nutter as leader.

    But did you know that Jeremy Corbyn is also a fully paid up member of the Bolivarian Solidarity movement? I’m serious as a heart attack!

    Understandably, non-crazy British center-lefties are in full on panic mode over the prospect of this guy actually becoming labour leader.

    And yet, with the party deep in self-harm mode, it looks like it’s going to happen.

    David Cameron cannot believe his luck.

    Could Jeremy Corbyn, who likes to talk about his “friends” in Hamas and Hezbollah, possibly end up with a Downing Street address?

    Listen, it’s the longest of long shots, considerably less likely than Bernie Sanders ending up in the White House. But can it be entirely ruled out?

    I dunno. Crazy things happen in politics.

    Maybe a week before the 2020 elections Cameron will be photographed smoking crack with an underage prostitute.

    And then we’re going to end up with an out-and-out Chavista running a country with a permanent seat at the UN Security council and a friggin’ nuclear arsenal.

    ¡Que Papá Dios nos agarre confesados!


  • Gigi  On 07/31/2015 at 12:39 pm

    “President Obama is an exceptional President – there is no Republican in the USA that could have accomplish 50-percent of what he did for the USA and the World.”

    Yes, Clyde, no American president – republican or democrat have accomplished what Obama did for the USA and the world. And thank goodness for that!

    Under Obama, America has expanded its major wars into several countries including Iraq and Afghanistan, though he did promise to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, which he has failed to do. He has also increased conflicts in several countries, mostly on the African continent. I guess this is okay since he’s black. His record as “deporter-in-chief and the “drone war president” speaks for itself on these two issues. He has extended the Patriot Act under the new Freedom Act, expanded the NSA’s spying on citizens, clamped down on transparency and whistle blowers, enacted oppressive laws and militarized the police force resulting in sanctioned police brutality, expanded private prisons and the incarnation rate of prisoners leading to a new form of slavery, imposed Obamacare – a corporate profit gouging scheme, bailed out the corrupt corporations who funded his election and runs the govt (but this is a norm in America politics).

    There is no improvement in the economy; job numbers and other economic indicators are fudged to make things look rosy. Unemployment remains high but under the new employment guidelines, a person working 3 hours a week is considered employed. Home ownership is the lowest since the 60s, the renter class has skyrocketed with rents at astronomical highs though many of the foreclosed properties were purchased in bulk at dirt cheap prices by hedge funders with access to inside court scheming. Wages have remained stagnant and cost of living expenses have outpaced take home pay. And the people most affected are minorities – Native Americans, Blacks, Hispanics – but many whites too (there are more whites on welfare than blacks but this has to do with whites making up the greater population). The school system is a major failure but “Race to the Top” has seen the weeding out of incompetent and poorly trained teachers who, unfortunately, are mostly minorities whose required passing scores on teacher exams are lower than that of whites and Asians; hence the disparity in educational outcomes between the various groups though that gets conveniently left out of the discussion. I can go on and on but you can ‘DuckDuckGo’ this information yourself in you are so inclined. You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 07/31/2015 at 6:34 pm

    President Obama said he thinks he is a pretty good President of the USA and if he ran again, he could win a third term – I fully agree with President Obama – He is absolutely right!

    But, President Obama cannot do so – It is the Law of the Land in the USA – 2-Terms is the limit – He won both elections to Office of President of USA

    Moving along to the current campaign for President of the USA …

    From Mother Jones: Clinton Fires Back at New York Times
    The New York Times had a bombshell on its hands the other day: The paper of record reported that government investigators had asked the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal charges in relation to the emails Hillary Clinton kept on a private server. But the Times’ scoop was way off. The government investigators had actually asked the Department of Justice to look into whether Clinton’s emails that contained classified information might have been inadvertently released by the State Department.

    The story played right into the hands of Clinton’s legion of enemies, who now had a cudgel to bang over the head of the presumptive Democratic nominee. The Times ended up changing its story, but that wasn’t enough for the Clinton campaign. The campaign fired back at the Times on Tuesday with a nearly 2,000-word open letter to the paper’s executive editor. It then posted the letter on hillaryclinton.com

    The Times’ readers rightfully expect the paper to adhere to the most rigorous journalistic standards. To state the obvious, it is hard to imagine a situation more fitting for those standards to be applied than when a newspaper is preparing to allege that a major party candidate for President of the United States is the target of a criminal referral received by federal law enforcement.

    This allegation, however, was reported hastily and without affording the campaign adequate opportunity to respond. It was not even mentioned by your reporter when our campaign was first contacted late Thursday afternoon. Initially, it was stated as reporting only on a memo – provided to Congress by the Inspectors General from the State Department and Intelligence Community – that raised the possibility of classified material traversing Secretary Clinton’s email system.

    This memo — which was subsequently released publicly — did not reference a criminal referral at all. It was not until late Thursday night – at 8:36 pm – that your paper hurriedly followed up with our staff to explain that it had received a separate tip that the Inspectors General had additionally made a criminal referral to the Justice Department concerning Clinton’s email use. Our staff indicated that we had no knowledge of any such referral – understandably, of course, since none actually existed – and further indicated that, for a variety of reasons, the reporter’s allegation seemed implausible. Our campaign declined any immediate comment, but asked for additional time to attempt to investigate the allegation they raised. In response, it was indicated that the campaign “had time,” suggesting the publication of the report was not imminent.

    Despite the late hour, our campaign quickly conferred and confirmed that we had no knowledge whatsoever of any criminal referral involving the Secretary. At 10:36 pm, our staff attempted to reach your reporters on the phone to reiterate this fact and ensure the paper would not be going forward with any such report. There was no answer. At 10:54 pm, our staff again attempted calling. Again, no answer. Minutes later, we received a call back. We sought to confirm that no story was imminent and were shocked at the reply: the story had just published on the New York Times’ website.

    This was, to put it mildly, an egregious breach of the process that should occur when a major newspaper like the Times is pursuing a story of this magnitude. Not only did the Times fail to engage in a proper discussion with the campaign ahead of publication; given the exceedingly short window of time between when the Times received the tip and rushed to publish, it hardly seems possible that the Times conducted sufficient deliberations within its own ranks before going ahead with the story.

    Clearly, the New York Times picked the wrong candidate (and campaign) to mess with. You may read the rest of the story here:


  • Ron. Persaud  On 08/01/2015 at 5:21 am

    Mr. Obama was elected twice to be President of the USA.
    The Office Holder is called upon to make decisions.
    The effects of some of his/her decisions will outlast our generation.
    Severe internal discipline and rigorous objectivity are only two requirements in decision-making at that level.
    President Obama has shown his mettle in these respects.
    That by itself is good enough for me to believe his own assessment of his Presidency; and is rather like ‘icing on the cake’ of my humble evaluation of his tenure.
    “Exceptional” will have to do for now.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 08/01/2015 at 5:37 pm

    I could not help myself watch a television discussion and speculation on the upcoming Republican-Tea Party Presidential candidate debate on what is making Donald Trump tick.

    Trump is insulting everybody, including the voters – and his stock keeps rising in the polls. He is still the most popular one of all the neocon fools.

    One said: Trump does not fit in the same box as the other Republicans. He is more like George Wallace – for those who don’t know George Wallace – Governor Wallace tried to stop 2-black students from attending the University of Alabama.

    Another said: Donald Trump appeals to white working-class people in the USA. The moderator asks “So what’s wrong with white working-class people?”

    The answer was a killer: They are so simplistic and so impossible and there are not enough of them to elect him President. Sorry, but these people don’t have a grip on reality, they added.

    A couple others: The name-calling and ranting cannot be defined – Oh yes, they call it “Obama derangement syndrome”.

    The neocon fools spent the all of President Obama’s time in office obstructing him at every turn in the road – vowed to make him a one-term President and failed – now they have the USA and the rest of the world in wonderment.

    Donald Trump represents the crème de la crème of the neocon fools in the Republican-Tea party. Fortunately, there are not enough of them to get him elected President in 2016 or ever!! But, Trump is the best they have got!!

  • Clyde Duncan  On 08/01/2015 at 5:46 pm

    Outrage in Alabama!

    On Nov. 16, a European businessman paying a visit to his company’s manufacturing plant near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was pulled over for driving a rental car without a tag.

    The police officer asked the man for his license, but the only paperwork he had with him was a German I.D. card. Anywhere else in the nation, the cop might have issued the man a citation. Not in Alabama, where a strict new law requires police to look into the immigration status of people detained for routine traffic violations. Because the man couldn’t prove he had the right to be in the U.S., he was arrested and hauled off to the police station.

    The man turned out to be an executive at Mercedes-Benz, as opposed to someone who busses dishes at a diner, or picks oranges at a grove. And as such, given that he’s white and not brown, Alabama Republicans have egg on their faces.

    “I was really embarrassed and overwhelmed,” says state Senator Gerald Dial. “Mercedes has done more to change the image of Alabama than just about anything else. We don’t want to upset those people.”

    And as such…

    In the past week, at least six Alabama Republicans have come forward to say the legislature should rewrite portions of HB56, as the immigration statute is known.

    Never mind that foreign firms are reconsidering locating in the state, or that the law will increase food prices while tens of millions of dollars of crops rot in the fields.

    That white guy from Mercedes-Benz got busted, and that was not what the law was intended to do. So, time to scrap it and come up with a new and improved version (that doesn’t have such “unintended” consequences). – Daily Kos

  • Ron. Persaud  On 08/01/2015 at 10:06 pm

    Reminds me of a quote attributed to Dr. Joel Breman (‘Virus’ – Frank Ryan, MD)
    “An African epidemic
    might be compared to a giant tree
    falling in the forest.
    Nobody notices it has fallen.
    When the first white person dies,
    the epidemic begins”.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 08/07/2015 at 1:55 am

    President Obama’s Nuke Speech For Domestic Consumption ONLY:

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday described U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech on the recent nuclear deal with the international community as irrelevant and merely for a domestic [USA] audience; and to subdue “Zionist” fears.

    He mentioned that Iran is not responsible for the crises in the region and the spread of terrorism; rather it is the indiscriminate Middle East policies of the United States and its allies that bear that responsibility.

    “The claim that the deal has blocked Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb is a renewed attempt to prove the absurdity of the topic,” he said, adding that Iran never wanted to build a nuclear bomb and will never want to build one.

    Obama defended the deal Wednesday and warned that the only alternative to the nuclear agreement with Iran was war in the Middle East. “The choice we face is between diplomacy and some form of war,” the president said during an address to the nation at the American University in Washington.

    After reading some English translations in Israeli papers, I believe the people who oppose the Iran Deal – like the Republican-Tea Party extremist, neocon fools in the USA – are allies and friends of the Muslim hard-line opposition in Iran.

    I also read that Iranian President Rouhani clamped down on some of the ultra-hard-line media’s reckless headlines and content regarding their opposition to the Deal. [if you ask me, I believe they agree with the neocon fools in the Republican-Tea Party in the USA]

    On another note: President Obama, during the same afore-mentioned speech, isolated Netanyahu of Israel, according to Barak Ravid, a contributor of the Israeli paper Haaretz, and portrayed Netanyahu and his government as the only ones in the world who opposed the agreement. Ravid suggested that the thing that should disturb the sleep of every Israeli is the fact that Netanyahu’s battle against the nuclear agreement has pushed Obama into a situation in which he must distinguish between the security interests of the United States and those of Israel, and clarified that they are not necessarily the same.

    Obama made his case by asserting that “As president of the United States it would be an abrogation of my constitutional duty to act against my best judgment simply because it causes temporary friction with a dear friend and ally.”

    It seems to me we have neocon fools in Iran, Israel and the Republican-Tea Party in the USA who are prone to recklessness and violence – that is their solution to issues, WAR – while President Obama is all for starting a conversation. If Barak Ravid was writing to others beyond Israel’s borders, I would ask him to amend his statement to read that this putsch by Netanyahu and all neocon fools “… should disturb the sleep of every thinking person on earth.”

  • Clyde Duncan  On 08/10/2015 at 9:21 pm

    Huffington Post comments after the recent Republican Debates:

    Mark Greiner:
    Not one of them could carry Obama’s jockstrap on their best day. Whether you like him or not, he was handed a disaster on multiple levels by Bush 43. All he did was save the nation from a depression, ended two very unpopular wars, cut deficit spending more than any POTUS in history, given access to healthcare to ten’s of millions and above all when he leaves office the country will be in much better condition than when he started. For those that oppose him just be thankful he can’t run for a third term because there ain’t one of them that could beat him. Not one.

    – Daily Kos reporting on the most under-rated President in USA history.

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