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Desmond Tutu welcomes Obama home, and Obama pledges $7 billion to upgrade power in Africa.

Obama Welcomed ‘Home’ By Desmond Tutu During
South Africa Visit
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Retired archbishop Desmond Tutu locked eyes with President Barack Obama on Sunday in an emotional moment between two men who have been pioneers for racial progress a world apart.
Tutu greeted Obama with a “welcome home” to the continent where his father was born, and pleaded with the U.S. president to be a leader for peace, especially in the Middle East, who can make all Africans proud.
Obama was visiting the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre, an after-school program in a community where many young people are infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Obama praised Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who helped bring an end to South Africa’s racist apartheid rule, as “an unrelenting champion of justice and human dignity.”
Tutu then spoke of Obama’s re-election last fall as America’s first African-American president. “You don’t know what you did for our psyche,” Tutu said. “You won, and we won.”

– U.S. President Barack Obama pledged $7 billion Sunday to help combat frequent power blackouts in sub-Saharan Africa.  Funds from the initiative, dubbed Power Africa, will be distributed over the next five years. Obama made the announcement during his trip to South Africa, the continent’s biggest economy.
“Access to electricity is fundamental to opportunity in this age. It’s the light that children study by, the energy that allows an idea to be transformed into a real business. It’s the lifeline for families to meet their most basic needs, and it’s the connection that’s needed to plug Africa into the grid of the global economy,” he said.
Two-thirds of the population of sub-Saharan Africa lacks access to electricity, including more than 85% of those living in rural areas, the White House said.
“A light where currently there is darkness — the energy to lift people out of poverty — that’s what opportunity looks like,” Obama told students at Cape Town University. “So this is America’s vision: a partnership with Africa for growth, and the potential for every citizen, not just a few at the top.”
The program includes $1.5 billion from the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation and $5 billion from the Export-Import Bank, the White House said. Sub-Saharan Africa will need more than $300 billion to achieve universal electricity access by 2030, it said.
The preliminary setup will include Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique.
“These countries have set ambitious goals in electric power generation, and are making the utility and energy sector reforms to pave the way for investment and growth,” a White House statement said.  >>MORE<<
Thank you RevHarry Leslie Hughes
In case you were unaware, Obama pledged $7 billion of YOUR dollars to Africa. That’s $7 billion that we don’t have. Don’t you need a functioning power grid to qualify for an upgrade? The worldwide black track record for maintaining a civilization is 100% failure. I don’t care how much money you throw at the problem. It will still fail.
The media keeps referring to this handout as “an investment” into Africa. In that case, I am going to pile up some cash in and light it on fire. I feel like “investing” some money today. This needs to be blocked, the American tax payer loses again.
In the end, all that copper wire will be ripped out and sold on the open scrap metal market.

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