I enjoyed the above town-hall-style meeting with President Obama very much.
The audience was a bit a gushing, but the general understanding of African issues certainly destroyed the stereotype of Americans as provincial
There was a general question on the war on terror, however it never addressed specific points such as the Guantanamo detainees, or the civilians
killed by US drone attacks, or the notion of blowback.
Sadly, despite references to Mandela, there was no question on Leonard Peltier.
The pieces on economics for Africa were rhetorically sound, yet somehow wishy-washy.
The general feeling seems to be that Africans are only potential consumers for US markets, however hardly anything on sale here has ever been made in
the US (except for religion and rock 'n' roll).
Undeniably, America has more of an interest in African minerals and raw products, rather than making the African masses good consumers of products
actually made by American labor (i.e., not outsourced to China).
During one of the last questions on environmentalism, Obama says that not everyone can have a car or air-conditioning (seemingly unless there's "clean
So what's the point of studying for these students if they have to live in a house that's freezing in winter and melting in summer?
And they have to take public transport to work?
Jeez, we might as well stick to grass huts and mud houses.
Sadly there was no question on racial minorities in Africa, and whether a reservation system could work to protect minorities.
But not bad.
I can see why he is a President.
I feel for the security staff standing on every corner.
My feet hurt just thinking about them.
I look forward to the University of Cape Town discussion, when it becomes available.
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