Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bob Geldof lampoons the press for ignoring Bush's work for Africa

Activist and musician Bob Geldof had very kind words to say towards President George W. Bush recently:

Mr. Geldof praised Mr. Bush for his work in delivering billions to fight disease and poverty in Africa, and blasted the U.S. press for ignoring the achievement.

Mr. Bush, said Mr. Geldof, "has done more than any other president so far."

"This is the triumph of American policy really," he said. "It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion."

"What's in it for [Mr. Bush]? Absolutely nothing," Mr. Geldof said.

Mr. Geldof said that the president has failed "to articulate this to Americans" but said he is also "pissed off" at the press for their failure to report on this good news story.

"You guys didn't pay attention," Geldof said to a group of reporters from all the major newspapers.

This isn't a new sentiment from Geldof, who praised Bush back in 2005 as well:

"They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology, that he has actually done more than any American president for Africa," Geldof told Time magazine. "But it's empirically so."

If you ever hear a liberal talk about how Bush has destroyed our image around the world, ask them if they think the opinion of America from a French editorialist is more important than that of an impoverished African who now has access to food and medicine.

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