U.S. President George W. Bush kisses a woman after receiving a gift during a visit to Maasai Girls School in Arusha February 18, 2008. (REUTERS/Jim Young)
Rocker-Activist Bob Geldof praised President George W. Bush as the best president ever who has done more for Africa than any president so far.
Geldof also blasted the media for ignoring his accomplishments.
Jon Ward at The Fishwrap reported:
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Bob Geldof has parachuted into the White House travel pool here in Rwanda, and will join us on the flight from Air Force One to Ghana tonight.
He’s going to interview President Bush for Time magazine and several European outlets, such as Liberacion, about aid to Africa for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and business development.
Mr. Geldof is an Irish rock and roll singer and longtime social activist who has helped, along with U2 rocker Bono, raise awareness about need in Africa. His most well known achievement is organizing the Live Aid concert in 1985, which raised money for debt relief for poor African countries.
But Mr. Geldof has remained closely engaged with African affairs since then, and he spoke off the cuff to reporters today who were waiting for a press conference with Mr. Bush and Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
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.”
UPDATE: The Anchoress does a compare and contrast to the nonstop news coverage that followed Clinton to Africa.