(American Overlook) The New York Times is reporting that President Obama’s first stop on his $100M trip to Africa is not going as well as he may have hoped. Obama touched down in Senegal yesterday, but not all the people there are excited to have him visit the country.
One Senegalese newspaper reported that, “Obama is stifiling us,” after the main roads in Dakar needed to be cleared of the homeless before President Obama would drive through the city.
Other media outlets in Africa are reporting, “The Americans are imposing extreme measures,” and “The Americans take over Senegal.” I don’t think this is what Obama, who views himself as well-liked around the globe, had in mind when he planned the family vacation to the African continent.
The White House is claiming the African trip is is not a vacation, but instead will secure jobs for Americans because Africa contains several growing economies. In the same report, the New York Times spoke with a father of four who made $1.25 per day. “There’s no work here,” he told the Times. “He’s got to help us, and quick.”
Is Obama in Africa to ensure Americans will work for $1.25 per day in the future?