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Setting Tone for Post-Presidency, Obama Will Speak in South Africa on Tolerance
New York Times ^ | April 23, 2018 | By MARK LANDLER

Posted on 04/23/2018 9:10:01 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

... Mr. Obama is inaugurating his most significant international project as an ex-president, with an announcement on Monday that the Obama Foundation plans to convene 200 young people this July in Johannesburg for five days of meetings, workshops and technical training.

At the same time, Mr. Obama will deliver a lecture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, whom he eulogized after his death five years ago by saying he “makes me want to be a better man.”

The choice of Mandela and South Africa are freighted with symbolism for Mr. Obama at a time when his political legacy is being dismantled by his successor, President Trump, who crudely disparaged African countries and complained about laws that would protect immigrants from those places.

“It gives him an opportunity to lift up a message of tolerance, inclusivity and democracy at a time when there are obviously challenges to Mandela’s legacy around the world,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a former speechwriter for Mr. Obama who still advises him.

“Mandela,” he added, “endured far darker times than anything we’re enduring today.”

Mr. Obama does not plan to take on Mr. Trump directly, in keeping with his practice of not publicly criticizing his successor. But Mr. Rhodes said he would not shrink from confronting the divisive issues raised by the Trump presidency.

Mr. Obama, he said, views this as the most important speech he has given since leaving the White House, one that will set the tone for his post-presidency. Mandela was a beacon to Mr. Obama, inspiring what he once said was his first “act of political activism” — a speech he gave as a student at Occidental College for the anti-apartheid movement.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: failure; hussein; obamatrip; southafrica
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1 posted on 04/23/2018 9:10:02 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Will he have a fly on his lip, again?


2 posted on 04/23/2018 9:11:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

[It gives him an opportunity to lift up a message of tolerance, inclusivity and democracy at a time when there are obviously challenges to Mandela’s legacy around the world,” said Benjamin J. Rhodes, a former speechwriter for Mr. Obama who still advises him.]

Yes like government confiscation of the land of white South African farmers.


3 posted on 04/23/2018 9:12:27 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (My "White Privilege" is my work ethic.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Maybe he can help them tolerantly, inclusively confiscate the land of white farmers so they can starve democratically.


4 posted on 04/23/2018 9:13:45 AM PDT by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Back to Africa.
Don’t forget your Sign Language Interpreter!!


5 posted on 04/23/2018 9:14:25 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: headstamp 2

Tolerance is Communist code for lay down your arms and surrender to us — or else.


6 posted on 04/23/2018 9:15:37 AM PDT by Obadiah
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7 posted on 04/23/2018 9:16:26 AM PDT by OttawaFreeper ("If I had to go to war again, I'd bring lacrosse players" Conn Smythe)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Does he really think that the South African EFF politicians who are running around demanding that white land be confiscated and whites who resist be killed are going to listen to his kumbaya, let’s all get along speech?


8 posted on 04/23/2018 9:16:51 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard (When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Setting Tone for Post-Presidency, Obama Will Speak in South Africa on Tolerance

Yep, preaching about tolerance in a country now attempting to kick white farmers off their land. Same old Obama sh**, different podium.

9 posted on 04/23/2018 9:17:45 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Will Obama bring his translator for the hard of hearing....


10 posted on 04/23/2018 9:18:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
He's headed for Zimbabwe. His intentions are to be selected as Dear Leader for Life of the Glorious Nation of Zimbabwe.

He's already on on their currency.

Image result for obama zimbabwe dollar

11 posted on 04/23/2018 9:18:19 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: headstamp 2
"Yes like government confiscation of the land of white South African farmers."

Let's invite these White farmers to settle in the US.

12 posted on 04/23/2018 9:19:26 AM PDT by wmileo
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Lessee...Bill and Hill made a cool billion with their phony ‘Clinton Foundation.’ How can I top them?”


13 posted on 04/23/2018 9:19:26 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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Meanwhile, between vacations, globe trotting, speech giving and chooming:

‘Former President Barack Obama has inked a $65 million deal for his memoir, a joint agreement that also will include a book written by former first lady Michelle Obama.

It is the highest amount ever paid for a presidential memoir.’

Hopefully Bill Ayers is hard at work on it. Otherwise Random House may get stiffed the way his first couple of publishers did.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/01/obamas-land-65m-joint-book-deal-largest-payment-ever-for-presidential-memoir.html


14 posted on 04/23/2018 9:19:43 AM PDT by Fantasywriter (Any attempt to do forensic work using Internet artifacts is fraught with pitfalls. JoeProbono)
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To: headstamp 2

White farmers are being MAU MAUd as Kenya and Zimbob natives did years ago and still doing.

Kill all the whites reigns again in/on the DARK Continent !


15 posted on 04/23/2018 9:19:44 AM PDT by litehaus (A memory toooo long.............)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obviously he’s not going to tell the South Africans to stop seizing land and money from Whites, and to stop murdering them.

They laughed when I said that the left want to eliminate Whites, after taking all their money.


16 posted on 04/23/2018 9:20:00 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If free speech is taken away, dumb and silent we are led, like sheep to the slaughter: G Washington)
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"Does he really think that the South African EFF politicians who are running around demanding that white land be confiscated and whites who resist be killed are going to listen to his kumbaya, let’s all get along speech?"

You've got it all wrong. Obama will be their to encourage them not condemn them.

17 posted on 04/23/2018 9:23:32 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: headstamp 2

Still has the same speechwriter. Valerie Jarret still top “aide”.

The shadowy cabal which snuck him into the White House still has to lead him around by the nose.


18 posted on 04/23/2018 9:24:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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“Maybe he can help them tolerantly, inclusively confiscate the land of white farmers so they can starve democratically.”

The camps they are putting the whites in are for their safety, or so said Sonderführe Obama.


19 posted on 04/23/2018 9:24:21 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Sometimes There Is No Lesser Of Two Evils)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Once again - Obama does something for short term optics, which will, in the long run, make him look like an ass - at least for anyone paying attention.

When South Africa finally goes down the toilet, the media won’t remind us Obama latched on to them to burnish his phony Nobel Prize, community organizer credentials.


20 posted on 04/23/2018 9:25:54 AM PDT by PGR88
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