Thursday, January 22, 2009

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Grace, Mutual Respect & the Honest Transfer of Power!

Only in America!

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009 in the Oval Office of the White House.

In the Oval Office!

A stroll to the Oval Office!

A Pause! for photographers!

Smiling All the way to the White House!

The irony about all the jubilations and excitement in Africa about Obama's election, as the first minority with half African blood to become the next president of the world's super power, is that, if Obama had grown up in Africa, and at his age, with only two years in the senate, Africa's culture of overextended one man rule would have hindered his rise to leadership!

They would have said, as indeed some tried to do, in the US, that he was too young, too inexperienced, and yes, not a full blood African! Tribalism would have set in! The African paternalistic culture would have prevailed!

Let Africans take a page from Obama's playbook and rallying slogan: "Yes We Can!" and mobilize to put an end to the culture of one man rule! Its redundant, it stifles our best leadership talents for the sake of demagogues and despots.