AIDS FUNDING: BUSH VERSUS OBAMA

The other day, during a speech on behalf of faux-Vietnam vet Richard Blumenthal, the President was interrupted by progressive hecklers concerned about Global Aids funding. This irritated Obama, and he admonished them as follows:

You’ve been appearing at every rally we’ve been doing … And we’re funding global aids and the other side is not.

Sorry no sale. The head of the Global AIDS Alliance puts it thus:

Unfortunately, the Obama administration has not kept its word in terms of the AIDS response, globally, and particularly in Africa. President Obama made commitments during the [presidential] campaign to increase spending on global AIDS that he has not matched with his action.

And, as for ”the other side,” consider Obama’s predecessor:

President Bush was credited for huge contributions to fighting AIDS in Africa going back to 2003. The Washington Post noted that he had tripled funding by 2006. The AP lauded Bush’s efforts in this regard. The Telegraph called him “an African hero.? The BBC suggested Bush may have been the continent’s best friend.

Talk is cheap, Mr. President.  The voters want you to stop talking and actually do something. That’s why hecklers keep showing up to your rallies, and it is why your team is about to get shellacked on Tuesday.

Comments 1

  1. Marc Brown wrote:

    So you’re happy to see more of your taxes going to HIV/AIDS causes in Africa then? Doesn’t sound like you David.

    Posted 01 Nov 2010 at 7:50 am

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