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  Topics: International Relations: President Barack Obama - Ghana Trip, July 10-11, 2009

President Barack Obama traveled to Ghana July 10-11, 2009 accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7. This was the first sub-Saharan African country visited by President Obama since becoming the 44th President. The mother of the First Lady, Marian Robinson, was also on the Ghana trip.

U.S. Government Web Sites
U.S. Media
Overseas Media
Commentary-Africa
Commentary-Other

 

U.S. Government Web Sites

America.gov - Africa. Speeches and Africa-related topics. http://www.america.gov/world/africa.html See also Ghana Parliament Speech and text messages from the public.

White House web site - Audio of speeches at the Ghana Parliament, Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 10:40 am, A New Moment of Promise in Africa. Includes introductory remarks by Ghana Parliament's Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo and Ghana's President John Atta Mills. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/A-New-Moment-of-Promise-in-Africa/

U.S. State Department Ghana Profile. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/2860.htm

White House Briefing Room Remarks.

7/11/2009 Remarks By President Obama And President Mills Of Ghana At Departure Cermony
7/11/2009 Remarks By The President At Cape Coast Castle
7/11/2009 Remarks By President Obama And President Mills Of Ghana After Bilateral Meeting
7/11/2009 Remarks by the President to the Ghanaian Parliament
7/11/2009 Remarks By the President at Maternal Health Event in Accra

Voice of America

Voice of American articles on the Obama Visit http://m.voanews.com/a/411300.html
Ghananain Writer Says Obama Will Cry For Africa By Akwei Thompson 04 July 2009
Africans Await President Obama's Message with Great Anticipation - Ali Mazrui
President Obama's Speech to Ghana's Parliament

 

U.S. Media

New York Times, July 17, 2009 - U.S. Finding Its Voice in Africa Again - By Howard W. French.

New York Times, July 11, 2009 - Obama Delivers Call for Change to a Rapt Africa - By PETER BAKER

New York Times, July 11, 2009 - Text of Obama’s Speech in Ghana By The Associated Press. Text of President Barack Obama's speech Saturday in Accra, Ghana, as provided by the White House:

New York Times, July 11, 2009 - Obama in Africa: Welcome Back, Son. Now Don’t Forget Us. By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN

New York Times, July 10, 2009 - Ghana Visit Highlights Scarce Stability in Africa By ADAM NOSSITER

New York Times, July 10, 2009 - Obama Wins More Food Aid but Presses African Nations on Corruption By PETER BAKER and RACHEL DONADIO

Huffington Post, July 10, 2009 - slide show and video. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/10/ghana-excited-for-obama-v_n_229532.html

New York Times, July 9, 2009 - Rebranding Africa - By Bono. Bono, the Op-Ed Guest Columnist, is lead singer of the band U2. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/10/opinion/10bono.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

New York Times, May 17, 2009 - The Calculus Behind Obama’s Ghana Stopover - By PETER BAKER.

CNN May 17, 2009 trip announcement. http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/17/obama.ghana/index.html

GlobalPost.com, July 12, 2009 - Obama tells Africa: "Yes, you can" Ghana encouraged by US president's message to drive their own destiny. By Drew Hinshaw. Has a photo. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/ghana/090712/obama-tells-africa-yes-you-can

 

MSNBC - Internet TV
Cape Coast Castle visit and speech before the Ghana Parliamenthttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31865385#31864653

Airport farewell speech. Includes Peace Corps at the airport. Mentions current president attended university in the U.S. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31865385#31866332

Cape Coast Castle visit. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31865385#31865406

Ghanaian guide talks about Cape Coast Castle before President Obama's visit.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31865385#31848349

Ghana Gets Ready for Ghana. About Hotel Obama and the boy who looks like Obama. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31865385#31845160

 

Overseas Media

BBC - Obama speaks of hopes for Africa, Saturday, 11 July 2009 - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8145762.stm

BBC - Ghana excitement builds for Obama, 10 July 2009 - Describes selling of Obama paraphanelia and comments on trip. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8143018.stm

BBC - African view: Shipshape for Obama? July 9, 2009. By a former BBC journalist and Ghana Govt. minister. Includes how the President allowed a street demonstration. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8138641.stm

France24 - Obama to make historic visit to Ghana Friday 10 July 2009. Launched in 2006, FRANCE 24 is a international news channel whose mission is to cover international current events from a French perspective.

 

Commentary - Africa

Ghana Conscious - Obama in Ghana - A round-up of blog posts by Ghanaian bloggers. July 14, 2009

Global Voices Online - Ghana - African commentary on blogs

Peacefm Online - Obama Storms Ghana. From Ghana radio station, Peacefm's web site.

Obama's Africa agenda, our business and democracy - By Chido Nwangwu. Publisher of Houston-based USAfricaonline.com http://www.usafricaonline.com/chido.obamaafrica09.html

Pambazuka News 442 - 2009-July-16, Issue 442. "The internet and wires have been burning with anger and disappointment at the speech made by Obama..."
Obama in Ghana: The speech he might have made, by Firoze Manji.
Tendai Marima calls on Barack Obama to acknowledge America's role in African affairs.
Gerald LeMelle reveals the real US–Africa policy,
Emira Woods on the Obama visit to Africa’s 'oil gulf'.
Gerald Caplan thinks President Obama needs a refresher course on Africa.
Sokari Ekine rounds up reactions to Obama's Ghana speech in the African blogosphere.

Pambazuka News 443 - 2009-July 23, Issue 443. "Deconstructing Obama’s speech in Ghana" by Ama Biney


Commentary
- Other

Africa Action. Akwaaba! …Ghana Should Meet Obama With Cautious Optimism. July 6, 2009

Africa Focus - USA/Africa: Obama in Ghana, What Kind of Change? July 10, 2009

Brookings Institution - Ghana: Obama Visits a Hopeful Nation on a Troubled Continent. July 08, 2009

Foreign Policy in Focus. What Obama Should Say in Ghana. By Charles Abugre | July 9, 2009. http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/6246 What Obama says in his Accra speech will influence Africa's place in the world.

Foreign Policy in Focus. Media Briefing Booklet: Obama's Trip to Ghana
. July 10, 2009. 19 p. in PDF. http://www.fpif.org/pdf/reports/Press booklet-ObamaGhana.pdf
Recommendations to the President on U.S.-Africa policy re the military, HIV/AIDS, agriculture, debt cancellation, labor issues, environment, Uganda, Sudan, Zimbabwe, DRC Congo, Somalia, Niger Delta.

National Public Radio - Obama To Make Historic Visit To Ghana by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton. By by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton. July 10,2009

Zachary, G. Pascal - "Obama in Africa". 2009-07-02. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/zachary10/English

 

 




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