Why Bill Clinton would have been a much better African
President. I'm not sure how to classify this article which is an odd combination of ass-kissing sycophancy, half truths, outright errors and just plain weirdness.
"Except for some alleged, or perceived or real weakness with women, ex-President Clinton would have left office as one of the greatest presidents of the United States in contemporary times, rubbing shoulders with his mentor, J.F. Kennedy. Of course, Mr. Clinton is a nice and great guy and like all great men of old and now they need to pass through what I call the 'damsel test,' courtesy Monica Lewinsky.
And here many great leaders have found it difficult to stay above board. If Mr. Clinton was a sitting president in Africa, his affair with the once intern lady would not have been an issue to worry our heads about. Africa thus provided a conduit pipe and a safe heaven from the media attack on his presidency at that time.
To what extent then can we put to use the minds of these great men, such as Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan, who as achievers in their own rights, can help resolve some of the serious issues of poverty plaguing and confronting the country and the continent?
He would be meeting and talking to President Kufuor, a new president in the country and affectionately called the "silent giant" who is committed to offer Ghana what Good Governance is. Probably Mr. Bill Clinton would and must meet the ex-President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, his friend, and possibly share notes on what it is to leave the oval office and the castle and how best to put their energies at the disposal of the poor of the world.
It would then interest former leaders of Africa that since former President Clinton left office, he has earned $9.6 million for giving 60 speeches. And he is even earning more money than when he was a president. Before he became president of the United States ex-President Clinton was never paid $35,000 a year.
Today, the situation is different. Any time Clinton gives a speech, dollar falls on his toes. In one lucrative spree in the British Isles last December, for example, he was paid $133,000 a day by the Jewish National Fund for three days in a row, during which Clinton gave speeches in Glasgow, Manchester and London.
Clinton capped that off with a fourth speech to the London School of Economics for $28,100, and a final address on the fifth day of his trip to the British Broadcasting Corporation for $75, 000. Bill Clinton and his wife, after leaving office in January 2001, managed to earn more than $12 million from speaking fees and a book deal last year.
With this, I welcome the former ex-President of the United States of America, Mr. Bill Clinton to Ghana, and a country known for its great richness in gold, cocoa, bauxite and people who are very educated, intelligent are creative and have an enviable trade mark in being hospitable yet remain HIPC and would seriously not refuse any offer.
Welcome to Ghana."