OUT OF OFFICE: See incredible photos of former US president Barack Obama.

These incredible photos show former US President Barack Obama as you’ve never seen him before – wrestling with billionaire pal Richard Branson and learning to kite surf.

 

Obama, photographed while on holiday on Branson’s luxurious Necker Island, took up the sport after being succeeded by President Donald Trump last month.

 

Former president Barack Obama pictured learning to kite surf while staying with pal Richard Branson
He had a competition with Branson to see if he could learn the sport quicker than Branson could learn foilboard surfing
The pair were also pictured wrestling with each other while out on the water

 

He and wife Michelle spent several days on the entrepreneur’s island as they attempted to wind down from the stresses of office.

 

Branson has now described the couple’s trip to his island in a blog post published online.

 

He wrote: “It was a huge honour to be able to invite President Barack and Michelle Obama down to the British Virgin Islands for a complete break after Barack finished his second term as President and the family left the White House.

 

“One of the first stories Barack told me when he and Michelle arrived on Moskito Island was how, just before he became President, he had been surfing on a dangerous break in Hawaii.

 

Former President Obama dons a Democrat-blue helmet as he takes to the waves
Obama strains to keep a hold of the kite as he scoots across the water
President Obama kicks up as he tries to get some air
He starts to loose balance and tumble as the waves crash in
Obama crashes into the waves during his kitesurfing trip

Barack Obama berates Republicans for blocking efforts to close Guantanamo Bay

US President Barack Obama delivered an angry parting shot at Congress on Thursday, berating Republicans for blocking his efforts to close the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

The facility “never should have been opened in the first place” Obama said in a scathing two-page letter on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“There is simply no justification beyond politics for the Congress’ insistence on keeping the facility open,” he added.

“We’re going to load it up with some bad dudes, believe me, we’re going to load it up,” Trump famously said while campaigning last year.

On another occasion, he said “it would be fine” if US terror suspects were sent there for trial.

One of Obama’s first acts as president in 2009 was to issue an executive order to shut the controversial jail within a year — a move that once enjoyed bipartisan support.

But Republican opponents, sensing a political vulnerability, quickly reversed course after Obama took office and blocked moves to close Guantanamo.

In his letter, Obama blasted the cost of running the prison — approximately $7 million per prisoner annually — and said it projected a negative view of America to the rest of the world.

“Terrorists use it for propaganda, its operations drain our military resources during a time of budget cuts, and it harms our partnerships with allies and countries whose cooperation we need against today’s evolving terrorist threat,” he wrote.

– Forever prisoners –
Despite failing to close Guantanamo, Obama massively reduced the prison population.

On Monday, 10 former detainees — eight Yemenis and two Afghans — were sent to Oman, bringing the remaining Guantanamo population to 45, down from 242 when Obama took office.

In his letter, Obama said that only 41 detainees now remain at Guantanamo.

The Pentagon confirmed later Thursday that three prisoners — Ravil Mingazov of Russia, Haji Wali Muhammed of Afghanistan, and Yemeni Yassim Qasim Mohammed Ismail Qasim — were transferred to the United Arab Emirates.

A fourth, Jabran al Qahtani, was repatriated to Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said.

Of the 41 men still at Guantanamo, five are cleared for transfer and another 26 remain in legal limbo — the so-called “forever prisoners” who have not been charged with anything but are deemed too dangerous to release.

The other 10, including the alleged plotters of the September 11, 2001 attacks, are going through a glacially slow military prosecution at Guantanamo.

They are due in a Guantanamo military court next week for yet another pre-trial hearing.

The outgoing president had tried to transfer many detainees abroad and bring the most high-value ones to the United States, but funding was blocked by Republicans and even some in his own Democratic party pushed back against closure plans.

“History will cast a harsh judgment on this aspect of our fight against terrorism and those of us who fail to bring it to a responsible end,” Obama wrote.

“Guantanamo is contrary to our values and undermines our standing in the world, and it is long past time to end this chapter in our history.”

Barack Obama: The end of an era – By Taiwo George

‘White House turns Black House’ that was the title of the piece I wrote eight years ago when for the first time in history, an African American got elected into the most powerful office on earth. Save for the frenzy of the campaign and the burgeoning sentiments across the continent, I knew little or nothing about the enigma called Barack Obama.

Then came his 2008 acceptance speech; his sheer brilliance, eloquence, poise, aura and confidence captured my attention. I felt proud of my skin colour, and from that moment Obamamania took over me.

I became a huge fan of the living legend, reading his well-crafted speeches, watching videos on YouTube, and staying up late at night just to listen to him speak – the last being his farewell address. All that is now over, I can enjoy my sleep and let Americans enjoy their choice of Donald Trump.

But wait, did Americans really choose Trump? Did they? The result of the election showed a gap of nearly three million votes between Trump and his opponent, won’t this make one reach the conclusion that the system picked Trump. No wonder protesters trooped to streets, chanting ‘Not My President’ in the days that followed the election.

Looking back now, Obama stands tall as he bows out of office. With an approval rating of 60 percent at the tail end of his presidency, he goes into history as the third most loved US president.

He obviously had his challenges, but he succeeded in leaving America better than he met it. Forget President Valdimir Putin of Russia and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who fell out with Obama along the line. Don’t focus on the frustrations from Congress; think less about ISIS, which gained momentum during his reign, the gun violence which he couldn’t combat, and the lack of improvement in race relations – many African Americans were disappointed because they expected so much from him.

His policy on Libya dealt a big blow to the war against terrorism; he later admitted his mistake in that regard. Not making a case for Obama here, but he is just as human as you and I. As US’ number one citizen, he wasn’t infallible.

On a personal note, I picked a grouse with the cerebral politician for not visiting my homeland while in the Oval office. Since the return of Democracy to Nigeria in 1999, Obama is the first sitting US President to have stayed away from the most populous black nation on earth. Not too impressive a record for the only African American President, but it is good that he went to seven African countries, including Kenya, his fatherland.

Long before he got elected a senator, he traced his way to Kogelo, his father’s village. Slept in apartment with thatched roofs, followed Mama Serah, his grandfather’s wife, to the market and built a lifelong relationship with Auma, his step sister. Obama traced his root, even when he had the option to be lost.

In one last attempt to keep an unfulfilled campaign promise, Obama wrote a letter to Congress, explaining why he felt Guantanamo Bay should be closed. He had said history would be harsh to the lawmakers if they fail to honour his wish – they chose to call his bluff.

Looking forward, will history be kind to Obama? Yes it will. Here is a man who has a deep conviction about the American people.  A fellow, who unlike most of his predecessors bowed out with his dignity intact. He lived a scandal free life. That was why I cringed when on two occasions, Malia, his older daughter, was in the news for the wrong reasons.

A proud father to his two daughters, loving husband to the girl of the south side of Chicago, and a unique friend to Joe Biden, his deputy for eight years.

Biden shared a personal experience during his last outing with Obama. The president had surprisingly bestowed on Biden, the highest civilian honour.

In his appreciation note Biden shared a rare encounter between both men: “We’re having a lunch — lunches, and mostly it’s what’s ever in either one of our minds. We’ll talk about family an awful lot. And about six months in, President looks at me, he said, you know, Joe, you know what surprised me?  How we’ve become such good friends?  And I said, surprised you?”

When the laughter, which erupted in the hall subsided, the outgoing US Vice-President continued by saying: “I’m indebted to you. I’m indebted to your friendship; I’m indebted to your family, and as I’ll tell you … as long as there’s a breath in me, I’ll be there for you.”

Biden obviously spoke the mind of millions of people.

POLL: Obama leaves office as 3rd most loved American president

Outgoing US President Barack Obama will leave office on Friday with his highest approval rating since 2009.

A new CNN/ORC poll finds Obama’s approval rating stands at 60 per cent, his best mark since June of his first year in office and majority said they would miss him when “he is gone’’.

Compared with other outgoing presidents, Obama lands near the top of the list, outranked only by Bill Clinton’s 66 per cent in January 2001 and Ronald Reagan’s 64 per cent in January 1989.

About two-third (65 per cent) say Obama’s presidency was a success, including about half (49 per cent) who say that was due to Obama’s personal strength rather than circumstances outside his control.

Obama took office several months after a massive stock market crash and amid a crisis in the nation’s housing market, and at a time when international impressions of the US were at a low point, according to polls.

At the time of his inauguration, 72 per cent expected there to be at least some improvement in race relations following his election as the first black president.

In the new poll, Obama also scores net-positive approval ratings for his work on education, policies toward gays and lesbians, environmental policy and climate change, all areas where policies shifted sharply during his tenure.

Majorities disapprove, however, of Obama’s work on gun policy, an issue he embraced following the death of 20 children and six adults in a shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and his handling of ISIS, which rose to prominence during his time in office.

The public is also mixed on his handling of two top domestic issues – illegal immigration and health care policy – and two national security concerns – terrorism and cyber security.

Obama’s time comes to an end with 50 percent saying things in the country are generally going well and 50 percent that they are going poorly.

That was a sharp increase compared with the start of Obama’s time in office.

In early 2009, in the midst of an economic crisis, just 21 per cent said things in the country were heading the right way, that rose to 49 per cent by the time of Obama’s second inauguration, and peaked at 54 per cent just before last year’s election.

Similarly, there has been a sharp turnaround in impressions of the economy under Obama.

Now, 57 per cent say economic conditions are good, compared with 13 per cent in January 2009.

Much of that improvement in opinions on the economy came during Obama’s second term.

In December 2012, just after his re-election that figure had risen to just 26 per cent.

Looking ahead, the public is split on whether the country will be better (47 per cent) or worse off (48 per cent) four years from now, but they are more apt to see improvement on the horizon for the economy.

As a result, 62 percent say that will be better a year from today.

Asked about their own financial situation, 40 per cent expect it to improve in the next year, 48 percent say it will be the same and 11 percent say it will get worse in the first year of Trump’s presidency.

Obama’s favourability rating stands at 63 percent, among the best for recent presidents and his highest since summer 2009.

First lady Michelle Obama scores a 69 per cent favourability rating, her highest mark since 2012, matching her favourability rating in January 2009 just ahead of Obama’s first inauguration.

The CNN/ORC Poll was conducted by telephone on January 12 to January 15 among a random national sample of 1,000 adults.

Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

 

Source: The Cable

Who says Trump will be world’s most powerful president? – By Mahmud Jega

I told the story of Walga on this page eight years ago to mark the onset of the Obama Presidency in the United States but Sanusi Tanko Nguru demanded that I should retell the story today, given the impending inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th US President. Many Nigerians are already saying that Trump will become “the most powerful man in the world” when he is inaugurated in five days’ time. I may be the only person in the world who does not think so.

Maybe people are saying so because Trump will have the power to appoint 4,000 top officials of the US Federal Government, including Secretaries of Departments [i.e. ministers], deputy and assistant secretaries, ambassadors, White House Chief of Staff and Assistants to the President. He also gets to appoint the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chiefs of the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, Directors of the CIA and FBI, Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, as well as fill vacancies for Federal judges, including Supreme Court Justices, subject in many cases to Senate confirmation.

Most people’s idea of Donald Trump’s power is because he will become Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces which include the 540,000-man US Army; the 317,000-man, 430 warship strong US Navy; the 333,000-man, 5,137 aircraft strong US Air Force; the 195,000-man US Marine Corps; the 42,000-man US Coast Guard and their combined 800,000-reserves. How much power is that when these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are not personally loyal to you, as the Gambian Army is to Alhaji Yahya Jammeh? Trump cannot declare war without the US Congress’ consent. He must also seek Congressional approval under the War Powers Act for any military deployment abroad that exceeds three months. That is not my idea of real power.

Even though Donald Trump has lived a privileged existence all his life, he will now get to live in the iconic White House, take possession of Camp David, Air Force One, the helicopter Marine One, several custom-built Lincoln Continental limos as well as a 2,000-strong White House staff. Yet, Mr. Trump’s new salary of $400,000 a year is peanuts compared to what he earned in Trump Towers. That is why he said he will accept only $1 salary a year. When Trump visits American cities, he must stay in hotels. In Nigeria here, every state government has sunk billions of naira to build a Presidential Lodge even though the president may not visit the state for many years, so who is more powerful?

Power is sweet only when one can exercise it arbitrarily. Trump did a lot of that as a businessman but he will now find that he is circumscribed by laws, rules and regulations in the exercise of his presidential power. What we call “incumbency” in Nigeria is not potent power in America. President Obama could not even anoint his candidate in the Democratic primaries. Everyone knew that he preferred Hillary Clinton to Barry Sanders but he had to remain neutral until she won the primaries on her own. Obama could not “zone” the ticket to serving Democratic governors, as Obasanjo did here in 2007. Obama was even lucky that Mrs. Clinton invited him to the party convention because he had a high job approval rating. In 2008, Republican candidate John McCain refused to invite President George Bush to the party’s convention because he had a 28% job approval rating.

Where was the American president’s “incumbency powers” when Obama watched helplessly as his party’s presidential, senatorial and congressional candidates went down to defeat all over the country? Even though Trump is threatening to rip up Obama’s Affordable Care Act and repudiate trade treaties, Obama cannot do anything about it. Compare that to Yahya Jammeh. When President-elect Adama Barrow hinted that he will probe him, Jammeh simply announced that he will not hand over when his term expires. If the US President is all that powerful, Obama should refuse to hand over on Friday since he clearly does not like what Trump is about to do.

Trump could already be in trouble by appointing his son-in-law Jared Kushner as Senior White House Adviser. Top American lawyers are also saying Trump will be in trouble if he does not divest his holdings in Trump Organization or put them into a blind trust. They say that by putting his two sons and daughter Ivanka in charge of the businesses, there could be conflict of interest. Compare that to Nicaragua, where President Ortega has just been sworn in for a third term in office with his wife Rosario Murillo as his Vice President.

I often wonder why people say the US President is powerful when you remember that President Bill Clinton could not find a job for his intern girlfriend Monica Lewinsky. You would have thought that he could fix her in a job with a flash of his finger but Clinton, as sitting US President, had to beg his friend, the black lawyer Vernon Jordan, to help get a job for Monica Lewinsky. Even though Jordan was a director of eight blue chip American companies, he too failed to get a job for Monica Lewinsky. That is equivalent to President Buhari and Chief Wale Babalakin combined failing to find a job for a fresh graduate in Nigeria.

Many Nigerians think of the US’ $18 trillion economy and its $3.8 trillion federal budget and begin to salivate, saying the US President is really powerful to be in charge of all that money. What is the use of having a four trillion dollar budget when you cannot award a contract to yourself? It is more lucrative to be a Nigerian Local Government Chairman, who can pocket his LG’s entire monthly allocation. Despite the Republican Party’s control of the White House and both houses of the US Congress, Donald Trump cannot guarantee passage of any legislative bill. Powerful interests such as gun manufacturers, oil companies, drug manufacturers or even the Israeli lobby can defeat a bill despite presidential support, so which power does he have?

As president, Donald Trump will be travelling all over the US and the world, making numerous speeches, holding long meetings, listening to endless intelligence briefs, tweeting every day, making endless phone calls and lobbying Congressional leaders at endless dinners, all in order to push through his program. Is that the measure of power? Look, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un could disappear from public view for many months but he can get anything done without lobbying anyone. That is what I regard as real power.

When people talk about the US President being “the most powerful man in the world,” they remind me of Walga, the hulking, mentally-disturbed 7-foot plus giant who used to terrorise our village market in the late 1960s. Walga lived in an abandoned shed on the edge of town; it was once used by the construction firm Dumez. Every now and then Walga would enter the market and head straight for the food section. All the food sellers will abandon their pots and calabashes and flee in all directions. Walga will go from pot to pot, scooping up bean cakes, rice, porridge etc. He will eat his fill and carry some food back to his Sambisa-like redoubt. As he is leaving, he will be singing a self deprecatory song, saying:

In kagga Walga kaga mai karfi

[When you see Walga, [you think] you see a powerful man.]

In kat tara ka kwashi bungasa

[But if you challenge him, you will discover that he is a weakling.]

*This article was first published in the Daily Trust

VIDEO: Tears as President Barack Obama delivers farewell speech

Barack Obama wiped his eyes as he addressed his wife and thanked Vice-President Joe Biden in a farewell speech. His daughter, Malia, also shed a tear as she listened to her father.

Some slices of emotion were all expected in Chicago where the outgoing American president began the journey to the White House eight years ago.

With a final shout of his campaign mantra “Yes We Can,” President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the country transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump.

In an emotional speech in which he thanked his family and declared his time as president the honour of his life, Mr. Obama gently prodded the public to embrace his vision of progress while repudiating some of the policies that Trump promoted during his campaign for the White House.

“So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are,” Mr. Obama told a crowd of 18,000 in his hometown of Chicago, where he celebrated his historic 2008 election as the first black U.S. president.

Mr. Trump, who takes office on January 20, proposed that the United States temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country, build a wall on the border with Mexico, upend a global deal to fight climate change and dismantle Mr. Obama’s healthcare reform law.

Mr. Obama made clear his opposition to those positions during fiery campaign speeches for 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but he has struck a more conciliatory tone with Trump since the election. In his farewell speech, he made clear his positions had not changed.

“I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans,” he said in a clear reference to Mr. Trump, drawing applause.

“If anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I will publicly support it,” he said in another prodding challenge to his successor.

Mr. Trump has urged the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal the law right away.

AN UNREALISTIC VISION

Mr. Obama, who came to office amid high expectations that his election would heal historic racial divides, acknowledged that was an impossible goal.

“After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America,” he said. “Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society.”

But the president said he remained hopeful about the work that a younger generation would do. “Yes we can,” he said. “Yes we did.”

First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, and many current and former White House staff members and campaign workers attended the speech. Obama wiped his eyes as he addressed his wife and thanked his running mate.

The Chicago visit is his last scheduled trip as president, and even the final flight on the presidential aircraft was tinged with wistfulness. It was Mr. Obama’s 445th “mission” on Air Force One, a perk he has said he will miss when he leaves office, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

All told, Mr. Obama will have spent more than 2,800 hours or 116 days on the plane during his presidency.

Mr. Obama plans to remain in Washington for the next two years while his younger daughter, Sasha, finishes high school. Sasha did not attend the speech. The Obamas’ older daughter, Malia, was there.

The president has indicated he wants to give Mr. Trump the same space that his predecessor, Republican President George W. Bush, gave Mr. Obama after leaving office by not maintaining a high public profile.

 

Michelle will never contest for president – Obama

President of the United States, Barack Obama says his wife and first lady, Michelle Obama will never run for president.

 

Obama said this in her interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.

“Michelle will never run for office,” he said.

Obama’s statement will come as shock to many who believe Michelle will make a good politician, and could beat Donald Trump in 2020.

Michelle earned rave reviews for her speech at the Democratic National Convention, where she coined the phrase, “When they go low, we go high.”

“She is as talented a person as I know,” he continued. “You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in politics.”

When asked if he thinks the presidency will ultimately constrain Trump, Obama replied, “I think sitting behind that desk is sobering, and that it will have an impact on him as it has on every president.”

America’s President Receives Mean Tweets, Watch Video As He Reads It Out Live On Jimmy Kimmel.

Well I guess you have seen the show Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets’ on Jimmy Kimmel live.

Well in this segment the president of America Barack Obama read out some mean tweets about himself.

 

Watch video here.

 

Credit: Jimmy Kimmel live.

White House Explains Purpose of Obama Trip by Ben Rhodes

PS: An excerpt from a White House briefing on President Barack Obama’s forthcoming visit to Africa.

We see Africa as one of the most important emerging regions in the world, and a place for the U.S. to significantly increase our engagement in the years to come. There are growing economic opportunities there for increased trade and investment and increased engagement by U.S. businesses.

Trade and Investment

We, frankly, have heard a high demand signal from the U.S. private sector for us to play an active role in deepening our trade and investment partnerships in Africa. And I think one of the things you’ll see on this trip is we’ll be incorporating events that bring in the private sector in each of the countries that we’re visiting. And we’ll also be bringing a number of members of the President’s economic team from our new U.S. Trade Representative USTR, Mike Froman, to representatives from OPIC, from the Export-Import Bank, and including Raj Shah, our AID Director, who also plays a role in these issues.

So trade and investment and the economic opportunities on the continent are going to be an important part of the agenda; also democracy and democratic institution-building.

Democracy and Institution Building

Each of the countries that we’re visiting are strong democracies, and the President has made it a priority to support the consolidation of democratic institutions in Africa so that Africans are focused not just on democratic elections, but institutions like parliaments, independent judiciaries, and strengthening of the rule of law — both as necessary elements of a democratic government, but also as necessary elements of development. Because when you have the assurance that comes with the rule of law, it is easier for companies to invest and for economies to take off.

Young People

I think you will also see a focus on young people. Africa has an extraordinarily large youth population, and it’s important for the United States to signal our commitment to investing in the future of African youth. And this, too, is a part of unleashing development on the continent because if you have young people who are able to access opportunity and able to shape the direction of their countries, that’s going to be in the interest of Africa and the United States as well.

Development Agenda

And you’ll also see the President speaking to the key pillars of our development agenda, which has focused on economic growth and also on issues such as food security and global health, where we’ve really shifted to a focus on capacity-building on the continent. So it’s not simply a model of assistance, it’s a model of capacity-building so that Africans are forging solutions to their own challenges.

All of this, I think, adds up to a U.S. engagement and leadership on the continent that is focused on unleashing African economic growth, democratic progress, and ultimately that will have a positive impact on a range of issues, including peace and security issues – because if we’re working and partnering with strong economies and strong democracies, we’re going to be better able to deal with the security challenges on the continent as well.

Ben Rhodes is Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speech-writing in the White House.

Source: allAfrica.com

South Africa: Some South Africans Protest Obama Visit

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to touch down in South Africa within a matter of days, and his schedule includes meetings with political leaders, student groups and an honorary degree from the University of Johannesburg. There are several groups, however, calling for a boycott of Obama’s visit.

When Obama arrives in Johannesburg on Friday, he should expect a sideshow beside his warm welcome by South African dignitaries.

Some South African communist groups, student organizations, Muslim groups, unions and other political organizations are planning what they hope will be large protests of Obama’s visit.

The groups say they will demonstrate for the closing of Guantanamo Bay detention camp, for the stoppage of any wiretapping of emails or phone calls, and against the involvement of the U.S. in conflicts throughout the world, including Syria.

Phutas Tseki, the Gauteng Province chairman of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, said Obama has failed to keep his campaign promises.

“One of the things that we are standing up against here is the hypocrisy of the Obama administration. When Obama was elected he said to the world that he would lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba, that was not done. He said to the world he would close Guantanamo Bay. That was not done. Obama promised the world that we would be in a state of peace – that was not done. Instead, Obama administration is approving the supply of weapons to people who are not a state, to people who are not a government, such as it is happening in Syria. These are the type of actions that we are opposed to,” said Tseki.

Among the activists protesting the Obama visit is Yousha Tayob, with the Muslim Lawyers Association. His group had asked prosecutors and police to arrest Obama as a war criminal on his arrival in South Africa. Prosecutors have rejected the request, which the group is now appealing to a high court.

Their request for an investigation and arrest was based on the usage of Guantanamo Bay and drone strikes used to kill alleged terrorists, among other things.

“Absolutely shocking, absolutely shocking. So these are all the things we rely on in the docket and our NDPP and Police Authorities have seen fit not to even to investigate the matter,” said Tayob.

The groups have three major protests planned, two on Friday and one on Saturday outside of the University of Johannesburg, which plans to bestow an honorary doctorate of law on the U.S. president.

Masete Levy of the South African Students Congress urged the university not to move forward with the plan.

“Our contention is very simple – that President Obama and the imperialist U.S. regime have consistently undermined international law and created a situation of anarchy, war and disruption of normal human life in the world.” said Levy. “We think that as a university based in a country that respects democracy, human life, freedom and the general liberty of human species, the University of Johannesburg must not implicate itself as a university that respects violations of human rights and international law.”

South Africa’s Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim said Friday the protesters should be allowed to protest. But he also said this visit by a U.S. president is important for economic and political relations between the two countries.

Obama is expected to meet with key leaders, including South African President Jacob Zuma, during his three-day visit.

Source: allAfrica.com