Obama to Host Corrupt Mega Wealthy Gabon President at White House

by: Les Carpenter
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Given the following why is President Obama hosting President Ali Bongo of the African nation Gabon at the White House?

The United States President of the people Barrack Hussein Obama apparently fails to see the contradiction in his words versus his deeds.

Excerpts from abc NIGHTLINE
The family that has ruled the African nation of Gabon for decades has been accused of taking bribes, stealing hundreds of millions of dollars, and presiding over a system rife with corruption, but that hasn't stopped President Obama from inviting President Ali Bongo of Gabon to the White House Thursday.

White House press secretary Jay Carney conceded to ABC News Wednesday that President Bongo has a "less than sterling" record, but said that it was "very important" for President Obama to grant Bongo the coveted Oval Office meeting anyway.

Jack Blum, a United Nations consultant and expert on offshore banking, said that the invitation sends a disturbing message. Blum estimates that in years past the Bongo family and its cronies have "siphon[ed] off 25 percent of the gross domestic product of the country. And it's made them incredibly rich."

"There's absolutely no shame," said Blum. "I would say that the people who are running the country are guilty of grand theft nation."

"Omar Bongo and now his son Ali Bongo have for more than 40 years run a regime in Gabon which diverts their country's wealth for their family's personal use," Sen. Carl Levin, D.-Michigan, told ABC News. Sen. Levin said that a 2010 Congressional report on foreign corruption from an investigative committee that he chairs "shows how the Bongos misused U.S. financial institutions to carry out suspicious transactions involving millions of dollars."

The Bongos have literally dozens of luxury homes worth millions of dollars everywhere from Beverly Hills, where they own three homes, to the French Riviera. After a criminal complaint filed by a human rights group, authorities in France found that the family had more than 30 luxury properties in that nation alone, including a $120 million, 14-bedroom townhouse in Paris that Ali Bongo bought just last year.

The Bongos' lifestyle is a stark contrast to how most people live in Gabon, a French-speaking West African country the size of Colorado that is home to 1.5 million people. Oil revenues make Gabon one of Africa's most prosperous countries, but it is also a place where some families are still forced to pick through garbage to eat. One third of the population lives on $2 per day. {Read The Rest}

It is apparent that President Obama, like all progressive and or socialist "advocates of the people" enjoy the company {and in this case rewarding them} of the wealthiest among us. To many that spells hypocrisy.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

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1 comment:

  1. Methinks Obama wants to get a few tips from Bongo...


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