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Obama Lands in Ghana

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Ghana's President John Atta Mills and his wife Ernestina Naadu Mills (L) upon Obama's arrival in Accra, Ghana. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

By Liz Heron
President and Michelle Obama landed tonight in Accra, Ghana, a capital city abuzz with anticipation over the first presidential visit to sub-Saharan Africa, according to reports in the local press.

The Ghana Daily describes a country bursting with excitement, as large crowds of well-wishers, journalists and others have descended upon the city where Obama will tomorrow meet with Ghana's President John Atta Mills.

Finally Air Force One, with the 44th American President on board, touches down at the Kotoka International Airport tonight, and out of it comes the much awaited President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. This will, unequivocally, mark another significant epoch in Ghana-US relationship, for which some 507 journalists, both local and foreign, have formally applied to the Ministry of Information for the opportunity of recording the event into history... Some hotel managers, who declined to be named, though pleased at the business prospects, were overwhelmed with the demands for accommodation during the period.

Tomorrow's presidential talks are expected to touch on the global economic downturn's impact Ghana, Ghana Daily reports:

...President Mills would be expected to commend the U.S. President for recognising and extolling the country's democratic credentials and solicit from him what his country could offer to strengthen the various democratic structures in the country. President Mills, the presidential staffer added, would thank the US government for his support, which ensured the smooth conduct of the 2008 presidential and parliamentary elections in the country. Mr Anyidohu mentioned that President Mills would also assure President Obama of his preparedness and commitment to deepen democratic governance during his term of office. He said the global financial downturn, which had impacted negatively on the economies of developing countries, including Ghana, would also feature prominently in the discussions between the two leaders.

And in the Ghanaian Times, DR Kwesi Jonah, Resident Scholar at the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), unpacks what the Ghana visit signals about the president's political priorities:

[He] said on Tuesday that if oil was an attraction to President Barack Obama, he would have chosen Nigeria over Ghana for his first visit to Africa. He noted that it was estimated that Ghana would be drilling 1,000 barrels of oil a day, and Nigeria was drilling two million barrels a day, yet President Obama chose to come to Ghana.

Dr. Jonah told the Ghana News Agency that President Obama, as the first African-American president of the United States, chose Ghana, the first black African country to gain independence, to make his major policy statement on American's relationship with Africa. "There could not have been any better platform on the continent for President Obama to completely re-define America's relationship with Africa," he said.

Posted at 7:41 PM ET on Jul 10, 2009  | Category:  Obama Abroad
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An African news site and an MSNBC broadcaster have delivered new references to President Obama's birthplace as being outside of the United States, even as a controversy has developed over a letter purporting to be from the president claiming Kapi'olani hospital in Honolulu as his birth location. Network correspondent Mara Schiavocampo was reporting on the celebratory atmosphere in Accra, Ghana, immediately prior to Obama's visit to the west African nation today. Interviewing a person who appeared to be a shop operator, she suggested, "Barack Obama is Kenyan … but Ghanaians are still proud of him." Her report talks about the party atmosphere and the Obama fan clubs who has posted "Welcome home" signs. Although this may seem insignificant, it clearly stated an assumption about Obama's heritage that is clearly understood by African citizens and NBC as well," a WND reader said. Meanwhile, a report at Modern Ghana also posted in advance of the president's visit cited his birthplace on the continent of Africa. "For Ghana, Obama's visit will be a celebration of another milestone in African history as it hosts the first-ever African-American president on this presidential visit to the continent of his birth," the report said.

Posted by: ladya2004 | July 13, 2009 12:08 AM


Please keep POTUS / VPOTUS fully briefed on ramifications of Panetta revelations and multi-agency implications of same.

Saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves are in a panic; when concerned, dangerous men take desperate measures. Beware those who would divide and conquer. RE: "Gestapo USA: Gov't-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 11, 2009 1:00 AM

Why is it that the press does not want to challenge whatever Obama says? Any High School student should be able to tell why South Korea is ahead of Kenya. The reason is simple - South Korea is very important to America and the west for security reasons. Americans have real interests in that country and the aid and assistance is quite substantial.

When will the press in America learn to scutinize Obama's comments?

Posted by: malamba | July 10, 2009 10:25 PM

The US President’s platform to redefine America’s relationship with Africa simultaneously sends a message to the entire African continent – Ghana is an example to follow not just in terms of its peaceful democratic elections or clean fight against corruption but also in the moral and spiritual guidance of its President, Atta Mills. One cannot mention the name Atta Mills without mentioning TB Joshua, the man behind the Ghanaian President’s stability and wisdom. Prophet TB Joshua, of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations has been Atta Mill’s mentor for the past 10 years and even prophesied his surprising election victory in Jan 2009.

Other African leaders have something to learn from Atta Mills, who like King Saul in the Bible who became king with the anointing of Prophet Samuel - what matters is what God says about the situation. And in this uncertain world where rumors of wars and economic crisis run rife, we need a prophet who can tell us God’s opinion about our situation. As for me, Prophet TB Joshua is the man.

Posted by: aniepeters | July 10, 2009 8:47 PM

Bubbette1 comment below another example of how this country has so many ignorant and ill bred indivuals.

Get used to it.

This is officially the President of the United States and if you don't like it - then slit your throat and do us all a favor.

Posted by: jenjo | July 10, 2009 8:41 PM

Wonder if he will swing by Kenya and pick up his birth certificate.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | July 10, 2009 8:04 PM

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