Even on the topic of Africa, where even the most liberal democrats agree that President Bush’s policies vastly improved the conditions on the African continent, the press just can’t give the poor guy any credit. 

In Saturday’s editorial in the Los Angeles Times on Sec. of State Hilary Clinton’s Africa trip starts out with a doozy (emphasis added):

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seven-nation tour of Africa reaffirms the administration’s pledge to keep the long-neglected continent in its sights.

Long neglected?  Have they forgotten the eight years of attention paid to Africa by the Bush Administration?

And while the story did mention the Bush policies to fight HIV/AIDS and Malaria, they couldn’t help but end the sentence with a familiar jab:

President George W. Bush’s support for HIV/AIDS and malaria programs were widely hailed on the continent, even when his global “war on terror” made him personally unpopular.

In addition, the article fails to mention many of the other Africa programs created by the Bush Administration.  While it may be easy to condense the Bush programs to a collection of healthcare initiatives, Bush also focused on democracy promotion and the rule of law, development, trade and education.  

Sir Bob Geldof, the British musician (and liberal) said this of President Bush’s Africa programs: “It is some story. And I have always wondered why it was never told properly to the American people, who were paying for it.”

We wonder too….