Bob Geldof says:
Bush "has done more than any other president so far," Geldof said.
He went on to say of the president: "This is the triumph of American policy really. It was probably unexpected of the man. It was expected of the nation, but not of the man, but both rose to the occasion.
What's in it for him? Absolutely nothing."
The mainstream US press is bored by Africa, but here is at least one non-rock-star-philanthropist assessment, from columnist Don Surber:
Bush's record in Africa is amazing. Despite a $3 trillion budget, presidents don't get a lot of say in how the money is spent. Half the money goes to entitlements. And Congress has the power of the purse.
But Bush has made fighting AIDS, HIV and malaria in Africa a priority.
The American press may not have noticed, but the foreign press has. Reuters reported: "Because of the U.S. anti-malaria program, 5 percent of patients tested positive for the disease on the offshore islands of Zanzibar in 2007 compared to 40 percent three years earlier, the Tanzanian leader said."
At least these achievements don't bore the Africans, and that's what matters. People always prefer not to die of malaria if at all possible -- whether anybody else cares or not. Via Anchoress