Obama has been getting heckled at rally after rally by liberal protesters who think he hasn’t done enough to fight global AIDS. (Tip for Obama: your side is never satisfied. Never.)
So he said this:
Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me, young people? Let me just say this: You’ve been appearing at every rally we’ve been doing, and we’re funding global AIDS, and the other side is not.
So I don’t know why you think this is a useful strategy to take. I think it would make a lot more sense for you guys to go to the folks who aren’t interested in funding global AIDS, and go to that rally. We’re trying to figure out how to finance the things that you want financed. You guys have made your point. Let’s go.
The “other side” means GOP in Obama-speak.
Apparently, Obama was too busy to notice President George W. Bush’s groundbreaking efforts in fighting AIDS.
Whereas Clinton felt the African’s pain, Dubya did something about it. Even MSNBC had to take notice.
Like countless Africans, Mzolisa looks forward to Barack Obama becoming America’s first black president Jan 20. But — like countless Africans — Mzolisa says she will always be grateful to Bush for his war on AIDS, which has helped to treat more than 2 million Africans, support 10 million more, and revitalize the global fight against the disease.
“It has done a lot for the people of South Africa, for the whole of the African continent,” says Mzolisa, a feisty mother of seven. “It has changed so many people’s lives, saved so many people’s lives.”
Mzolisa, 44, was diagnosed with the AIDS virus in 1999 and formed a women’s support group to “share the pain.” In 2004 she received a U.S. grant to set up office in a shipping container and start a soup kitchen from the group’s vegetable garden. She stretches her $10,000 in annual funding to train staff to look after bedridden AIDS victims, feed and clothe orphans, and do stigma-busting work at schools and taxi ranks.
Hundreds of projects get funding
Hundreds of similar small grass-roots projects are being funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, alongside higher-profile charities and big state clinics.
Bush launched the $15 billion plan in 2003 to expand prevention, treatment and support programs in 15 hard-hit countries, 12 of them African, which account for more than half the world’s estimated 33 million AIDS infections. The initiative tied in with a World Health Organization campaign to put 3 million people on AIDS drugs by 2005 — a goal it says was reached in 2007.
Congress last year passed legislation more than tripling the budget to $48 billion over the next five years, with Republicans and Democrats alike hailing the program as a remarkable success.