As a small aside from small business marketing, I think it is cool that President Bush is going to Africa for his 2nd tour there…and most significant to me is that his likely first stop over this weekend is BENIN – the country where I was living just last year! We know the country of Benin so well (after almost 9 years of living there)….I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have been living there when President Bush arrived. I think he’s probably on the ground less than 24 hours…so I doubt he’ll get much chance to visit Aplahoue where I used to live. (If you care, you can go back through some of the archives on my personal blog, linked on the blogroll on the right sidebar, and read quite a bit about our years in Benin….it was an amazing experience!)
President and Mrs. Bush will travel to Africa from February 15-21, 2008. They will visit Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia. This trip will be an opportunity for the President to review firsthand the significant progress since his last visit in 2003 in efforts to increase economic development and fight HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other treatable diseases, as a result of the United States robust programs in these areas.
President Bush and Benin’s President Boni Yayi shake hands after a joint news conference at Cadjehoun International Airport in Cotonou, Benin, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. Bush is visiting Benin, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Liberia on his Africa trip this week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Source: Associated Press