President Bush says he has experienced a number of uplifting moments during his two-term presidency, but none more powerful that witnessing a new and more hopeful era dawning in Africa.
“Over the past eight years, it’s been moving to watch courageous Africans root out corruption, and open up their economies, and invest in the prosperity of their people,” Bush said at a November 12 charity dinner. “The United States stands with these leaders as partners and friends and allies in hope through the work of the Millennium Challenge Account.”
At the 2008 Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner, Africare awarded its Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award to Bush for the work done for Africa by his administration and family as “a labor of love.” The award and dinner are in memory of Bishop John T. Walker, the first African-American Episcopal bishop of Washington and a longtime chairman of Africare’s board.
The annual dinner is held to benefit Africare, a U.S.-based charity that works to improve the lives and livelihoods of Africans by addressing needs in food security, agriculture, health and HIV/AIDS.
Bush emphasized that Kikwete [President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania] said the compact made it possible for the Tanzanian people to chart their own future.
“It’s uplifting to see people freed from hunger and thirst,” Bush said.
[Editors Note: The full text of President Bush’s speech can be read here.]
The Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (PECUSA), 19251989.