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Magic Johnson Says Obama Has Done More to Fight AIDS Than Any Other President

by Deborah Caldwell

NBA legend and entrepreneur Magic Johnson raised some eyebrows recently when he  praised President Obama’s handling of the AIDSobama and magic epidemic. While attending an event for National Black AIDS/HIV Awareness Day at Howard University, Johnson showered Obama with praise, even going so far as to say that Obama had done more to fight AIDS than any other president.

“President Obama is doing a wonderful job, I think — better than any president on HIV and AIDS, bringing it to the forefront,” he said. “Also he backed it up with funding, as well.”

“He’s always been at the forefront,” Johnson continued. “I really have patted him on the back for that — for jumping out in front of issues that normally our president doesn’t jump out in front of.”

But George W. Bush’s work on AIDS is considered to be one of the few successes of his presidency.

Dr Francois Venter, then head of the HIV Clinicians Society in South Africa, told The Guardian in 2008 that he was surprised at the effort the Bush administration was making to thwart AIDS in Africa.

“I look at all the blood this man has on his hands in Iraq and I can’t quite believe myself but I would say it’s a bold experiment from the last people in the world I would expect to do it, and it is saving a lot of lives. To intervene on such a scale and make such a difference is huge,” he said.

President Obama has been criticized by some AIDS activists for promising much more than he delivered.

After Obama provided only $5.5 billion per year on the global AIDS effort, after promising $50 billion,  many activists fired back.

“This latest action merely confirms what people with HIV/AIDS and their advocates have long suspected — the president simply is not committed to fighting global AIDS,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in a statement.

 

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3 comments

  1. Such rubbish! There are many cures to this man made virus, even a patent.

  2. We’re in the 21st century. How long have we known about AIDS? Why is this still a problem in the Black community?

    Unless you get a blood transfusion, why are people in 2013 still being infected with this virus. Is it your lifestyle? When Black people start taking responsibility for what we do, this will stop being a problem in our community. There are so many other things this money could be used for. I don’t mean to be cruel, but I’m just sick of the BS. It’s just like gun violence. Removing the guns from the streets will help, but it’s not going to stop the violence. It’s the mentality that has to change. Wakeup Black people. These problems can be resolved by just changing your mentality. It ain’t something the goverment can resolve, be responsible and take responsibility for your actions.

    • You are so correct!!! the mentality needs to change with our lifestyle and with the foods that we eat. We need to be more concerned about our health and wellbeing than our hair styles and what shoes we wear.

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