|Bush and his wife Laura walk with Zambia's President Michael Sata ...|
Currently travelling through Africa on a mission to combat the spread of cervical cancer, Bush met with Zambian president Michael Sata where an interesting exchanged occurred. The the exchange rendered the Zambian leader the laughing stock of the century or at least since 1776.
After complaining about Bush's late arrival, the Zambian leader insinuated that the former US president's current agenda was a type of payback, entitled to one of the many countries that the US and other colonial powers once colonized. Bush jumped in and quickly reminded Sata that the US did not colonize any country and that the US itself was in fact colonized at some point.
"The most interesting thing, previously there used to be four great countries: United States of America, United Kingdom, Russia and France. And you have all drifted away; you have abandoned Africa after taking all our raw commodities, our raw materials and build your cities. I mean, as far as you are concerned, Africa doesn't exist. And when we have a former colonialist like you coming back to pay back what you took out of this country, we are grateful," President Sata said.
"Mr President, I don't wanna be argumentative, but America was never a colonial nation; we broke free like you broke free from those who wanted to colonise us. France might have been a colonial nation, Britain might have been a colonial nation, but not the United States of America," Bush replied amidst laughter from his team and that of President Sata.
This was a welcome respite after an 8 year tenure that was marked by constant ridicule and question marks about his intelligence, played out in any media outlet near you. Well, just in case you have forgotten let me remind you:
All in all a win for Bush and an exchange that leaves serious question marks about the general knowledge required to run for office these days.