this has been mentioned in several other blogs i read, but this is pretty shocking
yesterday bush gave a speech on gorée island, the place where a million africans were loaded into ships and sent to the americas for a life of slavery centuries ago. before he arrived, residents of the island were rounded up and detained in a football stadium on the other side of the island. meanwhile, bush condemned slavery. "We never want to see him come here again" said one resident. (actually, i feel the same way here in the u.s.)
for those of you who will protest that forcing residents out of their homes and detaining them is a legitimate security precaution, nothing like this happened in 1998 when the last u.s. president came for a visit. "When Clinton came, he shook hands, people danced" said the former mayor.