Monday, July 6, 2009
Dictator Outreach News... Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Calls Obama’s Africa Envoy an Idiot
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(Bloomberg) -- Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe described U.S. Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Johnnie Carson as an “idiot” after meeting with him briefly on July 2.
In a transcript of an interview published on the Web site of the state-controlled Herald newspaper today, Mugabe said of Carson, “Who is he? I hope he was not speaking for” President Barack Obama.
“You wouldn’t speak to an idiot of that nature,” Mugabe said of the diplomat. “I was very angry with him, and he thinks he could dictate to us what to do.”
The meeting was the first between Mugabe and a U.S. official in several years, prompting speculation of a thaw in relations. It took place on the sidelines of an African Union summit in Sirte, Libya.
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