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Obama to World Cup? Well, if U.S. team reaches the finals….

April 14, 2010

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President Barack Obama has said he might make the trip to this summer’s soccer World Cup in South Africa — but won’t commit unless the U.S. team reaches the finals, according to South Africa’s foreign minister.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at the State Department to formally launch the new U.S.-South Africa “strategic dialogue” agreement, said Obama had indicated he might be lured to the World Cup, which begins on June 11 and holds its final at Soccer City in Johannesburg on July 11.

“I remember him saying that he would — maybe  — consider coming if the American team goes to the quarter finals, might come if they reach the semi-finals and WILL come if they are to the finals,” Nkoana-Mashabane said at the signing ceremony, earning a laugh from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“I was a witness!” Clinton said.

Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa — the first African host for soccer’s premier global event — would even be happy with Vice President Joe Biden.

“We would be more than keen to receive the vice president.  He didn’t put any conditionalities.  I’m sure he would be happy just to be there,” she said.

The White House is juggling a number of travel commitments during June and July and has not said whether Obama will make the trip.

Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing  (Obama heads a gift soccer ball while walking back to the Oval Office in July 2009)

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Obama is a sports fan (and a smart one) so by stating that , it means that he never intended to visit south africa.

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Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane can’t sleep because of what is happening in Israel? What utter nonsense and dramatic infantile over-expression of utter bullshit! The ANC government is not only an old ally of the PLO from the time they shared offices as clients of the USSR, they are also hugely influenced by the Muslims in the government and generous largesse from the Arab/Islamic countries. The ANC government of South Africa is a cesspool of corruption and stupidity to the detriment of their own country. Sadly all its citizens will reap the wind because of it. The South African government should concentrate on building up its own people and country and stay out of things that not only don’t concern them, but that they have no understanding of whatsoever.

Just as an aside, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is almost invisible in South Africa and is hardly ever seen or heard from. Rather, the two clowns she has as deputy ministers are vastly more visible and run the ministry. A clear case of the inmates running the asylum.

This silly woman is hugely influenced by her two deputy ministers, Ebrahim Ebrahim, a Muslim with an anti-Israel agenda, and Marius Fransman, an anti-Semite who doesn’t have two neurons that spark simultaneously and is using anti-Jewish slurs to try and garner votes in next years national elections in South Africa.

Trying to co-opt the South African Jewish Board of Deputies is a weak and infantile ploy and attempt at justification. The writing is clearly on the wall for South African Jews in a bright flashing neon sign.

The whole fury and might of Israel’s, humanity’s and civilisation’s enemies is turned on Israel and the ANC is part of this whilst blinded by their bigotry, stupidity and plain greed and are being lead by the nose by their Muslim “friends”. The Arabs and Islam have tried to break us in our land and this war is continuous in many forms and means and this is just the latest salvo.

Because Israel stands up to this, the world is free. If we and Israel fail, then the whole world, including the United States and Europe, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age.

This is a war of peoples and of causes. This is a war of unknown warriors like ourselves. Let us steel ourselves to our duties and our beliefs and not be afraid to fight for our right, for what is right and for Israel’s right to exist.

Let us publicise these facts as far and wide as possible and send the ANC government a clear message. South Africa belongs to us all as much as it does to every other citizen. If we do so diligently and consistently, the dark curse of Islam and Israel’s enemies will be lifted from our age.

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