Bush's record in Africa receives well-deserved praise
By DeWayne Wickham
Mr Bush has done good things in Africa and Latin America
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Few hours before one of the nation's leading African-American organizations made what many would consider an oxymoronic gesture by bestowing its Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award on President Bush, a State Department official tried to make the case for that action.............
Of course, every president — even one as maligned as Bush is — tries to put the best face on the things he has done. And there is usually no shortage of political appointees who stand ready to sing his praise............Noteworthy honor :........But the honor Bush received last week from Africare, the oldest and largest black-run African aid organization, didn't come from a right-wing group bent on burnishing his record. And Frazer — who soon will leave the government for a position at Carnegie Mellon University — is no self-serving flatterer..............Despite the president's failure to live up to his "compassionate conservatism" at home, he did better than most people are willing to admit in his dealings with Africa, a continent long victimized by the geopolitical tug of war between America and its adversaries..