lundi 31 octobre 2011

Antigua & Barbuda / United States of America: The extraordinary and original gift to Barack Obama.

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Winston Baldwin Spencer has decided to offer the U.S. president, Barack Obama, a sumptuous and original gift on his 48th birthday, August 4, 2009.

         He decided to give him a mountain: Mount Boggy Peak now called  Mount Obama. This is the highest summit of the island of Antigua. It rises to 402 meters.
         The two politicians discussed about this gift at the 5th Summit of the Americas brings together the leaders of 34 democratic countries of the Americas in Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago from April 17 to 19, 2009.
         During the same summit, Venezuelan President had pointed out  by offering to President Obama, the famous book by Eduardo Galeano, "The Open Veins of Latin America"
         The announcement of the renaming of Boggy Peak was greeted by controversy because some felt that this gesture is too strong for someone who has no real connection to Antigua and Barbuda.
         U.S. President Barack Obama warmly welcomed the announcement said Prime Minister Winston Baldwin Spencer that he accepted this act with humility.
         Before a crowd of 300 people including many U.S. officials sitting on the base of the Mountain, Spencer said: "As an emancipated people, linked to our common ancestral heritage and a history of slavery dehumanizing, we must at any time to celebrate our heroes and our leaders, who by their actions inspire us to do great and noble things "
Before unveiling the commemorative plaque on which is marked "Mount Obama, named in honor of  the historic election of  Nov. 4, 2008, Barack Hussein Obama, the first black president of the United States of America, as a symbol of excellence, triumph, hope and dignity for all peoples "
Slavery was abolished in Antigua and Barbuda in 1834. And the country became independent on 1 November 1981.
         Antigua and Barbuda has a population of 88,000 inhabitants in 2011 over an area of ​​442 km2. Its capital is St. John's.

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