While there were many horrible things about Bush’s SOTU last night, I think what offended and disgusted me the most was his hypocrisy on HIV/AIDS.
The administration has drastically slashed funding for HIV programs in our country, but Bush holds himself up as some kind of hero when dealing with HIV in Africa. In fact he flew in a woman, Tatu Msangi- a nurse and single mother from Tanzania, who has benefited from some of the programs there. The guest list bills her and her daughter as “examples of the hope and compassion that is transforming lives.”
Sounds good, right? Look closer.
The sad reality is that as a person with HIV and a non-resident, Tatu is actually barred from entering the US. That’s right- the U.S. is only one of 13 countries, including Sudan, Saudi Arabia and China, that bars people with HIV from entering the country.