Such incongruity this morning for CODEL OBAMA.
FIRST, THE NEWS HEADLINE--SEN. BARACK OBAMA SAYS HE WILL GET AN AIDS TEST WHILE IN KENYA.
MAKES THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MEETING WITH HIV INFECTED PATIENTS AT A CLINIC IN A SHANTYTOWN NEAR CAPE TOWN.
" One of the things I will be doing in Kenya is probably getting an AIDS test myself in front of the cameras,'' said Obama, whose celebrity in Kenya--where his father was born far exceeds his name recognition in South Africa.
Obama says that he wants to be "leading by example.''
We travel from our plush oceanfront Table Bay hotel to a shantytown in Khayelitsha Township, a horrific legacy of apartheid. I go from photographing a chance encounter Sen. Barack Obama has with jazz freat Ramsey Lewis--in South Africa for a concert in Johannesburg--to looking through a viewfinder at homehuts no bigger than yard shed in Chicago--and hearing militant South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat denounce the policies of the U.S. Congress when it comes to putting strings on AIDS money--stressing abstainance programs instead of condom use.
I'm filing this in the few minutes I have with an internet connect before we move on--Obama is to meet with former Archbishop Desmond Tutu.