U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama With World Leaders at the Metropolitan Museum in New York

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    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with H.E. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and his wife, Mrs. Constancia Mangue de Obiang, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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    Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. © Jamie Mitchell 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Leaders of Earth, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    2. Dropped Pin 51 months ago | reply

      Human Rights Watch reports that Guinea is "mired in corruption, poverty, and repression under the leadership of" Obiang and that "the government regularly engages in torture and arbitrary detention." Oil revenues are distributed to the president's family and allies, with his son reportedly spending more on luxury goods between 2004 and 2007 than the country's annual education budget.

    3. mun_chien_andalusia 50 months ago | reply

      Congratulations for your friends. Obiang is a torturer and a cleptocrat.

    4. nadawheat 50 months ago | reply

      U.S. officials declined to discuss the ongoing cases on the record or speak harshly about Equatorial Guinea; it certainly appears to be the familiar story of a U.S. government unwilling to offend an important oil partner -- the same coddling that has produced such stellar results in the past with Saudi Arabia and other energy-rich, democracy-poor Middle East allies.
      Washington's accommodation of Obiang stands in marked contrast to its harsher treatment of global thugs who aren't lucky enough to be sitting atop vast energy reserves. And the relationship between the United States and Equatorial Guinea is as oily as they come.
      In September 2005, the Obiang regime tortured dozens of detainees it had accused of having links to an alleged coup attempt the year before, according to credible human rights groups. Yet the following April, then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Obiang in Washington and called him a "good friend" of the United States. In September 2009, two months before Equatorial Guinea held its sham presidential election, a smiling Obama posed for a photo with Obiang during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, marking a minor PR coup for the regime.


    5. khouryp23 43 months ago | reply

      Not cool. That man is among the worst the world has to offer. Why are we smiling and showing him any respect?


    6. matt carroll with a camera 39 months ago | reply

      poorly framed and composed and i'm not sure that they aren't cardboard cut outs.

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