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Ben Dotse Malor

Two days Two Presidents Two Exits :Gambia Vs. USA

By Ben Dotsei Malor

Presidents Obama and Yammeh

Here is a photo of Mr and Mrs Obama hosting Mr and Mrs Jammeh just a couple of years back. This weekend both first couples left power – in the USA and in The Gambia. But the scenarios and circumstances could not be more different.

In one case, one leader and his wife left their capital in an orderly, well-planned and well organised way.
In the other, the leader (and his wife) left their capital in a tense, long-delayed, and unpredictable manner.

In one case, the leader and his wife flew out west in their own country.
In the other, the leader has flown out of his nation into almost certain exile.

In one case, the first couple is chilling somewhere in their own country, taking a well-deserved vacation after eight historic years in power.
In the other, the leader (and his wife?) must struggling to adjust in another country where their own language is not spoken after some 22 years in power.

In one case, the leader and his wife will be returning, in a few days, to their nation’s capital.
In the other, the leader cannot be sure of any return to his own country any time soon.
One leader has left power, with his dignity, audacity, and popularity almost well intact.
The other has left with a cloud of disappointment, divisiveness, and despair hanging over his head.

ALL IN A MATTER OF 48 HOURS – TWO PRESIDENTS, TWO OPPOSITE SCENARIOS.

Power belongs to the people.
Power can be so transient.
Power must not intoxicate.
Power is not GOD.

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