Social media response to a picture of a rainbow showed mixed sentiment over Obama’s visit
By Vladi Vovcuk and Jacob Steinblatt on Jul 26, 2015 at 14:15 PM
A picture of a rainbow welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama in Ethiopia Sunday sparked mixed reactions on social media: Some praised the meteorological phenomenon as a heavenly promise to mankind while others slammed it as a symbol of Obama’s “gay agenda.”
Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus posted the picture on Facebook, saying the rainbow rose above the country’s capital as Obama landed in Air Force One for a two-day visit to the East African nation.
Ethiopians on social media were quick to analyze what the rainbow meant. For some, it was a sign of good to come. For others, it was a warning against Obama’s “evil agenda.” Still for others, the rainbow was a gift to Obama, or a gift to Ethiopia.
Obama arrived in the country from Kenya, where he made clear his position on gay rights—a contentious issue between the U.S. and Kenya. “I believe in the principle of treating people equally under the law, and that they are deserving of equal protection under the law and that the state should not discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation,” Obama said during a press conference.
While in Ethiopia, Obama will hold talks with local and regional leaders and become the first U.S. president to address the African Union.