This Rainbow Sparked Controversy As Obama Landed in Ethiopia

Security agents scan the horizon as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 26, 2015.  REUTERS/ Tiksa Negeri      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1LVCT

Security agents scan the horizon as U.S. President Barack Obama arrives aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 26, 2015. REUTERS/ Tiksa Negeri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX1LVCT

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.

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3 Responses to This Rainbow Sparked Controversy As Obama Landed in Ethiopia

  1. Awito Reply

    July 27, 2015 at 3:03 AM

    Rainbow appear when Obama arrived at Bole Airport I expect EBC Will report this happen due to the Effort of the Ethiopia Gov’t and shows our extraordinary double digit development and controll of nature.

  2. Awito Reply

    July 27, 2015 at 3:06 AM

    Rainbow appear when Obama arrived at Bole Airport I expect EBC Will report this happen due to the Effort of the Ethiopia Gov’t and shows our extraordinary double digit economic development and controll of nature.

  3. noah Reply

    July 28, 2015 at 4:16 AM

    Nonsens

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