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TheChat: Emanuel Cleaver was dazzled by Barack Obama’s reception in Africa


Another Friday. Hip, hip, hooray!

▪ “It was unbelievable.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver describing President Barack Obama’s reception in Africa.

Cleaver accompanied the president for part of the trip and said he was staggered by the size of the crowds lining roadways as the president made his way through Kenya and Ethiopia. The congressman wound up flying home with the president on Air Force One where he met with the president to discuss Africa and the Iranian nuclear deal.

▪ “Do I think child abuse makes people gay? The answer is no.” — Missouri state Sen. Bob Dixon, a GOP candidate for governor, in an interview with the Springfield News-Leader about the abuse he endured as a teenager that stirred what he called sexual confusion in him. (link via

Dixon’s mother said years ago that her son “struggled” with homosexuality for five years as a teen. A religious experience changed him. In the interview, Dixon declined to disclose the identify of his abuser.

▪ “As part of the ongoing design work, we are beginning an inventory of the exterior stonework, which will allow us to categorize and identify every stone that needs to be repaired and/or replaced in the future.” — Missouri Office of Administration spokeswoman Ryan Burns on the state’s first steps toward renovating the exterior stonework of the state Capitol.

The work is part of a $40 million effort to fix up the old building and eliminate some water leakage. We’ve said this before here, but if the recent Kansas experience is any guide, the cost could quickly shoot past $40 million. Lawmakers simply haven’t maintained the structure over the years.

▪ “Now, any person should be able to review that in one day — one day. Even the least ambitious bureaucrat could do this.” — U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon complaining about the slow pace of Hillary Clinton email releases in connection with her work as secretary of state.

Leon put the onus on the State Department for the delays. Critics have said the slow pace is the result of the agency seeking to protect the former secretary of state.