The appeal of soft voiced Africans
I have noticed a tendency, Americans have, to give undue weight to the intelligence of soft spoken African men with elegant voices. I call it the Nelson Mandela syndrome. People the world over give far too much credit to Bishop Desmond Tutu, surely one of the least intelligent world figures ever, second only to Madeline Albright. If you actually listen to what the man says you are floored by it's absolute lack of profundity. It's hilarious that the left thinks this man is so great, based only on his resistance to apartheid, something all of his Black countrymen shared. Nothing remotely special in that. Those that despise Pope Benedict for his Catholicism, still love Desmond Tutu, despite his Christian ways. Well, I think him an idiot and I am not afraid to say so.
Kofi Annan is another one. Even more entrancing to listen to than Tutu, because of his beautiful voice, Annan has not done a decent or useful thing during his residency at the UN. Conditions around the world have worsened considerably, under his watch. He has been involved in enormous scandals and mismanagement fiascos and yet people on the left still can't give up their slavish admiration for him.