Top Five Things Jamaicans Want President Obama To Experience During His Visit To Jamaica

Image via Jamaican Obama Facebook Page
Image via Jamaican Obama Facebook Page

Within just a few days, the President of The United States, Barack Obama will grace our shores.

He is scheduled to make a two-day official visit to Jamaica on April 8-9, while on his way to the Summit of the Americas in Panama.  

Jamaicans have been expressing their views on what they would like the president to experience while visiting our island home.

We have selected the top five suggestions from hundreds of Social Media comments and they are as follows:

Jamaican Food

Image via twitter.com/spurtreespices
Image via twitter.com/spurtreespices

Jamaicans have been expressing that the president should be served our national dish of Ackee and Salt Fish with dumplings and bananas and other  foods such as Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat and even Tin Mackerel and Rice.

Ackee and Salt Fish is Jamaica’s national dish and a favorite for locals and visitors to our island.

Reggae/Dancehall

Image Source: visitstelizabeth.com.jm
Image Source: visitstelizabeth.com.jm

Our locals have been expressing that the president should be taken to a street dance, such as  Passa Passa, Bembe, and  Mojito Mondays  etc. He should be given a Red Stripe beer  and two beautiful Jamaican ladies  to keep his company while he is on the island.

Reggae is often considered the official music of Jamaica and Dancehall has swiftly become the most popular  genre of music played in Jamaica.  The raunchy dancehall Street parties attract locals and visitors from around the world who can’t seem to get enough of the sometimes violent and overly sexual lyrics with a combination pulsating afro-Caribbean beats.

Potholes

Image Source: downthebumpyroad.wordpress.com
Image Source: downthebumpyroad.wordpress.com

Since the announcement of the President’s visit to our island, the Jamaican Government has embarked on a project to patch some of the overwhelming number of potholes that have been on the roads for decades. Jamaicans have expressed that in order  for the president to have a true Jamaican experience, he will need to feel the effects of the “knee-deep” trenches in our roads.

Potholes in any country are seen as a symbol of  a poorly functioning system of government. Visitors to our island often look forward to the experience of driving on our winding bumpy roads as they say it evokes an authentic island vibe that adds to the overall Jamaican experience… not a good experience for us locals though.

Marijuana

Image Source: growswitch.com
Image Source: growswitch.com

Our citizens have been commenting that the president must get a draw of the “highest grade of ganja” in Jamaica ( A Joke of course)

Jamaica is seen as the weed capital of the world even though marijuana is still not fully legalized here.  A recent bill of rights passed on February 6, 2015 saw changes to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act which made the  possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a non-arrest-able, ticket-able offence, that attracts no criminal records.  However Ganja is freely smoked at Rastafarian events as it is a part of their religious practices.

 The Natural Beauty of our Island

Image Source: Proud Jamaicans Facebook Page
Image Source: Proud Jamaicans Facebook Page

Locals have been suggesting that the Jamaican Government should take the US president on a road trip to experience the beautiful beaches, cascading waterfalls, enchanting caves and the mystical mountains of our island.

Jamaica is reputed to have some of the most beautiful natural resources in the world and we take pride in the beauty of our island. While there are many socio-economic concerns that are affecting this small Caribbean island, the natural surrounding beauty cushions the effects of the bad which gives rise to the popular saying “Jamaica-  No Problem”.

Jamaicans are very much aware that the president will be in the island on official business, These comments are made in light humour  and by no means were made to imply anything negative about Jamaica or the US president. It is also a symbol that we appreciate all who visit our island shores. We love when you experience the uniqueness of our culture and once you have immersed yourself in the authenticity of the overall vibe of our island we accept you as a one of us and ensure that you will have a wonderful stay.

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Marlyne Daley Scott
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These articles are so funny. I hope someone is making a scrapbook to present to the President.

I know he is busy, but it would make good reading while relaxing, or at the end of his term.

Tudi Alexander
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What about freeing up visa

Tudi Alexander
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What about freeing up visa

Dirg Aab-Richards
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Vervil Grant
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its not fair to the jamaican people when important people visit our shores only the prime minister and her team get a close upfront communication with them as if we are canibals and the VIP,S SHOULD stay as far away from the natives they take all the credit and treat us like aliens thats so unfair.

Vervil Grant
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its not fair to the jamaican people when important people visit our shores only the prime minister and her team get a close upfront communication with them as if we are canibals and the VIP,S SHOULD stay as far away from the natives they take all the credit and treat us like aliens thats so unfair.

Orville Reid
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What are the plans for the ordinary Jamaicans to get to see the President and hear him speak? My first reaction to learning of his visit was, “how can i get to see him”.

Kierra Joanee-Zaina
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To everyone that wants to meet him …it isn’t happening ! – signed , a U.S. resident that voted for him . Lol. The closet I got to president Obama is at his inauguration and I was still a mile away ! Hopefully once his term is up he can really visit and get the Jamaican experience

Annie P Greene
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All now I can’t get a word if I will be able to meet with Obama…. Anybody…somebody…. Portia!!!! Hello

Annie P Greene
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All now I can’t get a word if I will be able to meet with Obama…. Anybody…somebody…. Portia!!!! Hello

Valarie Boston-Clarke
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Lol funny as hell

Valarie Boston-Clarke
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Lol funny as hell

Hugh Rodgers
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Unooo too bad fi di president to get too close to anyone. Next ting him go shake a hand and find out afta dat him watch gone

Spiderlady Culotta
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THIS IS THE TOP FIVE THINGS JAMAICA SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT BARACK EXPERIENCING AND SEEING – MY VERSION AND VISION : THE TOP FIVE THINGS JAMAICA SHOULD WANT OBAMA TO EXPERIENCE IS: 1) THE ARM FORCES AND HOW THEY GO ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR OWN – 2) THE HOSPITALS TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE DOCTORS, NURSES, AIDES AND MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AND DO A CHECK TO SEE WHO REALLY IS FIT TO TAKE CARE OF THE SICK IN JAMAICA AND GIVE A PROPER DIAGNOSES – PEOPLE ARE DYING IN THE HOSPITALS – BEING TOLD THEY CAN BE CURED AND TREATED AND… Read more »

Rita Lalor Rowe
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Sounds good

Rita Lalor Rowe
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Sounds good

Jahmarly Brissett
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two jamaican girls to stay with him.haha, when them done with him pocket empty
loool

Bukie Gee
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Ras Obama

Dean Tomlinson
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I can give my my American past port me love ja bad

Brown Courtney
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Well i am living in the us, but still a Jamaican and its would be really nice he expertence some of our culture

Micheal Gray
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He cannot visit jamaica ad don’t come to Negril. 1 of the best place on earth

Solomon Ray Wilson
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Woow the most powerful black Man is visiting Jamaica

Solomon Ray Wilson
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Woow the most powerful black Man is visiting Jamaica

Annie P Greene
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But then again if I can’t get to meet my own Prime Minister is Obama I’m gonna meet!!! Pretty funny ah…

Annie P Greene
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But then again if I can’t get to meet my own Prime Minister is Obama I’m gonna meet!!! Pretty funny ah…

Maurice Henry
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unnu stop talk bout free up visa…. dats all weh matter…. cho breadfruit man…. look once di man experience Jamaica di man wi realise seh people nuh really waa migrate lef Jamaica… wi just waa work ova deh fi a while and come back… caw dis ya island ya too sweet fi lef fi good… a ongle people a florida can go beach… think on this motto…

I LIVE WHERE YOU VACATION….

Prudence Elliott
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Next thing unno go start block road and light fire no sir

Barry Morris
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president Obama is aware of the potholes before he arrived in jamaica

Rayjay Spencer
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What about freeing Vybz Kartel…?

Dino Langley
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u all in the comments here are funny as hell lol

Yahsuh Chatroom Community
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https://www.yahsuh.com/ Jamaican Community and Chatroom

Mary Rhino
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Him need to visit a Holy Ghost filled church and experience Salvation, so he can stop pushing the homosexual agenda down people throat.

Jill Hass
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Dancehall, why not let him see some of the ROOTS REGGAE?????

Glendon Jackson
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They need to take him to 2 of the night club them

Glendon Jackson
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Let him see how them woman wine for the Us

Beverley Freckleton
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My president mr Obama . Welcome to my island . It a pity I can’t get close to wave my hand and watch u wave back to me. U are very remarkable and I hope u find my island very much to ur liking . I don’t know but I guess from my point a view . We love u so much . And I must tell u , u got a lovely family . Keep on doing ur work and do it right in god name . May god bless u and lead u in the right path my… Read more »

Beverley Freckleton
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Love u mr president keep up that beautiful smile . And always stay posetive as u alway do enjoy my island and u are cover in the blood of The Lord. Don’t be afraid love u mr president

Prophet-Leonard Barrett
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Glad to see our President Obama in Jamaica please invite him to one of our Pentecost church Acts 2: 38 and please take good care of him, thank you. Be bless!

Taylor Taylor
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Marufah Zakariyah Tijani
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The Islamic Council Of Jamaica an umbrella organization for all muslims in Jamaica extends its warm welcome to The President Barack Hussain Obama to our beautiful land of wood and water. We hope that you will have a wonderful things to remember about jamaica.

Devon Cummings
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LOL, be awesome if he really got a chance to experience some real Jamaican potholes.

Veronica Lyons Henry
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I am proud of my country

Dee C Morris
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I hope he took his hand sanitizer and some air freshner because Jamaica is by far one of the filthiest countries. I have seen a lot of the world.

Sharon Hunter
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Stop the madness folks… Too funny

Pedro Cabrera
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Ganja, No wait that gets delivered to the White House on a daily base as it is the Obama’s Pot-pourri

Pedro Cabrera
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Ganja, No wait that gets delivered to the White House on a daily base as it is the Obama’s Pot-pourri

Maisie Lowe
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Only one of those five is right, and it’s jamaican food.i know he enjoyed it.

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