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Jul
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A Presidential Family Dinner

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President Barack Obama has dinner with his sister Auma Obama, and the rest of his family

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Arlette Saenz: President Obama Reunites With Family In Kenya Over Dinner

It was a big family reunion when President Obama arrived here in Kenya today. Obama, who is visiting his father’s homeland for the fourth time but for the first time as president, sat down with three-dozen members of his Kenyan family for dinner at his hotel. He sat next to his half-sister Auma and step-grandmother Sarah Obama, who was the third wife of the president’s paternal grandfather.

She’s affectionately known to many as Mama Sarah, but to President Obama, she’s just Granny. When Obama first visited Kenya in 1988, Auma picked him up at the airport in a sputtering baby-blue Volkswagen Beetle that was missing a muffler. Tonight, it was a much different scene as the president treated Auma to a ride in the presidential motorcade on his fourth visit to Kenya.

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U.S. President Barack Obama attends a private dinner with family members at his hotel restaurant after arriving in Nairobi July 24, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama flew into Kenya late on Friday for his first presidential visit to his father's homeland, aiming to boost trade and security ties. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

 

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Jul
15

Saturday in Kenya

@PeteSouza: President Obama arrives in Kenya

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All times Eastern

3:25 AM: The President delivers remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Nairobi, United Nations Compound (10:25 AM local time)

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4:20 AM: Visits the Power Africa Innovation Fair, United Nations Compound (11:20 AM local time)

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5:05 AM: Meets with Embassy personnel and families, U.S. Embassy, Nairobi (12:05 PM local time)

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6:55 AM: Participates in a wreath laying ceremony, Memorial Park, Nairobi (1:55 PM local time)

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7:20 AM: Participates in ceremonial welcome with President Kenyatta, State House, Nairobi (2:20 PM local time)

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7:50 AM: Participates in a bilateral meeting with President Kenyatta, State House (2:50 PM local time)

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9:30 AM: The President and President Kenyatta participate in a joint press conference, State House (4:30 PM local time)

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1:15 PM: The President attends the State Dinner, State House (8:15 PM local time)

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24
Jul
15

Karibu, President Barack Obama!

U.S. President Barack Obama descends the steps of Air Force One on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, July 24, 2015. Obama began his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) embraces his half-sister Auma Obama (L) and is greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi July 24, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama flew into Kenya late on Friday for his first presidential visit to his father's homeland, aiming to boost trade and security ties in east Africa. Obama's Air Force One plane landed in the evening in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, where he will co-host a conference on boosting entrepreneurs on the African continent before travelling on to Ethiopia.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, watches as President Barack Obama, center, hugs his half-sister, Auma Obama, after he arrived at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama embraces his sister Auma Obama and is greeted by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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Today, they rode in The Beast. What a life!

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves after being greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, July 24, 2015. Obama began his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Obama receives flowers from a young girl as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

U.S. President Barack Obama poses for a photograph with a girl who gave him flowers on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, July 24, 2015. Obama began his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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President Barack Obama hugs Joan Wamaitha, 8, who presented him with flowers, as he arrives at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Barack Obama hugs Joan Wamaitha, 8, who presented him with flowers

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Jul
15

Embrace

President Obama and his half sister Auma embrace on his arrival in Kenya

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Jul
15

Kenya Awaits

1:10 PM EDT: The President is scheduled to arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Lots more live Kenyan streaming links here

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‘Welcome Obama’

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A really nice piece on Auma Obama and President Obama’s ancestral village:

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From then Senator Obama’s trip to Kenya in 2006

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This is the Kenya I knew when I spent two years there, from 1992 to 1994, working with the Jesuit Refugee Service. Of course it’s wrong to generalize about a people or a country, and Kenya encompasses men, women and children from a stunning variety of ethnic backgrounds speaking dozens of indigenous languages (most also speak Swahili and English), but perhaps positive generalizations are okay. Nearly to a person, the Kenyan men and women I knew were warm, welcoming, friendly, upbeat, clever, playful, helpful, and, most of all, hopeful. I adored living there, loved working and living among them, and enjoyed learning Swahili (and even a little Maasai)…For Kenyans the visit of President Obama, a man with deep Kenyan roots, is of enormous significance and a cause for celebration.

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Family is of inestimable significance for Kenyans, and nearly everyone knows what tribe you’re from, and the location of your family’s shamba (loosely translated as “farm” but a larger word meaning homeland). It’s especially easy for Kenyans to figure out what ethnic group Barack Obama hails from. He is obviously a Luo, as evidenced by the “O” that begins his last name. Luo names are ones like Odhiambo, Omondi, Okello, Onyango, Otieno. When I living in Kenya, the Jesuit vocation director for East Africa was a florid-faced, white-haired, Irishman named Sean O’Connor who, like me, loved his adopted country. Sean loved to joke with the East Africans when they asked where he was from, that of course he was a Luo. “Can’t you tell from my name?” he would say. “It’s Oconnor, after all.” During the president’s trip to Kenya, I hope that the media covers the following: the way that Kenyans often make do with so little; the way that they are able to live among a welter of cultures and languages; the stunning beauty of their land; their deep pride in their heritage; their great love of country. So with my friends (marafiki) in Kenya, I say to the President, “Karibu Kenya, Rais Obama!”

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24
Jul
15

When Will We Say Enough Is Enough?

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“Theater Patron” is how CNN would like you to remember a monster. The media truly is complicit

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Jul
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets patrons at Canter’s Delicatessen in Los Angeles, Calif., July 24, 2014 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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