Barack Obama in Kenya for the first time as US President

Barack Obama is in Kenya for the first time as US President; he left the United States of America (USA) on Thursday [July 23, 2015] for the land in which his father [Barack Obama, Sr.] was born and arrived there on Friday [July 24, 2015] where he was met by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Google+

Barack Obama and Uhuru KenyattaBarack Obama’s visit to the African continent will not be limited to his father’s homeland, Kenya, he will also visit Ethiopia and while in that country [Ethiopia] he will also visit the headquarters of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa.

Upon landing in Nairobi President Barack Obama was met by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta along with senior Kenyan Military and Government officials as well as his half-sister Auma Obama who later took a ride with him in his presidential limousine (The Beast).

Since arriving in Kenya he has addressed the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Nairobi 2015 where he remarked, “Africa is one of the fastest growing regions of the world,” Obama said. “People are being lifted out of poverty.”

“People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up, the middle class is growing and young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing business,” President Obama told the Summit.

President Obama and President Kenyatta also discussed strengthening cooperation in the fight against extremists, “The battle we are fighting is not a Kenyan war; Kenya just happens to be on the frontier,” Obama said referring to neighboring Somalia.

He also called for gays to be treated equally, “I’ve been consistent all across Africa on this, when you start treating people differently, because they’re different, that’s the path whereby freedoms begin to erode. And bad things happen,” Obama said during a joint press conference at the state house in Nairobi.

“When a government gets in the habit of treating people differently those habits can spread. As an African-American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law. I am unequivocal on this, Obama said.

“A law-abiding citizen who is going about their business, and working at a job and obeying the traffic signs and not harming anybody, the idea they will be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong, full stop,” Barack Obama added.

However, the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta publicly disagreed with Obama, “there are some things that we must admit we don’t share,” Kenyatta said, insisting that gay rights “is not really an issue on the foremost mind of Kenyans”.

“It’s very difficult for us to impose on people that which they themselves do not accept,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said to ripple of applause from people in the state house audience.

While in Kenya Barack Obama is not expected to visit a village village most closely associated with the family name and where his father is buried.


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