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24
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

Embrace

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

24
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!”

Continue reading ‘Kenya Awaits’

13
Mar
15

The President on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Mean Tweets – President Obama Edition

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President Obama on Ferguson and Race Relations

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President Obama on Tweeting and Smartphones

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Jimmy Kimmel Asks President Obama About His Daily Life

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President Obama on Why Washington Doesn’t Work

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President Obama Hasn’t Called Kanye

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President Obama Wants a Student Aid Bill of Rights

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Will President Obama Do Something About Long Receipts?

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President Obama Denies Knowledge of Aliens

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MoooOOOooorning!

25
Jan
15

India: Day One

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the President and First Lady at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi

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Coming Up

6:45 PM (8:15 AM ET): The President and First Lady meet with Embassy personnel and families, ITC Maurya Hotel, New Dehli

7:35 PM (9:05 AM ET): The President participates in a courtesy call with President Mukherjee

7:50 PM (9:20 AM ET): The President and First Lady attend the state dinner, Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Live streaming:

India TV News * NDTV * IBN Live

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The visitors’ book at Raj Ghat: “What Dr Martin Luther King Jr said then remains true today. The spirit of Gandhi is very much alive in India today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in the spirit of love and peace –  among all people and nations.”

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The menu for the State Dinner

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