Obama’s First Day in Kenya Is Spent With Family


That moment when the last time you were home 27 years ago, you were some lanky gawky kid named Barry, and the next time, you’re the President of the United States and you alight from Air Force One.

But you still run to the arms of your sister and grandmother. Because #ObamaIsBae

In 1988, at just 27 years old, “Barry,” as he was known, arrived in Nairobi for the first time. He was on a journey of self-discovery to learn more about his heritage and his father, who was Kenyan.

But when his commercial flight landed in an empty airport, he felt “tired” and “abandoned,” Obama wrote in his memoir, “Dreams From My Father.” A gate agent informed him that the airline had misplaced his bags. And his half-sister, Auma, and Aunt Zeituni picked him up in a beat-up, baby-blue Volkswagen Beetle with a missing muffler.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, of which he is co-chair.

P.S. Mama Sarah, his step-grandmother who Obama calls Granny came to let you all know that she ain’t playing. That gold head-tie is everything! Mama, may your days continue to be lengthened.

President Barack Obama (center) greets his half sister Auma Obama (left) while standing alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta upon President Obama’s arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi July 24, 2015. It is Obama’s first visit to the country of his father’s birth since his election as president. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Barry in 1988
President Barack Obama sits between his step-grandmother, Mama Sarah (left), and half sister Auma

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