President Obama made time to meet with family on the first night of his four-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia. About three dozen of the President’s relatives joined him for dinner on Friday [Jul 24], including his half-sister Auma and his step-grandmother Mama Sarah.
Obama is in Kenya for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, of which he is co-chair. His trip marks the first time a sitting U.S. president has traveled to both Kenya and Ethiopia, but the trip also has historical significance given Obama’s personal connection to the East African nation. Obama’s father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born in Kenya and later died there. Obama was born in Hawaii.
Per the White House pool report on Friday’s dinner:
Potus, still in suit and tie, was seated in the middle of two long tables filled with relatives, about three dozen in all. Seated to his right was his step-grandmother, Mama Sarah, whom he calls Granny, wearing a [gold]-colored head scarf. To his left was his half-sister, Auma Obama, wearing a white jacket and black blouse. The other relatives were all wearing suits or other appropriately dress clothes. There were a lot of smiles all around.
|US President Barack Obama hugs his half-sister Auma Obama (2-L) as Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (2-R) looks on at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, Kenya, 24 July 2015. Image: EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU)|
|President Barack Obama attends a gathering of his extended family at his hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. |
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President Obama attends a private dinner with family members at his hotel restaurant after arriving in Nairobi July 24, 2015.