President Obama will head to Kenya for the first time since becoming leader of the free world, it was announced Monday (March 30). The commander in chief’ plans to travel to his father, Barack Obama Sr.’s, home country in July.
This trip is his first since becoming president.
Obama will travel to Kenya in July for bilateral meetings and the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual conference that connects entrepreneurs with business leaders, international organizations, and governments.
“His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement.
This will be the President’s fourth trip to Sub-Saharan Africa. His last trip was in December 2013 for the funeral of Nelson Mandela. He also traveled to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania during summer 2013 for a series of events on the United States’ commitment to African economic growth, democratic institutions and young leadership development.
The news lit up Twitter, of course. Be it the trolls, the birthers, or Kenyans, pretty much everybody has something to say. But to be clear, Obama generally gets a lot of love from the East African country, on the strength of his father being born there.
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