WASHINGTON (AP) — When Barack Obama visited Kenya for the first time nearly 30 years ago, he was astonished that an airport worker recognized his last name.
It was a striking experience for the future president.
He was a young man struggling to understand how a country that he had never seen and a Kenyan family that he barely knew had shaped his identity.
This week, Obama will make his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president. It’s a trip that will bear little resemblance to the 1988 one, when he arrived aboard a commercial flight and his luggage got lost.
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Now, Air Force One will carry Obama to a country where children, roads and schools bear his name — and he’s seen as a local son.