Kenyans Jubilant As Obama Visits, But President Has A Blunt Message

Amna Shoaib
The African nation welcomed the president with open arms during his recent trip, but Obama delivered a no-nonsense message for Kenya.

President Obama has deep family roots in Kenya, but his trip there was made all the more special because it was the first to the African nation by a sitting president. 

This trip has far-reaching political and personal importance for the president, whose father was a native of the country and who pledged to work with African leaders to bolster the continent's involvement in the global economy. 

And for Kenyans, this trip marks the homecoming of Barack Obama, whose Kenyan grandfather worked as a cook for the British and who now heads the world's most powerful country.

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A bicycle leans against a wall adorned by Obama's mural

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In Kogelo, the hometown of the President's father, a woman stands by the sign of Senator Obama Primary School

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A mock cake features Obama's photo at a bakery.

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Shirts printed with "Barack Obama Welcome Home" hang outside a garment shop.

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Throngs of Kenyans eagerly await Obama's motorcade.

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A boy named after Barack Obama shows his workbook.

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Boy named after Obama heads to Senator Obama Primary School.

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Women pose with artwork depicting Obama in traditional head gear.

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Masaai men watch Obama on TV.

Obama delivered a blunt speech in Kenya on Saturday, urging the nation to change the ways its treatment of gay people. 

"As an African American in the United States I am painfully aware of the what happens when people are treated differently," Obama said, adding "bad things happen" when a country discriminates against its gay citizens.

That message wasn't as well-received as Obama's points about bolstering Kenya's economy and working together to defeat terrorists.

"There are some things that we must admit we don't share – our culture, our societies don't accept," Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said of gay people.