What Kenya really means to the American president

US President Barack Obama (L) listens to his Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during a joint press conference after their talks at State House, Nairobi on July 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO | SAUL LOEB

What you need to know:

  • President Obama’s visit to the land of his father’s birth has been one of the most eagerly anticipated trips of his time in the White House — for good reason.
  • It is easy to see why the American President was determined, as he told university students on his last trip to South Africa, to ensure he returned to Kenya before concluding his time in office.
  • He felt a release, he writes, akin to “a drunk coming out of a long, painful binge” and nowhere more so than during the time he spent crying at his father’s grave-site in the climactic scene of his book.

You must come home, son. Even if it is only for a few days. This is where you belong.

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