Barack Obama makes reference of Mama Sarah in address at UN

What you need to know:

  • “Today,” the US head of state told his fellow world leaders, “whether you live in downtown Manhattan or in my grandmother’s village more than 200 miles from Nairobi, you can hold in your hand more information than the world’s greatest libraries.”
  • Mr Obama made that observation as part of a partly positive appraisal of the current state of the world.
  • In the only extended reference to sub-Saharan Africa in his speech, Mr Obama warned that the Ebola outbreak threatens to “kill hundreds of thousands, inflict horrific suffering, destabilise economies, and move rapidly across borders.”

President Barack Obama made reference to his Kenyan grandmother, Mama Sarah Obama, near the start of his 40-minute address on Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly.


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