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Obama and Kenya: 1st trip to father’s homeland as president

A vendor sells American flags at an event attended by Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)

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.

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.

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