Obama wraps up trip to Kenya

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NAIROBI, Kenya — President Barack Obama wrapped up his trip to Kenya on Sunday morning with a public address in front of thousands of Kenyans at an arena in the capital city of Nairobi.

He praised the progress the country has made but urged them to continue to fight against corruption and terrorism, and to strive to create better opportunities for everyone, particularly women and girls.

It has been an historic visit for Obama to his father’s homeland. His Kenyan roots have caused some people to question his U.S. citizenship in the past, prompting him to publicly release his birth certificate, which says he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. At a state dinner hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday night, Obama did not shy away from the subject.

“Some of my critics back home might be suggesting I’m here to look for my birth certificate, ” he said. “That is not the case.”

The President combined the business trip with a family reunion of sorts, meeting with some of his extended family who still lives in the East African country.

Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya. He will now head to Ethiopia for a two-day trip.

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