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1990 Video Shows Young Obama in Kenya Visiting His Father's Family

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Oct 2016 02:23 PM

President Barack Obama took a trip to Kenya in 1990 to meet his father's family with his soon-to-be-wife Michelle. Newly uncovered video from The Daily Caller shows the future president's views on the African country.

"The story that was told when I was young was of the brilliant young African who had come America to learn the white man's magic and then bring it back to Kenya to develop the country," Obama said of his father.

"You learn a lot about the beauty of black people just being around a lot of black people, that feeling as if they're all around you. And that in some sense you belong," Obama continued.

"Even though, ironically, a lot of Africans will look at black Americans and think they're (inaudible), they're white people."

Obama's sister called him "a white among blacks" since they could only speak to him in English.

"It makes me frustrated to see the blacks in Kenya don't have more confidence in the possibility of shaping their own fate and their own destiny," Obama said.

"I'm deeply saddened by a sense that whites are still superior in this country, in some sense . . . that if you sit at a restaurant, they're served before a Kenyan is served. If you go through customs, a white person is going to have an easier time going through customs.

"I've experienced, probably, the Kenyan side of it because there's been times when I with Auma, my sister, who is obviously Kenyan, to a restaurant where we'd have problems getting served, or the waiters would be rude," Obama added.

The future president then predicted that situations in Kenya could deteriorate if the racial and economic issue went unaddressed.

"If you look around at Kenya, and when I look around at Kenya," Obama said. "You get a sense that although on the surface things are relatively tranquil, right beneath the surface things could explode at any point.

"Because you have all these young people, not just now coming from the countryside, but simply from population growth, who are going to school, who have high expectations, but the engine for growth that is going to be able to employ these young people may not be there. And that's a dangerous situation, when you have rising expectations, and young bright people who are frustrated in their ambitions."

"You see a lot of that taking place in Kenya and you would think that would be more of a source of concern for the government, that they might change policies as a consequence of that. But so far, that doesn't seem to be taking place," Obama said.

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President Barack Obama took a trip to Kenya in 1990 to meet his father's family with his soon-to-be-wife Michelle, newly uncovered video from The Daily Caller shows the future president's views on the African country.
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