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Obama: 'I'm the First Kenyan-American to be President of the United States

Obama: 'I'm the First Kenyan-American to be President of the United States

"I am proud to be the first American president to come to Kenya."

During his final day on his trip to Kenya, President Obama had no problem engaging an energetic crowd in Nairobi.

"I am proud to be the first American president to come to Kenya," Obama said Sunday. "And of course I'm the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States."

As Obama uttered the latter statement, he smiled and chuckled — presumably over the theories of some that he was not born on American soil.

Aides told the Los Angeles Times that Sunday marked the first time since taking office that Obama has publicly referred to himself as a “Kenyan American.”

More from the Times:

The trip to Nairobi was a festive homecoming of sorts for Obama. His half-sister, Auma Obama, organized a dinner with several dozen distant relatives who drove in from faraway villages. At a news conference Saturday, Obama joked about the “need to manage family politics sometimes,” and noted that upon meeting some relatives for the first time, “there were lengthy explanations, in some cases, of the connections.”

This story has been updated.

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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