President Obama during remarks in his father’s home country of Kenya over the weekend dubbed himself “the first Kenyan-American” President of the United States.
According to CNN, Obama delivered a speech at a gymnasium in Nairobi, Kenya, to 5,000 attendees during which he recalled his family’s hardships and emphasized that individuals across the global are connected in “the human tribe.”
“I’m the first Kenyan-American to be president of the United States,” Obama told his audience. “That goes without saying.”
Obama recalled his family’s hardships in Kenya, mentioning his grandfather, who worked as a cook with the British military.
“What these stories also tell us is about the arc of progress,” Obama said. “We have to know our history so that we learn from it.”