Obama’s Kenya Trip Highlights Roots, Africa Policy

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Barack Obama first set foot in Kenya 28 years ago as a young man seeking a connection to the homeland of a father he barely knew. He now returns there as president of the United States.

Obama long ago addressed the coming-of-age questions of racial and cultural identity he wrote about in his memoir, "Dreams From My Father," but black studies and foreign policy experts say questions remain on how his administration's African policies fit in with his personal narrative and, ultimately, presidential legacy.

African policy experts say Obama is a beloved figure in Kenya, but he's also a president whose policies on Africa have been criticized as lacking the scope and impact of his predecessors, former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. 

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