Fw: POTUS print pool 11

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From: Parsons, Christi [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:16 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP; Velz, Peter T. EOP
Subject: POTUS print pool 11

The Kenyan state dinner was festive and lively, held under the giant multi-peaked white tent you saw at the news conference today. The pool had a very good view standing next to and then inside the open-sided tent. Obama was serenaded in English and Swahili by a popular group called Sauti Sol.

"We are so sad that our mother Michelle could not come," the singer said as he introduced a song called "Coming Home."

POTUS sat at the head table on the opposite  side of the tent with President Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and NSA Susan Rice. The serenade turned into several songs and soon the signers moved up to the stage, and as they started to dance Obama got up, buttoned his jacket and joined in. It became a line dance involving the whole head table and several guests at the state dinner. At the end, POTUS was laughing and hugging his sister Auma Obama.

The Nairobi youth orchestra and choir performed next, accompanying president Kenyatta's niece, Kavi Pratt, a vocalist. When she broke into "At Last," POTUS sang along, soulfully, it seemed, but without a mike.

More to come from the toasts at the dinner.

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