FW: pre-set pool report - Obama arrival at Kenyan state house

From: Edward-Isaac Dovere [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 25, 2015 7:43 AM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP
Subject: pre-set pool report - Obama arrival at Kenyan state house

The presidential motorcade arrived at the Kenyan state house, a wide, white building with double porticos, just before 2:15 PM local time. The Kenyan Air Force marching band, in blue uniforms and tall animal-hair hats topped by red flowers, had been playing before his arrival but stopped as soon as the limousine pulled up.

Kenyan President Kenyatta, in a light blue suit and blue tie, stood waiting for POTUS.

“Mr. President,” Obama said, as he shook Kenyatta’s hand.

“Mr. President,” Kenyatta said, walking Obama along a red carpet that had been nailed to the asphalt just before he arrived, and introducing Obama to various members of the Kenyan military.

They stopped at the center for the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner and the Kenyan national anthem. Then followed a 21-gun salute not far away on the state house grounds, with white smoke from the guns rising in the distance. Obama and Kenyatta stood next to each other throughout, their arms at their sides.

A Kenyan Air Force officer marched forward with a sword drawn and presented himself to Obama, then led the president on an inspection of the troops. Obama was back at Kenyatta’s side as the band and other assembled officers marched out. He then joined Kenyatta to meet the Kenyan delegation, following that by introducing Kenyatta to the American delegation, which included national security adviser Susan Rice and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

Ahead of their bilateral meeting, Kenyatta went in the left portico’s door and Obama went into the right portico’s door. A press conference will follow the bilat, to be held in the same place as the arrival ceremony. Tonight’s state dinner will be held in tents that are being prepared a few feet away on the state house lawn.


Edward-Isaac Dovere

Senior White House reporter



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