From Beast ride to warm embrace: Auma steals the show in Barack Obamaâ€™s arrival
By Sadiq Saad
US President Barack Obama embraces his sister Auma Obama as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.
Dr Auma Obama made history Friday by becoming the first Kenyan lto ride in The Beast when she comfortably entered the car together with her brother US President Barack Obama.
Well, some may argue that President Obama himself is a Kenyan â€“American: that’s fine, but Auma is a full Kenyan.
Dr Auma stole the show when she got a warm embrace from his smiling brother in what looked like a family reunion. Lest one forgets, in his Grammy award â€“ winning book and New York Bestseller, Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama talks very passionately about his sister â€“ the one who gave him a ride in her Volkswagen Beetle to Alego K’Ogelo when he came here looking for his roots.
And how things change! From a beetle to the most expensive and most sophisticated car ever made â€“ brother and sister together from the same airport decades later!
Obama’s sister had earlier arrived in a diplomatic registered white car adorning red and white number plates accompanied by an aide.
When it was apparent that Air Force One was descending into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Runway Terminal 2 at 8pm, Auma was seen rushing toward one of the Beasts that was assigned to carry the US President.
She was accompanied by the US Ambassador Robert Godec and the little flower girl who was to present a bouquet of flowers to President Obama – the first ever sitting US President to visit Kenya.
At exactly 8pm Air Force One touched the runway, shaking the ground with its impact and making all alert and the battery of press jostling for positions to take a shot of history.
Five minutes later Dr Auma was in the quie of VIPs being introduced to President Obama by his host President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Her introduction was saved for the last â€“ because it was ultimately the best!
A warm embrace, direct eye contact and mirth of people who certainly know each other well and those that are true friends left Kenyans in admiration.