Visiting Kenya and Ethiopia with President Obama: July 2015
This week, I joined President Obama and other members of Congress on an historic trip to Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In Kenya, we participated in bilateral meetings with the Kenyan government and in the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. While there, I also had the opportunity to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Fund and meet with African entrepreneurs benefiting from U.S. government-sponsored programs. In Ethiopia, we participated in bilateral meetings with the Ethiopian government and meetings with the leadership of the African Union, and had the chance to visit Ethiopian Airlines’ new B787 simulator made by Boeing.
This trip to Africa was one of many that I’ve taken throughout my life, but joining President Obama on the journey made it one that I’ll never forget.
Below are some photos and thoughts on what we saw and did.
In his African Union speech in Ethiopia, President Obama was upbeat and direct, inspiring and challenging. He encouraged Africans to take charge of their future and to find common ground on issues that impact us all.