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His late father looms over Obama’s trip to Kenya

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)
July 20, 2015

Obama visits Kenya this week for the first time as president, though he does not plan on visiting his late father’s village or gravesite.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama is defined in many ways by something he never really had: a father.

He quizzes golf partners and friends about their dads. He leans in when he talks with troubled teens about the absence of a father in his own life. The loss shapes his role as a father and drives him to try to help others escape what a close friend calls “the voids in your life.” Continue reading