June 9th, 2010
01:54 PM ET
12 years ago

Biden visits Kenya

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/09/art.biden.nairobi.giafp.jpg caption ="Vice President Joe Biden visited the homeland of President Barack Obama's father."]

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden visited the homeland of President Barack Obama's father on Wednesday and spoke before a group of university students in Nairobi, Kenya. The vice president began by introducing himself, saying, "Hello, my name is Joe Biden. I work for Barack Obama."

Obama has not yet visited Kenya since taking office in 2009, but Biden said the president "is anxious to come."

The vice president discussed Kenya's growth since it became an independent country and told the crowd that "Kenya and Kenyans have much to be proud of. But the full force of your potential - as all of you young students know - has yet to be released."

Biden is visiting Egypt, Kenya and South Africa this week. He will wrap up his weeklong trip at the World Cup in South Africa, where he will watch the United States play England.

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  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Republican Family Value Hatred and Bigotry comments about how Obama should go back to Kenya in 3, 2, 1...

    June 9, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Ryan

    Oh no, we can't use "Kenya" and "Homeland" in the same sentence or the birthers will come back screaming and hollering...

    Never mind that everyone keeps calling the President black all the time when he's HALF WHITE (as if it matters).

    June 9, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Kenya

    Visiting the birthplace huh? hehe

    June 9, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. Joe

    Joe, did you have time to check Obama's birth place or hospital in Kenya? Sorry just kidding!

    June 9, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Eric in Denver

    Nice Joe visiting Baracks birth place what a story!!!!

    June 9, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. jeremy..Big D..Tx

    I am proud of my Vice President for visiting my former Univesity. Hope he signed visitors book at Hall no.8

    June 9, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Expat American

    Kenya is a beautiful mysterious place; I've been there on several occasions.

    Good Job, Mr. Vice-President going to RSA to cheer on Team USA at the World Cup!!

    Although pretty big underdogs, I think 'The Yanks' may surprise a few people this time around.

    June 9, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. cajr

    wrong again biden. you work for the american people. so does obama.

    June 9, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Captain Awesome

    We have the worst environmental disaster in history down in the Gulf of Mexico, and Joe Biden is on a PR tour in Africa?! This administration has completely lost touch with the American people. Stay in Africa, Joe. We Americans can solve our own problems without you.

    June 9, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. scott fitzsimmons

    Perhaps someone should inform VICE PRESIDENT Biden that he works for the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES not Barack Obama. Obama is not king or dictator. Biden is an ELECTED OFFICIAL not a presidential appointment. His salary is paid by the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES not Barack Obama. This man is an embarrassment to his office. His continuous gaffes are quickly getting old. God help us if he were to become President.

    June 9, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    I was wondering where they have been keeping old Joe. I mean, it was so important for Obama to get him onto the ticket and then where did he go? Of course, Nairobi.

    June 9, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Michael from Ventura

    I saw a bumper sticker on a Cadillac yesterday that said "Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot"- with the "o" being an Obama logo. Don't these people realize that things like this shows who the real idiots are- How could anyone with a brain take them seriously.

    June 9, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Paul Ernest Show

    Please keep the vice president on the prompter . Africans can be very sensitive. I hope he has fun.

    June 9, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. FM

    "Can they call you Joe?, Mr. Obiden"?

    June 9, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. Get A Grip

    "Nairobi, Kenya (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden visited the homeland of President Barack Obama's father"
    I'm thinking more like Biden visited the homeland of President Barack Hussein Obama.

    Even Michelle Obama seems to think so. On April 13, while speaking to a group of people Michelle Obama says.......

    "When we took our trip to Africa and visited his home country of Kenya"

    June 9, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Didi

    Ummmm. Joe Biden is... ADORABLE.

    June 9, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Naqib

    Too easy.... gonna just leave this one alone... lol

    June 9, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Eli

    Kenya take Obama back to his home?

    June 9, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |