NAIROBI, Kenya-A 12-car motorcade sped Barack Obama from the airport here to his hotel as streets were closed down to give a head of state welcome to the U.S. Senator considered a native son.
Hundreds of people greeted Obama at the airport, where he arrived from Johannesburg, South Africa aboard Army military aircraft. Obama stepped into a Land Cruiser amidst visible local security and a heavy local media presence.
Obama's wife Michelle, their two daughters, some relatives and friends arrived a short time later, departing from Chicago and arriving at the hotel about 1:20 p.m. Chicago.
Signifying the importance of the trip to the Kenyan government, Obama starts his almost week-long visit here meeting with Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki