Do you remember approximately 60 years ago when Barack Obama was president of the United States? We wouldn’t blame you for forgetting, since the former POTUS has spent the past year and a half (yes, that’s all it’s been) flying pretty far under the radar. This week, however, he resurfaced for a trip to Kenya to support his half-sister’s new foundation and to South Africa for a celebration of the late Nelson Mandela‘s 100th birthday.
And the man looks like he’s having the time of his life. He’s chill, looking better rested than we ever saw him look in office and dancing. Yes, dancing. The former prez busted a move with none other than his 96-year-old grandma in his late father’s hometown of Kogelo, Kenya while his half-sister marked the opening of her Sauti Kuu Foundation for youth sports and education.
Former President Barack Obama opened his half-sister’s new youth education and sports center in his father’s hometown of Kogelo, Kenya. pic.twitter.com/y4loujXONj
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Obama dancing in Kenya is the perfect antidote to today pic.twitter.com/mP7WqTTo7Q
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In case you were wondering, yes, Obama dancing is the elixir of life and the fountain of eternal youth.
The videos of president Obama dancing in Kenya just made me so happy 😂😩
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Barack and his grandma weren’t the only Obamas showing off their dance moves this week either. Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia hit up Beyonce and Jay Z‘s Paris concert over the weekend.
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The day after his Kenya appearance, Obama headed to South Africa for a celebration of Nelson Mandela. He gave an address that didn’t mention anyone by name (cough, cough), but talked about morality in politics, the current truth crisis and the dangerous direction world leadership is trending.
“The politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment began to appear. And that kind of politics is now on the move. It’s on the move at a pace that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago,” he said, “I am not being alarmist, I’m simply stating the facts. Look around — strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained, the form of it, where those in powers seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.”
“Let me tell you what I believe,” he concluded, “I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision, I believe in a vision shared by Gandhi and King, and Abraham Lincoln, I believe in a vision of equality and justice and freedom and multi-racial democracy built on the premise that all people are created equal and are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights.”
Mandela Day is about taking action to change the world for the better. In these young people, I see Madiba’s example of persistence and hope. They are poised to make this world more peaceful, more prosperous, and more just. pic.twitter.com/GJDuOs1hkH
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 18, 2018
We miss you, Obama. You and your killer dance moves.
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) July 18, 2018