Obama may snub father's hometown and family on Kenya visit

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Kenyan Villagers Hope For A Visit From President Obama


President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya to visit his father's ancestral home Friday. He was greeted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other key officials at the airport.

There's one woman in particular who's hoping to see him: his 95-year old step-grandmother.

Sarah Obama still lives in Kogelo, a town that exploded with pride when Obama was elected president of the United States. But despite all the loyalty -- the town isn't on the president's itinerary.

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama waves as he walks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to sign a guest book after arriving at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's link to Kenya, where he began his first visit as U.S. president, is a father he barely knew but whose influence can nonetheless be seen in his son's presidency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Eight year-old Joan Wamaitha greets President Barack Obama with flowers as he arrives at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama's link to Kenya, where he began his first visit as U.S. president Friday, is a father he barely knew but whose influence can nonetheless be seen in his son's presidency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama receives flowers from Joan Wamaitha, 8, upon his arrival at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in Kenya late today, his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama waves after being greeted by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, July 24, 2015. Obama began his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, watches as President Barack Obama, center, hugs his half-sister, Auma Obama, after he arrived at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, watches as President Barack Obama, center, hugs his half-sister Auma Obama, after he arrived at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Barack Obama (L) signs a guestbook alongside Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta upon arrival on Air Force One at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, left, talks with President Barack Obama as he signs a guest book after arriving at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
People watch from inside a terminal as US President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. Obama arrived in Africa on a five-day tour with stops in his father's homeland of Kenya, before traveling to Ethiopia. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama sits alongside his step-grandmother, Mama Sarah (L) and half-sister Auma Obama (R), during a gathering of family at his hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. Obama was greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace as he stepped off Air Force One, at the start of a weekend visit during which he will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama attends a gathering of family at his hotel in Nairobi at his hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, July 24, 2015. US President Barack Obama arrived in the Kenyan capital Nairobi late Friday, making his first visit to the country of his father's birth since his election as president. Obama was greeted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta with a handshake and embrace as he stepped off Air Force One, at the start of a weekend visit during which he will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, counter-terrorism, democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Obama will be in Nairobi, about 200 miles away, at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit -- the capital city is home to a growing number of innovative tech start-ups. However, the other day a local Kenyan radio station announced -- or perhaps over promised -- that President Obama will stop by his father's village for a three hour detour; something the president's team denies.

Edwin Okoth, a villager, told the Washington Post if he's able to get close enough to the president he will introduce him to his son.

"I will tell him, 'This is my son, Barack Obama [Okoth].' "

One person who is positive the president will be stopping by is local witch doctor John Dimo. He claims to have a record for being correct. Apparently when Obama visited as a senator in 2006, Dimo predicted he'd one day become president.

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A man walks away after leaning his bicycle against a mural of President Barack Obama, created by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave, at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 22, 2015. In his first trip to Kenya since he was a U.S. senator in 2006, Obama is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Friday, the first stop on his two-nation African tour in which he will also visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
In this photo taken on Saturday, June 13, 2015, students at the Obama University wash their hands in Conakry, Guinea. Barack Obama, the United States’ first African-American president, has captured the imagination of people across the continent where his face shows up on billboards, backpacks, T-shirts and restaurants. On Friday, July 24, 2015 Obama will be visiting Kenya, where his father was born, for a summit on entrepreneurship before heading to Ethiopia to address leaders at the African Union headquarters. Wherever he goes, large crowds are expected to gather and cheer him.(AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)
Solomon Murimia, a 'matatu' minibus driver, gestures as he calls on clients beside his minibus with a painting depicting US President Barack Obama on a July 22, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama will make a first presidential pilgrimage to his father's homeland of Kenya later this month, the capstone of a weeklong overture to Africa taking in three key nations. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
An man rides a bicycle and a trailer with messages reading 'welcome Kenya Obama' in Nairobi on July 23, 2015, on the eve of the US President's visit. On the eve of his trip to Africa, US President Barack Obama said he was excited about the impending visit to his ancestral continent, which he said had great resilience and enormous potential for growth. AFP PHOTO / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
People read local newspapers with pictures of US President Barack Obama and with headlines 'Welcome Obama' on July 24, 2015 in Nairobi. US President Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya later today, with a massive security operation under way to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A vendor sells American flags at an event attended by Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)
A banner bearing the likeness of the President of the United States, Barack Obama and bearing a 'welcome' message hangs over the arrival lounge of the Kenya's Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi on July 23, 2015 less than 48 hours ahead of Obama's expected arrival. US President Barack Obama arrives in his ancestral homeland Kenya late on July 24, 2015, with a massive security operation underway to protect him from Al-Qaeda-linked Somali militants. Obama, making his first visit as president to his father's birthplace, will address an entrepreneurship summit and hold talks on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, and democracy and human rights. AFP PHOTO/Tony KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A poster of Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, is displayed during a groundbreaking ceremony for her Mama Sarah Obama Foundation charitable organization, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)
In this photo taken on Saturday, June 13, 2015, a street vendor walks past the Obama restaurant in Conakry, Guinea. Barack Obama, the United States’ first African-American president, has captured the imagination of people across the continent where his face shows up on billboards, backpacks, T-shirts and restaurants. On Friday, July 24, 2015 Obama will be visiting Kenya, where his father was born, for a summit on entrepreneurship before heading to Ethiopia to address leaders at the African Union headquarters. Wherever he goes, large crowds are expected to gather and cheer him.(AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)
In this picture taken on Saturday, July 4, 2015, a woman sits in the restaurant of a hotel named after U.S. President Barak Obama in Accra, Ghana. Barack Obama, the United States’ first African-American president, has captured the imagination of people across the continent where his face shows up on billboards, backpacks, T-shirts and restaurants. On Friday, July 24, 2015 Obama will be visiting Kenya, where his father was born, for a summit on entrepreneurship before heading to Ethiopia to address leaders at the African Union headquarters. Wherever he goes, large crowds are expected to gather and cheer him.(AP Photo/Christian Thompson)
Kenyan vendor Hosea displays his t-shirts with a depiction of US President Barack Obama at the Kogelo market on July 13, 2015 in Kisumu. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A vendor selling flags, caps and t-shirts, and wearing a t-shirt showing President Barack Obama with words in Luo reading "Father has reached home", sells his wares at an event attended by Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)
A woman buys glasses next to a shop selling t-shirts with a depiction of US President Barack Obama at the Kogelo market on July 13, 2015 in Kisumu. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A painting depicting the Obama family and step-grandmother Sarah Obama above, stands outside an exhibition about the Global Entrepreneurship Summit which President Barack Obama will attend later in the week, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 22, 2015. In his first trip to Kenya since he was a U.S. senator in 2006, Obama is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Friday, the first stop on his two-nation African tour in which he will also visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A man looks at local newspapers bearing headlines on US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya on July 17, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama is due to visit Ethiopia later this month as well as Kenya, where his father was born. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sarah Obama, the step-grandmother of President Barack Obama, attends a groundbreaking ceremony for her Mama Sarah Obama Foundation charitable organization, in her home town of Kogelo, near Kisumu, in Kenya Saturday, July 18, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later in the month, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo)
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto, left, speaks to the media about the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, amongst other issues, at State House in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, July 21, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya later this week, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
A Maasai woman looks at hawkers selling a poster of US President Barrack Obama and the words written in the Luo language, 'Nonro Mar Obama' meaning 'Arrangements for Obama visit ' to motorists during the Luo cultural festival, on July 11, 2015, in Nairobi. The Luo festival which is the tribe that Obama's family belongs to, comes weeks ahead of US President Barrack Obama's visit to Kenya. President Obama's visit, is his first visit to his father's homeland since becoming the president of the USA. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man reads next to newspapers bearing headlines on US President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Kenya on July 17, 2015 in Nairobi. Obama is due to visit Ethiopia later this month as well as Kenya, where his father was born. AFP PHOTO / SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenyan Said Obama, Kogelo-born, raised and current resident and uncle to United State's President Barack Obama, gestures during an interview in Kisumu on July 13, 2015. The Kenyan Obamas are related to the US president through his Kenyan-born father, Barack Hussein Obama Senior, who died in 1982. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that Said says was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president.AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman walks past Kenyan hawker selling posters and T-shirts with the image of US President Barrack Obama and the words written in the Luo language, 'Nonro Mar Obama' meaning 'Arrangements for Obama visit ' to motorists during the Luo cultural festival, on July 11, 2015, in Nairobi. The Luo festival which is the tribe that Obama's family belongs to, comes weeks ahead of US President Barrack Obama's visit to Kenya. President Obama's visit, is his first visit to his father's homeland since becoming the president of the USA. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Pupils of Senator Obama Kogelo primary school head home after classes in Kogelo on July 13, 2015. The school was renamed after the US President Barack Obama's visit in 2006 to Kenya when he was a state senator. The Kenyan Obamas are related to the US president through his Kenyan-born father, Barack Hussein Obama Senior, who died in 1982. Excitement is growing in Kenya ahead of Barack Obama's first visit to his father's homeland since becoming president. Anticipation ahead of the late July trip is nowhere greater than in Kogelo, 'a sleepy village' that was 'put on the world map' by its association with the US president, according to his uncle Said Obama. AFP PHOTO/SIMON MAINA (Photo credit should read SIMON MAINA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man attending an investor's breakfast meeting with the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation charitable organization, named after President Barack Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Obama, reads a copy of the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper whose front page highlights the security measures being put in place ahead of the President's visit to the country later in the month, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 15, 2015. President Barack Obama is due to make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father's birth, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which brings together business leaders, international organizations and governments. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
A pedestrian walks past a mural of President Barack Obama, created by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave, at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday, July 22, 2015. In his first trip to Kenya since he was a U.S. senator in 2006, Obama is scheduled to arrive in Kenya on Friday, the first stop on his two-nation African tour in which he will also visit Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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