One Love: Barack Obama at the Bob Marley Museum

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Barack Obama is the first sitting US president to visit Jamaica in 33 years, and only the second to make an official state visit since independence in 1962โ€”the other being Ronald Reagan, in 1982. “Playboy” president John F. Kennedy, who had honeymooned with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy in Jamaica, visited during his presidency tooโ€”for a family vacation.

Ostensibly, the purpose of the President’s visit was to discuss energy, security and trade with top Caribbean officials including Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Millerโ€”or, as Reuters put it, to “reassert U.S. leadership in the Caribbean.” But his first stop upon arrival was the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, where he received private tourโ€”along with with Secret Service and a small press contingent, of course. There, according to the Associated Press, he was said to have remarked: “I still have all the albums.” Gwaan, Barry Wailers!

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Barack Obama, Natasha Clark

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