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In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

FILE - In this Saturday June 29, 2013 file photo, a child has their photograph taken by their parents next to paintings of President Barack Obama, center, and former South African President Nelson Mandela, left, outside the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria, South Africa. Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent, who took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.

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