By: Deonta D. Wortham
Today, United States President Barack Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to address the African Union at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In prepared remarks that drew on personal and political anecdotes, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment - and that of the United States government - to the development of the African continent and her people.
President Obama's address closes a historic tour across East Africa that led him to stop in his father's native Kenya and the neighboring country of Ethiopia.
Throughout his diplomatic excurision, President Obama has repeatedly remarked on the incredible dynamism being seen across the African continent. Whether in noting the strides of individual African governments or the immense potential found in the continent's burgeoning youth population, President Obama has shown his unwavering support for Africa's growth - and his commitment to ensure that the United States plays a vital role in assisting the continent through its development journey in the years and decades to come.
Take a moment to view President Obama's historic speech to the African Union in Addis below, or read the entirety of President Obama's remarks here!