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With a warm smile, fond reflections on his family's ties to Kenya and even a 'birther' joke, he charmed the African nation's leaders on Saturday night.
But at one point, President Barack Obama struck a nerve.
Speaking at a press conference outside Nairobi's State House, Obama condemned Kenya for its treatment of homosexuals, comparing discriminating against gays to treating people differently due to race and saying that 'law-abiding' citizens should not be punished for loving a particular person.
'As an African-American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently,' he said. 'When you start treating people differently, not because of any harm they are doing, but because they are different, that's the path whereby freedoms begin to erode.
'[If] somebody is a law-abiding citizen... the idea they are going to be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong. Full stop.'
In response, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was standing on a stage alongside Obama, declared that gay rights are a 'non-issue' in Kenya.
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Striking a nerve: Speaking outside the State House in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday night, President Barack Obama (left) criticized Kenya for its treatment of homosexuals. In response, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) said gay rights are a 'non-issue' in his country
Serious matter: 'As an African-American in the United States I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently,' Obama said. 'When you start treating people differently... because they are different... that's the path whereby freedoms begin to erode'
Different opinions: Obama dded: '[If] somebody is a law-abiding citizen... the idea they are going to be treated differently or abused because of who they love is wrong. Full stop.' Above, Obama gestures during his State House speech as Kenyatta watches him
Listening: Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto (center) looks on as Obama speaks during his first trip to Kenya as U.S. president
'It's a non-issue': Kenyatta (pictured speaking next to his American counterpart) said that after Kenya deals with other, more pressing issues such as terrorism, it can begin to look at new issues. But he said that the moment, gay rights is not at the forefront for the nation
Support: Thousands of Kenyans turned up to see Obama as he visited August 7th Memorial Park in Nairobi, Kenya, earlier in the day
Big turnout: Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya - and thanked Kenyans for welcoming him into his father's homeland
Relative: Obama's half-sister, Auma Obama (center), watches as her half-sibling toasts Kenyatta during a state dinner later on Saturday
Proud: Obama's step-grandmother Mama Sarah Obama (pictured, right, in the yellow headband) listens to as Obama makes a toast
Speaking in front of Obama, Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto, and millions of people globally, Kenyatta said that while the U.S. and Kenya agree on a lot, there are some things that cultures or societies just don't accept - and it is difficult to impose beliefs on people that they will not welcome,.
He added that after Kenya deals with other, more pressing issues such as terrorism, it can begin to look at new issues.
But he said that the moment, gay rights is not at the forefront for the country.
'The fact of the matter is Kenya and the U.S. share so many values: common love for democracy, entrepreneurship, value for families - these are some things that we share,' Kenyatta said. 'But there are some things that we must admit we don't share. Our culture, our societies don't accept.'
He added: 'This is why I repeatedly say for Kenyans today (gay rights) is generally a non-issue. We want to focus on other areas.'
Kenyatta's comments sparked a small amount of applause from the crowd, who were apparently silent during Obama's remarks about gay rights.
The comments made by Obama - who says he is 'unequivocal' on the issue of gay rights - exposed the divide on gay rights between Western states and religiously conservative Africa, where many states ban gay relations. Gay sex is a crime in Kenya, punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
The president, who embraced gay marriage in 2012 during his re-election campaign, hailed last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow same-sex marriage in the United States. He says he has been consistent in pressing the controversial issue when he meets with African leaders.
Charming Kenya: With fond reflections on his family's ties to Kenya and even a 'birther' joke, Obama charmed the African nation's leaders on Saturday. Later in the night, the president couldn't resist making a joke about his birthplace - which critics have long questioned
Quelling conspiracy theorists: 'Some of my critics back home might be suggesting I'm back here to look for my birth certificate,' Obama (pictured on Saturday) said from his father's homeland. 'That is not the case,' he jokingly added in a bid to quell conspiracy theorists
President Obama has 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one of them.
During his well received annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, the President makes fun of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s controversial trip to communist Caribbean island.
President Obama also made a grand entrance to DJ Khaled’s smash hit single “All I Do Is Win.”
“How do you like my new entrance music?” Obama jokingly asked. “Rush Limbaugh warned you about this. Second term, baby. We’re changing things around a little bit.”
“Actually, my advisors were a little worried about the new Rap entrance music. The are a little more traditional,” he added.
Watch the video below.