Senator Obama Begins Kenya Tour

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Hundreds of cheering, singing Kenyans greeted U-S Senator Barack Obama as he began his visit to the African country where his father was born.

Both Kenyan and American U-S embassy employees wore tee-shirts reading "Obama in the house" as he greeted them after holding a 30 minute meeting with President Mwai Kibaki (mwy kih-BAH'-kee).

They sang a song in Kenya's national language (Kiswahili) whose lyrics mean roughly "When you see Obama has come to Kenya this day is blessed."

Afterward, the Illinois Democrat met privately with opposition leader Uhuru Kenyatta, who said they talked about the harmful effects of tribal politics in Kenya.

Friday, Obama will meet survivors of the 1998 bombing of the U-S Embassy in Kenya and lay a wreath in memory of the 248 people killed.