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Jim Clyburn

His late father looms over Obama's trip to Kenya

WASHINGTON Barack Obama is defined in many ways by something he never really had. A father. He quizzes golf partners and friends about their dads. He leans in when he talks with troubled teens about the absence of a father in his own life. The loss shapes his role as a father and drives him to try to help others escape what a close friend calls "the voids in your life." His late father, thus, looms large when Obama visits Kenya next week for the first time as president. He may not visit the village where his father lived. He may not go to see the gravesite freshly decorated just in case. But his Kenyan father will be very much on his mind, as always. The father Obama scarcely...

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