United States President Barack Obama today arrived at the Assembly Hall of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus in Kingston, to loud screams and cheers from students and young leaders, Hype Life Magazine has learned.
He arrived at approximately 2:46 pm.
“Greetings massive, wah gwaan Jamaica?” – Barack Obama greeted the more than 350 young leaders gathered Jamaican style.
“Big up,” he added.
In Jamaica, Obama seeks to reassert U.S. leadership in Caribbean
President Barack Obama arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday to attend a Caribbean summit seeking to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at time when oil-producing Venezuela’s economic clout may be receding.
President Obama was greeted at the Norman Manley Airport by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and other Government officials.
Obama arrived in the middle of Jamaica’s Carnival week but will have little time to take in the revelry during a 24-hour visit expected to be dominated by discussions on energy, security and trade with the 15-member Caribbean Community, or Caricom.
Communist-ruled Cuba will also be on the agenda in Kingston, with leaders largely supportive of U.S. détente with the region’s most populous island nation.
President Barack Obama on Jamaican soil
In Thursday’s talks, Obama tried to show that even though he remains preoccupied with crises elsewhere in the world, he is determined to focus on the Caribbean.
The night before getting down to work with Caribbean leaders, Obama paid a visit to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.