Obama visits Jamaica, takes in Bob Marley museum

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Kingston (Jamaica) (AFP) – Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to set foot in Jamaica since 1982 — and made some time for the late reggae legend Bob Marley.

On arrival, Obama descended Air One to greet a long line including Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, whom he embraced.

Obama then headed to a helicopter along Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

After a stop, Obama headed to the Bob Marley Museum — the the superstar musician.
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The US president — accompanied by aides including National Adviser Susan Rice — took a brief tour the Kingston landmark.

still have all the albums,” the US president heard to say, as he checked a wall of framed records and awards.

Bob Marley, Jamaica’s musical export a following, died of cancer in Florida in 1981.

The museum is a large house walls painted red, green and yellow and a statue of Marley playing guitar front among the palm trees.

“One Love” being piped the speakers as Obama emerged the front door along with museum tour guide.

The first sitting presidential visit since Ronald Reagan on the island 33 years ago comes as the Caribbean island nation is navigating a fiscal crisis.

Obama is scheduled to meet the CARICOM regional bloc and possibly offer them an alternative to cheap Venezuelan oil amid a spat with Caracas. He is also slated to meet with Simpson-Miller.

Late Thursday, Obama heads to Panama, where he may have a landmark meeting with Cuba’s communist President Raul Castro during a meeting of regional nations.