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A father's charm, absence

Friends recall Barack Obama Sr. as a self-confident, complex dreamer whose promising life ended in tragedy

A young Barack Obama is seen with his father,Barack Obama Sr. A young Barack Obama is seen with his father,Barack Obama Sr. (Courtesy Barack Obama for America)
By Sally Jacobs
Globe Staff / September 21, 2008

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On a hot July weekend nearly 40 years ago, Barack Obama Sr. was shopping on a busy Nairobi street when he ran into his friend and mentor Tom Mboya, one of Kenya's most charismatic political leaders. The two chatted for several minutes and Obama kidded him that his car was illegally parked. (Full article: 3694 words)

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