President Barack Obama made the most of his short visit to Jamaica by stopping into the former home of reggae singer Bob Marley, just moments after his arrival to the island.
Far from unfamiliar with Marley’s music and legacy, the 44th president of the United States made the unannounced visit to 56 Hope Road where Marley lived and recorded much of his rebel songs.
“I still have all of my Bob Marley records,” he reportedly told Natasha Clarke, a tour guide who showed him around the landmark, uptown former residence of the revered, first Third World superstar.
Pesident Obama claims he has been saving them from his high school years.
More than archiving records from his youth, President Obama has welcomed Rita Marley, her son David aka Ziggy, his wife and children to his White House home.
He also welcomed Ziggy to perform at the annual Easter Roll in Washington D.C.
In addition when the first family of the U.S. visited Ghana, Africa, Marley’s widow was listed among the very select few invited to ceremonies held in his behalf.
The leader’s private tour through the residence — now converted to a museum — eluded media and curious nationals who were not informed of the unannounced stop.
Many had hoped to get a glimpse of the first, twice elected Black leader of the United States.
Throughout the tour Marley’s “One Love” anthem blared.
“What a wonderful tour,” he reportedly said afterwards.