AFRICA DROP-IN

Obama's 24 Hours in Ghana

It’s already been a whirlwind trip: when the Obamas arrived in Ghana on Friday night, they were received by local dignitaries and serenaded by African drummers. Obama was up bright and early on Saturday morning to squeeze in a workout before his busy day: he was spotted crossing the lobby of his hotel at 7:30 a.m. in a grey t-shirt and black pants, en route to the gym. Obama then met with Ghana’s President John Atta Mills, and later toured Gold Coast Castle, a major site in the transatlantic slave trade. The First Family has seen a massive outpouring of support in Accra, as citizens lined the roads to wave at every car of the Obamas’ motorcade. The president hopes his visit to Ghana will show his faith in the power of democracy on the continent, which he outlined in a speech to Parliament on Saturday. "We must start with a simple premise that Africa's future is up to Africans," he said. "No person wants to live in a society where the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery. That is not democracy, that is tyranny, and now is the time for it to end."