"I say this" he continued, "knowing full well the tragic past that has sometimes haunted this part of the world. I have the blood of Africa within me."Then he and his family toured Cape Coast Castle, a slave fortress which held shackled Africans in filthy dungeons to be shipped off into slavery. Later, The Prez said:
"As painful as it is, I think that it helps to teach all of us that we have to do what we can to fight against the kinds of evils that sadly still exist in our world, not just on this continent but in every corner of the globe...There's a special sense that, on the one hand, this place was a place of profound sadness. On the other hand, it is here where the journey of much of the African-American experience began."
The Prez said he hoped the tour would show his daughters how history can take a cruel turn but, on the other hand, how African Americans and others fought slavery and won.
The people of Ghana seemed to love The Prez. Billboards along the motorcade route said, "Ghana Adores You!" and "Welcome President Obama." One especially ecstatic Ghanaian, a taxi driver, said, "I am proud to be a Ghanaian today because President Obama has made us proud." Another Ghanaian, Juliana Owusu, said, "I am wearing my Obama T-shirt to show how proud I am to be living in a country that President Obama has chosen to visit. I feel like I am a sister to him. "