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In Africa, President Obama vies with history

Labors to convey pledges

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Everywhere he went in Africa, President Obama was competing with history.

There was the heroic leadership of former South African president Nelson Mandela, whose deteriorating health has captured the world’s attention; the legacy in Africa of Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, who created a widely praised program to fight HIV and AIDS on the continent; and the history surrounding Obama himself, America’s first black president and the son of a Kenyan man.

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