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U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver scheduled to join President Obama on return trip from Africa

By STEVE KRASKE

skraske@kcstar.com

Cleaver in Africa
Cleaver in Africa

When President Barack Obama flies home to Washington Wednesday on Air Force One following his historic trip to Africa, he’s expected to be joined by Kansas City congressman Emanuel Cleaver.

The White House listed Cleaver as a passenger along with Michigan Rep. John Conyers, Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson and six others.

“Looking forward to joining @POTUS on this historic visit to Kenya and Ethiopia!” Cleaver tweeted the other day.

He also sent pictures Sunday of himself at an animal orphanage in Kenya.

The president flew to Africa with a different group of lawmakers in what was seen as a new effort by Obama to forge better ties with members.

Cleaver, a Democrat, also was attending a global entrepreneurs conference.

What an interesting conversation Cleaver should have on that flight home.

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