During his address at state Dinner hosted by President Jakaya Kikwete, President Obama cracked a Joke about Robert Kennedy's Visit to Tanzania. This is not the first Time we went overboard with preparations for a US President..
“I am not the first American leader to visit this beautiful country. Other Presidents and prominent citizens have come before me. We just came from South Africa, where Robert Kennedy famously spoke of how every time we stand up for an ideal, we send out a “tiny ripple of hope.” Less known is that after that trip to South Africa, Robert Kennedy also came here to Tanzania. It was a little different back then. Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, rode in the back of an open truck. The Secret Service has me and Michelle inside a fortified limousine. We call it “The Beast.” (Laughter.) As Kennedy’s truck made its way through the crowds, he picked up two boys and let them ride alongside them. The Secret Service doesn’t let me do these things. (Laughter.) When Kennedy came, it was a public holiday here. I apologize to Tanzanians that you all had to work today. (Laughter.)”
Robert Kennedy in Tanzania