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“Hey! This is the highlight of the trip,” Mr. Obama said as he walked into one area to find a dozen mothers and their children. “Look at these cuties!”

Later in the day Mr. Obama visited Cape Coast Castle, a marketplace started in the 16th century which later became a departure point for slaves about to be shipped off to the New World. Dressed in casual clothes, the president and his family peered into compartments and listened as the history was explained to them.

It’s clear that Obamamania has infused at least the capital city here. “Yes we can,” Mr. Obama’s campaign rally cry, has been adopted as a slogan for development and advancement, and street vendors shouted “Obama” at potential American customers.