President Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of Kenya’s founding Prime Minister and President Jomo Kenyatta, received a wet but warm welcome when he arrived at the official residence of President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday morning.
When the weather is inclement, welcome ceremonies of this kind are usually held indoors. This one was both inside and outside with a military honor guard and band and a reception line of religious, diplomatic and political dignitaries waiting outside.
Less than five minutes before Kenyatta’s arrival, there was a sudden, heavy downpour of rain, which was not surprising since the sky had already been overcast. The reception line moved off the red carpet under the pergola where it was somewhat dryer, but the honor guard and the military band did not have that luxury and were soaked. To their credit, they did not flinch.