Nightly News   |  June 27, 2013

US politics follows Obama to Senegal

During the first day of his visit to Africa, President Obama fielded questions about same-sex marriage and the hunt for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Obama is scheduled to travel to South Africa on Friday. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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>>> president obama , a day of dramatic personal reflection and politics in the west african nation of senegal . it included a visit to one of the most important landmarks on the continent. a report from chief white house correspondent, chuck todd , traveling with the president.

>> reporter: the president joined by the first family at the threshold of the door of no return. a symbolic memorial to the millions of enslaved africans on senegal 's goree island .

>> for an frichb american president to be able to visit this site gives me even greater motivation.

>> reporter: here in senegal , a west african democracy, the reception looked like a homecoming of sorts. it took an unusual fleet of six boats to get the president to and from goree island . the first lady is keeping her own schedule, sharing this moment on her new instagram account. the president couldn't escape the politics back home. taking questions while beside the president of senegal . talked about his hope of getting same-sex marriage recognized nationwide.

>> speaking as a president as opposed to a lawyer that if you have been married in massachusetts and move someplace else, are you still married.

>> reporter: the president did not raise this issue privately with senegal 's president, he did raise this publicly.

>> when it comes to how the state treats people, i believe everybody has to be treated equally.

>> reporter: on the hunt for nsa leaker edward snowden, the president downplayed diplomatic concerns with china and russia. tomorrow, he heads to see nelson mandela .

>>> nelson mandela is maintaining his