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Obama Met With Half Brother In China

From a discreet Associated Press:

Obama meets with half brother in China


BEIJING — When President Barack Obama landed in Beijing on Monday on his first state visit to China, his first order of business was family business.

Before he headed to a formal dinner with China’s President Hu Jintao, he set aside time to see his half brother, Mark Ndesandjo, and Ndesandjo’s wife, who had flown up from the southern boomtown of Shenzhen where they live.

Describing the meeting Monday as "overwhelming" and "intense," Ndesandjo told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that he had long anticipated the chance to welcome his famous brother to China.

"My big brother, you know I think he was on his way to see the president of China. … He came directly off the plane, changed some clothes and then came down and saw us. And he just gave me a big hug. And it was so intense. I’m still over the moon on it. I am over the moon. And my wife. She is his biggest fan, and I think she is still recovering," he said with a laugh.

Ndesandjo said he bought tickets to fly to Beijing months ago, hoping to reconnect with his brother. The two last met in January when Ndesandjo attended Obama’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., as a family guest.

The three had a long chat, with Obama being introduced to Ndesandjo’s wife, a native of Henan, China, whom he married a year ago, he said. He gave few specifics about what they discussed.

"All I can say is, we talked about family, and it was very powerful because when he came in through that door, and I saw him and I hugged him, and he hugged me and hugged my wife. It was like we were continuing a conversation that had started many years ago," he said.

Ndesandjo is tall and slim, with close-cropped hair that gives him a strong resemblance to his brother.

The two men did not grow up together. Ndesandjo’s mother, Ruth Nidesand, was Barack Obama Sr.’s third wife. Just before he arrived in Beijing on Monday, Obama had been in a townhall-style meeting with students in Shanghai, where he joked with the audience that a family gathering in his home "looks like the United Nations."

President Obama’s father had been a Kenyan exchange student who met his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, a Kansas native, when they were in school in Hawaii. The two separated two years after he was born.

The senior Obama later met Ndesandjo’s mother as a graduate student at Harvard University, and the two returned to live in Kenya, where Mark and his brother, David, were born and grew up. David later died in a motorcycle accident.

Obama’s mother went on to marry an Indonesian man and he spent part of his young life in Jakarta. His sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, is half-Indonesian and her husband is Chinese-Canadian.

Since 2001, Ndesandjo has been living in the booming southern Chinese city of Shenzhen near Hong Kong and earns a living as a marketing consultant. For most of that time, he has maintained a low profile, with few people knowing his connection to the U.S. president.

But two weeks ago, he went public to launch a new novel, a semi-autobiographical book called "Nairobi to Shenzhen" that features a protagonist who is the son of a Jewish mother and an abusive father from Kenya.

The book, available over the Internet by the self-publishing company Aventine Press, was partly meant to raise awareness about domestic violence, he said. His father beat him and his mother when they were living in Kenya, Ndesandjo said.

"For a long time, I had serious, serious reservations about using that name (Obama) because of the hurt I experienced," he said. Though he wanted to maintain his privacy, he decided to write the novel because "there are certain things you can do and you really should do because you know it will help people."

Isn’t it odd how the Associated Press buries the information (in their penultimate paragraph) that Mr. Obama’s brother says that their father beat him and Mr. Ndesandjo’s mother?

There are also no photographs on the wire services from this meeting.

It’s almost as if the AP and the rest of the media don’t want their readers to know about it. Even though the AP themselves reported on Mr. Ndesandjo “semi-autobiographical” book back on November 4th.

Do you think they would be this discreet with similar news involving the Palin family?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Obama Met With Half Brother In China”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    where he joked with the audience that a family gathering in his home “looks like the United Nations.”

    Hm, and if anyone else had made this remark?

  2. proreason says:

    At least we know that Obama’s daddy was heterosexual.

  3. canary says:

    Obama’s family went to China. And now Ndesandjo who so hated his Obama Sr. that he has added “Obama” to his name.
    This family changes their names more than rappers. David was killed on his bicycle on his way to get another Obama’s half-brother out of jail (now a converted muslim who doesn’t drink. He changed his American name to Abongo.

  4. The AP has eleven fact checkers combing through Mr. Ndesandjo’s book this very moment…

  5. Chuckk says:

    I wonder why recent Democrat presidents, Obama, Clinton and Carter, seem to come from dysfunctional families.

  6. Given the seriously dysfunctional family life “the one” has experienced.. with mystery siblings the world over.. How the hell is this man sane enough to be where he is?

    • proreason says:

      He isn’t sane.

      Why do you even suggest it?

      A sane person does not attempt to make massive changes the THE MOST SUCCESSFUL COUNTRY THAT EVER EXISTED, including reversing the founding documents, declaring a landslide with a 52% majority, improving Health Care by taxing every party involved, and attempting to bankrupt utility providers when utilities are the lifeblood of the country.

      He is insane. And not just a little bit off, either.

      This guy is certifiably looney tunes.

  7. AmericanIPA says:

    Half-breed has half-baked meeting with half-wit half-brother.

    • take_no_prisoners says:

      These things seem to run in the family.

    • JohnMG says:

      How appropriate.

      Does anyone else besides me find it amusing that Obama’s claimed relations are all bastards? I’d say the strain remains pure right down to the present.

  8. canary says:

    I saw a commerical several times he was going to be on Larry King Live, but the Ft. Hood incident happened, and so it didn’t air? or someone else put the stops on it.

    There must be something very dark about this relative that Obama avoids him. I saw commer

    Wonder why Obama never mentioned him, as he lived in U.S. and lost job after 9/11. Who’d leave the U.S. to live in China.

    What’s strange is Obama mentions the one half-brother (the one who got arrested in UK for sexually assualting a girl at UK airport, then again at UK airport with a fake passport/fake name.

  9. MinnesotaRush says:

    So .. with the twisted “international heritage” of this family .. are they all half caucasion or is there bits and pieces from every potential gene pool out there? Just aksin’, ya’ know.

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    Still, Poor Uncle George remains estranged from the family.


  11. Reality Bytes says:

    First there was Billy Carter, then Roger Clinton & now they gave us Mark Ndesandjo. What is it with democrat president’s brothers?

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