Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Presidential siblings

I thought this was an interesting read:
On the streets of Guangzhou and nearby Shenzhen, Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo is turning heads. Since holding a press conference for his semiautobiographical Nairobi to Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East on Nov. 4, Ndesandjo, a half brother of U.S. President Barack Obama, has appeared on television in Hong Kong, and his picture has been splashed on the front pages of China Daily, the South China Morning Post and other regional newspapers.


PersonalFailure said...

Read the whole thing, for an interesting reminder of just how unusual President Obama's extended family situation is.

I'm not sure what the point of this is. None of us can choose or change our families. What relevance does Obama's "extended family situation" have, exactly?

Red Cardigan said...

I'm not implying, PF, that Obama's extended family situation has a particular relevance; it's just interesting. Presidential family members usually get some press, and here we have a president with eight half-siblings in various places all over the world. I find that to be intriguingly unusual for a American Presidential biography, and hope that future histories of this president will delve into the lives of some of his half-brothers or half-sisters, especially those with whom he's had close ties.