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Obama's brother sets the story straight
The National ^ | August 28. 2008 | Matt Brown, Foreign Correspondent

Posted on 08/28/2008 3:13:17 PM PDT by DAVEY CROCKETT

Obama's brother sets the story straight Matt Brown, Foreign Correspondent

Last Updated: August 28. 2008 12:18PM UAE / GMT George Obama at a school in Nairobi near where he lives. Evelyn Hockstein for The National NAIROBI // George Hussein Obama has his brother Barack’s long face and narrow, penetrating eyes. He is tall like Barack and he has his deep, baritone voice.

But unlike his half-brother, who will accept the Democratic nomination for US president tonight in front of a television audience of millions, George Obama loathes the spotlight.

“I don’t like the publicity,” he said in an interview with The National. “I don’t talk much. I’m shy.”

Mr Obama lives in a small, one-room shack made out of corrugated metal in the gritty, impoverished Nairobi neighbourhood of Huruma, where six people were killed during political and ethnic violence that gripped Kenya this year.

An open sewer runs down the middle of the dirt street in front of his house. Inside his room, Mr Obama has a poster of his famous half-brother.

This week, over a lunch of fish and chips, Mr Obama said he has lived in this shantytown for the past few years by choice.

“I like Huruma,” he said. “I have lots of friends here. My neighbours are my friends. I’ve chosen to live here.”

Mr Obama is the youngest of Barack’s seven half-siblings, and he has the same father as the presidential candidate.

George Obama was six months old when his father died in a car accident. He was raised in Nairobi by his mother, who remarried a Frenchman and now lives in the US city of Atlanta.

Mr Obama said he has met his half-brother only twice, but has followed his career and would love to see him end up in the White House.

“He’s definitely going to be president,” he said. “I’d love to have a brother who is president. Having the most powerful person in the world as your brother would be great.”

The reclusive Mr Obama likes to keep his family life to himself. In fact, he only told a few of his closest friends that he is related to Barack Obama, according to John Kiruma, one of Mr Obama’s friends.

“Only three people in our group knew,” Mr Kiruma said. “He didn’t want to tell anyone. I was happy when I learnt. Having [Barack] Obama as his brother is a big deal.”

But Mr Obama, 26, is especially distrustful of the media after an article about him appeared in the Italian Vanity Fair. The story exaggerated his living conditions, saying he was destitute and living on US$1 (Dh3.67) a month.

The article implied that Barack, 47, had abandoned his half-brother. The Republican campaign picked up on this and used it to attack the presidential candidate, saying he does not care about family.

“They were portraying the wrong story,” Mr Obama said. “I’ve pretty much had a good life. I think I’ve lived OK. There’s not much I’ve lacked in life. I don’t live on a dollar per month, that’s not logical. I’ve never lived in the streets. Those guys were tarnishing the Obama name.”

Mr Obama, who is studying to be a mechanic, said he dislikes it when people compare him to his older brother.

“I am who I am, and he is who he is,” he said. “He’s my brother and I like what he’s doing, but I also like what I’m doing. I don’t think I’ll venture into politics. I just want to get into vehicle mechanics. I love cars.

“I also aspire to be someone great, but in my own department. I don’t think it’s good, the comparison part. The only comparison is maybe our eyes look the same.” Besides cars, Mr Obama also loves to play football, and he is involved in his local youth group. The Huruma Centre Youth Group cleans up the environment in the neighbourhood and organises sports events and dances for the youth in the community.

“I’m pretty involved in helping the community,” he said.

If Barack Obama wins the November election, George Obama said he might go to Washington for the inauguration, but he said he will not ask his half-brother for any handouts.“I want to make it on my own,” he said.

Arriving back at his house after lunch, Mr Obama was dejected to find a throng of Kenyan journalists waiting to talk to him. Although he hates the attention, Mr Obama said he would not trade his brother for anyone else.

“He’s my family, and I can’t deny that,” he said. “Whether I like it or not, he’s still my brother.”

TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; kenya; obama; obamafamily
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To: Tax-chick

He may not have had much opportunity for education before now. I have NO idea of his past or whether he could even afford to learn a trade. I wish him the best, however.

41 posted on 08/28/2008 7:27:46 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: wideminded

I either saw or read of him. He seems okay.

42 posted on 08/28/2008 7:28:39 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: rscully
Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The Democrat Party has fielded some of the weakest male figures available to lead the US. Bill & BO have serious upbringing issues. It would at least appear LIKELY that there are forces at work behind these candidacies that are the real power brokers. These are seriously flawed individuals, and seem to be exactly what the Democrat Party want. Who is in control of the Party?
43 posted on 08/28/2008 8:12:13 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

“So does Cindy McCain owe her sister?”

Yeah, she does. She owes that nasty wench and her whiny Son a smack in the mouth.

44 posted on 08/28/2008 8:13:40 PM PDT by papasmurf (This space left blank intentionly.)
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To: wideminded
Actually my bet is that George Obama is a conservative. He is independent minded.And one cannot live in that environment being a liberal. Not a whiner is George.

I like him a lot better that I like his brother.

45 posted on 08/28/2008 10:18:03 PM PDT by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, (Ridicule Obama))
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If anyone thought the Carter or Clinton presidencies were entertaining...

46 posted on 08/28/2008 10:53:00 PM PDT by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: Lijahsbubbe

“”Take Obama’s money compared to his brother’s, and Cindy’s money compared to her sister’s. Does she owe her sister? It’s very relative.””

Income redistribution, socialsim, liberalism, oh, I get it now.
Really, youv’e got to be kidding. An upper middle class American who did not inherit the family’s wealth is “owed” nothing. In fact, the stinking whiner should join the campaign and go live in the shanty near Hussein’s brother since she is so fond of BHO.

47 posted on 08/28/2008 11:20:19 PM PDT by Gemsbok (The real Obama is hollow like a cheap chocolate easter bunny.)
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To: Gemsbok

No you don’t “get it”. You said you were unable to see the “relative comparison” and I told you what the relative comparison is.

Cindy’s wealth compared to her sister’s is probably more than Obama’s wealth compared to his brother’s.

As far as I’m concerned, neither Cindy or Obama “owe” their siblings any money.

But to say that one owes the sibling and the other doesn’t is hypocritical.

48 posted on 08/29/2008 7:05:49 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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Thanks for the ping, LOL, just got back this far in the ping file.

49 posted on 09/02/2008 5:14:36 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( SURVIVAL, RECIPES, GARDENS, & INFO)
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