Barack Obama, who grew up without his father around, wrote a book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. Obama's half brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo has written a work of fiction, Nairobi To Shenzhen, which he says started out as an autobiography. In an interview about the book Ndesandjo relates an unromanticized view of his father.
"I remember times in my house when I would hear screams and I would hear my mother's pain." His American mother Ruth was his father's third wife.
"My skin had turned hard emotionally for so many years because of what I'd seen my mother go through," said Ndesandjo, who is slim and bears an appearance similar to the president.
Ndesandjo has lived in China since 2001.
Ndesandjo, who had an elite education in the United States, collecting a degree from Brown University, a masters in physics from Stanford and an MBA from Emory, did not share Obama’s emotional view of his roots.
I think we'd be better off with a realist as President. But the electorate seems to choose candidates in an attempt to fulfill emotional needs.
According to Obama’s account, Mark looked him in the eye and said: “You think that somehow I’m cut off from my roots, that sort of thing. Well, you’re right.”
“At a certain point I made the decision not to think about who my real father was. He was dead to me even when he was still alive. I knew that he was a drunk and showed no concern for his wife and children. That’s enough.”
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