President Obama’s half-brother has sold a handwritten letter the president sent him 20 years ago – revealing he planned to venture into politics to tackle ‘some serious issues blacks face here’.
It is the third personal note Malik Abongo ‘Roy’ Obama has auctioned in recent years.
But this, dated 23 July 1995, is perhaps the most revealing about the president-to-be’s political ambitions.
‘Some colleagues of mine here have talked me into running for the Illinois State Senate (like being an MP for a province),’ Obama, then a 33-year-old lawyer in Chicago, wrote to his paternal brother in Kenya.
‘I have agreed, since I have an interest in politics to deal with some serious issues blacks face here.’
This is the letter President Obama wrote to his half-brother in Kenya revealing why he was running for Senate
Malik has always maintained a loving relationship with the president but this year called him a ‘schemer’
He adds: ‘Of course, it involves a lot of campaigning, going to meetings and so on, which I don’t find so attractive.
‘Anyway, if I win it will only be a part-time post, and I will continue my work as a lawyer.’
The updates are a fragment of the jovial note, which starts ‘Hey there, brother!’ and jokes about Malik’s love life.
‘I received your postcard, along with the news that you’ve found a new wife. Man, I must say you don’t fool around! Please write and tell me more about her. A photo would also be nice, although I have no doubt that she is beautiful.’