The half-brother of President Obama has sold a handwritten letter penned in 1995 that sheds light on why the first African-American president decided to enter politics.
Malik Abongo “Roy” Obama sold the letter from the president, which details why the commander-in-chief decided to enter politics, to a collector for an undisclosed fee, The New York Post reported.
“Some colleagues of mine here have talked me into running for the Illinois State Senate (like being an MP for a province),” Obama wrote to Malik in 1995, one year before he was elected to the Illinois Senate. “I have agreed,” he continued, “since I have an interest in politics to deal with some serious issues blacks face here.”
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Prior to running for state Senate, Obama had been working for the Chicago law firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland while teaching part-time at the University of Chicago Law School.
“Of course, it involves a lot of campaigning, going to meetings and so on, which I don’t find so attractive,” the future president told his half-brother. “Anyway, if I win it will only be a part-time post, and I will continue my work as a lawyer.” The president also wrote about his wife and mother, Ann Dunham, who passed away due to complications from uterine cancer not long after he penned the letter.
“Michelle is fine, also busy with her work,” wrote Obama. “My mom’s health has been stabilized for now, but she is by no means cured and continues to undergo extensive treatment.”
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In an interview for a documentary entitled Dreams from My Real Father, Malik told filmmaker Joel Gilbert that he was “disappointed, disappointed, used, used and also betrayed” by his half brother. “In the beginning, I didn’t think that he was a schemer,” he continued. “His real character, his real personality, the real him, is coming out now.”
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