Malik Obama, the older half-brother of Barack Obama, recently sat down for a two-and-a-half-hour interview on “The Hidden Truth Show with Jim Breslo.” During this interview, which aired today, Malik revealed some new details about his half-brother, former president Barack Obama, and how their relationship deteriorated over the years, having gone from being the best man at each other’s weddings to now no longer being on speaking terms.
Malik Obama explained in the interview that when he fell on hard times, he asked to stay with his brother and his family for a brief period, but Michelle Obama was against it. The worst thing about this story is that Barack didn’t offer Malik any other kind of assistance, and never reached out later to make sure Malik was okay.
After Obama won the 2008 election, he did invite Malik and his family to his inauguration but was not invited to the second after they had a falling out regarding Malik starting the Barack H. Obama Foundation, named for Barack Obama Sr. “He said if I don’t shut it down, he is going to cut me off. This was an opportunity to do something. If he were to be a part of it, it would not be an issue. It is my father’s foundation. He is a narcissist. He feels like he is only one.” Malik also said that Barack Obama Sr. was never a goat-herder, as Obama claimed in his book Dreams from my Father and numerous other times in speeches.
Despite their falling out, Malik Obama still hopes for reconciliation. “I don’t hate my brother. I love him. If we could get to reconcile, I would love to reconcile with him. I am just speaking from my heart,” he said, but he’s also critical of his wealthy brother for turning his back on his family. “He talks about being ‘my brother’s keeper’ but his own brother is struggling in the slums. His own aunt in Boston is struggling. Is that something you can sincerely say he is for real in what he is trying to do? He should have helped her. She is his aunt, his father’s sister. I feel that family is family.”
Barack Obama has an annual pension of over $200,000 a year, he and Michelle Obama got a book deal with Penguin Random House worth over $65 million, and they have a $50 million Netflix deal. “He could have invited me for dinner. In eight years [as president] he never invited me for dinner,” Malik Obama said.
Barack Obama’s turned his back on his brother and his family again when two of Malik’s children, Barack’s niece and nephew, died while waiting for approval to come to the United States from Kenya. Barack Obama had been aware they were both sick, but refused to help. “That’s why, for me, with all of those illegal immigrants thinking they have a right to be here, and I have been following all of the official channels, it’s not right,” Malik said. According to his story, Barack told him to go to the American embassy. “I said, ‘I can’t just go to the embassy and say you are my brother. If there is a way as the president, legal, not illegal, if you could, help me out.’ And I asked for him to help his half-brother George come here. What really breaks my heart is that my two eldest children died in 2013 and 2014. I had their papers submitted. But I could not get them over here. They died and not even a word of condolence (from Obama). Nothing.”
Malik Obama says that his issues with his brother contributed to his support of Donald Trump. “My support for Trump has a lot to do with my problems with Barack. If he says he is ‘my brother’s keeper’ but this is how he treats his family. That is hypocrisy. If he is going to do all these good things for people but he cannot help out his family, what kind of person is that? He is saying one thing and doing another. He is portraying one image publicly, but privately it is a different thing.”
Despite all that has happened between them, Malik still hopes to reconcile with his brother. “He ought to know how to promote peace with me. He knows how to reach me. I cannot reach him. I am ready to reconcile. We should be together as a family. I hope he does not forget how it used to be.”
As someone who has written two books about Barack Obama, the information Malik Obama revealed in this interview doesn’t surprise me one bit. The full interview will be broadcast next week.
The “Hidden Truth Show with Jim Breslo” is a podcast series which dives deeply into controversial and unresolved issues of our time in order to discover the “hidden truth.” For more information visit the podcast website.
Matt Margolis is the author of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama and the bestselling The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. His new book, Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy, will be published in July 2019. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis