A letter from president Obama to his half-brother has just fetched an undisclosed sum after it was sold to a collector:
President Obama’s half-brother, Malik Abongo “Roy” Obama, has sold a handwritten letter from the president, penned 20 years ago, that reveals Obama’s reasoning for getting into politics — including “to deal with some serious issues blacks face here.”
“Some colleagues of mine here have talked me into running for the Illinois State Senate (like being an MP for a province),” the future world leader wrote his kin in July 1995, before his political career began. “I have agreed, since I have an interest in politics to deal with some serious issues blacks face here,” Obama wrote.
The letter also reveals Obama’s disdain for meetings, saying, “Of course, it involves a lot of campaigning, going to meetings and so on, which I don’t find so attractive.” He adds, “Anyway, if I win it will only be a part-time post, and I will continue my work as a lawyer.”
Too bad it didn’t stay a part-time post.
The letter was offered up to parties such as LA-based memorabilia dealer Moments in Time before it was snapped up by a collector.
Malik, who lives in Kenya, also sold two other handwritten letters from Obama for nearly $15,000 each in 2013. Malik, who shares the same father with the president, has said they were best men at each other’s weddings. But earlier this year, he called Obama a “schemer” and said, “He’s not been an honest man . . . in who he is and what he says and how he treats people.”
“Not an honest man” is the understatement of the decade.