Obama Keeping Distance from African Relatives
"Barack is almost trying to leave behind the family that he so passionately engaged in those early years as he moves through the presidency," half-brother Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo told the Times.
While campaigning for president as an Illinois senator in 2008, Obama went out of his way to include relatives from his Kenyan father’s side in his campaign. When he won, a delegation of African relatives attended the 2009 inauguration and received VIP treatment from the history-making first black U.S. president.
In 2004, just after Obama won the Democratic primary victory for the U.S. Senate, there was a second publishing of his memoir, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance." In it, he recounts growing up as a biracial child, the son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya. The book – originally published in 1995 as Obama was preparing to launch his political career — details his journey to Africa, where he met his father’s side of the family. Obama forged relationships with several family members from his father’s side.