A revealing handwritten letter from President Barack Obama to his half-brother, Malik Abongo “Roy” Obama has been sold.
According to Page Six, the letter — written in July 1995, before Obama’s political career began, and sold by Malik — details the commander-in-chief’s reason for stepping into the world of politics. Among those reasons is the desire 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),” Obama wrote. “I have agreed, since I have an interest in politics to deal with some serious issues blacks face here.”
Although he is interested in entering the political arena, in the letter, Obama admitted he didn’t like meetings as well as an intent to be a part-time politician.
“Of course, it involves a lot of campaigning, going to meetings and so on, which I don’t find so attractive,” he said. “Anyway, if I win it will only be a part-time post, and I will continue my work as a lawyer.”
Prior to a collector buying the letter for an undisclosed amount, it was offered to various parties, including the Los Angeles-based memorabilia dealer Moments in Time, Page Six notes, adding that Malik sold it “as a package with a copy of a manuscript of Obama’s memoir, Dreams From My Father, with handwritten notes.
In the letter, Obama goes on to give Malik an update on future First Lady Michelle Obama and his mother, who died later that year.
“Michelle is fine, also busy with her work,” Obama wrote. “My mom’s health has been stabilized for now, but she is by no means cured and continues to undergo extensive treatment.”
Ending the letter with, “Much love — Barack,” Obama didn’t sign off without weighing in on news that his brother has “found a new wife.”
“Man, I must say you don’t fool around!” he told Malik.
The letter from Obama is the latest handwritten note sold by Malik, who let go of two other handwritten letters from his half-brother for nearly $15,000 each in 2013.
Although they share the same father and were best men at each other’s weddings, Malik’s relationship with Obama has apparently soured, according to Page Six. Earlier this year, Malik called the president a “schemer,” saying, “He’s not been an honest man . . . in who he is and what he says and how he treats people.”
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