A “cold and ruthless” President Obama abandoned his Kenyan loved ones in their finest hrs of need, according to a new tell-all by estranged fifty percent brother Malik Obama.
“He bought rich and became a snob,” Malik, 62, told The Post by using Skype from his house in the Kenyan village of Nyang’oma Kogelo. “What I noticed was he was the sort of human being that desires people to worship him. He demands to be worshiped and I don’t do that. I am his older brother so I don’t do that.”
The e-book, “Big Lousy Brother From Kenya,” a self-posted memoir which Malik Obama expended 22 many years writing, strike Amazon with very little fanfare on July 11. In its 435 web pages, Malik handles the long and gradual slipping out in between him and the former President, which culminated in Malik publicly endorsing Donald Trump for president in 2016.
The two Malik and Barack Obama share the exact same father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan economist who died in a vehicle accident in 1982. Malik initial fulfilled his 50 % brother in 1985 when Barack was a 24-calendar year-previous Chicago group organizer, and they appreciated heat relations for additional than a decade. Malik spent several years operating in the United States, where by he has dual citizenship, and frequently traveled between the US and his homeland. Malik was the ideal man at Barack Obama’s wedding ceremony in 1992. When Barack became president, Malik was a normal customer to the Oval Office.
These days Malik works comprehensive time at a foundation named after their father. He hangs on to a trove of previous photographs showing him and a carefree Barack shelling out time together in Kenya. Lots of are incorporated in the e-book.
The very first fissures appeared shortly immediately after Barack was elected to the White House, and Malik advised him of his designs to set up the foundation.
“We had a big struggle on the cell phone mainly because he was not in aid and insisted I shut down the web-site and not go on with the basis. He had his reasons but I was not acquiring any of it,” Malik writes, describing a stormy connect with soon right before the 2009 inauguration. “We talked late into the evening that night. He threatened to ‘cut me off’ if I ongoing with the concept.”
The president, in retrospect, may well have been ideal to be skeptical. In 2011, the foundation ran into issues for failing to sign-up as a tax-exempt, federally acknowledged nonprofit — and falsely declaring that it had. Even though the basis nevertheless technically exists, it is raised considerably less than $50,000 each 12 months since 2011, according to tax filings.
In the exact same get in touch with, President Obama also educated his brother that his aunt, Hawa Auma Hussein, the only surviving entire-sibling of their father, wouldn’t be producing the guest checklist for the inauguration. While Obama was in the White Dwelling, Aunt Hawa lived in in the vicinity of-poverty working as a charcoal vendor, in a collapsing house, in accordance to regional Kenyan media.
When Barack Obama visited Kenya in July 2015, brother Malik manufactured a particular charm on behalf of Hawa all through a spouse and children supper.
“It was awkward as I tried using to convey Auntie Hawa’s wishes to her nephew. She needed him to look out for her, establish her a home, etc. I told him he owed it to her, to the family members for him to do something, one thing,” Malik writes. “Barack mentioned that he was broke.”
An additional aunt, Zeituni Onyango, fared no better, squatting illegally in Boston public housing prior to being granted asylum in 2010. When she died penniless in 2014, Malik Obama created a hesitant charm to his brother for support burying her.
“We desired to pay back for the bills and the price tag of her transportation back to Kenya,” Malik writes of an Oval Business office meeting on April 16. “[Barack] requested me how a great deal and I told him around $20,000. This was way too a great deal he claimed.”
The president finally gave $5,000 to the work but it took a further month prior to the Obama household could raise the rest of the money.
“She truly experienced been very good to him,” Malik Obama writes. “I don’t fully grasp how somebody who claimed to be a relative or a brother can behave the way that he’s behaving, be so chilly and ruthless, and just turn his again on the men and women he claimed were his loved ones.”
The more mature brother also took a swipe at Barack Obama’s memoir, “Desires From My Father,” which he claims “wasn’t accurate” and crammed with “embellishments.” The e-book cited statements of their grandfather becoming detained and beaten in 1949 by British colonial troops as likely wrong — an evaluation other scholars have also occur to.
Malik Obama created national headlines immediately after saying he was supporting Trump in excess of Hillary Clinton. He grew to become a person of the billionaire’s most ardent defenders on social media, earning a strike piece in BuzzFeed and an invitation to the 3rd presidential discussion, the place he palled all over with Kellyanne Conway.
Malik’s religion in Trump remains unwavering.
“[I’m] 110% nevertheless with Trump,” he claimed. “He’s not faux. He tells us the way he sees it. He’s bold and fearless and he’s rough.”
He also mocked the Democratic nominee Joe Biden as way too old and feeble to gain.
“I never consider he’s likely to make it. His teeth are slipping off,” Obama laughed. “He appears like he’s heading to fall dead.”