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A Sister Introduces Her Brother To The World

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Dr. Auma Obama introduces her brother, President Barack Obama, prior to giving a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya

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Auma Obama, half-sister of President Barack Obama, introduces him prior to giving a speech at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in the Kasarani area of Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, July 26, 2015. Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

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Auma Obama (L) hugs her half-brother U.S. President Barack Obama (R)  during an event at an indoor stadium in Nairobi July 26, 2015. Obama told Kenyans on Sunday on his first presidential trip to his father's homeland that there was "no limit to what you can achieve" but said they had to deepen democracy, tackle corruption and end exclusion based on gender or ethnicity. REUTERS/Noor Khamis

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127 Responses to “A Sister Introduces Her Brother To The World”


  1. July 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Can you way-more-knowledgeable people please answer a question about the Iran nuclear deal? What role does the Senate have and what are they to vote on, if it is not a treaty? I’ve been searching for info on the web, but only found that the Senate voted on April 28 to not call it a treaty, so it wouldn’t have to be ratified. So why is the media saying they could derail it by voting against it? Any info appreciated!

    • 2 Judith Fardig
      July 26, 2015 at 9:45 pm

      Winner by a whisker, Muscatinegal!! Do both of Barack Obama’s sisters, Maya and Auma have doctorates? I know he has some honorary ones plus his law degree. What a brilliant, beautiful gene pool that extended family has!

    • July 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Another gorgeous post Nerdy, endlessly wonderful coverage from ya from this trip, thank you soooooooo much!!!

    • 4 sjterrid
      July 26, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      They, the Senate, can’t really derail the deal with Iran, because it’s also with the UN & the EU. The only thing they can do is to vote on not lifting the US sanctions, but that just keeps us isolated. It would also be a terrible precedent for future treaties, if congress has a separate voice than the president.

      • 5 Dudette
        July 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

        And that’s only sanctions that Congress imposed. If I’m not mistaken there are still other US sanctions that POTUS can lift without Congressional approval.

    • 6 amk for obama
      July 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      They can only vote to keep the sanctions. while the rest of the world would have moved on and started doing business with the iranians. And their the bomb, bomb iran startergy wouldn’t even get off the starting block.

    • 17 Dudette
      July 26, 2015 at 10:01 pm

      Btw, Congrats on your Gold medal muscatinegal! Well done! 🙂

    • 18 FoxfireTX
      July 26, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Only Congress can lift the sanctions it imposed, so if it votes to disapprove–as expected–AND overrides PBO’s veto of that disapproval (highly unlikely) then the sanctions imposed JUST by the US will remain in effect. However, even if it does lift these specific sanctions, US businesses will lose out to the rest of the world. The agreement only allows for limited trade with Iran on certain things like airplanes and parts, but many of the sanctions will remain in effect and our businesses will have to sit by and watch the rest of the world eat up this new market.

      None of this is “traditional”. This was the big dispute when Congress demanded it have a voice in what in the past has been an executive only decision. But due to disloyal Dems, PBO was afraid he was going to lose this battle so this is what he negotiated. It really doesn’t have any teeth, but will make the US look terrible to the rest of the world and forever undermine the ability of any President to conduct foreign affairs.

      • July 26, 2015 at 10:31 pm

        In terms of votes, all the President needs is enough Dem votes to sustain his veto. He already has 150 declared Dem votes in the House, which is enough to vote down a veto override, and he seems certain to have at least 34 votes in the Senate, enough to defeat an override. If he can get 41 votes in the Senate, it won’t even be voted on.

        • 20 FoxfireTX
          July 26, 2015 at 11:04 pm

          Agree, which is why I said highly unlikely:-) But this still burns me. But for the disloyal Dems, this thing should never be subject to Congressional approval at this point in time. Yes, Congress still would have had to remove the sanctions down the road but we wouldn’t be sitting here with this clown show now and the laughingstock of the world. It is disgraceful in terms of what our European partners must think of this democracy. If I make it to Jan 20, 2017, I swear I will not pay any attention to the next Congress for years. How PBO maintains his temper and fortitude is beyond me. The man deserves a medal for the shit he has been put through these last 6.5 years.

  2. July 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Rest in Peace Bobby Kristina … you will now be with your mother.

  3. 23 joybarbados
    July 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Hi

  4. 25 sjterrid
    July 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Hello, TOD!

    Thanks Nerdy,Chips, & LP for the great Kenya & Ethiopia coverage!

  5. 26 Judith Fardig
    July 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks, NW!!

  6. July 26, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    Wow… the smile runs in the family! Just beautiful.

    Congrats on first… muscatinegal.

  7. July 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    It is a beautiful relationship. She was in Germany with him a couple of years ago. He has two diverse and interesting sisters. Still in awe of his amazing family. Thanks for highlighting this Nerdy and Chips.

  8. 39 Nerdy Wonka
    July 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm

  9. 40 Nena20409
    July 26, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    GE TOD.
    Another Fantastic Post, NW.
    🍸
    Congrats to Muscatinegal on your Au ⭐

  10. 41 Dudette
    July 26, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Hey y’all, don’t know if this has been posted already, but I just across this lovely video recap of POTUS’ trip to Kenya by his sister, Dr. Auma Obama in her own words.

    • July 26, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Great find Dame Delicious, thank you!!

      • 43 Dudette
        July 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm

        You are most welcome, My Queen! 😀

        By the way, I got such a jolt when I noticed in the video at 1:36 where young Barack is wearing a Harvey Gantt campaign t-shirt. I’m a huge fan of Harvey’s. Harvey is former mayor of Charlotte who ran against Jesse Helms for the Senate twice. I canvassed for Harvey both times back when I lived in Chapel Hill and Durham.

        Harvey was the first African American student admitted to Clemson University. His wife Lucinda was the second. Very cool people.

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Gantt

  11. July 26, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks for all the explanations for my Iran treaty questions – I just knew you’d all know. I hope the Senate doesn’t screw this up. 😦 I have no idea how I managed to get in first, but it’s always a thrill. 🙂

  12. July 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm

  13. July 26, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    May these seeds bloom a million times!

  14. 51 Dudette
    July 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm

  15. 52 Dudette
    July 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Listen to the squeals of cuteness as brother and sister hug in this video around 0:56. 😀

  16. July 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm

  17. July 26, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    • 64 amk for obama
      July 26, 2015 at 10:32 pm

      I always thought of him as a creep under all that aw shucks pseudo front.

      • July 26, 2015 at 10:45 pm

        He is the worst kind….press always let him get away w/ his bat shit crazies while using a veneer of Christian values

        With Abe Foxman out at the ADL…he got replaced by a former Obama Admin fella.

    • July 26, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      ‘Section 40 of Israel’s Basic Law: The Government, which deals with Declaration of War, says “the State shall not launch a war other than by authority of a cabinet decision.” The official dictionary of the Israel Defense Forces defines “war” as “a situation in which rival sides employ their forces and resources in order to impose their will on each other or in order to prevent such imposition.” The definition states that it encompasses unarmed confrontations, such as economic or psychological warfare, as well. Which raises the question: Did the Israeli cabinet authorize the war that Israel has launched in order to impose its will on the Obama administration over the Iran nuclear agreement? Shouldn’t it have done so, give that such a war could have implications and ramifications that are no less consequential than those of a “conventional” war? After all, this could very well be the decisive battle of what may be described as the Six Year War between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama. Israel is employing its “forces and resources,” deploying its emergency reserves of influence and goodwill, recruiting its nuclear experts and PR mavens, calling up its crack divisions of the pro-Israel lobby. And its order of battle includes the Republican Party, a politically powerful and zealously steadfast ally…

      …If the Israeli leadership hasn’t carried out such due diligence, it has been derelict in its duty and could one day be rightfully investigated for the omission. The same is true of AIPAC and other Jewish organizations, including local Federations, who have defiantly come out against the deal with Tehran. It is their full and democratic right to do so, of course, but only after careful and considered debate about the pros and cons of such a campaign, not as a result of peer pressure or donor influences or other extraneous factors. The stakes couldn’t be higher. Administration spokespersons, from Obama through Kerry to the last of the anonymous briefers have painted a grim picture of the fallout from a Congressional veto: America will be isolated, its allies enraged, the sanctions regime collapsed and Iran triumphant; a military attack will loom larger than ever before. Israel and its supporters have refrained from portraying a plausible alternative scenario, other than full reversal, stronger sanctions and a miraculous “better deal.” No one has actually dared to claim that after the president is dealt such a devastating political blow, America might be stronger, Russia and China more compliant, the Middle East safer and Tehran humbled and eager to renegotiate from square one. Even the deal’s most ardent critics realize that this is pure fantasy…continued’

    • 68 99ts
      July 26, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Time the US gave up on these “titles” that are retained. This man is a disgrace to any governor that ever was.

  18. 69 Dudette
    July 26, 2015 at 10:44 pm

  19. July 26, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    MAN!

  20. July 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    Just watched my first full Sanders speech (from Louisiana tonight) and I’m struggling to get how anyone takes this guy seriously.

    At one point he said ‘I haven’t made many promises in this campaign’, and I laughed – his speech was littered with promises for stuff that would NEVER see the light of day – free this, free that, free the flippin’ other. And with every promise the crowd went wild, like they actually believe he’ll be elected and like they actually believe he’d get this stuff through 🙄

    He made one or two references to racism, still clinging to the belief that the issue will vanish if everyone has a good education and job – Sandra Bland had both, they didn’t save her.

    He left it until near the end – having addressed fossil fuels first – to talk about institutional racism, and made good, strong comments about Sandra’s death, but added: “police officers deserve a lot of support”. Yeah, okay, good ones do, but why even say that in the context of the death of Sandra? Pandering to the #PoliceLivesMatter white working class votes he’s after?

    Nope, just not feeling the Bern.

    • 78 COS
      July 26, 2015 at 11:03 pm

      Hey Chips, I have never watched his entire speech but you are telling me all I need to know about this guy. I have never felt the Bern and I am not about to start now. I hear MSM say that old Bern is visiting all of the red states. They act like this is a first for a Democrat. PBO visited all of the states during the primaries.

    • July 26, 2015 at 11:39 pm

      just a side note…The Senate Dems blocked yet another to repeal Obamacare…the 60th vote..

      Bernie Sanders is not a serious candidate…he is espousing pet positions of things that he knows will never become law…alot like the GOP does….proposing bills that they know cannot get pass a presidential veto…

    • 82 theo67
      July 27, 2015 at 2:37 am

      I saw your tweets, and admired your gut for being able to stomach Bernie’s nonsense. Glad you came out of the experience in one piece. 🙂

  21. 83 amk for obama
    July 26, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    You did what now?

    That’s 91 minutes 52 seconds + all that streaming time that you’ll never get back.

    • July 26, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      😆 He didn’t start til 35 minutes in, and I cheated – skipped through him droning on about how he’ll make Murika Utopia on Day One in office.

      • 85 COS
        July 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm

        How many years has he been in congress? He is your typical “snake oil salesman”. I would love to see a list of his accomplishments.

        • 86 amk for obama
          July 26, 2015 at 11:23 pm

          heh, don’t diss him like that. he has a ‘proud’ record on gun (nutz) rights.

          • 87 COS
            July 26, 2015 at 11:39 pm

            And I am sure he has a long record of bills sponsored by him and passed, on equality, since this is his favorite talking point.

      • 88 sjterrid
        July 27, 2015 at 1:33 am

        Thanks, Chips, but I’ll take your word for it & skip the video!

  22. July 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    At the time an impressive feat 😆 😆

  23. 90 Dudette
    July 26, 2015 at 11:10 pm

  24. 91 arapaho415
    July 26, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    GE TODville.

    Cannot believe this Administration — it’s picking up steam and delivering something astounding every. single. day.

    Impossible for the lazy MSM to keep up, so they’ll revert back to “reporting” on attention-seekers like the reprehensible Trump and the odious Huckabee.

    $140bn investment from private corporations ain’t chump change. Paris, here comes the USA, led by Barack Obama and John Kerry!

    From the article:

    “Executives from 13 major U.S. corporations will announce Monday at least $140 billion in new investments to decrease their carbon footprints as part of a White House initiative to recruit private commitments ahead of a United Nations climate-change summit later this year in Paris.

    Companies including Apple Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co., and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will join Secretary of State John Kerry and top administration officials at the White House for the announcement. In addition to pledges to cut emissions, provide financing to environmentally-focused companies, and reduce water consumption, the companies have said they will produce 1,600 megawatts of new, renewable energy — enough to power nearly 1.3 million homes. The White House said in a statement that it expects to announce a second round of similar pledges later this fall from additional companies.”

  25. July 26, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    A sensible media would be debating which of Obama’s two great accomplishments — the stimulus or the Affordable Care Act — is a bigger success; which better proves that the government can successfully intervene to prevent suffering while reshaping our economy to be more sustainable; or about which Republicans were more wrong.

    But conservatives won’t let that happen. They’ll focus on metrics that languished before Obama came into office — we’re very concerned about labor force participation all of a sudden! — and blast him for not solving all of the failures of conservative economics and foreign policies.

  26. 93 Dudette
    July 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    It appears we might’ve a few goings on in Ireland…

  27. July 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    • 102 vcprezofan2
      July 27, 2015 at 12:00 am

      There IS no end to this! 😦

      • 103 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2015 at 12:08 am

        This was an incident from a couple of years back, before the increased social media focus on police behaviour. I shudder to think how many lives lost by police brutality in the past have been brushed under the rug, or how many people now in jail were framed by police!

        • July 27, 2015 at 12:33 am

          In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between the City and the FOP; the department’s Internal Affairs Unit sent this case to the Police Board of Inquiry with the recommendation for disciplinary action against the officer.
          Once this case was heard before the PBI, they concluded that no disciplinary action should be given. The original arrest against the male was dismissed in July 2013.

          • 105 vcprezofan2
            July 27, 2015 at 12:39 am

            I read that, Pf. My initial response to the tweet was ‘not another one’, then after reading at the link, I felt somewhat better – if one can use such a word under the circumstances – that it hadn’t happened in the past week.

  28. 106 Dudette
    July 27, 2015 at 12:15 am

    But wait, apparently there’s been quite a bit more Obama stimulus in fair Moneygall (though I have to admit the damned Papa John’s wiped the smile from my face)

    I give you “Barack Obama Plaza”
    http://barackobamaplaza.ie/moneygall/

  29. 108 vcprezofan2
    July 27, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Does anyone know WHEN PBO leaves Ethiopia? My own research only turned up this bit:-

    “Tuesday, Obama is slated to address the 54-member African Union at its headquarters in Addis Ababa about the fight against terrorism and the importance of creating greater economic opportunities for people, so they won’t be lured by terror groups.”

    No mention was made of what’s happening on Monday. 😦 I’m very frustrated with Ethiopia because they didn’t provide (me) English translation for PBO’s arrival and welcome there.

    • 109 idon
      July 27, 2015 at 1:01 am

      I’m looking and can’t really a lot of info including pictures. I want pictures.

      • 111 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2015 at 1:10 am

        I’ve been scouting all afternoon, evening and night without success. 😦 It’s like Ethiopia placed PBO in seclusion after they walked off the tarmac. Wait no, I saw him for a few minutes in a ’round’ table discussion! 🙄 Bugs me no end that they’re not doing what other countries have done when POTUS is in town – show him off! Even their U. S. Embassy have had nothing much to offer! Grrrr.

      • 112 vcprezofan2
        July 27, 2015 at 1:12 am

        I’m taking my grumpy self off to bed, Idon. Maybe later today Ethiopia will have gotten their media act together.

        • 113 idon
          July 27, 2015 at 1:44 am

          It is like they took MY PBO and hid him away. I don’t get it either. Okay VC 🙂 have a goodnight. I’ll see you back here tomorrow.

        • 114 idon
          July 27, 2015 at 1:52 am

          I was reading an article on BCC regarding the difference between PBO’s visit to Kenya (celebratory) and Ethiopia (somber). I get it now. I think for security reasons, President Obama’s movements will not be broadcast. I’m totally okay with that. My precious PBO’s security is my TOP priority. I can wait til he gets home to get pictures 🙂

  30. 115 No Child Left Behind
    July 27, 2015 at 2:03 am

  31. 116 LynnD
    July 27, 2015 at 3:11 am

    I am very uneasy about THE PRESIDENT’s visit to Ethiopia…their government is not on solid ground…please, please, please just bring him home safe!!!
    Holding President Barack H. Obama up in prayer!!!!

  32. 118 susanne
    July 27, 2015 at 5:28 am

    bbc’s website has this article with some photos of pbo’s visit in ethiopia http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-33671340

    and also this link to updates http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-33666242

    (yes, it seems like there is precious little info coming out of addis)

  33. 121 susanne
    July 27, 2015 at 6:44 am

    live stream happening! they’re entering the room…

  34. July 27, 2015 at 6:59 am

    POTUS said he visit the lions they have at the palace. He joked that he is thinking of getting some lions for the White House, but he will have to make sure his dogs are safe. We love Bo and Sunny too.

  35. 124 susanne
    July 27, 2015 at 7:10 am

    why do they let pox spews take the floor to expound their ‘question’? ugh.

  36. July 27, 2015 at 7:37 am

    POTUS comments about what Huckabee said was right on.


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