Video: Auma Obama Recalls Meeting Barack (Plus: Extract from And Then Life Happens)
Auma Obama, sister of US President Barack Obama, released her autobiography, And Then Life Happens, in English in April this year.
Obama spoke to TODAY’s Ann Curry about the memoir, originally published in German as Das Leben kommt immer dazwischen, in which she describes meeting her brother for the first time.
TODAY has also published an extract from the book.
“Our father was someone from whom everyone expected too much,” I said, when we had finished eating. “He didn’t know how to defend himself against the many demands made on him. His sense of duty toward the larger Obama family was very strong. But the reverse was unfortunately not always the case.”
“What do you mean by that?” asked Barack. We were now sitting in his living room. While we ate, I had tried to explain to my brother the phenomenon of the “chosen ones,” for he just couldn’t understand how a single person could be expected to assume responsibility for an extended family.
“I understand that it’s hard for you to grasp,” I replied. “I basically feel the same way. But it’s simply what our tradition requires. There were times when there wasn’t even enough money for my school fees, and I had to watch our father give away everything he had left to a relative. He was always confident that we would somehow get by.” Against my will, my words had sounded despondent.
- And Then Life Happens: A Memoir by Auma Obama
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