President Obama's half-brother, Mark Obama Ndesandjo, has penned an autobiography that he says will correct several factual errors contained in Barack Obama's book, "Dreams From My Father." According to Ndesandjo the self-published book, titled "Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery," was intended to set the record straight.
"It's a correction. A lot of the stuff that Barack wrote is wrong in that book and I can understand that because to me for him the book was a tool for fashioning an identity and he was using composites," Ndesandjo said. "I wanted to bring it up because first of all I wanted the record to be straight. I wanted to tell my own story, not let people tell it for me."
So far few details about the book have been made public, but all indications are that it is sure to stir up controversy.
In an interview with Associated Press reporter Kelvin Chan on Tuesday, Ndesandjo said his current relationship with President Obama is "cold," but says he hopes that once Obama leaves office that will change.
"I hope that my brother and I can really hug each other after he's president and we can be a family again," he told the AP.
Although both share the same father, the two brothers did not grow up together. Ndesandjo tells the story of their first meeting in 1988, and says it did not go well.
"Barack thought I was too white and I thought he was too black," Ndesandjo said. "He was an American searching for his African roots, I was a Kenyan, I'm an American but I was living in Kenya, searching for my white roots."
However, Barack Obama spent much of his youth in Indonesia. He did not experience what it was like to grow up as an American. Also, there are those who claim to have known Barack Obama while he was a teenager in Hawaii who say he always portrayed himself as a foreign student. The are so many inconstistencies and contradictions floating around about the life of Barack Obama that it is no wonder many people have serious questions about his past, and his identity.
President Obama rarely speaks about his past, and even less about his absent father. In his book, Ndesandjo says their father was an abusive alcoholic and “recalls alcohol-fueled beatings meted out by his father to his mother,” according to the AP report. “He recounts one incident in which his father held a knife to his mother's throat because she took out a restraining order against him.”
Ndesandjo also says his book contains an appendix with corrections on alleged errors in the president’s bestselling 1995 memoir, “Dreams From My Father.” It will reportedly include quotes incorrectly attributed to Ndesandjo's mother.