NAIROBI, Kenya- In less than two years now, President Barack Obama will leave the white house – having reached to the most remarkable political mountain- top twice. Twenty years ago, nevertheless, he hadn’t even entered politics and had no clue about the peaks his future would see.
A letter written in 1995 by Obama for his stepbrother, Malik Obama in Kenya, was recently sold with a manuscript of an original copy of the president’s first book, Dreams from My Father. In it, Obama talked about an early enthusiasm for possibly running for office of the President – something he would do at the state, then federal level before becoming commander-in-chief.
“Some colleagues of mine here have talked me into running for the Illinois state Senate (like being an MP for a province),” Obama wrote to Malik in July 1995, before his political career began. “I have agreed, since I have an interest in politics to deal with some serious issues blacks face here.
Malik Abongo ‘Roy’ Obama received this letter from Obama in July 1995
The letter, documented by the New York Post, gives readers a look of some of Obama’s core principles at a time he probably wasn’t thinking about going to Washington, D.C. Obama began his political life as a state senator in Illinois – part time job different from his current full-time federal counterpart.
“Anyway, if I win it will only be a part-time post, and I will continue my work as a lawyer,” he said.
One topic of the president’s two decades old letter is a passion to improve the lives of black Americans – an issue he was completely mindful of pervading his ancestral fatherland of Kenya.
Obama also discussed about his wife, Michelle, and his mom, who passed on later “Michelle is fine, also busy with her work,” he wrote. “My mom’s health has been stabilized for now, but she is by no means cured and continues to undergo extensive treatment.”
At the end of the letter, Obama acknowledged his brother’s new marriage.
“Man, I must say you don’t play around!” he joked.
An unknown collector acquired Malik’s letter, but it wasn’t reported for the amount it sold for. Malik has already sold two other manually written letters from Obama for $15,000 each, the Post report reported.
The president will make a trip to Kenya next month for an official visit, to attend the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit – which he launched in 2009, to expedite development and improve relations between the Africa and the U.S.