President's Half Brother: Their Father's Ghost 'Was Chasing After Me'

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Mark Ndesandjo, a half brother of President Barack Obama's, has been getting attention in recent weeks for the semi-autobiographical book he's written that tells of an abusive parent who's much like the father they share.

Ndesandjo, who lives in Shenzhen, China, talked with NPR's Louisa Lim for a story that's due on today's All Things Considered.

In the report, Louisa asks Ndesandjo to listen to this clip of the president telling NPR (in 2005) that "there's a wonderful saying by Lyndon Johnson that 'every man is either trying to live up to his father's expectations or making up for his mistakes.' I guess I'm sort of doing both. I think in some ways I still chase after his ghost a little bit":

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Ndesandjo chuckles at their different views. "I guess in my case I don't see myself chasing after his ghost," he says. "I think for a long time his ghost was chasing after me":

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Ndesandjo's book is called Nairobi to Shenzhen. The president, you might recall, wrote Dreams from My Father, an account of his effort to learn more about the father who left the family when Obama was quite young.

Yesterday, Ndesandjo did an online Q&A at WashingtonPost.com. The brothers are expected to see each other when Obama visits China during his current 10-day swing through Asia.

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