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Obama's Sister: He's Always Been 'Larger than Life'

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Obama's Sister: He's Always Been 'Larger than Life'

Obama's Sister: He's Always Been 'Larger than Life'

Obama's Sister: He's Always Been 'Larger than Life'

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Some might say that Sen. Barack Obama has been on a fast track to political stardom since his early days as a community organizer in Chicago.

The energetic attorney and newly-elected U.S. Senator would eventually wow national audiences in Boston at the 2004 Democratic National Convention with a spirited keynote address. It wasn't long before Obama's popularity rose to rock star status, being casually mentioned in Washington circles as a potential candidate for President of the United States.

It's nothing new, according to Obama's baby sister, who says the White House hopeful has always been "larger than life" and destined for bigger things. Maya Soetoro-Ng now stomps for her brother on the campaign trail.

Channeling childhood memories, Soetoro-Ng recalls how Obama was never shy when it came to offering her a full spectrum of advice — on everything from what books to read to what boys not to date. And, like any big brother, Soetoro-Ng says he still knows what buttons to press when he wants to get under her skin — all in jest, of course.

Maya Soetoro-Ng opens up about her brother's hopes, their blended and multicultural upbringing, and how their family handles the intense media scrutiny.

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