In a recent Newmax article, there’s audio of an interview with Mark Ndesandjo, Barack Obama’s half-brother by another mother. A partial transcript appears below, of what seems most interesting, at least to me. [emphasis added]
At the beginning of the interview, Mark says,
The story actually begins about fifty years ago, when Barack Obama Senior, uh, went to Hawaii, as a, as a, a student and met Sally Ann Dunham, and shortly after that conceived Barack. A few years later, they divorced and, uh, he met my mother (pauses, utters “whi”) Ruth Baker, when she was at Harvard Universi, uh, uh, at Harvard. And, uh, shortly after that they went back to Kenya, uh, where I was conceived. We’re both, uh, we both have white mother, uh, white American mothers; we’re both Americans; uh, we’re both multi-r, uh, mixed race; uh, we also went to, uh, we’re also born just a few years apart; and we have a lot of similarities and also a lot of differences.
Mark Ndesandjo’s speech has the same inflection, the same cadence, the same lisping “s” as does his half-brother’s. Quite odd, for men raised by different women, at different schools, in different countries, and, in fact, on different continents.
Curiously, Mark describes his first meeting with Barack “in 1988.” He says that was “about 20 years ago.” By my reckoning, that was 26 years ago. (Mark holds degrees in physics and mathematics.)
Also curiously, while recounting Barack’s 1988 visit to Kenya, Mark refers to Auma as “my” sister, instead of our sister, and he refers to their father as “my” father, instead of our father.
The “mistake” concerning Stanley Ann Dunham’s name (Mark calls her Sally) is compounded in the accompanying Newsmax article, which refers to Barack’s mother as Sydney Ann Dunham.
We’ve had fun with the ever-morphing names for Barack Obama’s mother over the years. First she was Shirley, then Mary Ann, then Stanley, now Sally or Sydney! See this post for a history of her shifting nomenclature.
About five minutes into the audio, Mark refers to himself and Barack as “the two, only two, mixed race kids in the Obama family.” This is curious because, according to the official story, Mark had a full brother–David Obama–also the son of Ruth Baker and Barack Obama Sr. This brother, although now allegedly deceased, was of mixed race, too. He allegedly lived into his late teens, and so would have shared the same problems as his brother and half-brother, with trying to fit into more or less racially homogenous cultures while growing up.
The interviewer asks whether Mark believes that someone else wrote Barack’s books for him, like Bill Ayers. Mark replies, “I don’t know enough about that.” Then Mark goes on to talk about how the Obamas are “proud” and wouldn’t want others to write their books for them.
This is quite amusing, given that there’s hardly an Obama who hasn’t “written” a book, and it’s likely that most were ghost written. What an Obama “wants” is not necessarily what’s true. I have little doubt (some, but just a little) that Mark wrote his own book. He says so, and he seems like a very intelligent and talented man, perfectly capable of writing a book.
What is missing from Mark’s “story” about Barack Obama Sr. in the USA? There’s no mention of a marriage to either white American mother. Mark does, however, mention Sally’s (snark) divorce from Barack Sr.
Mark declines to answer whether or not he perceives Barack as a Marxist. He doesn’t answer “political” questions. He does say that when they first met in 1988, Barack was very influenced by African nationalism. Mark then again refers to the present time as being 15 to 20 years after their first meeting. Do the math.
By the way, in the mid-1980s, Mark attended college in the United States, graduating in 1988. He went to Stanford for his master’s degree and then spent 15 to 20 years, he says, working in the States in the field of telecommunications. See our O Timeline for some details.
Mark rather slickly avoids addressing questions about why Barack didn’t financially help his struggling family members, such as Zeituni (who lived in the projects in Boston) and George (who lived in a tin shack in Nairobi). Mark responds that Barack paid for the extended family to fly to the 2009 Inauguration, as if that’s comparable to helping them on a day-to-day basis.
Mark addresses the curious claim that Barack made, when he falsely stated that he and Mark had met for the first time only a few years ago. Mark can’t explain the discrepancy, other than to suggest that Barry rather hypocritically distances himself from all things “Kenya”, for political reasons, and this is the fault of his advisors.
In the second video, the interviewer asks whether Mark knows Malik. He brings up the anti-Israel scarf that Malik was shown wearing recently. Mark says he speaks only for himself, but he believes that Malik was “made to wear” the “controversial neckband” and that it was “ill judged” and was “something that should not have happened.” Obama spin if I ever heard it!
Mark believes that Barack has done an “exemplary job” in supporting Israel. Mark says that his own mother is Jewish and he’s “extremely proud” of that. He refers to himself as a “secular Jew”; Jewish, because his mother is Jewish. By so saying, Mark implies that he’s not a “practicing Jew.”
Mark reiterates that he won’t talk about politics, and laughs when asked if a white Republican could have been elected if he had the “pot-smoking” and drug using history that Barack has. Mark won’t give his opinion about media bias with regard to favoritism towards black or Democrat candidates. He believes that there was “a lot of scrutiny of Barack” but that Barack’s books still have factual problems that need to be clarified.
Mark was asked if Barack was born in Hawaii. He answers that
(1) Barack was born “in the United States, ”
(2) Barack is “not Muslim, ” and
(3) “we have the same dad.”
Read the article and watch the videos. Let us know what other curiosities you notice. To regular readers: Does the photo at the top of this post remind you of another photo?
h/t alfy (and Papoose, too)