Watch Moment Obama Reunited with his half brother after 20 years apart

Shocked: President Obama saw his brother Mark Obama Ndesandjo for the first time in 20 years before a debate with Hillary Clinton in 2008
Surprised: Ndesandjo showed up out of the blue, flying from his home in China to Texas for the debate


A never-before-seen video shows the moment Barack Obama reunited with his half-brother Mark Obama Ndesandjo after two decades apart.  Ndesandjo, who shares the same father as the president, decided to surprise his half-brother right before a debate with Hillary Clinton in the lead up to the 2008 elections.

The half-brothers had met on only one prior occasion, when Obama visited his father’s family in Kenya in 1988.  The video obtained by Inside Edition shows candidate Obama entering the room, seeing his brother and looking extremely surprised.
How are you? Good to see you,’ Obama says as he goes up to hug his brother and slap him on the back. ‘How you been man?’

‘It was amazing,’ Ndesandjo recalled of the reunion. ‘We just laughed and we hugged each other and we were brothers.’ President Obama is Ndesandjo’s older half-brother. Their father, Barack Obama Sr, married Ndesanjo’s mother Ruth Baker a few months after divorcing the president’s mother, Ann Dunham.

Big move: Ndesandjo moved to China in 2002 and is now married to a Chinese woman and speaks the language fluently

Closer now: Ndesandjo and his wife post with the president in this undated photo from 2013

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  1. I remember in his book, he said the first time he met mark, his half brother, he was looking down on him. He never really tried to have a relationship with him even as he persisted, now he is flying in from china to see him unannounced.. #fameandfurtune.

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