Barack Obama’s Kenyan half-brother Bernard has emerged in England after a British tabloid tracked him down. Bernard Obama told the Sun he was “proud of my brother” and said he was sure Barack would win the White House. “He will be a breath of fresh air for the world,” said Bernard, 37, who was visiting his mother in the UK. Obama has eight half-siblings.
Bernard, who runs a car parts company in Nairobi, shares a father, Barack Sr., with the presidential hopeful. The elder Barack married Bernard’s mother Kezia in 1957 in Kenya; he was educated in Hawaii, where he had Obama with his second wife, Ann Dunham, and later returned to Kenya, where he became a leading government economist. “I was around 17 when I first met Barack,” said Bernard. “It was obvious from the way he spoke that he was going to be a success.”