Obama Inspires Destitute Half-Brother

26-year-old George Obama sees role model in powerful bro
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2008 11:39 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a town hall meeting at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Presidential candidate Barack Obama's half-brother isn't on the campaign trail, he's living in a shack in a Kenyan slum, reports the Telegraph. George Hussein Obama, 26, has only spoken to his powerful relative twice in his life, but is crediting Barack for providing the inspiration to lift himself out of poverty.

"When I read Barack's book, Dreams From My Father, I learnt a lot and it really helped me to understand my past and my family," says George, who shares a father with Barack. "When you have a brother who wants to be the number one most important person in the world, it obviously gives you a lot of inspiration."