BROTHER MARK

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

Yes, “Un­cle Omar” is still in the news. But there are other First Rel­a­tives around the globe: Mark Obama Nde­sandjo, half-brother to Pres­i­dent Obama, re­cently at­tended a Shang­hai book fair to pro­mote “Nairobi to Shenzhen,” his semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal novel based on per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences: “Born in Kenya, work­ing in the United States and mov­ing to Asia after his Amer­i­can dream was smashed by 9/11,” re­ports Xin­hua, the of­fi­cial news agency of China.

Mr. Nde­sandjo moved to Shenzhen in south China’s Guang­dong Province in 2001 to teach English, do char­i­ta­ble work, help or­phans and prac­tice Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy. “Nde­sandjo said he loves China and its tra­di­tional cul­ture. He has passed ad­vanced Chi­nese tests and pub­lished three al­bums of his pi­ano per­for­mances,” Xin­hua says. with the pres­i­dent.

Mr. Obama later jour­neys to the chichi Fig & Olive restau­rant on Mel­rose Place. En­trance for one: $17,900. En­trance for one, plus date: $35,000. And in one fabulous faux Hol­ly­wood mo­ment, se­lect guests can par­tic­i­pate in a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion with the pres­i­dent, just like a press gag­gle.

“En­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try donors are ex­pected to fig­ure promi­nently in the Democrats’ fundrais­ing plans. Show biz fig­ures con­trib­uted about $40 mil­lion to the Democrats dur­ing the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cy­cle,” says Hol­ly­wood Re­porter cor­re­spon­dent Tina Daunt, who says such for­ays pro­vide “an in­ter­est­ing gauge” of movie star en­thu- siasm for the pres­i­dent. The Cen­ter for Re­spon­sive Pol­i­tics re­ports that the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try con­trib­uted $2.5 mil­lion to Mr. Obama in the first half of 2011 alone.

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