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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