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Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

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Obama with his step–grandmother, 1988

In 1986 one of Obama's Kenyan relatives, his half sister Auma, came to the United States for an extended stay. She met with Obama and told him about his father's life (Barack Sr. died in a car accident in 1982) as well as the Kenyan side of his family. On his father's side of the family, Barack Obama has a complex family tree. Obama Sr. married three times and had children by four women. With his first wife Kezia, Obama Sr. had a son and a daughter, Roy and Auma, before Barack was born. Two sons, Bernard and Abo, were born after Barack Jr. Barack Sr. was also married to an American woman named Ruth Nidesand, with whom he had two sons, Mark and David. Obama's youngest half-brother, George, is the son of Barack Sr. and a woman named Jael. In 1988, Obama traveled to Kenya to meet with his African relatives. In this photograph, Obama is shown with his step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, whom he calls Granny Sarah.

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