Family of Barack Obama
|The Obama family|
|Ethnicity||African American, English American|
|Current region||Washington, D.C., U.S.|
|Place of origin||various|
|Notable members||Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Ann Dunham, Barack Obama, Sr..|
|Connected families||Robinson, Dunham, Soetoro, Ng|
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The family of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, is made up of people of African-American, English, Kenyan (Luo), and Irish heritage, who are known through Obama's writings and other reports. His immediate family is the First Family of the United States. The Obamas are the first First Family of African descent.
- Michelle Obama, née Robinson, the wife of Barack Obama, was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. She is a lawyer and was a University of Chicago Hospital vice-president. She is the First Lady of the United States.
Malia Obama and Sasha Obama
- Barack and Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann //, born on July 4, 1998, and Natasha (known as Sasha //), born on June 10, 2001. They were both delivered by their parents' friend Dr. Anita Blanchard at University of Chicago Medical Center. Sasha is the youngest child to reside in the White House since John F. Kennedy, Jr. arrived as an infant in 1961. In 2014 Malia and Sasha were named two of "The 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014" by Time magazine. 
- Before his inauguration, President Obama published an open letter to his daughters in Parade magazine, describing what he wants for them and every child in America: "to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world."
- While living in Chicago, the Obamas kept busy schedules, as the Associated Press reports: "soccer, dance and drama for Malia, gymnastics and tap for Sasha, piano and tennis for both." In July 2008, the family gave an interview to the television series Access Hollywood. Obama later said they regretted allowing the children to be included.
- Malia and Sasha attend the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., the same school that Chelsea Clinton, Tricia Nixon Cox, and Archibald Roosevelt attended and that the grandchildren of Vice President Joe Biden attend. The Obama girls began classes there on January 5, 2009. While in Chicago, both attended the private University of Chicago Laboratory School.
- In his victory speech on the night of his election, President Obama repeated his promise to Sasha and Malia to get a puppy to take with them to the White House. The selection was slow because Malia is allergic to animal dander; the president subsequently said that the choice had been narrowed down to either a labradoodle or Portuguese Water Dog, and they hoped to find a shelter animal. On April 12, 2009, it was reported that the Obamas had adopted a six-month-old Portuguese Water Dog given to them as a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy; the dog was named Bo by Malia and Sasha. The White House refers to Bo as the "First Dog". In 2013, they adopted a second Portuguese Water Dog named Sunny.
- Marian Robinson, Barack Obama's mother-in-law, resides in the White House. She is part of the Robinson family (see below).
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Barack Obama was raised by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, called Ann, and grandparents Madelyn and Stanley Dunham. He often referred to his family during his candidacy and term as President.
- Mother of Barack Obama, born in 1942; died in 1995. Born Stanley Ann Dunham, she was an American anthropologist who specialized in economic anthropology and rural development. She earned her PhD from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and worked with the United States Agency for International Development, the Ford Foundation, and Women's World Banking, to promote the use of microcredit in order to combat global poverty. The Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowment in the Anthropology Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the Ann Dunham Soetoro Graduate Fellowships at the East–West Center (EWC) in Honolulu, Hawaii are named in her honor. Obama refers to his mother as the dominant figure in his formative years. "The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go about the world of politics."
- Stanley Dunham is the grandfather of Barack Obama. He was born in 1918 and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, enlisting just after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Stanley and his wife Madelyn raised Obama in Honolulu, Hawaii. In addition to Obama, Stanley is related to six US presidents: James Madison, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He died in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1992, and is buried at the Punchbowl National Cemetery.
- Barack Obama's maternal grandmother was born in 1922 and died on November 2, 2008. She was a bank vice president in Hawaii. Obama said that when he was a child, his grandmother "read me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and told me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something." According to Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, his great-grandmother Leona McCurry was part Native American, which Obama was told Leona held as a "source of considerable shame" and "blanched whenever someone mentioned the subject and hoped to carry the secret to her grave"; whereas her daughter (Obama's maternal grandmother) "would turn her head in profile to show off her beaked nose, which along with a pair of jet-black eyes, was offered as proof of Cherokee blood." To date, no concrete evidence has surfaced of Cherokee heritage.
Obama's maternal heritage consists mostly of English ancestry, with much smaller amounts of German, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Swiss, and French ancestry. In July 2012, Ancestry.com published a report linking Obama through his mother to John Punch, believed to have been the first African enslaved for life in the Virginia Colony, through a court punishment in 1640. Some of his descendants may have been free by the late 1600s, born free to white women and forming free African-American families long before the American Revolutionary War. Some were classified as white in records of the early 1700s. Y-DNA testing of Punch's male descendants, known by the surname Bunch (sometimes spelled Bunche), suggest that he was from Cameroon in West Africa.
- Grand-uncle of Barack Obama, younger brother of Madelyn Dunham, born 1925. Served during World War II in the U.S. Army 89th Infantry Division. Obama has often described Payne's role in liberating Ohrdruf forced labor camp. There was brief media attention when Obama mistakenly identified the camp as Auschwitz during the campaign. In 2009, Payne spoke about this experience:
"Ohrdruf was in that string of towns going across, south of Gotha and Erfurt. Our division was the first one in there. When we arrived there were no German soldiers anywhere around that I knew about. There was no fighting against the Germans, no camp guards. The whole area was overrun by people from the camp dressed in the most pitiful rags, and most of them were in a bad state of starvation."
Payne appeared in the visitor's gallery at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, when his great-nephew was nominated for President. He was the assistant director of the University of Chicago's Library.
Margaret Arlene Payne
- Great-aunt of Barack Obama; younger sister of Madelyn Payne Dunham and Charles T. Payne. Born 1927, died 2014. She was a professor of nutrition who taught at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and subsequently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1980 to 1990. She authored numerous research articles and two books.
- Grand-uncle of Barack Obama, older brother of Stanley Dunham, born 1916, died 2012. He served in the U.S. Army as an assignment and personnel officer during World War II, landing at Normandy's Omaha Easy Red Beach on D-Day plus four, working his way through France, Italy and Germany.
- His formal Javanese given name was Martodihardjo, born in Indonesia 1936, died 1987. The second husband of Ann Dunham (married on March 15, 1965) and stepfather to Barack Obama, he is the father of Maya Soetoro-Ng. After his divorce from Dunham, Soetoro married Erna Kustina. She bore him two children, Yusuf Aji Soetoro (b. 1981) and Rahayu Nurmaida Soetoro (b. 1984).
- Half-sister of Barack Obama, born August 15, 1970, in Jakarta, Indonesia. She has another half-brother, Yusuf, and a half-sister, Aya, from her father's second marriage. She is married to Konrad Ng, with whom she has two daughters, Suhaila and Savita. Maya Soetoro-Ng is a teacher in Hawaii.
- Brother-in-law of Barack Obama, born 1974. He is of Malaysian Chinese descent, and his parents are from Kudat and Sandakan, two small towns in Sabah, Malaysia. Ng and his younger brother, Perry, were born and raised in Burlington, Ontario. Perry Ng works for the University of Ottawa. He married Maya Soetoro-Ng at the end of 2003 in Hawaii. They have two daughters, Suhaila and Savita. Konrad Ng is a US citizen. He is an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii's Academy of Creative Media. He studied philosophy at McGill University and cultural studies at the University of Victoria before he got his PhD from University of Hawaii at Manoa.
- Barack Obama's great-great-great-grandfather. He served as a private in Company A, 145th Ohio Infantry during the American Civil War. He is buried in the Olathe Memorial Cemetery in Olathe, Kansas.
- News sources reported in July 2012 that according to Ancestry.com, through research in a combination of historical documents and yDNA analysis, John Punch, the first documented African slave in the American British colonies, has been documented as likely an eleventh great-grandfather of Obama through his mother, Ann Dunham, and her Bunch ancestors. With intermarriage, there were eventually both white and African-American lines of descent from Punch; some Bunch descendants were classified as white by the early 18th century. Other Bunch descendants intermarried as free people of color; Ralph Bunche, US minister to the United Nations, is thought by historian Paul Heinegg to have likely been a descendant of the Bunch family via South Carolina and Detroit, Michigan.
- Born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1640, Barack Obama's eighth great-grandfather was his earliest ancestor known to be born in North America.
The Obamas are members of the Luo people, Kenya's second-largest ethnic group. Linguistically, Luo is one of the Nilotic languages. The Obama family is concentrated in the western Kenyan province of Nyanza.
Hussein Onyango Obama
- Paternal grandfather to Barack Obama, he was born Onyango Obama (c. 1895–1979). (One source gives 1870–1975 as his dates of birth and death, possibly based on his tombstone in his home village. Barack Obama relates finding in 1988 a British document, based on a 1928 ordinance, recording his grandfather as 35 years old. The date of the document was estimated to be about 1930, which would mean that his grandfather had been born around 1895.) The Luo are given names related to the circumstances of their birth, and Onyango means "born in the early morning."
- Onyango was the fifth son of his mother, Nyaoke, who was the first of the five wives of his father, Obama. Barack Obama relates how his step-grandmother Granny Sarah (Sarah Onyango Obama) describes his grandfather: "Even from the time that he was a boy, your grandfather Onyango was strange. It is said of him that he had ants up his anus, because he could not sit still." As a young man, Onyango learned to speak, read and write in English, the language of colonial administration.
- Onyango worked as a mission cook and as a local herbalist. He joined the King's African Rifles during World War I.
- In 1949, Onyango spent at least six months in Kamiti Prison. He was probably tried in a magistrates' court on charges of political sedition or membership of a banned organisation, but the records do not survive, because all such documentation was routinely destroyed after six years by the British colonial administration. He was tortured to extract information about the growing insurgency seeking the independence of Kenya. In his memoir, Obama recounted family descriptions of his grandfather's shocking physical state when released from prison:
"When he returned to Alego he was very thin and dirty. He had difficulty walking, and his head was full of lice." For some time, he was too traumatized to speak about his experiences. His wife told his grandson Obama: "From that day on, I saw that he was now an old man."
- Onyango was permanently scarred, suffering pain and requiring assistance in moving until his death. Although previously he had worked closely with British colonists, his torture left Onyango bitterly anti-British.
- According to his third wife, Sarah, Onyango had converted from tribal religion to Catholicism early in life. When he later converted to Islam, he took the first name Hussein. She said that he passed on the name of Hussein to his children, not the religion. Onyango is sometimes referred to as Mzee Hussein Onyango Obama. The word mzee is a Kenyan honorific meaning "elder".
Habiba Akumu Obama
- Also known as Akumu Nyanjoga and Sje (c. 1918–2006). Sje was Barack Obama's paternal grandmother, and the second wife of Hussein Onyango Obama. She had three children with Onyango: daughters Sarah and Auma, and son Barack (Barack Obama's father). Her father was named Njango, and she was born and raised in the Western Kenyan village of Karabondi.
- In his memoir Dreams from My Father, Obama wrote that Akumu was miserable in her marriage and abandoned Onyango Obama and her children with him. She subsequently married again and moved to Tanganyika, now Tanzania. Her name Akumu means "mysterious birth," related to her conception after her mother had given birth to another child, but before resumption of the woman's menses. Akumu took the name Habiba upon her conversion to Islam. A photograph of her holding her son, Barack, Sr., on her lap is on the cover of her grandson's memoir. (See image at right margin.)
Sarah Obama (aunt of Barack Obama)
- Aunt of U.S. President Barack Obama and elder sister of his father, born 1933 to Hussein Onyango and second wife, Habiba Akumu Obama. (She should not be confused with her stepmother Sarah Onyango Obama, also often called just Sarah Obama, the third wife of Onyango.)
- Barack Obama's father (1934–1982), son of Onyango and second wife Habiba Akumu Obama. Educated in the US at the University of Hawai'i and Harvard University, he returned to Kenya, where he became an economist with the government, serving in the ministries of transportation and finance. Obama Sr. was married a total of three times and fathered a daughter and at least four sons in addition to Barack II.
Hawa Auma Hussein (aunt of Barack Obama)
- Aunt of U.S. President Barack Obama and younger sister of his father, born to Hussein Onyango and second wife Habiba Akumu Obama. She is the sole surviving full sibling of Barack Obama, Sr.
Sarah Onyango Obama
- Third wife of Obama's paternal grandfather, born 1922. She is known for short as Sarah Obama; she is sometimes referred to as Sarah Ogwel, Sarah Hussein Obama, or Sarah Anyango Obama. She lives in Nyang'oma Kogelo village, 30 miles west of western Kenya's main town, Kisumu, on the edge of Lake Victoria. (She should not be confused with her stepdaughter of the same name, Sarah Obama, a daughter of Onyango's second wife Akumu.)
- Although she is not a blood relation, Barack Obama calls her "Granny Sarah". Sarah, who speaks Luo and only a few words of English, communicates with President Obama through an interpreter.
- On July 4, 2008, Sarah Obama attended the United States Independence Day celebrations in Nairobi, hosted by Michael Ranneberger, the US ambassador in Kenya.
- During the US presidential campaign, she protested attempts to portray Obama as a foreigner to the United States or as a Muslim, saying that while Obama's grandfather had been a Muslim, "In the world of today, children have different religions from their parents." Sarah Obama is "a strong believer of the Islamic faith", in her words.
- (Also known as Kezia Aoko and as "Grace," she was born c. 1940.) She is Barack Obama, Sr.'s first wife; she married him in Kenya in 1958 before he studied abroad in the United States. They had at least two children together: Abongo [Roy] and Auma; and she has also claimed Bernard and Abo Obama as sons by Barack Sr.
- She lives in Bracknell, Berkshire, England. On March 22, 2009, Kezia Obama made a guest appearance on the British television show Chris Moyles' Quiz Night. Her sister, Jane, is the 'Auntie Jane' mentioned at the very start of Dreams from My Father; she telephoned Obama in the US in 1982 to tell him that his father had been killed in a car accident in Kenya.
- Barack Obama's half-brother, also known as Abongo or Roy, was born c. March 1958, the son of Barack Obama, Sr., and his first wife, Kezia. Malik Obama was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He earned a degree in accounting from the University of Nairobi. The half brothers met for the first time in 1985 when Barack flew from Chicago to Washington, D.C., to visit Malik. Malik and his half-brother Barack were best men at each other's weddings. Barack Obama brought his wife Michelle to Kenya three years later, and they met with Malik again while meeting many other relatives for the first time.
- Although much of the Obama family has dispersed throughout Kenya and overseas, most, including Malik Obama, still consider their rural village on the shores of Lake Victoria to be their true home. They feel that those who have left the village have become culturally "lost". A frequent visitor to the United States, and a consultant in Washington, D.C., for several months each year, Malik settled in the Obamas' ancestral home, Nyang'oma Kogelo, a village of several hundred people. He prefers its slow pace to that of the city. He runs a small electronics shop a half-hour's drive outside of town.
- During his brother's presidential campaign, Malik Obama was a spokesman for the extended Obama family in Kenya. He dealt with safety and privacy concerns arising from the increased attention from the press. He ran for governor of the Kenyan county of Siaya in 2013, and was defeated by a wide margin.
- Barack Obama's half-sister, born c. 1960, to Kezia, his father's first wife. As of July 2008, she was a development worker in Kenya. She studied German at the University of Heidelberg from 1981 to 1987. After her graduation at Heidelberg, she went on for graduate studies at the University of Bayreuth, earning a PhD in 1996. Her dissertation was on the conception of labor in Germany and its literary reflections.
- Auma Obama has lived in London. In 1996 she married an Englishman, Ian Manners, although they have since divorced. They have a daughter named Akinyi (b. 1997). In 2011, Auma Obama was interviewed for Turk Pipkin's documentary Building Hope and was the subject of a German documentary film The Education of Auma Obama.
- Barack Obama's alleged half-brother, also known as Samson Obama, born 1968 to Kezia Obama. In Dreams from My Father, Obama wrote that his Obama relatives doubt that Abo and Bernard are the biological sons of Barack Obama, Sr. Abo is a mobile phone shop manager in Kenya.
- Barack Obama's alleged half-brother, born 1970 to Kezia Obama. Dreams from My Father states that the Obama family doubt Abo and Bernard are the biological sons of Barack Obama, Sr. He had been an auto parts supplier in Nairobi, Kenya, and has one child. Bernard converted to Islam as an adult and has said: "I'm a Muslim, I don't deny it. My father was raised a Muslim. But it's not an issue. I don't know what all the hullabaloo is about."
Ruth (Baker) Ndesandjo
- Born Ruth Beatrice Baker in the United States around 1937, the daughter of Maurice Joseph Baker and Ida Baker of Newton, Massachusetts, who are of Lithuanian Jewish descent. Ruth Baker was a 1954 graduate of Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and a 1958 graduate of Simmons College in Boston with a degree in business. She was a suburban elementary school teacher when she met and began dating Barack, Sr., in Cambridge in June 1964, a month before his return to Kenya in August 1964. She followed Obama, Sr., back to Kenya five weeks later, and married him in Kenya in a civil ceremony on December 24, 1964. She later became a private kindergarten director in Kenya. She had two sons with Barack Obama, Sr.: Mark and David. She and Barack Sr. separated in 1971 and divorced about 1973. Since she remarried when her sons were young, they took their stepfather's surname, Ndesandjo, as their own. Her third son, Joseph Ndesandjo, was born c. 1980 in her second marriage.
Mark Okoth Obama Ndesandjo
- Barack Obama's half-brother, born c. 1965, son of Barack Obama, Sr. and his third wife Ruth Baker. Mark Ndesandjo runs an Internet company called WorldNexus that advises Chinese corporations how best to reach international customers. Mark was educated in the US, graduating from Brown University; he studied physics at Stanford University, and received an MBA from Emory University.
- He has lived in Shenzhen, China, since 2002. Through his mother, he is Jewish. He is married to Liu Xuehua (also spelled Liu Zue Hua in some reports), a Chinese woman from Henan Province. He is an accomplished pianist and has performed in concert.
- In 2009, Mark Ndesandjo published a semi-autobiographical novel, Nairobi to Shenzhen: A Novel of Love in the East. He published a memoir in 2013, entitled, Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery. In it, he accused their father Barack Sr. of abuse.
David Ndesandjo (c. 1967 – c. 1987)
- Barack Obama's half-brother (also known as David Opiyo Obama), son of Barack Obama, Sr. and his third wife, Ruth Baker, an American. He died in a motorcycle accident several years after his father's death in a car accident.
George Hussein Onyango Obama
- Youngest half-brother of Barack Obama, born c. 1982, son of Barack Obama, Sr. and Jael Otieno. (She has since moved to Atlanta, Georgia as a full-time resident.) George was six months old when his father died in an automobile accident, after which he was raised in Nairobi by his mother and a French step-father. His mother took him to South Korea for two years while she was working there. Returning to Kenya, George Obama "slept rough for several years," until his aunt gave him a six-by-eight foot corrugated metal shack in the Nairobi slum of Huruma Flats.
- As of August 2008, George Obama was studying to become a mechanic. He received little attention until featured in an article in the Italian-language edition of Vanity Fair in August 2008 during the US presidential campaign. This portrayed him as living in poverty, shame, and obscurity. The article quoted George Obama as saying that he lived "on less than a dollar a month" and said that he "does not mention his famous half-brother in conversation" out of shame at his own poverty. In later interviews, George contradicted this account. In an interview with The Times, he "said that he was furious at subsequent reports that he had been abandoned by the Obama family and that he was filled with shame about living in a slum."
- He told The Times, "Life in Huruma is good." George Obama said that he expects no favors, that he was supported by relatives, and that reports he lived on a dollar a month were "all lies by people who don't want my brother to win." He told The Telegraph that he was inspired by his half-brother. According to Time, George "has repeatedly denied ... that he feels abandoned by Obama." CNN quoted him as saying, "I was brought up well. I live well even now. The magazines, they have exaggerated everything – I think I kind of like it here. There are some challenges, but maybe it is just like where you come from, there are the same challenges." George Obama and the British journalist Damien Lewis published George's story in a 2011 book called Homeland. George also appeared in the 2012 film, 2016: Obama's America, which was widely considered an anti-Obama documentary.
Omar Okech Obama
- At times using a variation of the name of his father, Onyango Obama, Omar Okech Obama is a half-uncle of Barack Obama. Born on June 3, 1944, in Nyang'oma Kogelo, he is the eldest son of Onyango and his third wife, Sarah Obama. He moved to the United States in October 1963 when he was 17 years old as part of Kenya president Tom Mboya's Airlift Africa project, to send promising Kenyan students to the US for education, particularly undergraduate and graduate school. Once he arrived in the country, his half-brother, Barack Obama, Sr., found him a place at a boys' school then known as Browne & Nichols, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He later dropped out of school and changed his name to O. Onyango Obama. He has operated a liquor store in Framingham, where he resided as of March 2011. Barack Obama lived with Onyango in the 1980s while a student at Harvard Law School in Cambridge.
- Omar Okech Obama was subject to a deportation order in 1989. After an unsuccessful appeal, he was given a new deportation order in 1992. He was arrested on August 24, 2011, for driving under the influence, or DUI, and was held in jail until September 9, 2011, on a federal immigration warrant. The Boston Herald reported in August 2011 that Obama had had a valid Social Security card "for at least 19 years." On November 30, 2012, the Board of Immigration Appeals remanded the immigration case to the Executive Office for Immigration Review for reconsideration of the original order of deportation, which was issued in 1986 and re-issued in 1992.
- An immigration judge ruled on January 30, 2013, that Onyango Obama would receive a deportation hearing. Onyango's attorneys said that his defense at the December 3, 2013, deportation hearing would be a reliance on the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, because Onyango had resided in the U.S. since before January 1, 1972, the cutoff date of the 1986 amnesty. At the hearing, Immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro ruled that Onyango was eligible for permanent residence and that Onyango would receive a green card.
- Half-aunt of Barack Obama, born May 29, 1952, in Kenya, Onyango is referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama's memoir Dreams from My Father. She entered the US in 2000 on a temporary visa with her son who was going to school; she applied in 2002 for political asylum due to unrest in Kenya and ethnic conflict. This was denied in 2004, but she remained in the country illegally. Her presence was leaked to the media during Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. She was granted asylum in 2010. She died on April 8, 2014 from complications caused by cancer and respiratory problems.
- Half-uncle of Barack Obama,[dead link] born c. 1950s in Nyang'oma Kogelo; son of Onyango and his third wife Sarah Obama.
- Half-uncle of Barack Obama,[dead link] born c. 1950s in Nyang'oma Kogelo; son of Onyango and his third wife Sarah Obama.
Michelle Robinson Obama's extended family
Barack Obama has called his wife Michelle "the most quintessentially American woman I know." Her family is of African-American heritage, descendants of Africans and Europeans of the colonial era and antebellum eras. Michelle Obama's family history traces from colonists and slavery in the South to Reconstruction to the Great Migration to northern cities, in her family's case, Cleveland and Chicago. Each of her four grandparents was multiracial. Some of Michelle's relatives still reside in South Carolina. Extended family from her mother's Shields ancestors also reside in Georgia and throughout the South.
- Michelle's earliest known relative on her father's side is her great-great grandfather Jim Robinson, born in the 1850s, who was an American slave on the Friendfield Plantation in Georgetown, South Carolina in the Low Country, where African Americans developed as the Gullah people and culture. The family believes that after the Civil War, he worked as a Friendfield sharecropper for the rest of his life. He is said to have been buried there in an unmarked grave.
- Jim married twice, first to a woman named Louiser, with whom he had two sons, Gabriel and Fraser, Michelle Obama's great-grandfather. A daughter was born to the family, but her name has not been discovered, and she is believed to have died as a child. His second marriage to Rose Ella Cohen produced six more children. Fraser had an arm amputated as a result of a boyhood injury. He worked as a shoemaker, a newspaper salesman, and in a lumber mill. Carrie Nelson, Gabriel Robinson's daughter, now 80, is the oldest living Robinson and the keeper of family lore.
- At least three of Michelle Obama's great-uncles served in the military of the United States. One aunt moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where she worked as a maid. She cooked Southern-style meals for Michelle and her brother Craig, when they were students at Princeton University.
- The earliest known relative on her mother's side is her great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, who was held as a slave on a farm in Clayton County, North Georgia. Her master was Henry Walls Shields, who had a 200-acre farm near Rex. He would have worked along with his slaves. Melvinia became pregnant at about age 15 and had a biracial son, Dolphus T. Shields, born into slavery about 1860. Melvinia did not talk to relatives about his father. Based on DNA and other evidence, in 2012 researchers said the father was likely 20-year-old Charles Marion Shields, son of Melvinia's master. After the Civil War, Dolphus Shields moved to Birmingham, Alabama. Charles later became a teacher and married a white woman. Michelle Obama's extended family has said that people didn't talk about slavery time while they were growing up. Michelle Obama's distant ancestry also includes Irish and other European roots.
- Marian Lois Robinson
- Michelle Obama's mother (birthname Marian Lois Shields, born July 30, 1937), is descended from Dolphus Shields and his wife. She is now widowed, but had married Michelle's father, Fraser Robinson, on October 27, 1960. Robinson was formerly a secretary at Spiegel catalog and a bank. While Michelle and Barack Obama were campaigning in 2008, Robinson tended the Obamas' young children. She has continued to help care for them while living in the White House as part of the First Family; she is the first live-in grandmother since Elivera M. Doud during the Eisenhower administration. Some media outlets have dubbed Robinson as the "First Granny". Marian takes Sasha and Malia to school daily and enjoys life in Washington.
Fraser C. Robinson III
- Michelle Obama's father, born August 1, 1935, died March 6, 1991, married Michelle's mother, Marian Shields, on October 27, 1960. Robinson was a pump worker at the City of Chicago water plant.
- Michelle Obama's brother, born 1962. As of the 2012–13 season, he is head coach of men's basketball at Oregon State University.
Fraser Robinson, Jr.
- Michelle Obama's paternal grandfather was born on August 24, 1912, in Georgetown, South Carolina, and died on November 9, 1996, aged 84. He was a good student and orator but moved from South Carolina to Chicago during the Great Migration to find better work and living conditions than in the South, where Jim Crow had been imposed and blacks were disfranchised. He became a worker for the United States Postal Service. He married LaVaughn Johnson. When he retired, they moved back to South Carolina.
LaVaughn Dolores Johnson
- Michelle Obama's paternal grandmother (February 6, 1915 – September 17, 2002) and wife of Fraser Robinson, Jr. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, to James Preston Johnson (1880–1920?) and Phoebe (1879–1920?).
- He is Michelle Obama's first cousin once removed: his mother, Verdelle Robinson Funnye (born Verdelle Robinson; August 22, 1930 – April 16, 2000), was a sister of Michelle Obama's paternal grandfather, Fraser Robinson, Jr. They grew to know each other in Chicago. He is one of America's most prominent African-American rabbis, known for acting as a bridge between mainstream Jewry and African Americans. He converted to Judaism after 1970, during years of activism when he regarded Christianity as having been imposed on slaves.
According to genealogists, Barack Obama's distant cousins include the multitude of descendants of his maternal ancestors from all along the early-American Atlantic seaboard as well as paternal, Kenyan relations belonging to the Luo tribe, many descending from a 17th-century ancestor named Owiny. For example, George W. Bush, the 43rd U.S. president, is the eleventh cousin of Barack Obama. The New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade has stated that with eleven generations leading back to their common progenitor, Samuel Hinckley, the relationship between the 43rd President and the 44th President is "genetically meaningless".
Selected genealogical relationships
|According to William Addams Reitweisner, John Steinbeck, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Grapes of Wrath, is Obama's seventh cousin twice removed. Through the same common ancestor Obama is eighth cousin once removed with cartoonist Charles Addams. Through a different ancestor, actress Park Overall is Obama's sixth cousin once removed.|
|According to Barack Obama's family lore (and confirmed by the New England Historic Genealogical Society), the President and Hickok are sixth cousins, six-times removed.|
|Goodnight helped inspire Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry to create a protagonist for his novel series Lonesome Dove: Woodrow Call. In Dove's television novela, Woodrow Call's partner is Gus McCrae, portrayed by Obama's eighth cousin, twice removed, actor Robert Duvall.|
|It is claimed that Obama may also be distantly related to U.S. Presidents James Madison, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Civil War General Robert E. Lee, actress Katharine Hepburn, and actor Brad Pitt.|
|According to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Scott Fornek, another Obama progenitor, Catherine Goodnight, was the grandniece of George Goodnight, who was in turn great-grandfather of famed cattleman Charles Goodnight.|
Harry S. Truman
|Actor Duvall is distant cousins with United States President Harry Truman, who is likewise a fourth cousin, four times removed, of Obama's.|
Five volumes of family genealogy (as compiled at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah), were presented by Mormon leaders to Obama in July 2009. In a statement, Obama said he was "looking forward to reading through the materials with my daughters. It's something our family will treasure for years to come."
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|Key: Underscored: Now or once a member of Barack Obama's household. Personal name bolded: Living.|
- "Researchers: Obama has German roots". USA Today. June 4, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Megan Smolenyak (December 2008). The Quest for Obama's Irish Roots. ancestry.com.
- Reitwiesner, William Addams. "Ancestry of Barack Obama". Retrieved October 9, 2008.
- Murray, Shailagh (October 2, 2008). "A Family Tree Rooted In American Soil: Michelle Obama Learns About Her Slave Ancestors, Herself and Her Country". The Washington Post. p. C01. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
- Sheridan, Michael (February 5, 2007). "Secrets of Obama Family Unlocked". Muslim Observer. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
- RTE news report March 2007: Obamas Irish family links discovered by ancestry.co.uk
- First Lady Michelle Obama says Malia will be driving this summer, BlackAmericaWeb.com, Reach Media, Inc., 21 May 2014, Superville, D., Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- Watch out Washington! Malia Obama turns 16 this summer and will start learning to drive - but Secret Service won't let Obama teach her, Mail Online, London, United Kingdom: Associated Newspapers, Ltd., 21 May 2014, Collman A., Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- McCormick, John (July 3, 2009). "Malia Obama's birthday: President's oldest daughter will turn 11 as thousands descend on White House lawn for 4th of July". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- O'Neill, Xana (June 10, 2009). "Birthday Girl Sasha Obama Celebrates in London". NBC Washington. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- Kantor, Jodi (December 13, 2008). "Obama's Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close". The New York Times. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
- "Sasha Obama". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Obama, Barack (January 13, 2009). "'What I Want for You—And Every Child in America'".
- Sobieraj Westfall, Sandra (June 23, 2008). "Barack Obama Gives Daughter $1 Allowance a Week". People Magazine. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
- Lester, Will (July 23, 2008). "Obama daughters keep hectic schedules of their own". Associated Press. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
- Hiro, Anne. "Obama regrets letting "Access Hollywood" interview daughters. Won't do it again. MSNBC's Dan Abrams gets the story behind the story. -Lynn Sweet". Blogs.suntimes.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Swarns, Rachel (November 21, 2008). "And the Winner Is ... Sidwell Friends". The New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
- Tolin, Lisa (January 5, 2009). "Obama girls start school with photographers in tow". Associated Press. Retrieved January 6, 2009.
- Ahmed, Saeed (November 5, 2008). "Move over Barney, new dog moving into White House". CNN. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
- "Obama: Getting a dog isn't easy". Associated Press. November 7, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
- Janice Lloyd (January 12, 2009). "Obamas down to Labradoodle or Portuguese water dog". USA Today. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
- Roig-Franzia, Manuel (April 12, 2009). "First Puppy Makes a Big Splash". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Jesse Lee (April 12, 2009). "Meet Bo, the First Dog". The White House website. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "Barack Obama: Sunny the dog 'fills void at White House'". London: Telegraph. August 23, 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
- Scott, Janny (March 14, 2008). "A free-spirited wanderer who set Obama's path". The New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
- "Obama had multiethnic existence in Hawaii: Sections of potential 2008 candidate's life drawing greater scrutiny". February 6, 2007. Retrieved February 9, 2008.
- Zeleny, Jeff (November 4, 2008). "Madelyn Dunham, Obama's grandmother, dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
- "MADELYN DUNHAM, OBAMA'S GRANDMOTHER, DIES". November 3, 2008. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- Essoyan, Susan (November 3, 2008). "Madelyn Dunham blazed a trail for women in banking". Retrieved 2008-11-03.
- "Duke to publish paper by Obama's mother". The Chronicle. May 14, 2009. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
- "The Ann Dunham Soetoro Endowed Fund". Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- Jones, Tim (March 27, 2007). "Barack Obama: Mother not just a girl from Kansas; Stanley Ann Dunham shaped a future senator". Chicago Tribune. p. 1 (Tempo). Retrieved February 16, 2009.
"Video: Reflections on Obama's mother (02:34)". Chicago Tribune. March 27, 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
- "President Barack Obama's Ancestors and Kinships". Retrieved June 6, 2009.
- Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "Mareen Duvall: No More Striking Figure". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 16, 2008.
- "CNN: "Obama's grandmother dies after battle with cancer"". November 4, 2008. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
- Obama, Barack (2004). Dreams from My Father:A Story of Race and Inheritance. Three Rivers Press (First ed. 1995, Times Books). ISBN 1-4000-8277-3.
- "'Toot': Obama grandmother a force that shaped him". via Associated Press. August 25, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2008.
- Paul Heinegg, "Bunch Family", Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware, 1995-2005
- Harman, Anatasia; Cottrill, Natalie D.; Reed, Paul C.; Shumway, Joseph (2012-07-15). "Documenting President Barack Obama’s Maternal African-American Ancestry:Tracing His Mother’s Bunch Ancestry to the First Slave in America" (PDF). Ancestry.com. Retrieved 2013-09-10.
Most people will be surprised to learn that U.S. President Barack Obama has African-American ancestry through his mother.
- The 89th Infantry Division, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Johnson, Carla K. (July 22, 2008). "Obama's great-uncle recalls liberating Nazi camp". Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts). Associated Press. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
- Major Garrett (May 27, 2008). "Obama Campaign Scrambles to Correct the Record on Uncle's War Service". Fox News. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- "Spiegel Interview With Obama's Great-Uncle : 'I Was Horrified by Lengths Men Will Go to Mistreat Other Men'". Speigel. May 26, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2009.
- "Democrats salute Obama's great uncle". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. August 28, 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Kenney, Andrew (24 June 2014). "UNC researcher, a pioneering academic, kept kinship to Obama to herself". The Charlotte Observer.
- "Margaret A. Payne: Obituary". Legacy.com. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
- "Obama's Gramps: Gazing skyward on D-Day". Retrieved June 6, 2009.
- Benac, Nancy (May 31, 2009). "Obama's Gramps: Backing Patton's army after D-Day". Forbes. Associated Press. Retrieved June 1, 2009.[dead link]
- Dan Nakaso, The Inauguration of our 44th President, Barack Obama, Honolulu Advertiser, January 18, 2009.
- Habib, Ridlwan. "Keluarga Besar Lolo Soetoro, Kerabat Dekat Calon Presiden Amerika/Lolo Soetoro's Extended Family, Close Relatives to American Presidential Nominee". Jawa Pos Daily, November 5, 2008 Edition.
- Date of married acc. to application by Stanley Ann to amend her US passport, 6/29/1967.
- Diana Gale Matthiesen. "Obama Family Tree". Dgmweb.net. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Green, Stephanie; Glover, Elizabeth (August 10, 2009). "Sister and niece act". The Washington Times. Retrieved September 23, 2009.
- Nolan, Daniel (January 21, 2009). "Obama's Burlington kin share in the celebration swearing-in". Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved March 31, 2009.
- "Obama has links to Malaysia". Thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Nolan, Daniel (June 11, 2008). "Relative: Obama's got 'a good handle on Canada'". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
- Nolan, Daniel (June 11, 2008). "Obama's Burlington connection". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved June 21, 2008.[dead link]
- Misner, Jason (June 20, 2008). "Barack Obama was here". Burlington Post. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
- Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "'He helped me find my voice'". Chicago Sun-Times.
- Cooper, Tom (January 20, 2009). "Keep watch for Obama". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
- Chicago Sun Times article with her picture[dead link]
- Kemp, Brian (June 18, 2008). "Obama in Canada: 'Uncle Rocky' and his Burlington family ties". CBC news. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
- "University of Hawaii at Manoa, Academy of Creative Media Faculty. Retrieved on September 5, 2009". Hawaii.edu. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "President Obama has ties to metro's Memorial Day celebrations". .nbcactionnews.com. March 16, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- "Obama related to America's first slave". USA Today. July 30, 2012.
- "Press Release: Ancestry.com Discovers President Obama Related to First Documented Slave in America: Research Connects First African-American President to First African Slave in the American Colonies." (PDF). Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "Obama Family Tree". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved June 6, 2009.
- Dreams from My Father, p. 376
- Kenya: Special Report: Sleepy Little Village Where Obama Traces His Own Roots (Page 2 of 2)[unreliable source?]
- Dreams from My Father, pp. 425–426.
- "Appendix:Luo surnames". Wiktionary. Archived from the original on September 13, 2006. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
- Dreams from My Father, p. 396.
- Dreams from My Father, p. 397.
- Dreams from My Father, p. 400.
- "The Apple Fell Far from the Tree", New York Review of Books, 12 May 2011
- MacIntyre, Ben; Orengoh, Paul (December 3, 2008). "Beatings and abuse made Barack Obamas grandfather loathe the British". The Times (London). Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- "Obama's Praise For 'Extraordinary' Britain". Sky News. July 12, 2009.
- Houreld, Katharine (March 5, 2008). "Obama's grandma slams 'untruths'". USA Today. Associated Press. Retrieved May 2, 2010. See also this correction.
- "Peter Firstbrook, writer and filmmaker, most recent book The Obamas: The Untold Story of an African Family". Peterfirstbrook.com. 2011-02-03. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Oywa, John (August 15, 2004). "Special Report: Sleepy Little Village Where Obama Traces His Own Roots".
- [dead link]
- Dreams from My Father, pp. 408–412.
- Leo Odera Omolo (December 23, 2008). "Fighting to get a share of the Obamas: The proposed Obama Sr museum has caused a big split in the family of the US President-elect right in the middle.". Wordpress.com. Retrieved October 19, 2009.
- "Q&A ON THE NEWS". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. February 25, 2009. Retrieved February 27, 2009.
- Dreams from my Father, p. 408.
- Ancestry of Barack Obama[unreliable source?]
- "Obama Family", Reuters
- Crilly, Rob (February 27, 2008). "Dreams from Obama's Grandmother". Time Magazine, Inc. Retrieved July 3, 2008.
- Pflanz, Mike (January 11, 2008). "Barack Obama's Kenyan relatives keep faith". Daily Telegraph (London).
- Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "Sarah Obama – 'Sparkling, laughing eyes'". Chicago Sun-Times.
- "In Kenya, Barack Obama's family prays for end to conflict – Times Online". London: Timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "Barack Obama in Kenya". CNN.
- Daily Nation, July 8, 2008: "Obama granny's day out with envoys and top politicians", Daily Nation, 8 July 2008
- Kantor, Jodi (April 30, 2007). "A Candidate, His Minister and the Search for Faith". New York Times. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- "The Standard | Online Edition :: Fascinating story of Obama family". Eastandard.net. Retrieved August 11, 2010.[dead link]
- "Kenya: All Obama kin to spend voting day in Kogelo". afrika.no. October 27, 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Cohen, Roger (March 6, 2008). "The Obamas of the World – New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Sanderson, Elizabeth (January 6, 2008). "Barack Obama's stepmother living in Bracknell reveals the close bond with him ... and his mother". Daily Mail (London).
- Lindsay, Anna (January 20, 2009). "Barack's bingo-loving stepmother". BBC News.
- http://www.channel4.com/programmes/chris-moyles-quiz-night/catch-up#2871249[dead link]
- "Keziah: First and last wife of Obama Sr". New Vision Online (Uganda). Newvision.co.ug. January 2, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- jpt (June 18, 2008). "From the Fact Check Desk: What Did Obama's Half-Brother Say About Obama's Background". ABC News.
- Maliti, Tom (October 26, 2004). "Obama's Brother Chooses Life in Slow Lane". Associated Press.
- Dreams from my Father, p. 265.
- Dreams from my Father, p. 262.
- *Oywa, John (August 15, 2004). "Sleepy Little Village Where Obama Traces His Own Roots". The Daily Nation.
- Philip Ochieng (November 1, 2004). "From Home Squared to the US Senate: How Barack Obama Was Lost and Found". The East African. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
- Warah, Rasna (June 9, 2008). "We cannot lay claims on Obama; he's not one of us – Obama in this world". Daily Nation. Retrieved July 10, 2008.
- Gichana, David (January 14, 2013). "Obama's Step-Brother Will Seek Governorship of Kenyan County". Bloomberg.
- Walker, Hunter (March 7, 2013). "President Obama’s Brother Loses Election in Kenya". New York Observer. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- Scott Fornek (September 9, 2007). "AUMA OBAMA: 'Her restlessness, her independence'". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
- Gathmann, Florian; Gregor Peter Schmitz; Jochen Schönmann (July 24, 2008). "Studentin in der Bundesrepublik: Wie Auma Obama mit Deutschland haderte". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved July 24, 2008.
- "Obama relative 'to stand as MP'". BBC News. May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
- Ridley, Jane (March 30, 2009). "President Obama's British Step-mom, Kezia Obama, proud her son is meeting Queen". Daily News (New York). Retrieved April 2, 2009.
- "Flight attendant chats with Obama's brother". thisisnottingham.co.uk. January 20, 2009. Retrieved April 11, 2009.
- "Obama brother refused entry to UK". BBC. April 12, 2009. Retrieved April 12, 2009.
- Jacobs, Sally H. (2011). The other Barack: the bold and reckless life of President Obama's father. New York: PublicAffairs. pp. 160–161, 165, 172–174, 177, 187–190, 193–196, 199–202, 226–227, 230–231, 247. ISBN 1-58648-793-0.
- "Madari Kindergarten".
- "Barack Obama's brother pushes Chinese imports on US – Times Online". London: Timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- "Obama half-brother runs Internet company in China". Thomascrampton.com. 2008-07-27. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Roger Cohen (March 17, 2008). "Obama's Brother in China". The New York Times. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
- "Chief Rabbi Metzger says Obama's Jewish half-brother will lobby to release Pollard," The Jewish Connection, 4;16
- "Obama's half brother performs in China". China Daily. January 17, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
- Lai, Jane (January 19, 2009). "Obama's half brother goes public". Shenzhen Daily. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
- "Youku Buzz (daily) – Blog Archive – Barack Obama's Half-Brother in Concert". Buzz.youku.com. January 18, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Keith B. Richburg (November 5, 2009). "Obama's half brother goes public with new book". Washington Post. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
- Barbara Demick (November 5, 2009). "Obama's half brother describes abuse". LA Times. Retrieved Oct 9, 2012.
- The Associated Press. "Obama’s half brother claims their shared father was physically abusive in explosive new book". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
- "Obama's brother writes about abuse", Associated Press, 2013-12-18.
- jaketapper (July 28, 2008). "Political Punch: Barack Obama's Branch-y Family Tree". Blogs.abcnews.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
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- Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "HALF-BROTHER GEORGE: 'I would be there for him'". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2007-10-20. Retrieved August 4, 2008.
- Pflanz, Mike (August 21, 2008). "Barack Obama is my inspiration, says lost brother". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved August 23, 2008.[dead link]
- Crilly, Rob (August 22, 2008). "Life is good in my Nairobi slum, says Barack Obama's younger brother". The Times (London). Retrieved August 23, 2008.
- Being Obama's Brother, by George Obama, Newsweek, January 2, 2010
- McKenzie, David (August 23, 2008). "Behind the Scenes: Meet George Obama". CNN. Retrieved October 26, 2008.
- Pisa, Nick (August 20, 2008). "Barack Obama's 'lost' brother found in Kenya". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved August 20, 2008.[dead link]
- Wadhams, Nick (October 7, 2008). "Corsi in Kenya: Obama's Nation Boots Obama Nation Author". TIME. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- D'Souza, Dinesh. "How I became George Obama's 'brother'," Fox News: Opinion, August 16, 2012, Retrieved 2012-08-17
- Obama, George, with Damien Lewis. Homeland: An Extraordinary Story of Hope and Survival, Simon and Schuster, 2011
- Bond, Paul (July 9, 2012). "Barack Obama's Brother to Make Film Debut in Anti-Obama Documentary". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- Sacchetti, Maria; Dan Adams (August 31, 2011). "Obama's uncle is called a fugitive". Boston Globe (Boston: The New York Times Company). Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- "Packie owner praises Prez's troubled uncle". Boston Herald. August 31, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- "The Obama Family Tree". Chicago Sun-Times. September 9, 2007.
- Sacchetti, Maria (January 30, 2013). "President Obama’s uncle ordered to face deportation hearing Dec. 3 by immigration judge". Boston Globe. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
- Bone, James; Philp, Catherine (August 29, 2011). "Barack Obama's uncle has been arrested and held as illegal immigrant". The Australian.
- Blake, Aaron & Juliet Eilperin. After denial, White House now says Obama lived with uncle, Washington Post, December 5, 2013.
- Sacchetti, Maria (September 9, 2011). "Obama's uncle quietly released from jail". Boston Globe (Boston: The New York Times Company). Retrieved September 9, 2011.
- Lavoie, Denise (August 29, 2011). "Official: Obama uncle here illegally since 1992". Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.
- Zaremba, John (September 10, 2011). "President's uncle released by feds, but must 'check in'". Boston Herald (Boston). Retrieved 2013-01-31.
- Dave Wedge, "President Obama’s Uncle Had Social Security ID, Boston Herald, August 30, 2011
- Burke, Patrick (December 4, 2012). "DHS Confirms: Deportation of Obama's Uncle on Hold as Immigration Board Re-Opens Case". CNS News. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
- Sacchetti, Maria (December 3, 2012). "President Obama's uncle wins new bid to try to stay in US". Boston Globe. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- Zaremba, John (January 30, 2013). "President's uncle fights for permanent residency". Boston Herald (Boston). Retrieved 2013-01-31.
- Sacchetti, Maria (December 3, 2013). "Obama’s uncle allowed to remain in US, judge rules". Boston Globe (Boston). Retrieved December 3, 2013.
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- "Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt 'living in Boston housing project'". London: The Telegraph. October 30, 2008. Retrieved February 6, 2012.
- "Boston Housing Authority 'flabbergastered' Barack Obama's aunt living in Southie". Bostonherald.com. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2013-03-24.
- Frizell, Sam. "Barack Obama’s Aunt Has Died", Time, 8 April 2014
- Kilner, Derek (November 5, 2008). "Kenya Celebrates President Obama as Native Son". Voice Of America. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
- Rachel L. Swarns, "Meet Your Cousin, the First Lady: A Family Story, Long Hidden", New York Times, 16 June 2012
- Swarns, Rachel L.; Kantor, Jodi (October 7, 2009). "In First Lady's Roots, a Complex Path From Slavery". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2009.
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- Taylor Marsh (August 25, 2008). "Political Analysis, National Security and Breaking News". Taylor Marsh. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Lia LoBello (January 2, 2008). "First Families: Radar introduces you to the next president's relatives". Radar Online. Retrieved January 28, 2009.[dead link]
- Rachel L. Swarns (January 9, 2009). "Obama's Mother-in-Law to Move Into the White House". The New York Times. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
- "Will Obama mum-in-law make it a family affair in the White House?". Agence France Presse. November 22, 2008. Retrieved January 9, 2009.
- Philip Sherwell (November 8, 2008). "Michelle Obama persuades First Granny to join new White House team". London: The Telegraph (UK). Retrieved January 9, 2009.
- "'First granny' embraces life in D.C". Politico. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Dowling Family Genealogy". Wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- "Oregon State University Beavers: Craig Robinson bio". Retrieved November 7, 2012.
- Weiss, Anthony (September 2, 2008). "Michelle Obama Has a Rabbi in Her Family". The Forward. Retrieved October 9, 2008.
- Gary Boyd Roberts. "Notes on the Ancestry of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr". New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Fornek, Scott (September 9, 2007). "Obama Family Tree". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on January 7, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- "Obama-Bush (family tree)" (PDF). New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Wade, Nicholas (October 21, 2007). "Barack Obama – Dick Cheney – Ancestry and Genealogy – Washington – New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- Eastman, Dick (July 30, 2008). "Barack Obama is Related to Wild Bill Hickok". Blog.eogn.com. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
- "Notes on the Ancestry of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr". New England Historic Genealogical Society. August 14, 2002. Retrieved January 31, 2009.[dead link]
- "Obama, Clinton and McCain have some famous relations". HeraldNet – AP. March 26, 2008. Retrieved January 31, 2009.
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- Henley, Jon (May 23, 2011). "Obama's visit greeted with jubilation in Moneygall". The Guardian
- "The Mystery of Michelle Obama's Roots" (Real Clear Politics)
- "Fashionable first daughters, Malia and Sasha" (New York Daily News news photos)
- Barack Obama's Family Tree – Photo Essays – TIME
- "Though Obama Had to Leave to Find Himself, It Is Hawaii That Made His Rise Possible," by David Maraniss
- Barack Obama's Branch-y Family Tree by Jake Tapper
- "Obama Family Tree" series, by Scott Fornek
- "Notes on the Ancestry of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.," by Gary Boyd Roberts
- "Obama, Clinton and McCain have some famous relations," by The Associated Press
- "Tracking Michelle Obama's Slave Roots," by Joe Johns and Justine Redman
- Satirical Onion article about Obama son misinterpreted as fact
- Malia Obama collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Sasha Obama collected news and commentary at The New York Times