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In First Family, a Nation’s Many Faces

In First Family, a Nation’s Many Faces

In First Family, a Nation’s Many Faces

Published: January 20, 2009 –  New York Times

WASHINGTON — The president’s elderly step grandmother brought him an oxtail fly whisk, a mark of power at home in Kenya. Cousins journeyed from the South Carol ina town where the first lady’s great-great-grandfather was born into slavery, while the rabbi in the family came from the synagogue where he had been commemorating Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

The president and first lady’s siblings were there, too, of course: his Indonesian-American half-sister, who brought her Chinese-Canadian husband, and her brother, a black man with a white wife.

When President Barack Obama was sworn in on Tuesday, he was surrounded by an extended clan that would have shocked past generations of Americans and instantly redrew the image of a first family for future ones. Continue reading