*Auma Obama, a half-sister of President Barack Obama, visited the “Today” show this morning to promote her new memoir “And Then Life Happens,” about growing up in a remote village in Kenya, her life and her relationship with her famous brother, who she met for the first time in the 1980s.
“When I met my brother, we had this instant connection,” she told co-host Ann Curry about the relationship she forged with him as a young adult. “I was able to talk to him and he really understood the things that I was talking about. …It just clicked.”
In his memoir, Obama wrote of that encounter with Auma, “I knew at that moment somehow that I loved her, so naturally, so easily and fiercely.”
Auma says she was happy to help fill in the missing pieces in her brother’s life. “That was part of his identity that he needed to get back,” she said. “And I was blessed to be able to be the person who was able to give him that and to share that with him.”
Watch Auma Obama’s entire interview below.