CNN Exclusive, Auma Obama Interview


President Barack Obama's half-sister was shocked when she heard POTUS singing "Amazing Grace" during his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in South Carolina last month.

Shortly ahead of his presidential visit to Kenya this weekend, Auma Obama opened up to CNN about her reaction to her brother's speech and singing skills, as well as having one of the world's most recognized last names.

"I'm surprised he sang so well," she admitted to Brooke Baldwin during Wednesday night's interview. "He was amazing."

And as for how she feels about POTUS coming up on the end of his second term, she shared, "What can I say—it's made our mark in the world."

Of course, this isn't the first time that the Kenya native has spoken about having Barack Obama for a half-brother.

In an earlier interview with Time, Auma shared that she does her best to prevent her family name from affecting the work she does for multiple local charity organizations.

"I'm not even very aware of the celebrity part. I try to keep it to as much of a minimum as possible for my day-to-day life. I make the people around me aware that my surname has to be secondary to the work we do because at the end of the day, if it's just about my brother, I'll never be a role model."

She continued, "It's not always that easy. There are many moments when it's challenging for me because I'm not used to it…But his position has definitely given me a platform, and for the humanitarian work that I do, it's a very necessary platform. I recognize that very few people get that kind of a platform coming from nowhere—as I do. So I'm grateful for that."

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