The New Zealand Herald is today reporting the sad news that George Obama, half brother to the President of the United States, has been arrested in Kenya having been found in possession of cannabis.
According to the NZ Herald, George Obama has lived a life of poverty in his homeland. He is not close to his famous half brother and he was not present at the inauguration ceremony. Aside from sharing the same father and surname, there seems little the Harvard educated President has in common with his impoverished sibling.
If this tragic story teaches us only one thing, it is perhaps just how fickle the finger of fate can be. One wonders whether, as Aretha sang her soul and left not a dry eye in the house, President Obama considered just how differently things might have turned out for him had fate played a different hand. I hope it is a memory that lingers long when the Obama administration come to tackle issues such as social deprivation and international development.