Obama's Sister Moving to DC

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2009 8:10 AM CDT
Obama's Sister Moving to DC
Barack Obama talks with his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng as they leave a restaurant in Honolulu, Hawaii Monday, Aug. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barack Obama's half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng is moving with her family from Hawaii to Washington for the next several months, reports the New York Times. Soetoro-Ng, the daughter of Obama's mother Stanley Ann Dunham and an Indonesian father, has quit her job as a high school teacher to write a book. Her stay in DC will mark the first time brother and sister have lived in the same city in years.

As children, Barack and Maya spent several years together in Indonesia and Hawaii, but later she returned with her mother to Asia while he stayed in the US. In later years they saw each other most frequently at Hawaiian Christmases; in 2007, he crushed her in a highly competitive Scrabble game. She and her family are not expected to move into the White House.
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