Daily Archives: February 2, 2009

Gideon Rachman

Barack Obama has promised change. But, in one respect, his presidency is already looking very traditional – the appearance of an embarrassing brother.

The arrest of George Obama on drugs charges in Kenya brings back memories of those other great presidential brothers: Billy Carter and Roger Clinton. Billy was Jimmy’s embarrassingly uncouth brother, who did things like peeing on an airport runway in full view of the press – as well as lobbying for the Libyans and launching his own branded beer. Roger Clinton was an even darker character – a convicted drug offender and unconvicted rock singer.