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Sunday Notes & Letters for Week 27

This past week a certain handwritten letter caught my attention in the media. It was from a young lawyer from Chicago to his half-brother, Abongo, in Kenya. He tells him that he is planning to run for Senate – little did his brother know then that he would not only become a US Senator but would go on to become the 44th president of the United States.


A young Barack Obama, right, with his half brother, Abongo Photo: telegraph.co.uk

A young Barack Obama, right, with his half brother, Abongo Photo: telegraph.co.uk

The letter was sold by Abongo earlier this month for an undisclosed amount to a collector.

Check it out. There are some interesting statements in it. He reveals his lack of interest in meetings and campaigning, but explains his motivations for running. And the future president shows that he has some fine-looking penmanship.



Dear Abongo,

Hey there, brother! How are you faring these days. I received your postcard, along with the news that you’ve found a new wife. Man, I must say you don’t fool around! Please write and tell me more about her. A photo would also be nice, although I have no doubt that she is beautiful.

How is it otherwise being at home? I hope everyone is well, in good health and in good spirits. I understand that you have bought some property, and that you brought over a vehicle from the UK after all. Any other business ventures? I’m very eager to hear about everything, and trust that your hard work and planning will pay off in the near future.

As for me, I am very busy these days. As you can see, the book is finished and in the bookstores, so I have been going to various bookstores to talk about the book. In addition, some colleagues of mine here have talked me into running for the Illinois State Senate (like being an MP for a province, not the national United States Congress in D.C.) I have agreed, since I have an interest in politics to deal with some of the serious issues blacks face here. Of course, it involves a lot of campaigning, going to meetings and so on, which I don’t find so attractive. Anyway, if I win it will only be a part-tine post, and I will continue my work as a lawyer.

Michelle is fine, also busy with her work. My mum’s health has stabilized for now, but she is by no means cured and continues to undergo extensive treatment. Maya has gone back to Hawaii for the summer to keep her company, which I think put her in better spirits. Tutu, Maya and Mum all send their love.

Please send my love to Bernard, Abo, Sayid, Abongo, Silpa, Granny, your mum, and all the rest of the family. I have sent an extra, paperback version of the book to be passed around if anyone else is interested. I hope to hear from you soon, with news of happiness and success.

Much love –


Day 148: President George W. Bush

Photo: People.com

Photo: People.com

It’s been  nearly six and a half years since my neighbors George and Laura Bush moved back to Texas. I haven’t seen or heard from him hardly since then, so I thought I would drop him a note.

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Day 148


I embossed a bicycle on the card - the President enjoys mountain biking.

I embossed a bicycle on the card – the President enjoys mountain biking.

Dear President Bush,

I am a big fan of old school handwritten letters – hence this one to you. I heard President Clinton was giving you a hard time for not being on Twitter….well, that’s just baloney. You don’t need to be on Twitter – although I did see that your father has an account! It’s cool you’re on Instagram – you should posts some photos of your paintings though, I hear you’re pretty talented with a brush and canvas.

I take you for a man who prefers the handwritten letter over messages limited to 140 characters. I’m on a mission to write a handwritten letter every day for a year – you’re Day 148. Perhaps you’d be kind enough to drop me a handwritten note.

Best regards,
Reed Sandridge

P.S. I live about 8 blocks away from your old house on Pennsylvania Ave.

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