Flight attendant chats with Obama's brother
AN AIR stewardess from Nottingham has told how she met Barack Obama's half-brother Samson on a flight to America.
Dawn Stewart, of Sherwood, was working in the first class cabin when she heard he was among passengers flying to Washington Dulles Airport on Friday.
Miss Stewart, who also works part-time for BBC Radio Leicester, asked for a brief chat with Samson Obama, known as Abo, who was on his way to the US capital for the presidential inauguration.
She said: "I asked him about how he feels being the brother of the next president. He said 'I can't tell you the depth of excitement we feel'.
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"I asked what he was like as a teenager and he said he was always charismatic and calm.
"I asked what was the significance of a black president and he said, 'it doesn't matter that he's black. He relates to all people'."
Miss Stewart said that Samson, from Kenya, had never travelled before, but proudly showed her a headed letter from his half-brother requesting his three-week visa.
"He was very unassuming. He said he had done a few interviews, including one with Reuters," said Miss Stewart, who returned home on Sunday. "He is successful in his own right, I believe, but doesn't quite grasp the importance of who he will be.
"There were so many successful black people. Some had tickets for the inauguration. Others were desperate to get one."
She added: "I ran a competition and the passengers had to write a poem including the words Barack Obama and inauguration.
"He (Samson) asked if he could read them and he said 'can I keep them? I want to show them to Barack'. Everyone was so excited."
Up to two million people – the largest gathering ever seen in Washington – are expected to turn out to see Barack Obama become the 44th president of America today.