A 1986 postcard from Barack Obama to half-brother Malik Abongo “Roy” Obama reveals the future president thought he was struggling as an inexperienced Chicago community organizer.
Barack wrote in March of 1986 to Roy — who lives in Kenya, but was residing in Washington, DC, at the time — “Work has been tough and my time has been tight . . . I’ve had a somewhat discouraging time . . . I’m responsible for organizing an about 250,000 person community . . . where unemployment is high and hope is low.”
But he adds, “My inexperience is showing, but I hope that by the end of this year I will have a fairly good perspective on . . . this type of work.”
The now-commander in chief was director of the Developing Communities Project from 1985 to 1988 before attending Harvard. He met Roy for the first time in 1985 in Kenya.
The postcard’s going for $24,000 from Moments in Time.
Roy previously sold off letters from Obama, including a 1995 note reading, “Some colleagues of mine here have talked me into running for the Illinois State Senate.”