Standing outside the White House gates on Tuesday, along with a line of other reporters waiting for security clearance, was an unusual guest of the president's: his half-sister.
Auma Obama was in a rush, she said. Waiting to get through the northwest gate, she had a plane to catch and a meeting with a certain famous, brother. Situated behind several reporters who had come for the daily briefing with Robert Gibbs, she asked if it would be at all possible if she could cut in line. She said she had already waited at another gate only to be told that she couldn't enter there.
"Sure," I replied, noting that the briefing had just been pushed back to 2:00 p.m. from its initial 1:45 p.m. start time.
Donning a Blackberry with a light blue case in one hand and a passport in the other, she made her way to the front of the line. The security guard, through the gate's speaker, asked for her last name.
"Obama" she said.
"Sorry... Obama," the guard replied, perplexed.
"Yes, Obama. I'm the president's sister. I have an appointment," Aumu replied.
Quickly she was whisked inside the security gate and within moments she was off. A White House aide would only confirm that she had visited on Tuesday. For what purpose was unclear. But, the aide noted, she does have a relative on the premises.
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