April 12th, 2011
01:34 PM ET
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's sister acknowledged his first term has been a "challenging time," but said it's important he win a second term.
"He has a healthy dose of pragmatism and he knew there would be enormous challenges and that it would be hard work, but of course there are things that happened that are simply unforeseen," Maya Soetoro-Ng told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview set to air Tuesday. "As a citizen and as a parent myself, it's very important to me that he run and win."
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February 16th, 2011
06:46 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama's sister is joining the ranks of her brother by becoming a published author.
"Ladder to the Moon" a children's book by Maya Soetoro-Ng, the president's half-sister, was inspired by her daughter, Suhaila's questions about her grandmother, the president's and Soetoro-Ng's mother, Ann Dunham.
According to the publisher, Candlewick Press, the story is about little Suhaila who longs to meet her grandmother and has her dream come true when she's met with a golden ladder outside her window to join "Grandma Annie" for a magical journey.
The book is due out in mid-April and is targeted to young elementary school students.