Gary Amble had a typical older sister who was willing to speak her mind. She enjoyed cheerleading and theater as a teenager and pushed her younger brother to complete his chores when he wanted to play baseball.
KCTV5's morning meteorologist is no longer the most famous member of his family.
Amble is now fielding phone calls from news outlets such as Newsweek and Politico.com after his sister, Michele Bachmann, announced last month in their hometown of Waterloo, IA, that she's running for president.
"The weirdest thing is pretty much most of my adult life I would run into people and they would know who I am. Now I run into people and they say, ‘Hey, I know your sister.' That is what is kind of weird," Amble said in an interview with KCTV5 anchor Brad Stephens. "Now the tables have kind of turned a little bit."
Amble and Bachmann have an older brother named David and a younger brother named Paul. Their parents divorced in 1970 so they also have step siblings.
Politics was an important topic as Amble and Bachmann grew up but family members were split as Democrats and Republicans. As a public figure, Amble purposefully keeps his political views to himself.
"I have nothing to say. My opinion means absolutely nothing," he said.
As involved as Bachmann is in politics, it's not a topic that dominates the Thanksgiving dinner conversation.
"I don't talk politics with Michele when we get together," he said. "We talk about our kids, family, everything else except politics."
Even with family members passionate about politics, Amble never expected to see his sister become a state senator from Minnesota and now a Congresswoman.
Amble remembers when his sister told him she planned to run for Congress.
"I don't care if I am just here for two years," Amble recalled his sister telling him. "I am not here to do what the party leaders tell me to do. I am here to do what I think I should do and I am not going to shut my mouth."
The public ridicule and scorn that Bachmann endures is tough at times on Amble.
"I feel protective of her. That's my sister. Knock it off," he said.
But as someone in the public eye, Amble said he understands just like his sister does the public scrutiny.
"She knows who she is. And she knows what she believes in and people can say whatever they want about it," Amble said. "You let it roll off your back."
He is also proud of his sister, who has become a leader of the Tea Party movement.
"She has done pretty well," Amble said.
Still, Amble said he doesn't want KCTV5 viewers to judge him for good or bad on his sister's career.
"I am just a weather guy and I do the best I can," Amble said.
Stephens asked Amble, what if Bachmann snags the Republican Party nomination and bests President Barack Obama in the November 2012 election? Amble hasn't contemplated sleepovers in the Lincoln bedroom or his sister as leader of the free world.
"I really haven't thought about that at all," he said.
He does confess to wondering if he could be in Washington D.C. on Jan. 20, 2013.
"Do I get the day off to go to the Inauguration as far as I've taken it," he says with a laugh.
Amble's kids have grown accustomed to seeing Bachmann doing national interviews. Amble is getting used to seeing his big sister's name scrolling at the bottom of his TV screen. But one aspect of national fame has left Bachmann and her family amused and that's the skits on Saturday Night Live.
"She thinks it's really funny and thinks they do a great job," he said. "Her kids think it's just hilarious. Holy cow! There's mom getting spoofed by Saturday Night Live! That's something that has never happened to me, thankfully."
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