Some people have been questioning President Obama’s past since he became a likely candidate for President. The media and the Democrat Party have long derided them as “birther’s” for their incredulity about President Obama’s ability to hold the Executive position. Well, you have to think that stories like this one will spark people’s imagination.
President Obama’s uncle Onyango Obama (or Omar Obama) has been illegally living in the United States since the 1960s. He was recently arrested for drunk driving and was found to have deportation orders against him. He is now fighting that deportation and took to the witness stand to defend himself. In his defense, he claimed that President Obama had lived with him for several weeks back around the time that the President attended Harvard.
Onyango Obama, now a 69-year-old liquor store manager in Framingham, said he had helped numerous students and had relatives in the United States, including his nephew, Barack Obama.
He said the president had stayed with him at his Cambridge apartment for three weeks when he came to attend Harvard Law School in the 1980s.
“It’s a good thing to let your nephew stay with you,” he said after the hearing, adding that in his family, “your brother’s kids are your kids as well.”
This claim came as a complete surprise to the media and to scholars with knowledge of President Obama’s history.
The reason for the surprise?
But his relationship with his uncle, nicknamed Omar, was less clear.
In November 2011, a White House spokesman said he had no record of the two ever meeting. The Washington Post had also reported that scholars believed the two had never met.
The White House never moved to correct the record, until the president’s famously private uncle took the witness stand in Boston immigration court two days ago.
This story introduces yet another embarrassing lie told by this White House to the media. The White House would like you to think that they simply misspoke a year ago, when they originally denied that the President had ever met his uncle, but how much sense does that make? Wouldn’t the simplest way to answer this question be to ask the President if and when the two had ever met? Instead the White House staff does “research” and comes back with this answer, “He has never met his famous nephew, according to the White House.”
The apparently conflicting stories that the White House has come out with will do nothing but enflame the latent “birther” movement.
It adds another layer of intrigue to what has been the cloudy past of the least vetted Presidential candidate in our nation’s history. Perhaps the silver lining to the Obama Presidency will be that the media will be more vigilant in the future to cover the political parties more equitably. Perhaps the lesson of the last 5-6 years will teach them to report on the day’s news instead of advocate for their pet political projects.
The media’s hands are bloody with the dirty politics of the Obama administration.