Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama- not his brother's keeper

Haven't seen the much awaited 30 minute Obama-mercial, don't even know if it was shown on TV in India and have no desire to waste time downloading it from You tube.But while reading about it , this stood out for it's stark irony-
Oh, dear. They just showed the clip of him proclaiming, “I am my brother’s keeper.”

I guess O-bama didn't mean his own brother-

George ObamaBarack Obama's brother lives on less than $1 a month
US presidential contender Barack Obama's long-lost half-brother says he is ashamed of his family ties because he lives in poverty in a violent African shantytown.

The Italian edition of Vanity Fair says it tracked down George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a rundown shack in Huruma on the outskirts of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

By contrast, his older half-brother, Senator Obama, lives in a mansion he bought for $1.9 million in Chicago.

George Obama, 26, is the youngest of the presidential candidate's seven half-brothers and half-sisters, and while the other siblings are close, he told the magazine he was embarrassed he lived "on less than a dollar a month", and so never mentioned his famous half-brother.

I guess he didn't even mean his aunt-

obama aunt

Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt has been found living in a rundown public housing estate in Boston, an English newspaper claims.

Zeituni Onyango, the woman affectionately called "Aunt Zeituni" in Senator Obama's memoir Dreams From My Father, lives less than 10 kilometres from where the presidential candidate completed his law degree at Harvard.

London's The Times also reports to have identified Senator Obama's mystery Kenyan uncle, Omar, who went missing after moving to Boston in the 1960s and was bashed by armed robbers in one of his convenience stores in 1994.

Their stories stand in stark contrast to the American Dream-type narrative of Senator Obama's life reproduced in the US media.

Or his uncle-
A second relative believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar” described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court.

I guess he is too busy devising ingenious ways to redistribute Joe the Plumber's wealth to redistribute any of his own.

But hey, let's give the guy a break: he did help his cousin-

obama with odinga

Barack has stated his support for Luo Opposition Leader in Kenya RaRaila Odinga (who signed a Shariah pact with Muslims and claims to be Obama's cousin).....Barack Obama's cousin Raila Odinga is accused of ethnic cleansing

As A Political Dookie says, "Once again charity does not begin at home for the Obama Christ"

Imagine if this were Sarah Palin's family -we would never hear the end of indignant talking heads excoriating her for her meanness.

Update -
From Instapundit-
Bob Krumm emails: "The most damning part of the Obama aunt story is that once his campaign found her living in squalor they told her to not talk to the press until after the election, but they didn’t try to help her."

UPDATE: Some thoughts from TigerHawk: " I have finally figured out why somebody who has been as successful as Barack Obama believes that the government must help people who cannot or do not help themselves: He simply does not understand that helping the poor, unlucky, or incompetent is first the responsibility of family."