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Obama Didn’t Know Aunt Is Illegal Alien

From a very understanding Associated Press:

A police officer sits in his cruiser Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008 outside the public housing complex in South Boston where Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s aunt Zeituni Onyango reportedly lives. The Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

Obama Says He Didn’t Know Aunt’s Illegal Status

November 1, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Saturday he didn’t know that one of his relatives was living in the United States illegally and believes the appropriate laws should be followed.

The Associated Press found that Obama’s aunt had been instructed to leave the country four years ago by an immigration judge who rejected her request for asylum from her native Kenya. The woman, Zeituni Onyango, is living in public housing in Boston and is the half-sister of Obama’s late father.

A statement given to the AP by Obama’s campaign said, ”Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed.”

Onyango is part of Obama’s large paternal family, with many related to him by blood whom he barely knows. Obama first met Onyango when he traveled to Africa as an adult — he referred to her as ”Auntie Zeituni” in his memoir.

The campaign said he has seen her a few times since that meeting, beginning with a return trip to Kenya with his wife, Michelle, four years after the first trip. Onyango visited the family in Chicago on a tourist visa at Obama’s invitation about nine years ago, the campaign said, stopping to visit friends on the East coast before returning to Kenya.

She attended Obama’s swearing-in to the U.S. Senate in 2004, but campaign officials said Obama provided no assistance in getting her a tourist visa and doesn’t know the details of her stay. The campaign said he last heard from her about two years ago when she called saying she was in Boston, but he did not see her there.

Onyango’s refusal to leave the country would represent an administrative, noncriminal violation of immigration law, meaning such cases are handled outside the criminal court system. Estimates vary, but many experts believe there are more than 10 million such immigrants in the U.S.

According to Federal Election Commission documents filed by the Obama campaign, Onyango has contributed $260 to Obama over a period of time. Under federal election law, only U.S. citizens or green-card holders are legally permitted to give money to campaigns. Onyango, who listed her employer as the Boston Housing Authority, gave in small increments to the Obama campaign. Her latest contribution was $5 on Sept. 19.

How many people have been disqualified for the Supreme Court or even cabinet positions because of having hired or even known about illegal aliens?

A statement given to the AP by Obama’s campaign said, ”Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed.”

Really? What is obvious about this? Especially since he obviously allowed her to break the laws in any numbers of ways — including her contribution to his campaign.

Estimates vary, but many experts believe there are more than 10 million such immigrants in the U.S.

Perhaps the phrase the AP was looking for here was “law-breaking illegal aliens” rather than merely calling these people “immigrants.”

Onyango is part of Obama’s large paternal family, with many related to him by blood whom he barely knows.

Er, nice try Associated Press. But Ms. Onyango looms very large in Mr. Obama’s “Dreams From My Father,” which made Mr. Obama a nice sum of money. And, as even the article notes, he has had contact with her since she has been in the US.

But once again, this is not the Aunt Zeituni Obama knew ™.

Also note that we now know why Mr. Obama was exhorting his followers to vote early — “in case something comes up.”

Meanwhile, doesn’t it seem like only last week on the CBS “Morning Show” Mr. Obama was lecturing us about the importance of family:

“Most people understand that if you are not caring for your family, then you are probably not the kind of person who is going to be caring for other people.”

In fact, it was only last week.

Also, as we were the first to note anywhere, Mr. Obama said this about his aunt back in his first autobiography, Dreams From My Father:

If Jane or Zeituni ever fell ill, if their companies ever closed or laid them off, there was no government safety net. There was only family, next of kin; people burdened by similar hardship. Now I was family, I reminded myself; now I had responsibilities.

But that was then and this is now.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 1st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “Obama Didn’t Know Aunt Is Illegal Alien”

  1. proreason says:

    The American people are being selfish by raising an eyebrow over this.

    We should be supporting her instead. She is poor.

    And distant relatives of her long-ago ancestors were enslaved in this country.

  2. curvyred says:

    In Typical Obama Fashion:

    “she was not the illegal immigrant that I knew”

  3. 1sttofight says:

    Drag her sorry ass to the end of the pier and toss her in. Swim back home or drown. I am damned tired of supporting criminals.

  4. Steve says:

    “We should be supporting her instead.”

    We are. And have been for at least four or five years.

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    SG…you hit it dead center my friend!! Just another FUBAR answer to an already long list of “I don’t or didn’t know” bullshit!! Well, now that ICE is aware of this….who wants to bet that anything will happen to this known crinimal?

  6. retire05 says:

    Didn’t Senator Obama tell Joe the Plumber that he wanted to tax Joe more so that he could help those who came up behind Joe?

    Well, let me see: Senator/Mrs. Obama lives in a home worth almost $2 million. He has earned millions from the sales of his book. But he felt it only necessary to donate $20K to his racist, anti-American, anti-Jewish, anti-gay minister, but not to help his younger brother “come up behind him.” Perhaps Senator Obama could have taken that $104,000 he paid Mrs. Rezko for ten feet of an empty lot and provided his younger brother with an eduation. Or make sure that his own auntie was not on the taxpayer dole. But I suspect that the close family ties that Senator Obama made claim to with his Kenyan family ended not only at the water’s edge, but also with the last page of his book.

    “If you are not caring for your family, then you are probably not the kind of person who is going to be caring for other people”.

    Barack Hussein Obama
    CBC – October 24, 2007

    Senator Obama, the proof of a man’s honor is in his deeds, not his pretty words.

  7. thetimeisright says:

    This is utter BS. Obama has known where she has been an that she was still here. I come from a huge family i know the city an state where my family members are an even half brothers an sisters. That includes Aunts, Uncle,s Cousins

    Obama your a disgrace an a liar.

  8. Jed_Black says:

    Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to Barry-HO. No wait, I will be surprised if he never comes out. He’s like the Clay Aiken of presidential politics.

  9. pinandpuller says:

    Didn’t Clay Aiken come in second?

  10. Jed_Black says:

    pinandpuller – excellent point, let’s hope it happens again.

  11. proreason says:

    The aunt wasn’t useful to Barry……so she was erased from memory. Ditto for the brother in Kenya and the dozen or so other relatives scattered around.

  12. imnewatthis says:

    “Drag her sorry ass to the end of the pier and toss her in.” What a way with words-I have to admit I laughed out loud.

  13. wardmama4 says:

    Do we want and can America afford a Candidate whose stock and trade answer when pressed on a negative situation/family member/associate is ‘I didn’t know’?

    Hey, Candidate Obama – your inexperience is showing.

    Congress – (i.e. Conyers) has called an investigation into the ‘leak’ of this story – Sorry Congress 1) you didn’t give a rat’s *** that OH gov computers were illegally used to rummage through Joe The Plumber’s entire social, public, private and financial life – but hey ferretting out an illegal, deportation evading, illegally donating, on welfare and in public housing (illegally) alien is worth investigatingwasting taxpayer money and 2) apparently whatever Dems do (uhem, WJefferson – still ‘serving’) is fine and dandy while anyone (citizen) is fair game if they are and/or support Republican for any accusation, investigation and smear?
    BTW – the first msm outlet carrying the illegal alien aunt story was the Times of London – I guess they will be thrown off the plane too!

  14. Enthalpy says:

    As further testimony to Obama’s consistency, he did not know that his aunt isn’t supposed to be here. How surprising is this to anyone? As long as Senator Obama’s handlers know, he need not know. How surprising is this to anyone?

  15. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    If Sarah Palin is not “bright” enough to be Vice President, wouldn’t his ignorance of his own blood relative living off the dole and illegally in our country immediately disqualify the “genius messiah” ? Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmm………..

  16. jcheney says:

    Some think Obama went back to Hawaii (video) because he wanted to get his birth certificate in order. Did you notice that when he got back the department of records suddenly announced they have his original birth certificate? Some other noticed.

  17. Lady says:

    LEAVE OBAMA ALONE! This is a selfish ass country! We supported all the displaced jews, japanese, chinese and whoever the fuck else could swim or make it here for years! Why cant a poor woman from Kenya be left alone! I think it’s BS that this man can’t even scratch his balls without it being a big ass deal! My goodness! He’s the PRESIDENT and there aint a damn thing anyone can do about it! Bush commited all kinds of CRIMES when he was in office, including the biggest bank robbery of the century!!! (Remember the twin towers) Flat out robbed the Federal Reserve! Google it if you don’t believe it! I don’t see anyone riding his saggy ass ballsack!! Get a fucking grip… Yeah he’s black, AND??? He’s the president and all that don’t like it should go the fuck back to their own country! We done painted the WHITE HOUSE BLACK! LIVE WITH IT!

    How come nobody knew the aunt was there until he became president?? And why the fuck does society and the media give a flying fuck about his brother who lives in a “Kenyan Shack”… when right here in this “free” ass country, your trying to boot his aunt out of the fucking projects! Do you care or don’t you???

    Bottom line… He’s in the Black House until 2017! Hate it or love it!

    • Howard Roark says:

      Lol…looks like “Lady” is Barry’s aunt herself, here on S&L!

      “Lady”, where’d you get a name like that??? It sure doesn’t fit your sewermouth. You eat with that mouth?

      Notice the absurd claims about Remember the twin towers, CRIMES, and all the rest of her pablum. With all of the hatred and f-bombs, who can’t tell a maladjusted liberal [redundant] when they see one?

    • caligirl9 says:

      Why must libs always bring up “color?”

      Why must black libs always bring up color?

      “Those who don’t like it should go back to their own country.”

      “Lady” (and I use the term loosely), this is our country and we hate what is happening to it.

      Go do what you mentioned in your 5th sentence. TOTUS is waiting for you.

    • proreason says:

      “there aint a damn thing anyone can do about it”

      we’ll see about that

      But I love your style, Lady. You are a mainstream liberal for sure, and a classy one, based on your moniker.

      You should hang out here for a while and educate all us racists.

    • Gila Monster says:

      I was going to bring the popcorn but why bother, not worth it, too easy of a target.

  18. Lady says:

    I can say whatever the fuck… we are all illegal in this palce we call a country! Yeah… Nobody BELONGS here except the Native Americans… REMEMBER THEM?

    I see no one wants to comment on the Federal Reserve Robbery! But we are so worried about one simple poor woman who should be able to be here if she wants to! If they didn’t want people from other countries to be here maybe they should’ve parked your boats and left blacks in Africa, and locked all the Jewish victims of Adolph Hitler out to! How about that? How about filling that river that the Mexicans keep swimming across with Parana!!

    Instead, we let them over here, across our “secure” borders and then throw them out! BS!!!!

    Free country my ass! This is a country full hipocracy! Just to let you know… I’m not black… I’m Irish! And I still believe this shit is wrong! Liberal my ass! Don’t label me… I’m human! Let the fucking Freedom ring shitheads!

    • proreason says:

      It’s hard to argue with your logic Lady.

      Except that it’s hard to understand why you still live in this country.

      And since I’m a big fan of your razor sharp mind, I have to tell you something.

      Even though I know you are a really classy person, if you persist with the f-word, you won’t be too long for this site. :-) and we won’t be able to enjoy your knowledge and insights much longer.

    • caligirl9 says:

      Well…. I do agree with Lady’s idea about the pirhaunas … and maybe add some alligators to the mix …

  19. Lady says:

    Racist huh?? Call yourself what you like! I’m standing up for minorities and women! Not a racist bone in my body!! I bet if Obama wasn’t black.. we’d rob the feds again to take care of his whole family! We’d have “cover-up” stories coming out of our asses!! Shit Bush did it for his family and nobody said a damn word! Just talk.. which is what the US is good for… talk, talk, talk!

    • proreason says:

      Excellent, lady, you are a fast learner. Now work on the S-word and the D-word.

      And it’s us that are the racists, right? No way YOU are a racist. I certainly wasn’t implying that.

      You’re open minded and in-tune to other cultures. It’s obvious from the way you handle yourself.

  20. Lady says:

    I don’t care.. I made my point! I only logged in to do just that! I will cancel this account immediately! Your as bad as the US… Let us in then kick us out when we make too much of a stand! You could be next! Everyday our freedom is in jeopardy because of closed mind people!

    Why are you still here if you cant take the word of another person opinion? Maybe because the truth hurts! LOL

  21. Celina says:

    Looks like we’ve got a live one, folks:)

    Celina, munching popcorn.

  22. mybrotherkeeper says:

    If the dear Lady (?!?) is still here: My dear, you are absolved. When the blacks take over (and that is probably what you fear) we will vouch for you that you licked Obama’s boots. Maybe they will let you push a broom.
    If you are not still here, you should be charged with Hit-and-Run.

  23. sheehanjihad says:

    Now I understand what 11 pounds of crack smoked in one evening can do to a person….that aint no lady! LOL….Chris Matthews niece or something perhaps….

  24. Liberals Demise says:

    So now we see “LADY” fading into the sunset…..pushing her grocery cart…….a snail trail is all that reminds us of where she once was.

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