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AP Sobs: Obama’s Illegal Aunt Is A Martyr

From a tear-soaked Associated Press:

Obama aunt anguished by separation

By Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press Writer

December 1, 2009

BOSTON – President Barack Obama’s aunt buried her face in her hands and sobbed as she described her anguish that she no longer has contact with him and his family after the revelation she had been living illegally for years in the United States in public housing.

Zeituni Onyango (zay-TUH’-nee awn-YAHN’-goh) told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that she is troubled that her immigration woes have made her a political liability to her nephew.

Onyango, the half sister of Obama’s late father, says she has exiled herself from the family after attending Obama’s inauguration because she didn’t want to become fodder for his foes. Obama and his family have not reached out to her either, she said.

"Before, we were family. But right now, there is a lot of politics, and me, I am not interested in any politics at all," said Onyango, whose appeal for asylum from her native Kenya is before an immigration judge in Boston.

The Obamas are her only family in the United States, she said.

"It is very sad when such a thing happens. There are people, outsiders, you know, they come in between, they divide a family," she said last week. "It’s not easy."

Onyango, 57, is protective of Obama and said she never asked him to intervene in her case and didn’t tell him about her immigration difficulties.

"I carry my own cross," she said. "He has nothing to do with my problem."

The White House said Obama has had no involvement in his aunt’s case and believes it should run its ordinary course.

Onyango helped care for the president’s half brothers and sister while living with Barack Obama Sr. in Kenya. She moved to the United States in 2000 and applied for asylum in 2002, but her request was rejected and she was ordered deported in 2004.

However, she did not leave the country and continued to live in public housing in Boston. She had been a health care volunteer, but not since her status became public. She refused to discuss how she affords to live now or who is paying for her attorney.

Onyango said she previously had no trouble visiting Obama when he was state senator in Illinois or after he became U.S. senator, though she declined to discuss details of how often she had contact with Obama and his family. Her tiny apartment in a modest subsidized public housing complex for seniors and the disabled is adorned with photographs of her with Obama at the Illinois Statehouse, the president’s official portrait, his family, the inauguration, her children and African wildlife.

She is disabled and learning to walk again after being paralyzed for more than three months due to an autoimmune disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome

Her attorney, Margaret Wong, said that Onyango first applied for asylum due to violence in Kenya, an East African nation fractured by cycles of electoral violence every five years. People who seek asylum must show that they face persecution in their homeland on the basis of religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group.

Immigration experts say Onyango’s relationship to the president could strengthen her claim she would be subjected to danger at home

She became angry when discussing Obama’s half brother who wrote a semi-autobiographical novel about the abusive Kenyan father he shares with the president. She called Mark Ndesandjo, who lives in China, an opportunist eager to capitalize on his famous brother.

Ndesandjo, who wrote "Nairobi to Shenzhen," did not grow up with Obama. He has said he wrote the book in part to raise awareness of domestic violence. But Onyango said she was Ndesandjo’s baby sitter while living with his father and never witnessed any abuse.

"He was only strict and argumentative, motivating one to do the best," she said, acknowledging that in those days in Kenya "it was politically correct to slap children to discipline them just as it was done elsewhere in the world."

She said Ndesandjo’s claims against a man who died 27 years ago are unfair. The senior Obama had problems with alcohol and was difficult to live with sometimes because of his frustration over years of political persecution but wasn’t a child abuser or wife beater, Onyango said.

She also denounced persistent allegations that Obama is not a natural-born American citizen, saying that she is angered by the "outrageous, absurd, calculated conspiratory claim" that he was born outside the United States and is ineligible to be president. She recalled receiving a letter and photos from Obama’s father announcing his son’s birth in Hawaii.

Onyango reserved special words of kindness for former President George W. Bush for a directive he put in place days before the election requiring federal agents get high-level approval to arrest fugitive immigrants, which directly affected Onyango. The directive made clear that U.S. officials worried about possible election implications of arresting Onyango.

She said she wants to thank Bush in person for the order, which gave her a measure of peace but was lifted weeks later.

"I loved President Bush," Onyango said while moving toward a framed photo of Bush and his wife standing with Barack and Michelle Obama at the White House on inauguration day. "He is my No. 1 man in my life because he helped me when I really needed that help."

Once again, we wonder why Ms. Onyango needs political asylum in the first place? There is no evidence that she would face persecution in Kenya.

The rest of Mr. Obama’s relatives living there are treated as VIPs. They are even being provided electricity and running water.

As we have previously noted, Mr. Obama’s (non) grandmother and several of his Kenyan cousins have just been given an all expense round trip to Mecca for ‘the Hajj’ by the King of Saudi Arabia.

If they are experiencing any discrimination it is all in their favor.

Meanwhile, she is certainly getting favorable treatment in this country. Since she should be in prison for remaining here illegally after a court ordered deportation.

Moreover, Ms. Onyango has a social security card, has registered to vote and has voted in various wards and precincts, has worked in the US claiming she was a citizen, and has received welfare benefits including public housing and a back operation.

As for her claim to have no family in the US, she has a brother Obama Onyango (aka Uncle Omar) who lives in the Boston area.

Obama Onyango is also said to be a fugitive absconder deportee with a social security number, who has registered to vote, and who is on welfare. He also reportedly owns a business called Wells Market.

Ms. Onyango also has a God son, Anosike Onyango, living in this country, presumably illegally.

Somehow the AP neglected to mention any of these details. But of course the real reason for this article is twofold.

First, to pluck at our heartstrings so that we insist the saintly Ms. Onyango be given amnesty and be allowed to live forever in our country and collect welfare, despite her many crimes and her abuse of our system.

And, two, she has been trotted out to rebut the claims by Mr. Obama’s half-brother that their shared father was a wife and child beater.

After all, the Associated Press must preserve Mr. Obama’s fable about his life and especially his fabulous father. Who in actual fact was a drunken polygamist Communist bum.

By the way, note the name of the reporter who wrote this story for the AP.

Are there no more Smiths or Joneses in journalism?

Or did they want someone who would be especially sympathetic to Ms. Onyango’s ‘plight’?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “AP Sobs: Obama’s Illegal Aunt Is A Martyr”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    Hey I was just going to post this – such a bunch of bs – she should be in jail (and even if she were in jail in the US it would be better than any in Africa) or deported years ago.

    But as usual with liberals and journalists (gag) we are supposed to view her as the innocent victim and feel sorry for her. I do not at all and if it were up to me – she’d been long gone from the US.

    As would each and every illegal alien I could find. And the fence with electronic surveillance, and perhaps a mine field on our side (or at least signs posted to such) – would have been built – North and South – about 2 nanoseconds after 9/11 – but hey I also would have had a few more months (ok, years) of shock and awe in Afghanistan & Iraq – but that’s just me.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    She became angry when discussing Obama’s half brother who wrote a semi-autobiographical novel about the abusive Kenyan father he shares with the president. She called Mark Ndesandjo, who lives in China,an opportunist eager to capitalize on his famous brother.

    Oh, that’s good….that’s very good.

  3. proreason says:

    Aunty is a tyical Obamy voter.

    And based on the crystal clear Obamy tradition, the first question about her has to be: Is she really the Moron’s aunt?

  4. rocketman says:

    She loves George W? You gotta love it!!!

    • caligirl9 says:

      Further proof that everything is Bush’s fault!
      I thought that anyone remotely related to TCO is nearly sacred and highly revered in Africa!! What is the specific evidence of persecution that she’d suffer?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      What’s more important is WHY she loves “W”. It’s as if the executive order was tailor-made for her, even though it wasn’t. It just happened to include her (most likely unintentionally) and the order was, also most likely, signed as part of an appeasement process to temporarily shut the liberals up.

  5. The Redneck says:

    Obama and his family have not reached out to her either, she said.

    “Before, we were family. But right now, there is a lot of politics,…”

    Auntie might be useful later–but until then, under the bus she goes.

  6. catie says:

    Why hasn’t she been deported YET?

    • Petronius says:

      Because immigration judges serve at the pleasure of the Attorney General.

      Or was that a rhetorical question?

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Notice how Auntie Z says she had no trouble seeing Barry when he was a Ill.State Senator and when he was a U.S. Senator.
    This is where the story falls apart. Barry said he had no contact with Auntie Z before he was sworn in as prez. This put a distance between him and his “Known” illegal alien family member.
    Now all of a sudden, “…she had no trouble seeing him…..”.

    Kinda looks like dingle”Barry” harbored a known illegal alien and may have pulled some strings (Coward Kerry) to get Auntie Z some Housing, medical, food stamps ……… which is meant for “legal” residents.

    Lordy………..I’m pissed!!

    • beautyofreason says:

      Of course. He is an articulate liar.

      All of the “fact checkers” that the AP assigned to Palin’s biography would be better suited analyzing the claims of his books.

      Obama is a word sleuth and uses generic, idealized language to sugar coat his views. Excepting his bizarre hangups about race (which he never mentions any more), Obama knows how to gloss over any little notch that might pop the bubble that is his fantasy micro-self.

      Obama comes off as an idealist who posits himself as an intellectual, but he has no idea how to run a government or keep it within the scope of the Constitution. And either deliberately or through exposure, he has adopted the poisonous perspectives of that “black liberation” theologian and anti-Semitic nutcase named Jeremiah Wright.

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