There was a joke among DC Beltway insiders that during the Clinton years if you shook Bill’s family tree hard enough, chances were that at least one more previously unknown half-brother would fall out. Barack Obama has a variation of the same predicament, except in his case, it’s legal troubles involving his late father’s siblings, one of whom passed away recently. As reported here at LU, earlier this month Obama’s beloved aunt Zeituni Onyango shuffled off this mortal coil, yet the Chief Executive chose to pass on attending the funeral, opting instead to hit the links.
Otherwise known as “being a maid”
Auntie Zeituni first came to this nation legally on a visa in 2000 when her famous nephew was just starting his political career as an Illinois state senator. The half-sister to Barack Hussein Obama, Senior, Aunt Zeituni moved into the Obama’s Chicago home to help with the raising of his second-born daughter, Sasha, and she also “did household chores for the family.”
Unfortunately, Zeituni’s visa expired soon after, and after an unsuccessful attempt at gaining asylum status from the State Department, she went under the radar as an illegal alien. Only in the shadow of her nephew’s election to the presidency in 2008 did reporters discover Zeituni living in abject poverty in a Boston public housing project. Citing tribal violence at home in Kenya, Onyango finally gained legal immigrant status in 2010.
Zeituni isn’t the only Obama family elder to have run-ins with the American judicial system. Uncle Onyango “Omar” Obama lived in the United States for almost 50 years as an illegal alien. Prior to his problems with America’s immigration laws, he was also arrested in Framingham, Massachusetts in 2011 for drunken driving. It was then that it was discovered that Uncle Omar has an outstanding deportation order dating back to 1992. Only recently was he granted a green card by a sympathetic federal immigration judge. Many accused the government of giving him special treatment at the same time President Obama was deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants.
Even though the president chose not to pay his respects in person when Zeituni died, Obama reportedly did help pay for the funeral and sent a note of condolence. No dollar amount or percentage of the costs Obama supposedly helped defray was cited.