The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Mr Obama, 26, the youngest of the presidential candidate’s half-brothers, spoke for the first time about his life, which could not be more different than that of the Democratic contender.
He has only met his famous older brother twice – once when he was just five and the last time in 2006 when Senator Obama was on a tour of East Africa and visited Nairobi.
You would think Barack could spare a couple bucks to lift his brother out of this horrid place considering George’s “rent” is only $1 a month.
Considering that Obama’s mother and father were estranged from each other for decades, and that his only contact with this stepbrother was very brief, I would not be surprised if Obama didn’t know at all about his stepbrother’s present circumstances, and that the stepbrother may not have welcome any contact at all from Obama over the years.
I know that from personal experience (I have two stepbrothers).
So, before we rush to damn Obama over his indifference to his brother’s plight, we should keep in mind that family relations between adult stepsiblings are difficult and complicated. Add to that their difference in ages, and the fact that they were raised continents apart. We also do not know of what other factors enter into the picture, such as other problems George may be dealing with.
However, Jawa correctly points out the real issue:
Interesting that an intrepid reporter managed to find this guy in the middle of nowhere in a shanty town in Africa, but the intrepid reporters with all of the resources in the world in the US and elsewhere can’t seem to gain access (or are being blocked by a shadowy “someone”) to the stash of 947 public files containing information about what Obama and terrorist Bill Ayers did in Chicago with their “Annenberg Challenge” during Obama’s tenure as chairman.
Stanley Kurtz and others are trying, but they’re being stonewalled. Maybe if CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSDNC, the NYT, the LAT, USA Today, etc. got on it, it would be a little clearer. But alas, that is asking the media to investigate one of their own. I’m guessing the mainstream press will be using the “John Edwards” defense. That is, they’re not going to bother because what they fear they might find about this time in Obama’s vaunted political career may hurt the Liberal Jesus and by extension the Democrat Party.
Now, THAT would be worth finding, wouldn’t it?
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