Turns Out, Obama Met His Uncle After All
In fact, he lived with him in Cambridge, says White House in correcting the record
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2013 7:03 PM CST
Onyango Obama, President Obama's Kenyan-born uncle.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

(Newser) – Whoops. The White House had to make a strange about-face today and acknowledge that President Obama has, in fact, met his Uncle Omar. Not only that, but the younger Obama actually lived with his uncle for a few weeks in Cambridge in the 1980s, reports the Boston Globe. The tidbit surfaced this week during Onyango Obama's deportation hearing in Boston. Onyango—Omar is his nickname—testified that his nephew stayed with him for a brief spell when Barack arrived in town to attend Harvard Law School.

“It’s a good thing to let your nephew stay with you,” he said afterward, explaining that "your brother’s kids are your kids as well.” This wouldn't have caused headlines if not for the fact that a White House spokesman said in 2011—after Omar's arrest for drunken driving—that the two had never met. Jay Carney explained the mistake today by saying no staffers had actually asked the president in person, reports the LA Times. This time, they did. “The president has not seen Omar Obama in 20 years and has not spoken with him in a decade," he added. But given that Omar was allowed to remain in the country, maybe that will change?

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Guillermo
Dec 7, 2013 1:10 PM CST
So our CIC isn't qualified to be president of his own fan club. Tell us something we don't know.
Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 6, 2013 7:35 PM CST
First it was Obama's crack smoking aunt who got a free pass from white pressure on INS to prevent her deportation. Now his drunken, entitlement sucking uncle gets a pass, once again per pressure from the white house to the INS. Can Obama possibly have a worse family than the Rodhams or Clintons? How many family members of Hillary and Slick Willey did he pardon on his last day in office? Why haven't we passed laws against using the white house to benefit your own family in any way? Its time we make it an impeachable offense. This is especially true if Hillary does become a candidate and Heaven help us all, president. I mean she has dark ponies on both sides of her family where she could wipe the magic wand as the evil witch of the Ozarks, and make all their felonies go bye bye. Obama's insistence on keeping his vastly undocumented family in the USA only helps the birthers. Quite frankly I thought those people were nutters. Now this is starting to make me believe they may in fact have something.
Ultraworld
Dec 6, 2013 3:20 PM CST
I thought Jimmie Carter's brother pissing on a tree at the White House (drunk on Billy Beer) was funny, but this tops that by a mile. This guy is a joke.