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Obama's Uncle Arrives at Court, Giggling

Onyango Obama apparently tickled by media attention
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2011 2:10 PM CDT
President Obama's Uncle Onyango Obama Giggles Before Court Appearance
Onyango Obama, right, waits with defense attorney Scott Bratton in Framingham, Mass., District Court Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, during a hearing on an August drunken driving charge.   (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Ken McGagh)

(Newser) – President Obama’s half-uncle was in court today on drunk-driving charges—and he seemed to find the media's attention rather funny, notes the Boston Herald, which describes him as giggling and "stifling laughter" a number of times. Accompanied by attorneys and an unidentified man, Onyango Obama made a very brief appearance in the Massachusetts court, where the judge set a pre-trial conference for Nov. 17. The elder Obama, who is an illegal immigrant, has returned to his job at a liquor store and is “doing well,” his attorney said. Click to see a video of his appearance, which unfortunately doesn't capture his merriment. (Read more Onyango Obama stories.)

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