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Barack Obama's Brother Found in Kenya

All in the Family: Barack Obama's Brother Found in Kenya

Far from the hustle of the campaign trail, in a patchwork town on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, Italy's Vanity Fair says they've tracked down Barack Obama's brother. He shares a father with Barack though not a mother. Living in a hut measuring six-by-nine feet, the 26-year-old named George Hussein Onyango Obama, survives on less than a dollar a month.

Plastering the walls of his hut are football posters and one front page newspaper clipping of Barack. This detail topped my heartbroke-list this morning: he says he's embarrassed by the poverty in which he lives and shies away from any Obama connection:

I live like a recluse, no one knows I exist. . . If anyone says something about my surname, I say we are not related. I am ashamed.

That makes my insides cry. To see a picture of George,


George says he's met the Obama we know so well, twice — once as a young boy, and once when Sen. Obama visited Nairobi in 2006. George said it was like meeting a stranger — indeed George gets one brief mention in Barack's autobiography, described as a "beautiful boy with a rounded head." George has had a rough go of it, but is working on setting things right — he's starting classes at a local technical college.

Reading this, I can't help but be amazed. When Obama said, "he doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency, he’s a got a funny name," stories like this bring that wealth of diversity he was talking about into focus. The US might have a president who has a brother who lives in a hut in Africa. Wow. Are you fascinated by this too?


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LaKeisha LaKeisha 8 years
Sorry, correction, that income was 4.2 million. But to the poor brother in Africa, might as well be 4.2 hundred.
LaKeisha LaKeisha 8 years
Maybe Barack Hussein Obama could get Oprah to help raise some money for his struggling step brother in Africa. I guess it would be a bit much to ask hime to share some of the 4.2 billion he reported as personal income on his 2007 tax return. I believe charity starts with helping those close to you, like blood relatives who deserve a hand. But if you are an Elitist with a capital E that may not be your bag. A few scraps of caviar perhaps????? What a crock! And so sad to see all those who follow blindly with out asking who this person really is. Baaaaah, baaaah, he so cute and a superstar, baaaaaah, baaaaah, Obaaaahma.
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
good point organic! maybe I should reconsider ;)
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
blondie, that's a very prestigious publication. I bet no one here has written for a school newspaper.
blondie01 blondie01 8 years
The "empty suit" debate will never be put to rest. It is in the eye of the beholder whether they think Obama's credentials qualify him for President. Some people just have higher standards than others and IMO Obama doesn't cut it for the most powerful job in the world (Yes, even if he was President...of the Harvard Law Review).
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Yes, just put your head in the sand and keep telling yourself that is all he has done. Maybe someday it will come true. ;)
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>Oh, yeah! I forgot that speech at the DNC 4 years ago. Groundbreaking stuff. I change my mind. He's totally qualified. It's so easy to support a view when you cherry pick your facts.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"He is d*amned if he do or don't with some: If he supports his brother - they will say he supports terrorism. If he doesn't support - then how could he support the American people. " Exactly. Unfortunate, isn't it?
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 8 years
Oh, yeah! I forgot that speech at the DNC 4 years ago. Groundbreaking stuff. I change my mind. He's totally qualified.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
torgleson - who is a troll?
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Don't feed the troll...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
That was meant for another post. Sorry!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
When did I say that? :puzzled:
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
He is d*amned if he do or don't with some: If he supports his brother - they will say he supports terrorism. If he doesn't support - then how could he support the American people. I can't wait to read the conspiracy theories.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I dont think that serving on a board with someone is having "close ties". I work with people on a regular basis that I don't agree with. When they first were introduced, it was when the incumbant Senator (who was no longer running for office) had a party at her house to introduce her supporters to Obama. It had nothing to do with Obama sharing ideas about terrorism with this guy. If you are going to stretch that far to make a dig at Obama, then you probably had not intention of considering him anyway. (Beachbarbie, your avtar is super cute, btw!)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
BeachBarbie, Obama has a huge number of half brothers, and as stated, he's met this particular one twice in his life. We don't know anything about this guy or why he lives in poverty. What if Obama has given him money and he spent it on drugs? I think to jump to the conclusion that he'd treat the U.S. poorly based on this article is a bit of a leap. In any case, as a Republican, wouldn't you want a president that didn't support welfare? ;)
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
I mean he (Obama) knew of his existence (and from what I read...he did), wouldn't any person with half a heart try to find their half brother. Oh, and oops...I didn't capitalize Republican in my first comment.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
I guess I should clarify...that I don't understand why Obama didn't look for him. :?
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
I just found out about this earlier today. What's puzzling me (I admit I need to read a lot more on this subject) is Obama helping his brother and family out financially, now. Because, if this is how he treats his family...imagine how he would treat us...the citizens in the U.S. I'm really surprised Democrats aren't speaking up on this matter...and I'm a laid back republican. (Hopefully, there is much more to this story.) I know if I had the money the Obama's have...I would definitely be helping out my loved ones (family & friends) if they needed it. RCL, I agree with your comment.
kadams11 kadams11 8 years
I agree RCLdesigngirl. I'm sure he's well qualified for lots of jobs, but not this one. Was he on the Dean's List at Columbia as well? I think it's ironic that someone with close, known ties to terrorist Bill Ayers would even be considered for the job of Commander in Chief
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Jill I'm not sure I'd bother responding to organic. I have yet to see evidence that he or she's interested in engaging in real conversation about the topics. The main goal seems to be to get a rise.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
"For example, he was President of the Harvard Law review" I think we're working with the same set of facts.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Jillness Jillness 8 years
It is harder to play the simplistic game when you have an educated audience. Just a tip.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
Well it's between that and his extracurriculars in college.
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