(Ok, I’ll say it. Obama made millions of dollars last year in book sales. Barack and Michelles combined salaries last year where almost $300K.
The per capita income for Kenya is $1,445. Is it too much to expect Barack might throw his step-brother a grand or five so the guy doesn’t have to live in squalor? – promoted by Cool Cal)
Reading up on a story about Obama’s half brother, much like any American family his is fragmented and fragile and despite biological ties fail to keep in touch and care for one another.
I feel compelled to speak on this since my parish here in Lowell serves the local Catholic Kenyan community and through the year along with the Kenyan community has fundraisers such as raising money for a Kenyan hospital to have beds so patients don’t lie on the floor. It’s sad commentary that my daughter might be doing more for the needs of Kenya, then what Obama does for his own brother.
Also it reminds me of what my family has done. Prior to the internet and cell phones a good portion of my mother’s family still lived in a small village in Greece. I remember as a child (early 80s) my mother and along with her sister packaging up items to be mailed them over. They were actually ‘half relatives’ since her grandmother passed away and her grandfather remarried and had more children. To this day my mother checks up on older relatives in Greece with a phone call, even sending money over. My mother has only met these relatives three times in person over a lifetime, but she always thinks of them.
So why aren’t the networks covering the fact that Barack Obama’s half-brother George lives in a 6 by 10 foot hut in the slums of Kenya? It took a reporter for the Italian edition of Vanity Fair to locate George Obama. Obama noted that when he met his famous half-brother in 2006 “we spoke for just a few minutes. It was like meeting a complete stranger.” George Obama also told the magazine that “I live here on less than a dollar month,” and “if anyone says something about my surname, I say we are not related. I am ashamed.” Obama has done absolutely nothing to help his unfortunate half-brother.
Apparently alarmed that this report could hurt Obama, CNN dispatched one of its reporters to do cover-up work for the Obama campaign. This is a hopeless enterprise; anyone who sees pictures of George Obama’s dwelling place on the web knows that they reveal the worst images of African poverty. Moreover, for all its propagandistic intent, the CNN report is unintentionally damaging to Obama. The reporter cannot hide the fact that George Obama comes from a “ramshackled slum.” A neighbor tells CNN that Barack Obama really should connect with his half-brother and “see how he’s living” and do what he can to “improve our way of life.”
CNN attempts to portray George Obama as a self-reliant fellow who doesn’t want any help. The network quotes him saying, “I was brought up well. I live well even now.” George, however, speaks in a halting voice; he is trying to maintain his self-image. George also says, “I’m Kenyan…I would love to live in Kenya.” Presumably George gave this answer to a question asking whether he’d like to move to the United States with Barack Obama’s help. These answers, however, in no way suggest that George doesn’t want Barack Obama’s intervention to relieve his grinding poverty. A man’s effort to maintain his dignity should not be exploited to pretend that he doesn’t want a helping hand.