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Obama: I didn’t know of aunt living in U.S. illegally

Published: Sun, November 2, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Saturday he didn’t know his aunt was living in the United States illegally and believes that laws covering the situation should be followed.

The Associated Press found that Obama’s aunt had been instructed to leave the country four years ago by an immigration judge who rejected her request for asylum from her native Kenya. The woman, Zeituni Onyango, is living in public housing in Boston and is the half-sister of Obama’s late father.

A statement given to the AP by Obama’s campaign said, “Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed.” Traveling with Obama in Nevada, campaign strategist David Axelrod declined to elaborate on the statement, but said: “I think people are suspicious about stories that surface in the last 72 hours of a national campaign.”

An adviser to Republican John McCain’s campaign, Mark Salter, said he had no comment on the reports about Obama’s relative. “It’s a family matter,” Salter said.

The campaign said it was returning $260 that Onyango had contributed in small increments to Obama’s presidential bid over several months. Federal election law prohibits foreigners from making political donations. Onyango listed her employer as the Boston Housing Authority and last gave $5 on Sept. 19.

Onyango, 56, is part of Obama’s large paternal family, with many related to him by blood whom he never knew growing up.

Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., left the future presidential nominee when the boy was 2, and they reunited only once — for a monthlong visit when Obama was 10. The elder Obama lived most of his life in Kenya, where he fathered seven other children with three other wives. He died in a car crash in 1982.

Obama was raised for the most part by his mother and her parents in Hawaii. He first met his father’s side of the family when he traveled to Africa 20 years ago.


1PragmaticSubstance(34 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

Here I think is the real reason McCain has never been able to pull it together in this race. Two two debt-financed wars and a domestic policy rivaling the incompetence of the Katrina disaster have left every American man, woman, and child owing $35,000 on the national debt. Senator McCain’s only real economic idea is to make permanent our existing tax policy, despite its having had several years to work already. Instead, his campaign’s main strategy is to change focus almost completely every few days, usually from one tangential issue to the next, stressing William Ayres, then ACORN, then Joe the Plumber, and now for a few days it’s been that Obama, because he means slightly to modify one of the world's most regressive tax systems, is a “socialist." (That one’s a bit ironic after the Republican government took the single largest equity stake in the previously private financial sector.) McCain’s administration would also be overrun with business lobbyists; his very campaign manager and several other advisers were millionaire lobbyists for, of all things, mortgage bankers.

The tragedy is what his chances of winning show about us as people. By not making utterly inevitable an Obama landslide, we Ohioans have shown ourselves a flock of callow children who’ve earned no right of self-government. How long must we stand like fools in the same burning building before we just step outside?

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2PragmaticSubstance(34 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago


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3PragmaticSubstance(34 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

PS: If you haven’t yet cast your vote, consider this. Senator McCain has acknowledged, more than once, that he doesn’t really understand economics (e.g., to the Wall Street Journal), but claims that to make up for it he is reading Alan Greenspan’s memoir, “The Age of Turbulence.” Since then: (1) Greenspan has publicly stated that we cannot afford the McCain tax plan (because it would “financ[e] tax cuts” for the wealthy “with borrowed money”); and (2) after the current credit crisis, Greenspan told Congress he was in a “state of shocked disbelief” at how seriously mistaken had been his “model . . . [of] how the world works.” These facts cannot characterize the right choice for President.

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4andersonathan(687 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

And if you can read and comprehend a few things. Try NCPA it is a review on Bush's Tax cuts.

Greenspan will say anything to save face right now.

And the root cause of the bubble burst came from "The Community Reinvestment Act [CRA] 1977 Carter.

So what Obama throwing Auntie under the bus?
Grannie [white] Obama ran to her?
Auntie not only a illegal alien, living in public housing, working for them, registered to vote and donated to Obama. All grounds for deportation I say arrest and detain her.

At least Nobama could have put her up in one of Rezko slum shacks, so She could visit her nieces. Maybe send a couple of those donations under 200 dollars from Dr. Doolittle to his youngest half brother in Kenya. [he lives on a dollar a month]

Maybe the real reason McCain is catching up in the polls. To many people under Nobama's bus.

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5j2289(13 comments)posted 7 years, 8 months ago

c'mon...you believe that one and i bet you believe that William Ayers is "just another person living in the neighborhood". NoBama will twist anything he says to get your vote.

Don’t believe the liberal NY Times or Gallup polls. They were wrong in Florida and Ohio in 2000 and they are wrong again. IBD TIPP and Rasmussen polls show Obama’s lead is vanishing and that undecided voters are voting for McCain/Palin. Say NO TO SOCIALISM…say YES to AMERICA and FREEDOM. Vote McCain/Palin.

How did we get in this financial mess? You deserve to know, especially if you are losing your home or your life savings has been wiped out by the recent stock market decline. For answers watch this You Tube video:

Obama wants to take money away from you and give it away…socialism! Watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c...

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