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Obama's half-brother calls a shack home and lives on less than $1 a month

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  1. DStaub

    DStaub New Member

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    The photograph shows a young, unsmiling man standing in front of a jagged fence built from scraps of timber and rusted bits of corrugated metal.

    The 26-year-old man is outside his shanty home on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.

    He survives on less than $1 a month.

    He says he is Barack Obama's half-brother.

    "I live like a recluse," George Hussein Onyango Obama says in an article published in the latest edition of the Italian-language Vanity Fair. "No one knows I exist."

    While the junior Illinois senator is plotting a course for the White House, his half brother lives in an African shanty, the article says.

    Barack Obama has written and spoken often about his Kenyan roots and his half-siblings.
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  2. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope this is not a political ploy of some sort. I would be very disappointed with the Republican Party if this was something that they created to discredit Obama. However, if this is not a joke, really makes me wonder about Obama, even more then I have in the past.
  3. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    It's probably embarrassing to Obama, but it'd be foolish to blame him for his father's indiscretions.
  4. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    I saw a special about George Obama on TV a few days ago. Weird story.
  5. bbgun

    bbgun Benched

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    Buyer's remorse.

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  6. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    Meh. Just about everyone I know has family members that just don't seem to be able to pull themselves up by their bootstraps.
  7. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I think there's a bit of a difference between family members, living here in the U.S. (which is what I assume you mean) and brothers and sisters who might be living in a country like Africa. The opportunity to pull one's self up from there respective Boot Straps are seriously hampered by the fact that most don't even own a pair of Boots in that country.

    I don't know the whole story here. Heck, I don't even know half of it but on the surface, it doesn't sound as if it's a very good one for Obama.

    I have an open mind on it but if you've got the kind of money he has, why would you not try to assist? I don't know.
  8. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    This story is utterly irrelevant as far as I'm concerned.

    What's he supposed to do? Canvass Africa and bail out any down-on-his-luck guy he finds there whose name happens to be "Obama"?
  9. REDVOLUTION

    REDVOLUTION Return to Dominance

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    He wont help 1/2 family.

    But yeah he will help the American People :rolleyes:


    Politicians are all liars. They are all looking out for #1.
  10. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    Not if he's not his Brother. On the other hand, if it is indeed his Brother, then maybe. Yeah, maybe so.
  11. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Sure this guy lives on a $1 a month...SURRRRREEEE


    Than tell me this wise guys, how could he afford that cool knit cap and pull over if he lives on $1 a month?!?!?!

    That's what I thought!!!!
  12. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I learned just about 2 months ago that I have a half brother and sister. I have never met them. If I had the means and they were in those conditions I would help.
  13. Bach

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    Just wait if Obama gets elected. His brother won't be the only one living like that.

    Freaking socialists. :D
  14. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Hey, hey, hey, hey!

    $1 is enough to buy a kilogram of tomatoes.

    A KILO!!!

    OMG that'd be enough to last a year!! :lmao2:

    seriously, i question the validity of this story (even if there's a half-brother, it seems that 70 Ksh/month is a bit of an exaggeration). If he IS in this situation (which I'm not so sure he is), then I definitely agree that Obama should help out a half-brother, especially because he can.
  15. Angus

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    BREITBART: 'The Inconvenient Obama'
    Andrew Breitbart
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008


    ANALYSIS/OPINION:

    Sen. Barack Obama has a problem. And it lives in a hut.

    His name is George Hussein Onyango Obama, and he is the 26-year-old half brother of Mr. Obama, the multimillionaire autobiographer who neglected to write that his paternal sibling lives on less than a dollar a month in the outer slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

    They have met twice.

    Unearthed by Italian Vanity Fair and virtually ignored by the American press, the inconvenient George Obama could emerge as a compelling character in the freshman senator's carefully edited road-to-the-White-House narrative - especially now that his campaign has unleashed a personal attack on Sen. John McCain's station in life.

    The Obama hit job on Mr. McCain seizes on his clumsiness in answering a reporter's question about how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own. "I think - I'll have my staff get to you," Mr. McCain fumbled. In a well-funded nationally televised ad spot titled "Seven," Mr. Obama's messenger twice repeats the correct answer as the words on the screen reinforce the meme of class warfare.

    "Seven. Worth $13 million."

    The Sunday morning shows parroted Mr. Obama's shocking discovery that the McCain family is well-off. Smarting Obamaniacs campaigning for their messiah are now scripted to ask voters in battleground states how many houses they own and participate in an official campaign contest, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: McCain Edition." Winners receive hope, change and fist bumps - spoils of the "new kind of politics."

    Someone who made $4.2 million last year and lives in a mansion that a mobster helped pay for should not be throwing stones. When Mr. Obama's flesh-and-blood lives in squalor, raising the standard of living of his opponent's extended family is probably not a smart idea.

    It's scary to think that this could be a preview of an Obama presidency in which attacking the rich is all the rage, and the rich in the news media pretend it's OK. Hugo Chavez is having a helluva run bringing down his formerly prosperous nation of Venezuela with that formula.

    Mr. McCain, of course, would be publicly eviscerated if he funded an ad campaign called "12" - as in the amount of dollars a year Mr. Obama's half-brother subsists on. The message also could accurately point out that Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, have consistently fallen short of the national average in charitable contributions since they entered the highest income bracket - despite their ballyhooed "progressive" religious faith that touts "economic equality."

    It would also be fair game now to point out that preaching "social justice" pays better than being a United States senator. The Trinity United Church of Christ is building a mansion for the Rev. Jeremiah Wright that includes an elevator, a butler's pantry, a bar, a rubberized exercise room - and the 10,000-square-foot estate backs up to the Odyssey Country Club. (Memo to wealthy Caucasian Republican members of the golf club: "Fore!")

    Attached to Mr. Wright's church-funded property is a peculiar $10 million line of credit - presumably, none of which will be given to George Obama.

    Mr. McCain's ad also could highlight that Michelle Obama is on leave from her $317,000-a-year job at the University of Chicago Medical Center, which is now under scrutiny - along with Obama campaign chief David Axelrod and two other staffers - for a scheme that, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, "steers patients who don't have private insurance - primarily poor, black people - to other health care facilities."

    "The medical professionals who have come to me are accusing the university of dumping patients on its neighboring institutions," Toni Preckwinkle, alderman for the 4th Ward, told the paper.

    Patient-dumping poor blacks may be interesting, but not quite as newsworthy as John McCain marrying a beer heiress 28 years ago.

    Does anyone think if Mr. McCain had a sibling living in a trailer park making minimum wage (892 times more than Mr. Obama's half brother's yearly income) that the mainstream media and the Obama campaign wouldn't notice?

    In fact, last week National Public Radio ran a piece titled, "Cindy McCain's Half Sister 'Angry' She's Hidden," highlighting that Mr. McCain's wife's half sister was left out of her father's will. The piece was duly filed under the publicly funded network's "conservative compassion deficit" media template.

    Yet Mr. Obama has a half brother who lives in Africa on three cents a day, and the story breaks in an Italian magazine and is picked up by a London newspaper and a few others in Australia. Perhaps the story would be carried widely in America if they could figure out how to blame President Bush. But as Bob Geldof pointed out, he "has done more [for Africa] than any other president," and of the press harshly judged, "You guys didn't pay attention."

    Nor will they pay attention that the McCains have adopted a poor Bangladeshi child and done untold amounts of humanitarian and charity work.

    What makes this story newsworthy for Italians, Brits and Aussies, but not Americans, is that the U.S. free press is free to ignore stories that could take down their preordained president. And after the Internet and talk radio-driven "Swift Boat" story unexpectedly sank their last guy, the mainstream American press is taking extra precautions this time around.

    If for some inexplicable reason the media are forced by their online and talk radio betters to run with this outrageous and creepy story, key Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey can come to the rescue at the Democratic National Convention. On Night 3, the billionaire television hostess can synthesize her two best show archetypes: the heart-wrenching family reunion and "Oprah's Favorite Things," the giveaway of material goods.

    Imagine the emotional fireworks when 75,000 Obama supporters at Invesco Field witness Barack Obama reconnecting with his destitute half brother as is he lavished with Kai Body Butter & Buffer, Perfect Endings Cupcakes by Williams-Sonoma, Hand-Blown Crystal Champagne Glasses by Deborah Ehrlich and a Pure Simplicity Pumpkin Purifying Mask.

    Controversy averted. Because Democrats care more.

    Andrew Breitbart is the founder of the news Web site breitbart.com and is co-author of "Hollywood Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon - the Case Against Celebrity."

    http://washtimes.com/news/2008/aug/26/the-inconvenient-obama/
  16. ABQCOWBOY

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  17. iceberg

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    so because someone is well off they're supposed to take care of everyone their father, fathered? if he has no sense of self worth to get off his $1 a month hiney what entitles him to anything that obama has done?

    do we not all have cousins and other "blood" we're maybe doing better than they are? i mean, esp if you've met them...twice.

    dunno why obama doesn't just setup a $5k a month fund for this strong family member down on his luck.
  18. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    I agree completely with your point.

    However, when Obama's campaign is predicated largely on perpetuating class warfare and promising federal aid to the impoverished, a story such as this one intimates a level of hypocrisy on Obama's part.

    I'm not saying that Obama is being hypocritical. I'm only suggesting the intimation is there.
  19. Brandon

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    Obama again not caring about anyone other than himself. He is a disaster in the making. I hope this scum bag gets buried when he isn't elected.
  20. ABQCOWBOY

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    I don't think your responsible for taking care of all your father's responsabilities but I do think that if you are able to help, you extend an offer to help. I mean, as I said earlier, I don't know all there is to know about this situation but it would seem that the least you might do is to try and help this person get to the States. At least that would be a chance to get ahead. I mean, if this article is truthful in it's depiction of this persons situation, he has little to no chance of making it from where his current station in live has him. It's not like this is his 2nd or 3rd cousin. This is his brother, all be it half.

    I mean, you would hope that the intelligence factor alone would help you to see that it's in your best interest to help this person. Why wouldn't you spend a couple thousand bucks and help him. The money he will now have to spend on spinning this thing would have paid for his Brother's get well plan 10 times over. Probably more and the positive pub would hve been more then money could buy. I mean, if nothing else, this just illustrates that the guy is not very smart. Why even take the risk? I don't understand it.

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