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Heartless Obama throws poor, illegal alien aunt under bus; will return illegal donations; lies about not knowing?

Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt Zeituni Onyango - called "Auntie Zeituni" in his memoirs - turns out to be an illegal alien living in a Boston slum who illegally donated part of her meager income to his campaign.

And, now she joins a host of other former Obama associates under his bus. After it was discovered yesterday that she's an illegal alien, the Obama campaign has today released the following statement:

"Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed."

Now, let's parse that out, Clinton-like.

1. He's not offering to get her an immigration lawyer to see whether her case is salvageable. Instead, he's just throwing her under the bus, in effect daring the Bush administration to go deport her. He truly is Mr. Wonderful, isn't he?

2. The statement puts his supposed lack of knowledge of her status in the present tense. What about past knowledge? Wouldn't a statement like this normally say that he "had" no knowledge?

3. Does this contradict his past implications that immigration raids and associated deportations should be stopped until "immigration reform" passes? Is he more "humane" to millions of other illegal aliens than his own aunt? (See Barack details practical, progressive, and humane federal policy that fundamentally addresses issues of immigration, link)

4. Isn't this yet another in the long line of support for illegal activity that follows him around everywhere he goes? His former bagman has been convicted; he's linked to others under investigation or suspected of being involved in illegal activity; his illegal alien aunt gave him illegal campaign donations; he supports illegal immigration and would allow it to continue; and, he's received potentially tens of millions of dollars in illegal campaign contributions.

5. The campaign says they'll return her donations (link). What about all the potential millions from others?

6. Let's look at the timeline the AP provides and see if it could be possible - shocking as it may be - that Obama is lying about having knowledge of her status:

~1988: [Obama] first met his father's side of the family when he traveled to Africa 20 years ago. He referred to Onyango as "Auntie Zeituni" when describing the trip in his memoir, saying she was "a proud woman."

~1992: returns to Kenya with Michelle, sees her again

~1999: Onyango visited the family in Chicago on a tourist visa at Obama's invitation about nine years ago, the campaign said, stopping to visit friends on the East Coast before returning to Kenya.

2005: She attended Obama's swearing-in to the U.S. Senate in 2004 [note: actually 2005], but campaign officials said Obama provided no assistance in getting her a tourist visa and doesn't know the details of her stay.

2006: The campaign said he last heard from her about two years ago when she called saying she was in Boston, but he did not see her there.

Does anyone in their right mind think that the hyper-ruthless and -efficient Obama campaign wouldn't have immediately have done a background check - "vetted" her - to make sure she wasn't going to be a liability? He knew she came here on a tourist visa in 2004. Did she apply for asylum on that visit? Isn't that something she would have mentioned to him? Perhaps not, but wouldn't he expect that she would have returned home? Then, when she called back in 2006 wouldn't he immediately wonder under what status she'd come back? If she'd mentioned that she'd applied for regular legal immigration (rather than seeking asylum), wouldn't he wonder about the timing? Clearly she wants to live in the U.S.; wouldn't he have inquired about what she was doing to further that goal?

And, she previously told at least two reporters that she couldn't comment on anything until after the election. Did she think up that on her own? What role if any do those in Obama friend Deval Patrick's administration have in any of this? Were any of those people "minding" her?

Everyone reading this - not MSM reporters - needs to go out and try to ask Obama some questions about this. We need to find out exactly what Obama knew about this (and when he knew it). And, we need to find out exactly what else he's hiding away until after the election.

UPDATE: Rep. John Conyers has sent a letter to Michael Chertoff, saying in part: "I was startled to read in today’s Associated Press that a 'federal law enforcement official' has leaked information about an immigration case involving a relative of Senator Obama." However, is what the official did illegal, or are they just worried about reprisal in case BHO wins? If the former, the comments here concerning the JTP case apply. What part of her case is not a part of the public record?

UPDATE 2: His swearing-in was actually in 2005, not 2004 as the AP report says. I changed that above. That also means that she was here illegally while attending his swearing-in ceremony.

Politics · Sat, 11/01/2008 - 07:34 · Importance: 9

Sat, 11/01/2008 - 17:02
fred

24ahead will not be in business after November 4th. kiss your hateful rump goodbye.

Sat, 11/01/2008 - 17:25
Continuum

This is the October surprise. Obama is now toast. Not only does this prove that he took illegal donations, but it also proves that he knew that his Aunt was breaking the law and did nothing to bring her to justice. This proves just how corrupt and criminal Obama really is. In the meantime, I need to report my own aunt to the authorities. I think she once ate a strawberry at the fresh fruit counter in the supermarket and never paid for it. It is time that everyone learned that we absolutely will no longer countenance crime. If need be, we must report our brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, children, aunts, uncles and anyone who would even be suspected of breaking the law. Only when everyone is properly under government surveilance, and only then, when we truly be safe from terrorists.

Sat, 11/01/2008 - 17:35
eh

It's a little hard to believe that Obama was COMPLETELY IGNORANT of this woman's whereabouts and status.

Sat, 11/01/2008 - 18:36
eh

This CNN story has some interesting lines: [1] _Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said the agency "is prohibited from commenting on any individual's status."_ Why wouldn't or shouldn't ICE be able to confirm her status? If they don't know, who does? It ought to be a matter of public record. In general you can obtain the criminal record of just about anyone -- it's not considered protected information. _Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan fired off a letter asking Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to investigate whether someone leaked the information to the media in an effort to damage Obama._ Why shouldn't Americans be allowed to know before the election that a relative of Obama is in the country illegally, and to ask if he knew about it? _The Obama campaign did not indicate whether Obama has been in touch with his aunt, whom he describes in his book "Dreams from My Father."_ Uh-huh. Like I said I find it very hard to believe that 1) he has had no contact with her, and 2) he was unaware of her status. _It is not clear when Onyango arrived in the United States._ This information should be available too. _She told the London Times that she travels back and forth between the United States and Kenya._ Oh yeah? When, for example? Not recently, apparently. _"I have been coming to America ever since 1975. I always come and go," the Times quoted her as saying._ If true then she was, presumably, repeatedly issued a tourist visa, came to the US, and returned to Kenya. So why did she need to apply for asylum? This story is a little fishy. It would be very interesting to catch Obama in a tawdry lie about this. Too bad it's come so late in the campaign.

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[1] us.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/01/obama.aunt/index.html

Sat, 11/01/2008 - 19:50
Di

Hasn’t anybody considered that people believing McCain got George Bush to orchestrate ANOTHER leak that will ruin an old woman’s life could actually backfire on McCain? So the AP claims the leak came from somebody who was willing to break the law and ruin a woman's life with the leak but we should think they are telling the truth when they say they didn't have a political agenda and won't vote? Are you crazy? What kind of journalism is that? First, If Americans could have their careers threatened by relatives – including their estranged fathers’ half sister - who did problematic things, we would all be unemployed. But this isn’t about Obama’s Aunt’s behavior, this is about promoting stereotypes that link Obama to African American welfare, to illegal immigration, and to reinforce his foreignness. Secondly, the media should not write/say a WORD about a story regarding one candidates relative unless they also mention all of the other Candidate's relatives. 1. That means writing IN THE SAME STORY about Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter and about her son being convicted of criminal behavior for vandalizing school buses. THEN it means blaming Palin. 2. That Means writing IN THE SAME STORY about Cindy McCaina) being a drug addict, b) stealing drugs from her own charity, c) denying the existence of her sister and not sharing her millions with her, d)having an affair with a married man (John McCain) and e) Cindy McCain lying about numerous things repeatedly. (Mother Teresa, Rwanda, Cookies) What is worse, being an illegal immigrant who has been denied asylum OR being a drug addict who has robbed a charity? If that's the comparison than McCain is worse than Obama because his wife is worse than Obama's aunt. If you're going to play this game, play it fairly and apply this to both sides. . Also, think about how you're destroying this old woman's life and then try to sleep it night, you hack.

Sat, 11/01/2008 - 20:38
Vatar

It the story were about the illegal actions of Obama's relative, it would have no legs. Who doesn't have a relative who breaks the law? The story is about Obama illegally accepting campaign contributions from her, and wanting to redistribute more of my hard-earned money to her (so she can give more to him).

Sun, 11/02/2008 - 07:50
cjsomewhere

Ruining the poor womans life? Gimme a break. She is here illegally. And most likely our wannaB C-I-C knew it. So who cares if a judge hears your case, You dont like his answer, Dont worry about it, Laws mean nothing, right? Well, YOU can pay for Auntie to keep living in Govt housing in Boston with YOUR money if you want to, while Barack eats lobster & caviar at 1600 Pennsylvania. I wonder what Barry will get her for Christmas?

Sun, 11/02/2008 - 07:52
cjsomewhere

...and, GeeeDubya spilling the story? Right. And he did that just so he could turn around and stall any deportation actions until AFTER the election?

Sun, 11/02/2008 - 10:50
Continuum

" . . . It's a little hard to believe that Obama was completely ignorant of this woman's whereabouts and status. . . .' As true patriots it is important that we all immediately check on all our aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, neighbors, kids, grandkids, dogs, cats, gerbils, brother-in-laws, parents, absolutely everyone. If need be, we should secretly spy on our neighbors, peek in their windows, inspect their garbage. WE MUST BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that none of our relatives are acquantances are breaking the law. OTHERWISE THE TERRORISTS WIN AND WE WILL NO LONGER BE FREE. When they are at work, or away from the house, you should sneak into their homes and make sure that they are doing nothing illegal. WE PATRIOTS MUST STOP ALL POSSIBLE ILLEGAL ACTIVITY. Not only are we our brother's keeper, but we must make sure we know that any relative, living or dead, no matter where they live, that these people NEVER BREAK ABY LAW. Kids must turn in their parents. Husbands must report on their wives. Pastors must report on their flocks. Only when everyone has completely investigated everyone else WILL WE REALLY BE FREEE!!!!!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!!!!!!

Sun, 11/02/2008 - 14:17
eh

_As true patriots it is important that we all immediately check on all our aunts,..._ He mentions/speaks fondly of her DOZENS OF TIMES in his book. She was one of the first to greet him when he got off the plane in Kenya. Kenya, US. US, Kenya. See the difference? So you'd think he'd know that she had come to the US and what she was doing there. Read his book. Idiot.

Sun, 11/02/2008 - 17:25
petty bourgeois

"24ahead will not be in business after November 4th. kiss your hateful rump goodbye." Bullshit. This site will be here for eternity. Now run along and go post on DailyKos or something.

Sun, 11/02/2008 - 19:36
D Flinchum

" 24ahead will not be in business after November 4th. kiss your hateful rump goodbye." Why? Is BHO going to institute censorship? Destroy his enemies? Crush dissent? Could it be that the absolute worst said about him is true????