Obama has a half brother living in deep poverty in Kenya
A lot of people, seeing a story like this, will wonder why Barack didn't do anything financially for George. So do I. I don't expect a rich Illinois lawyer to buy a Coloumbia University education for all his Kenyan half-siblings, but at far less cost he could significantly improve their lot with trade schooling (as George currently plans) or financing a small family business or something.
What grabs my attention is that Barack has scarcely any relationship with his Kenyan relatives
. Something ain't right.
Michelle Malkin is out of line with this snark:
Actually, this may be one of the few times Obama did taxpayers a favor - by not bringing his unemployed brother here to live off the welfare state.
There's no telling what life George coud have led in AMerica - he could have been a gainfully employed attorney like Hugh Rodham, or a failed musician like Roger Clinton.
If there is a silver lining to George's not moving to the US of A, it's that he didn't have a chance to be corrupted by Barack's political allies.
Some of the Malkinator's commenters drew Billy Carter comparisons, to which I objected:
I’ll believe he’s the next Billy Carter when he starts wangling financial deals with Mohammar Qaddafi.
Oh, and he lives in a shack, not a hut. I watched Gilligan's Island for years - I know what a hut looks like.
Update: Occasional shipments of arugula to the relatives wouldn't hurt :-)
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