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Thursday, August 21, 2008

 
Big White Mansions And Little Shacks

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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