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Keeping It In The Family

By now you’ve probably heard that Obama has more destitute relatives:

Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Mr Obama’s best-selling memoir Dreams from My Father, lives in a disabled-access flat on a rundown public housing estate in South Boston.

A second relative believed to be the long-lost “Uncle Omar” described in the book was beaten by armed robbers with a “sawed-off rifle” while working in a corner shop in the Dorchester area of the city. He was later evicted from his one-bedroom flat for failing to pay $2,324.20 (£1,488) arrears, according to the Boston Housing Court.

Apparently this means that Obama is heartless, right? But I’m with Ann Althouse on this one:

Has Obama mistreated these relatives? They contributed nothing to his life when he was growing up. How much of your money do you hand over to relatives who make less than you? Is that a moral obligation? Is it even a kindness? Shouldn’t they have the incentive to take responsibility and work for themselves? In fact, we are not hearing them complain that Obama hasn’t helped them enough. They could bad-mouth him like mad right now, and they don’t. That means something.

And how do we even know that Obama hasn’t given them money or other assistance? I think it’s common courtesy, when you help your adult relatives financially, to keep it quiet.

I seem to remember from “Dreams From My Father” that Obama’s hugely numerous African relatives—some of them anyway—would shamelessly hit him up for money. I’d be happy to know he’s not a soft touch. I’d be happy to know that he expects individuals to work and look after themselves. Yes, he said “spread the wealth around,” but how does he mean to do it? It should cheer us to learn that he loathes handouts.

I’m sure that if Obama wins, there will be more long-lost relatives crawling out of the woodwork. I think it’s fairly obvious that Obama does care about those closest to him, such as his grandmother. Do distant relations or family members who were never a part of his life really deserve anything? Is Obama really being cruel, or just practicing common sense?

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 10/30/08 at 04:41 PM in Election 2008 • Permalink


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