President Obama's 'Drunk Driver' Uncle Isn't His Problem

obama's uncle onyango obamaAs much as the Republicans try to pin him as a snooty "elitist," President Obama really is just like you and me. Recent proof: Like most people, he has annoying relatives. Last week, 67-year-old Onyango Obama, the President's late father's half-brother, was arrested for drunk driving in Framingham, Massachusetts. After not stopping his SUV at an intersection, he was pulled over and found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.14.

When asked if he wanted to make a phone call, he said, "I think I will call the White House," according to a police report. Ha.

Now, the White House has confirmed that yes, Onyango is Obama's uncle. Sigh. Making matters seemingly worse, Onyango is an illegal immigrant from Kenya. However, it bears noting that his case is now going through the immigration process.

If I know Obama haters, they'll embrace this incident and attempt to spin it to make the President look bad.


But his estranged uncle's business should NOT be a thorn in the President's side.

Everyone has a step-sibling, uncle, aunt, second cousin, whoever who has done something questionable, perhaps illegal. If everyone had to carry around the weight of a distant relative's inappropriate behavior, we'd all look like morons. (It's a fine line, though. Obviously, a politician's spouse -- cough, Marcus Bachmann -- or children -- cough, Bristol Palin -- is a different story, as those relationships should be considered too close for comfort.)

And if people want to link what happened here to the overarching problem of illegal immigrants in our country, they must be missing the memo that Obama and we as Americans have much bigger fish to fry. The administration's current stance is that illegal immigrants facing deportation should have the chance to stay in the U.S. and apply for work permits, while the government focuses on removing convicted criminals and people who might be national security or public safety threats. To me, that seems to make a lot more sense, rather than worrying about the irksome actions of one man just because he happens to be a rogue relative of the President's.

Do you think politicians should be judged by a distant or estranged relative's actions?


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