Michael Medved

A recent television interview with President Obama’s beloved “Auntie” exposes the fraudulent nature of liberal claims to superior compassion for the poor and downtrodden.

Zeituni Onyango, half-sister of the president’s late father, Barack Obama, Sr., told WBZ-TV in Boston that she owes no apologies for taking $700 a month in welfare payments and occupying public housing during more than six years as an illegal immigrant in the United States. “This country is owned by Almighty God,” she insisted. “You people who preach Jesus Christ, Almighty God, and the rest of it, you are here to help people, help the poor, help other countries and help women.”

It’s not surprising that Ms. Onyango, who is 58 years old and walks with a cane, expects assistance from more fortunate members of this society; after all, the United States has established a worldwide reputation for prodigious generosity that’s reached even the remotest corners of her Kenyan homeland. But why would the incapacitated immigrant seem to prefer help from taxpaying strangers rather than securing assistance from the prominent and wealthy members of her own family?

President Obama met Ms. Onyango during his first trip to Kenya 22 years ago and writes of her in his book Dreams from My Father as “Aunti Zeituni,” fondly describing her as “a proud woman.” That pride, however, never stopped her from applying for public assistance shortly after her arrival in the United States. By the time she moved into a public housing project in South Boston in 2003, her beloved nephew was already a celebrity and a state senator. Even beyond their current accommodations in the White House, the Obamas reported income of $5,505,409 in 2009, with a net worth of at least $10,111,000. Despite this admirable success, there’s no indication that the president ever attempted to send support of any kind to one of his closest surviving relatives in the United States.

In fact, the flow of money between destitute auntie and millionaire nephew actually went the other way: she sent a contribution to support his 2008 presidential run, but the Obama campaign reportedly returned the money to avoid a scandal (undocumented immigrants are officially banned from donating money to political candidates in the United States).

Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
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