Sen. Obama sure was generous to his racist, anti-American mentor and pastor of almost 20, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
For instance, just a few years ago Obama and his wife contributed over $20,000.00 to Wright’s church, which turned around and built the pastor a 10,000 sq. ft mansion set at the edge of a beautiful golf course.
That was deemed a fitting retirement gift for Wright who Obama’s fawning press corps tell us spent his pastorate “ministering to Chicago’s South Side poor.”
Speaking of the poor.
Obama, a millionaire himself, has a number of poor relatives he uses as props when telling his carefully shaded, highly selective “life story.”
The following is a post from Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit. I comment below the star line.
MAYBE SOMEBODY SHOULD SPREAD SOME WEALTH AROUND IN HIS OWN FAMILY: Obama Aunt Found in Rundown Boston Slum.
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.
Funny how you have to go to the British papers -- in this case the London Times -- for this kind of story.
Bob Krumm emails: "The most damning part of the Obama aunt story is that once his campaign found her living in squalor they told her to not talk to the press until after the election, but they didn't try to help her." He has a post here to that effect.
UPDATE: Some thoughts from TigerHawk: " I have finally figured out why somebody who has been as successful as Barack Obama believes that the government must help people who cannot or do not help themselves: He simply does not understand that helping the poor, unlucky, or incompetent is first the responsibility of family."
Plus this: "He has used these people -- his grandmother, his aunt and uncle, and so forth -- as props in his political narrative. He wants us to measure him in part by his relationship to these Kenyans, but -- and here is the harsh part -- only as that relationship is described by him. What if his characterization of that relationship is misleading? What if it turns out that while he is delighted to cite these people as evidence of his humble beginnings -- that is what I mean by using them as props -- he is not so delighted to consider them as part of his family? Is that not at least a potentially useful insight into the character of this man about whom we know so little?"
On Aug. 21 I posted “Has Obama helped his brother in Kenya?” Here’s part of it - - -
As National Review’s Jonah Goldberg noted:
When asked what America’s greatest moral failing was, theological Obama said it was our collective failure to “abide by that basic precept in (the Book of) Matthew that whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”
And in today’s Daily Telegraph:
The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Mr Obama, 26, the youngest of the presidential candidate's half-brothers, spoke for the first time about his life, which could not be more different than that of the Democratic contender.
"No-one knows who I am," he told the magazine, before claiming: "I live here on less than a dollar a month."
According to Italy's Vanity Fair his two metre by three metre shack is decorated with football posters of the Italian football giants AC Milan and Inter, as well as a calendar showing exotic beaches of the world. . . .
The entire post's here.
Folks, I’m sure you noticed again that it was British and Italian publications that brought us the news of The One’s shameful neglect of his half-brother.
Obama’s treatment of his family tells us a lot about him. It also tells us a lot about his honesty with us.
As for America’s MSM, who’s surprised our news orgs didn’t break any of the Obama family stories?