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NObama's aunt reported in Boston slum

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  1. JBrooks

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    By James Bone, Rob Crilly and Ben Macintyre, The Times of London

    Barack Obama has lived one version of the American dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House. But a few miles from where the Democratic presidential candidate studied at Harvard, his Kenyan aunt and uncle, immigrants living in modest circumstances in Boston, have a contrasting American story.

    Zeituni Onyango, the aunt so affectionately described in Obama's best-selling memoir "Dreams fFrom 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 apartment for failing to pay $2,324.20 in bills, according to the Boston Housing Court.

    The press has repeatedly rehearsed Obama's extraordinary odyssey, but the other side of the family's American experience has only been revealed in parts. Just across town from where Obama made history as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review, some of his closest blood relatives have confronted the harshness of immigrant life in America.

    In his book Obama writes that "Uncle Omar" had gone missing after moving to Boston in the 1960s a quarter-century before Obama first visited his family in Kenya. Aunt Zeituni is now also living in Boston, and recently made a $260 campaign contribution to her nephew's presidential bid from a work address in the city.

    Speaking outside her home in Flaherty Way, South Boston, on Tuesday, Onyango, 56, confirmed she was the "Auntie Zeituni" in Obama's memoir. She declined to answer most other questions about her relationship with the presidential contender until after the November 4 election.

    "I can't talk about it, I just pray for him, that's all," she said, adding: "After the 4th, I can talk to anyone.""

    Obama wants to "sread thewealth around" however, that is your, not his.

    The scary part of this story is why can't this woman talk about him until after the 4th and who told her she couldn't?
     
  2. crusha

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    ...it takes a British paper to get this out, of course...
     
  3. JBrooks

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    Just imagine if McCain's aunt was living in a slum.
     
  4. hoggy

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    Here's a guy that has more money than he'll ever need and he can't even help his close blood relatives out. Take a good look Trappy, str8 and you other Dems. He's going to take hard working peoples money to take care of his poor relatives. Hope that makes you feel good. But I bet you dems will be the 1st to whine about it after it happens. What a butthead this Christian(?)Obama is.
     
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