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Oh, THAT Uncle Omar

You might want to sit down before reading this: It appears that President Obama lied.

Stay with me, I’ll explain. A year ago, President Obama’s uncle Onyango Obama was arrested in Massachusetts for drunk driving. When asked for comment, the White House downplayed the incident and insisted that the President had never met the man.

Having lived in America illegally since the 1970s, “Uncle Omar” finally had his deportation trial in Boston this week. Curiously, Omar testified under oath that …

  1. Chris Campion

    If Carter could survive Billy, and Billy Beer, what’s the Awesome-In-Chief so afraid of that he’d either a) direct his staff to lie, or b) tell them a lie so they’d go out and repeat it?

    Now I have to ask because it’s bothering me:  Why lie?  There’s either something to gain, or be hidden – but probably things that are massively trivial.  So he’s either lying because he doesn’t know any other way, or because lying is just what he does.

  2. Majestyk

    Because his cronies and he each understand that Obama was lifted throughout his life and career on a wave of good feelings and affirmative action.

    It’s likely that his academic record is mediocre at best and that he falsified his status as a foreign exchange student (from Kenya) in order to receive grants from the State department in order to pay for his expensive private schooling.

    Obama and the Cronies also understand that the revelation of this narrative would utterly undermine his entire reason for existing (politically) and that if the public realized that the aloof and easily programmed nature frequently put on display by the President was not simply an affectation, but a reflection of the mediocrity that is his reality it would be over for him, and them.

  3. Tom Meyer, Ed.
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed.

    The odd thing about Obama – well, one of the odd things – is how little we know of his personal history.

    That was absolutely true in 2008, but I just don’t see how it is now.  How often do we know about a president’s level of interaction with his uncles, even unsavory ones?

    Again, I think Obama’s biography is worth scrutinizing given both the incredible degree to which he ran on a (highly) edited version of it to become president, but I don’t think there’s much of substance that remains mysterious.

  4. Colin B Lane

    If you abhor your uncle, you can discard your uncle. Period.

  5. Tuck

    “In psychiatry, pseudologia fantastica, also called mythomania, compulsive lying or pathological lying, is a behavior of habitual or compulsive lying.[1][2] It was first described in the medical literature in 1891 by Anton Delbrueck.[2] Although it is a controversial topic,[2] pathological lying has been defined as “falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime”.[1] The individual may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth, being unaware that they are relating fantasies.”

  6. Virginia Farmboy

    I sometimes wonder whether its not that he has so much to hide, but rather simply that the man is just paranoid.

    I remember early during his 2008 campaign he came to my college. JMU is nestled in the Shenandoah valley and is comprised primarily of affluent white suburbanites from Northern Virginia. Not exactly a demographic that would want to take a pop at him, yet still his campaign demanded a tremendous police presence and essentially shut down the town for a few hours.  

    Such behavior reeks of paranoia to me.

  7. Vance Richards

    And somewhere Rep. Joe Wilson is sitting around saying “What did I tell ya!”

  8. Marion Evans

    Hey, come on, there is pre-Harvard and there is post-Harvard. In between, some ties are loosened. Haven’t you seen Legally Blonde?

    Go to 1:50 in this video: “I plan on running for office some day!”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EQ9xuhHuBc 

  9. Bob Wainwright
    Majestyk: Because his cronies and he each understand that Obama was lifted throughout his life and career on a wave of good feelings and affirmative action.

    It’s likely that his academic record is mediocre at best and that he falsified his status as a foreign exchange student (from Kenya) in order to receive grants from the State department in order to pay for his expensive private schooling.

    Obama and the Cronies also understand that the revelation of this narrative would utterly undermine his entire reason for existing (politically) and that if the public realized that the aloof and easily programmed nature frequently put on display by the President was not simply an affectation, but a reflection of the mediocrity that is his reality it would be over for him, and them. · 40 minutes ago

    Edited 37 minutes ago

    His entire reason for existing politically as you say is to be the first African American president.  A lot of whites voted for him merely for that reason, which is interesting considering that the first African American president has no African American heritage, since neither his mother or father were African Americans. 

  10. Johnny Dubya
    • Reports say that the press office based their original denial on a review of the documentary record, including Obama’s memoir.  Hmm, if only there had been an individual in the White House with first-hand information on the matter that they could have asked directly.

    • “[S]cholars believed the two had never met.”  Apparently, Obamology is now a scholarly discipline.  It’s so difficult to piece together history like this, whether one is tracing the historical Jesus, the life of Shakespeare, or the comings and goings of the 44th president a couple of decades ago.
  11. Butters

    ignore this shiny object, stay focused on Obamacare

  12. Percival

    Suddenly, the reason for Barack Obama’s murky scholastic past becomes self-evident.

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    They should have been checking the records under the name “Joe Isuzu.”

  13. Richard Fulmer

    If asking about Uncle Omar is racist, is it also racist to ask about asking about Uncle Omar?  And was the question I just asked racist (i.e., asking about asking about asking about Uncle Omar)? 

    Oh, dear.  We seem to be trapped in an endless tunnel of racism. 

  14. Mark_E

    I really don’t get the motive for the lie here.  ”I was crashing on the guy’s couch.  I wasn’t going to ask to see his immigration papers.” seems like a reasonable explanation to me, and this would have been a two-day story at best if it had come out in 2011.  Now it will be a much larger story than it ever would have been because he lied for no real reason.

  15. DrewInWisconsin

    Lying when there’s no reason to lie is exactly what pathological liars do.

  16. Fred Williams

    Don’t forget his deadbeat aunt zeituni.  Another freeloader in Massachusetts for many years.

  17. Chris
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.

    In November 2011, a White House spokesman said he had no record of the two ever meeting. The Washington Post had also reported that scholars believed the two had never met.

    Mark_E: I really don’t get the motive for the lie here.  ”I was crashing on the guy’s couch.  I wasn’t going to ask to see his immigration papers.” seems like a reasonable explanation to me, and this would have been a two-day story at best if it had come out in 2011.  Now it will be a much larger story than it ever would have been because he lied for no real reason. 

    In November 2011 they did not “lie” but instead created a narrative – a WH spokesman has “no record”.  Not Obama himself denying it either directly or via spokesman, but that the WH (US government) has no record of a meeting.  Ditto “scholars”.

    Obviously Obama knew when he went to Harvard the uncle was an illegal and just didn’t want to admit it_in_2011.

    Carney:  ”Yes, the president knows/knew Uncle Omar,etc”

    Press:  ”Did he know then he was illegal?”

    The narrative avoided the question.

  18. rico

    It is very convenient to not know anything.

    We’ve already learned that while President Obama doesn’t know what is happening in his administration, he does eventually read about many surprising things in the paper. Well, same thing here. He was completely innocent of knowing that he had lived with his uncle until now. Now he knows.

    Of course, it’s funny that he didn’t read about it in the papers a year ago.

    “My staff didn’t tell me,” or in this case, “my staff didn’t ask me” meets his standard of plausible deniability—good enough for many Americans as well, though the number of gullible Americans is demonstrably shrinking.

  19. MJBubba

    That was before the reelection.

  20. Margaret Sarah

    My question would be, “Why doesn’t he feel any responsibility to help this poor guy (and also Aunt Zeituni) out a little?”

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