President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, who ignored a deportation order more than two decades ago, was granted permission to stay in the U.S. on Tuesday.
Judge Leonard Shapiro made the decision after Onyango Obama, 69, testified that he had lived in the U.S. for 50 years, been a hard worker, paid income tax and been arrested only once.OK, no surprise there. No way were Omar or Auntie Z going to get deported with 'immigration reform' still pending. So they simply got away with breaking US law and the President of the United States seems completely fine with it (just as he seemed fine visiting illegal aliens on hunger strikes in DC the other day).
The more interesting tidbit here is a credibility issue, not reported in the NBC piece but picked up in a WaPo "blog":
The White House said following Omar Obama's arrest that he and the president had never met. The president was not close to his father's side of the family given his father's absence in his life.The NBC report mentions that Obama claimed to have met an Uncle Omar while on a visit to Kenya, according to "Dreams from my Father". So what's the calculus here?
Well, Dreams was written in 1993-94. Uncle Omar was still living in the United States at the time, having blown off deportation orders. Obama was back from Harvard, evidently after bunking with illegal alien Omar to save cash.
So maybe Obama (or Ayers) had to lie in the book. Then they lied again on the campaign trail. If so these will be described to us as "noble lies", meant to protect both Obama's political future as the bringer of health care and Omar from the racist policies of xenophobic white Americans clinging to their god and guns.
The real question is whether Uncle Omar was using that little lie, ie, Obama did know him after all, as leverage against the administration to prevent deportation or whether it was something a little bigger. Keep in mind Omar threatened to call the White House after he rammed his car into a police cruiser under the influence, as if such a call might accomplish something. Whether that was just a drunken taunt to the police as in "do you know who you're dealing with" or a drunken taunt to the administration as in, "don't reject me or I'll spill some beans" remains unknown. Like so many other things.
SOMEBODY SHOULD BE FIRED...AGAIN 12/6/13
So Omar spilled the beans and admitted that Obama actually roomed with him while attending Harvard back in the 90s--AFTER he had blown off two deportation orders. Ed Henry of Fox News was the only reporter yesterday to challenge this, to which our own Baghdad Bob crafted a fiction so ridiculous and unbelievable that even a child might not attempt it..
So let's get this straight. The president's staff is saying they responded to a question in 2011 about whether the president had ever met his Uncle Omar by not actually asking the president, rather, they did their own research, including looking through Obama's book, this despite the fact Obama's book suggests he met an Uncle Omar in Kenya. Now they ask American adults to believe that this time they asked the big guy himself, and lo and behold! He said 'yeah, we met'.
Yes, liberals and John McCain might say "who cares", "small potatoes", "there are bigger issues" and "all presidents lie". But when presidents get caught lying they usually pay a price for it because it reflects on their character and represents breaking trust with the public. That's the only reason this matters, although some might be looking for more under the rock.
As to firings, IF this story is true (which seems about as likely as fast food workers getting 15 dollars an hour anytime soon) then the staffers who originally answered the question are incompetent and perhaps would be better served working in the fast food industry.