I’ve been away sans computer and tomorrow will get back to more pressing news, but here is a little bit of information I learned over the weekend while reading the fascinating biography of Barack Obama Sr. by Boston Globe Reporter Sally H. Jacobs. Entitled, ‘The Other Barack,’ the book tells a truly sordid tale of the rise and fall of our President’s Kenyan father.
Here is a book review from this summer at the Washington Post so you can get an idea of the story line. The only point you should ignore is when the reviewer draws the conclusion that the blame for Obama’s (the father) downfall belongs to Harvard for booting him out a year short of finishing a PhD in economics. The man was a womanizer and drunk with two wives already by the time he got to Harvard; “white” Harvard’s rejection most assuredly did not drive him to drink as the reviewer would like us to believe.
Interesting though is that the INS back in those days was willing to send a student home because of a healthy sexual appetite (and a rumor about two wives) when today you can practically murder someone and still remain in the US.
That’s not what I wanted to mention though—it’s Uncle Omar, his illegal alien Uncle, who interests me. In ‘Dreams from my Father’ our President-to-be said that Omar (now Onyango Obama) had gone missing in the US in the early 1960’s and no one knew where he was. Turns out not to be so, he was a well-known figure in the Boston area immigrant community and author Jacobs seemed to know all about him as she tells us on pages 151-154 in her biography of Barack Sr.
So, the shocking revelation the nation just experienced a couple of weeks ago that President Obama’s long lost Uncle Omar had been found through a drunken incident with a cop, must not have been so surprising to all those who know Omar’s story in Massachusetts.
Barack, the big shot, got to Harvard in 1962 (after abandoning wife #2 Ann Dunham and baby Barack in Hawaii). Then his Muslim father in Kenya asked him to help get his little half brother Omar to the US. Barack had met (!) a Radcliffe girl named Ellen Frost whose investment banker Dad was connected with the prep school Browne & Nichols. He pulled strings and Omar Obama came to America for highschool. To make a long story short, he screwed up, never graduated from high school, but simply stayed in Boston.
Omar legally changed his name from Omar to Onyango Obama and somehow through that name change obtained a drivers license.
Here is one of several things Jacobs tells us about Omar:
“He remained in Cambridge for several years, living in an apartment on Perry Street several blocks from his brother’s old apartment, and his residence became a legendary meeting place and crash pad for visiting Kenyan students.” ….”Perry Street was a rite of passage, an initiation. If you were a Kenyan in Boston, you had to go there.” (according to one account by an Obama friend).
Know too that Aunt Zeituni was there (illegally) as well hanging with the cool Kenyans.
There is more, you will have to read the book. LOL! And, watch for a movie someday! (Not!)
So, Harvard and the INS teamed up to send Barack Obama home to Kenya in 1964, but overlooked Omar Onyango and Zeituni Obama for the next 50 years!