Apparently Jeremiah Wright was not Barack Obama’s only “crazy uncle.” That characterization, which candidate Obama used to deflect criticism of his preacher by dismissing the man’s anti-American screed as “zany antics,” might also apply to Obama’s real uncle, Obama Onyango.
Uncle Omar, as he is better known among family members, was pulled over last Wednesday by Framingham, Massachusetts police, after he nearly collided with the police cruiser.
Officer Val Krishtal told the Boston Herald that a white Mitsubishi SUV swerved in front of him at a stop sign, causing him to slam on his brakes. The driver, identified as 67-year-old Obama Onyango, had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license. When Krishtal smelled alcohol emanating from the car, he administered a Breathalyzer, revealing that Onyango was significantly impaired.
“It was clear that he was moderately unsteady on his feet,” Krishtal said, adding that he was “slurring” his speech and had “red and glassy eyes.”
If the story ended there, it would hardly be worth commenting on. However, after he was arrested for DUI, authorities learned that Onyango was in the country illegally and that an order had been issued for his deportation back to his native Kenya.
He evidently obtained a legitimate driver’s license by presenting a valid Social Security number. How he came to have that number is now under investigation.
Onyango’s attorney, Margaret Wong, is a specialist in immigration law. She represented the president’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, in her battle to win asylum last year.
The Herald reached out to Aunt Zeituni for comment on her brother’s arrest. The reported response was, “Why don’t you go to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., and ask your president? Not me,” whereupon she hung up the phone.
Onyango, meantime, was arraigned in Framingham District Court on Thursday and is being held without bail on a federal immigration warrant.
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