A Tale of Two Half Brothers: Barack & George Obama
…[W]hy aren’t the networks covering the fact that Barack Obama’s half-brother George lives in a 6 by 10 foot hut in the slums of Kenya? It took a reporter for the Italian edition of Vanity Fairto locate George Obama. Obama noted that when he met his famous half-brother in 2006 “we spoke for just a few minutes. It was like meeting a complete stranger.” George Obama also told the magazine that “I live here on less than a dollar month,” and “if anyone says something about my surname, I say we are not related. I am ashamed.” Obama has done absolutely nothing to help his unfortunate half-brother.
I found this story interesting, but I’m not quite sure it shows hypocrisy on the part of Barack Obama. Maybe if they were brothers who grew up together, but they have different mothers and it appears to me that they did not meet until a couple years ago even though they share the same father. While I disagree with many of Sen. Obama’s policies and political ideology, there is much to commend him for in his young political career.
Sen. Obama is correct to say that no where else in the world could his story be possible. Of course, the same could be said for Sen. McCain & Gov. Palin as well. America is blessed beyond measure, despite her imperfections. Her people and her Christian foundations and her work ethic have made us the most prosperous nation in the history of the world despite the current “struggling” economy and all — so I cringe when I hear politicians say things like “it’s time to chart a new course.”
Sure, we need to stop wasting our resources and end our dependence on unfriendly nations and their resources. We need to find ways to meet the challenges ahead. But we need not forget that America is still the envy of the world. We have amazing freedom. And we have become numb to our own wealth and prosperity. People risk life and limb to reach our shores to breathe freedom’s air even if it means living in “poverty” by our own standards. And if for one moment we might think that America is a disgrace and an embarrassment and an experiment gone terribly wrong, all we need to do is have a conversation with someone like George Obama.