Earlier this week, Onyango "Omar" Obama, uncle to Barack, said in a deportation hearing that he stayed with his nephew in Cambridge in the 1980s. The White House had to that point said that the president had never actually met Omar, who was arrested for drunk driving in 2011.
Now, two years after the arrest brought denials of any sort of relationship from the White House, the president is admitting that, yes, he briefly lived with his uncle Omar before heading to Harvard Law School in the '80s.
"The president first met Omar Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law school...the president did stay with him for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Thursday. Weirdly, it wasn't just that they saw each other for a hazy weekend, forgot about it, and moved on. They actually saw each other "once every few months" before falling out of touch after Barack went into law school, the White House says. They apparently haven't spoken for ten years.
The 1980s were definitely a confusing time for everybody. But the president may be one of the few people to come out of the decade to just completely forget about a relationship with his uncle. Well, until now at least.
Omar Obama is now a liquor store manager in Framingham, Massachusetts. A federal judge Tuesday ruled that he can stay in the United States and get a green card, unless the Department of Homeland Security tries to appeal the case. Presumably, he won't be seeing much of his nephew.