Obama’s Uncle Situation Is Apparently Very Confusing

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (2nd R) from the White House, across Lafayette Park to Saint John's Episcopal Church for Sunday services on October 27, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Matt Berman
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Matt Berman
Dec. 5, 2013, 10:28 a.m.

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.

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