Onyango’s Yer Uncle
Our journey begins in the White House Stenography Room, where Flack-in-Chief Jay Carney prepares to commit a Ziegler and declare a previous statement Inoperative. You can feel the tension mount as the Obama Administration is about to be shaken to its core:
Fox News’ Ed Henry asked Carney about the claim by the President’s uncle, whom Carney cut Henry off to characterize as “his father’s half-brother,” and why the discrepancy in the stories.
And there — right there — you know we’re in for a Thrilling Adventure. Maybe there exists one of those complicated exceptions where Your Father’s Half-Brother isn’t Your Uncle, but — free advice! — you probably don’t want to press that point before The Eyes of The Nation.
So what did the Putative Uncle know, and when did the White House know it?
It seems — please, sit down, dismiss the children from the room, the usual drill — he once met Barack Obama.
We know! It totally lets Kennedy off the hook for Giancana!
The sordid details will make you pine for a Simpler Time when The Leader of the Free World merely fibbed about blowjobs. Onyango Obama came to Our Exceptional Nation fifty years ago, to pursue an education at Cambridge. But things turned nasty in Kenya while he was away, so Onyango overstayed his visa and never returned home.
There the story would have ended — a quiet life spent under the radar — except for that drunken-driving arrest in August 2011. “I think I will call the White House,” said Onyango. The Boston Globe certainly did some months later, and got this response: “He has never met his famous nephew, according to the White House.”
Onyango certainly never met Mitt Romney, but that didn’t stop The Great Panderer from calling for his deportation at the time.
And there the matter rested, until Tuesday, when Onyango’s hearing came up. Not only have I met Barry, he insisted, dude slept on my couch for three weeks. While waiting for his apartment to become available. When he started Hahvahd Lahw. In 1988.
Shit, meet fan:
On Thursday, a White House official said the press office had not fully researched the relationship between the president and his uncle before telling the Globe that they had no record of the two meeting. This time, the press office asked the president directly, which they had not done in 2011.
We will allow for a fair degree of snickering here, maybe some arch eyebrow-raising, even some healthy suspicion — it ain’t the Rosemary Stretch, but we’re not obligated to give preznidential flacks the benefit of the doubt.
On the other hand, we’re not these idiots:
- “The White House on Thursday admitted fabricating an earlier claim that President Obama had never met his Kenyan uncle, Onyango ‘Omar’ Obama.” —Daily Caller
- “The funniest part is that the White House felt nervous enough about it to lie in the first place.” —Allahpundit
- “Despite saying he’d never met the man, Obama now says he did live with him for a period of time in the 1980s while preparing to attend University.” —Weasel Zippers
- “So, Obama Lied About Living with His Illegal Alien Uncle” —PJ Tatler
And, from one of Our Favorite Assholes:
He is a liar without equal, but it’s a first that he admit it. Obama admits he lied — he did live with Uncle Onyango Obama. I wonder why Obama would own up to it. You know there is some other motive at work here.
Thanks, Pam. We’re gonna miss you when you’re gone.
You may notice that all our Wingnut Friends are manifestly wrong, at least given the facts as known. The reason Reality Has a Liberal Bias is that conservatives keep running away from it.
And so we end our journey where we began, with Ed Henry forcing Jay Carney into some esoteric family semantics. If you’re through snickering, the Unabridged Excuse actually makes a bit of sense:
Carney explained that the first time the White House was asked, they checked records, including the President’s books, and found no record that the two had ever met, but had not asked the President about it at that time.
We’ve seen enough West Wing to know that CJ doesn’t pester Bartlet with every detail that comes up during a press briefing. Maybe they should have asked him the first time. Or maybe they did, and decided his answer was too Explosive! to divulge, and Darrell Isaa should get on it.
Or maybe, just maybe, nobody gives a shit.
Yeah, probably that.