President Obama in recent weeks has come to be seen as the “I didn’t know about it president,” claiming a lack of foreknowledge about a variety of controversial administration practices, ranging from the problems with the Obamacare website to the IRS targeting of the Tea Party.
But there were early warning signs this could be a problem! Exactly four years ago today, on November 1, 2008, just before his election as president, then-Sen. Obama claimed he didn’t know his “Auntie Zeituni” was living in the United States illegally.
“Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed,” the Obama campaign stated.
Zeituni Onyango was living in public housing in Boston. She is the half-sister of Obama’s father.
Obama met Onyango when he travelled to Kenya as a young man, referring to her in his memoir as “Auntie Zeituni.” She attended his Senate swearing in in 2004, but the 2008 Obama campaign indicated the last time he had been in touch with her was in 2006.
Onyango was granted political asylum in 2010.
H/T to one of our readers, Sadie.