Friday, August 17, 2012

What George Obama's Sorry Life Tells Us About His Half-Brother

First, let's imagine that...

...the media discovers Romney’s half-brother, living in squalor in some unheated shack, reduced to asking Anderson Cooper for money to pay his child’s medical bills. Say the brother’s named Biff. The nation would learn everything about Biff. The nation would be instructed that Biff’s struggles were emblematic of cold heartless capitalism in general, and Romney’s callous indifference in particular. Slogans chanted at Romney rallies: Hey Hey Ho Ho / What about Mitt Romney’s Bro? It’s possible he’d make an appearance at the Democratic National Convention, blinking shyly in the spotlight, waving with humble gratitude to the delegates on their feet cheering in support of a man who symbolized everything bad about the GOP, and everything good about the Democratic party...

Turns out it is a true story. With just one small twist, one that makes all the difference.

It is Barack Obama's half-brother.

Here's  Dinesh D’Souza with the story:

A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George. He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”

Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States. (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.) George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world. Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.

One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.” Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.

How can Barack Obama, God of the self-possessed Progressive movement, shining light of all that is Good in the world, be so hateful, so selfish, and so cruel to someone who is at least partly his own blood?

Simple.  George Obama does not agree with Barack Obama's policy prescriptions.  And he should know; he is living under them. D'Souza again: would cost Obama so little to raise George out of poverty, and yet he won’t do it. This isn’t mere negligence; it suggests an active animus. The reason for that animus emerges in George’s book and also in my interview with George in the film 2016. In that interview, George rejects the anti-colonial philosophy that was espoused by Barack Obama Sr. This is the “dream from my father” that President Obama celebrates in his own autobiography.

From the record of their lives and writings, it’s clear that Barack Obama Sr. and Barack Obama Jr. both share the anti-colonial view that blames Western colonial exploitation for the poverty and suffering of the Third World. Yet George doesn’t buy it. He observes that at the time of its independence in the early 1960s “Kenya was on an economic par with Malaysia or Singapore. Look where we are now, and where they are. They’re practically developed and industrialized, while Kenya is still a basket case.” George believes that poor countries should take responsibility for their own situation. “What’s our excuse for failure? We don’t have one. We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”

George has experienced first-hand the empty rhetoric of the two Baracks, and he rejects it based on his actual experience of Third World poverty.

No wonder President Obama despises George, doesn’t want him around, doesn’t care to hear George’s views circulated in America, and won’t lift a finger to help him even when George’s son is in the hospital.

So that’s why George Obama felt he had to call me. He had no one else to call...

There is probably no story more symbolic of the real Barack Obama than this one:  Parsimonious with his own money, profligate with others.  A small-minded ideologue who would rather ignore the failure of his philosophy than reconsider his ideas.  A mean-spirited man, who will allow his half-brother rot in poverty while his son (and Obama's nephew) dies a painful death -  all because he holds an opposing political viewpoint.

Page 1 stuff, right?  That's what I thought.  So I checked and...

Right....silly me, I should have known better....

1 comment:

WonderTerriCultureWarrior said...

This is an excellent example of one-sided reporting and assertions made from assumption and utter ignorance. An ethnographer would tell you to take any informant's story with a grain of salt. How many rightwingnuts that speak of Dreams From My Father have even read it? Obama Sr is hardly portrayed in a glowing light for one thing. You might get some insight into what young George's personal motivations might be in painting the picture he has. I notice that nobody reporting this story has any idea whatsoever about the background here. The colonialism issue is complex and the portrayal of Barack Obama's views on it are completely concocted and not based on his own words. This is shoddy journalism at best and character assassination at worst. Who knows WHY Barack did not help his possible half-brother? Did he even know? Has he helped him before? I don't know the answer to these questions and neither apparently does any rightwingnut spewing this story as the nail in the coffin of the evil president. Good God.