In the new movie 2016: Obama’s America, based on Dinesh D’Souza’s best-selling book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, D’Souza refers to a news report four years ago about his brother George Obama living in a hut in Nairobi, Kenya. D’Souza, intrigued by the report, tracked him down.
In the film clip embedded above, D’Souza and George Obama are seen chatting on what appears to be a park bench, and D’Souza seems most curious to know why the half-brother of the most powerful man on the planet lives in poverty and without any financial help from President Obama.
The story came out in 2008, when Vanity Fair released a story saying that George lived in a hut, on less than one dollar per day; and lived a life of poverty, shame and obscurity.
George Obama is quoted by D’Souza, saying:
“I think he has a family of his own, I’m a member of his family, but I’m over-age, so I help myself.”
The focus of the movie is the alleged anger at colonialism that President Obama inherited from his father, Barack Obama Sr.
As D’Souza puts it in the book:
“This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son.”
George Obama agrees with D’Souza on this point. Further in the interview, George says that he believes Kenyans would have been better off if the British weren’t removed from rule so abruptly.
George continues, saying Kenya would’ve been better if the white men stayed in order to help develop the country. He points out that Kenya has been independent from British rule since 1964, meanwhile South Africa today is much better off, even with Apartheid coming to an end only in 1994.
Barack Obama’s half-brother is heavily featured in D’Souza’s film, which is dedicated to criticizing his brother.
“George is the rebel in Obama’s family,” says D’Souza. “He’s the black sheep, George doesn’t go along with the worship of the father and he is politically incorrect on a lot of topics, And he’s particularly interesting because he lives in rubble on a few dollars a day while his powerful, multimillionaire brother doesn’t lift a finger to help him.”
Despite D’Souza’s reports on the matter, George has done nothing but defend his brother, and criticize the media for making him feel shameful about his lifestyle. Furthermore, he denies any feeling of abandonment from the Obama family. He remarks that the 2008 Vanity Fair article was intended to hurt his brother’s chances of winning the presidency.
He was quoted by CNN:
“I was brought up well. I live well even now. The magazines, they have exaggerated everything… I think I kind of like it here. There are some challenges, but maybe it is just like where you come from, there are the same challenges.”
The George Obama story is interesting, without a doubt. The most powerful man in the world has a brother of the same blood living poorly in a third world country.
We’re not sure what their relationship is like today. However; it’s relieving to see George Obama defend and support his brother, as he is well aware of the media criticizing the President’s political actions, and merely using George’s situation at an angle to benefit their points of view.
Even though George Obama defended his brother, it’s interesting how there have been multiple US Presidents with troubled brothers. These problematic sibilings forced many Presidents to deal with the fallout of having their credibility questioned by the media and voters alike.
Following the report is a list of Presidential brothers who were brought to media attention in a negative light. Take a look!
Roger Clinton Jr.:
Half-brother of former President Bill Clinton, born July 25, 1956, is an actor and musician (above he appears as himself in the film Fred Claus, 2007). He has appeared in TV shows; The Nanny, Sabrina: The Teenage Witch, and Cybill.
Like Bill, Roger has been linked to scandal. Roger was given the codename, “Headache,” by Secret Service for his knack for getting in trouble.
In 2001, Roger was pardoned by President Clinton for a 1985 conviction related to cocaine, for which he had served a year in jail. The pardon removed his criminal conviction from records. Roger was then arrested a month later for drunk driving.
Another sibling of former President George W. Bush, Neil was born January 22, 1955 and is currently a Texas businessman.
In 1999, he was accused of insider trading when he made $800,000 in a single day, off of three trades of Kopin Corporation stock. Additionally, he was accused of influence peddling after making a deal with Chinese company Grace Semiconductor, giving Bush $2 million and $10,000 for every meeting he attended to discuss business strategies.
Then in 2003, he had a sloppy divorce from Sharon Smith. Smith accused Neil of using high paid escorts on business trips to Hong Kong and Thailand.
Bush’s defense said:
“Yes, he had sex with these strange women, but they might not have been prostitutes. They just showed up at his door, and he slept with them.”
How do you get away with that s**t?
Hugh & Tony Rodham:
To add to President Clinton’s family issues, his two brother-in-laws may have been a worse problem than Clinton’s biological brother Roger. The duo were power hungry fools who attempted to use their sister’s status in order to become rich.
In 1999, Hugh, a former Florida public defender, and Tony, whose resume included work as a private eye and repo man, joined on a $118 million business plan to process and import hazelnuts from the Republic of Georgia. However; their key connection was a political rival of Georgia’s President, who was an American ally. Bill and Hillary then had to work with National Security Advisor Sandy Berger to talk the brothers out of their business venture.
Then in 2001, when Bill Clinton’s second presidential term was coming to an end, he issued a series of pardons. Hugh pocketed $400,000 for providing legal help, acquiring the pardon. Although this was technically legal, it definitely seemed shady and embarrassing for the Clinton family when the story broke.
The younger brother of former President Jimmy Carter, born March 29, 1937 – died September 25, 1988, promoted Billy Beer, and was a candidate for Mayor of Plains, Georgia. He is the standard by which all presidential siblings should be judged. Billy was a cancer for his brother.
Billy burst onto the national scene as a crazy, heavy-drinking polar opposite to his pious and reserved brother Jimmy.
In 1979, he had to go to rehab in order to attempt to quit drinking, and at the same time, he nearly lost his home to the IRS for failing to pay a six-figure federal income tax bill for 1978.
He also endorsed Billy Beer in an effort to make cash off of his well-known crazy lifestyle. He was also famous for such quips as:
“My mother went into the Peace Corps when she was sixty-eight. My one sister is a motorcycle freak, my other sister is a Holy Roller evangelist and my brother is running for president. I’m the only sane one in the family.”
Billy’s antics, however; took a turn for the worse when he went from being a drunk idiot and urinating in public in front of reporters, to becoming a national security hazard.
The exclamation point came when Billy began relations with Libya at a time when there was much tension between the North African nation and the U.S. In 1978, he made a trip to Libya with a group of Georgia businessmen who were interested in expanding trade with the country.
Billy then hosted a Libyan delegation in Atlanta. When questioned about his dealings, Billy responded, “The only thing I can say is there is a hell of a lot more Arabians than there is Jews,” he later apologized, for what was a nightmare for his brother.
The issues got worse in 1980, when Billy registered as an agent of the Libyan government and received a $220,000 loan from the Libyans for helping facilitate oil sales. This transaction led to accusations of influence peddling and a Congressional investigation.