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!