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Dreams from His Brother (Why has the media ignored George Obama?)
National Review ^ | 08/18/2012 | Lee Habeeb

Posted on 08/20/2012 6:48:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

You would think the media would be crawling all over a rich-man-poor-man story like this. One brother is poor and lives in Africa. The other is rich and lives in America.

One lives in a shanty in a slum in Nairobi on dollars a month. The other lives at the most exclusive address in the world — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Sound like a fictional Hollywood screenplay, one the Left would eat up?

But it gets better. It turns out that the rich American brother made his fortune writing about his own life, and about the father from Kenya he didn’t really know. The poor African brother wrote a book about his own life, too, and about his father he didn’t know.

The rich brother is a man the world knows: President Barack Obama. The poor brother is a man the world doesn’t know — George Obama.

To make this story even richer, it turns out that the wealthy American brother has not bothered to help his poor African brother. Not a bit. Indeed, President Obama has not even bothered to get to know, let alone help, his struggling brother George. The two met briefly when they were younger, back when Barack Obama was searching for his identity and selling what he discovered to an American publisher.

At the National Prayer Breakfast this past February, President Obama gave an eloquent speech explaining why his faith informs his desire to serve the public, and why government should play a role in helping the less fortunate among us. This is what he said in front of some of the nation’s most distinguished religious leaders: “But part of that belief comes from my faith in the idea that I am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper; that as a country, we rise and fall together.”

I guess he was talking about his metaphorical brother. He certainly wasn’t talking about his real-life half brother, George.

So why do we know so little about this brother and President Obama’s refusal to help him? Why hasn’t the media covered the story more fully? Can you imagine what fun they’d be having if the poor, estranged brother was Mitt Romney’s?

But much more important than the media’s silence is the question why President Obama hasn’t bothered to help his brother George. Even the president’s harshest critics give him credit for being a solid family man and a great father, husband, and role model to his two beautiful daughters.

Why doesn’t he want Malia and Sasha to know their uncle?

There are several possible explanations.

One possible motivation is sheer shame. It is certainly true that George Obama made some bad decisions in his life, decisions that led him to the life he now leads in the slums of Nairobi. He admits to grave mistakes in his youth, to trouble with gangs and alcohol, and attributes much of it to not having a strong male authority in his life. But isn’t this precisely the kind of person President Obama would want to champion, especially if he is related by blood?

There may be, however, a more profound reason we don’t know George. One that has more to do with ideology than with pathology.

In his book no one has read, Homeland, George Obama has the temerity to suggest that if Barack Obama had been born and raised in Kenya rather than America, the life he has lived would be much different. Being born in the greatest, richest, freest country — one where free markets prevail — has allowed Barack to exercise his talents and achieve greatness.

For his new movie, 2016: Obama’s America, Dinesh D’Souza interviewed George. It was remarkable not for what George said about his brother (he had not a single bad thing to say about him) but about the anti-colonial mindset that drove his father and that animated his brother’s hit book, Dreams from My Father.

George rejects the narrative, embraced by both his half brother and their late father, that blames Western colonial exploitation for the poverty and suffering of the Third World. More important, George rejects his father’s anti-capitalist ideology — and his father’s dreams of a socialist state where the wealth is spread around to benefit all Kenyans.

In 1963, after returning home to Kenya following a stint at Harvard, Barack Obama Sr. wrote an article for the East Africa Journal called “Problems Facing Our Socialism.” There he made the case that high taxes are morally and practically good if the government then uses them to provide for the people.

How high could tax rates rise? “Theoretically,” he wrote, “there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100 percent of income so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”

Yes, that was not an error. He argued that a 100 percent tax rate can actually work. They taught President Obama’s father some pretty interesting economic theory at Harvard!

Obama Sr. continued: “It is a fallacy to say there is a limit [to tax rates], and it is a fallacy to rely mainly on individual free enterprise to get the savings.”

In the same paper, Obama Sr. advanced the idea of nationalizing all industry and, indeed, most commerce, and all for nationalist and racial reasons. He also wanted to seize the large-scale industries that were developed and owned by Europeans, and he wanted to take away the smaller family-owned businesses that made up much of Kenya’s local economy, because, as was the case in large parts of East Africa, they were owned by Indians.

His reasoning was straightforward: He thought it was wrong for Asians and Europeans to profit from their investments and hard work, even though small businesses provided employment opportunities for Kenyans. Obama Sr. believed that his people were being oppressed not by colonialism but by capitalism. And capitalists.

George Obama thinks such thinking is rubbish. And he thinks such thinking has done great damage to Kenya and other Third World countries. He told D’Souza 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 thinks poor countries need to take responsibility for their own situation. “What’s our excuse for failure? We don’t have one. We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”

Policy matters. And culture matters. Indeed, bad policy can sometimes engender bad culture. George Obama believes it is more freedom, and more free enterprise, that will ultimately lift the people in his slum out of poverty.

He is a serious man, one who is committed to helping his neighbors in those shanties in Nairobi live better and more productive lives.

That is the dream of Obama’s brother, George.

Maybe that’s why George hasn’t heard from his brother in Washington.

It’s certainly why the American people haven’t heard George’s story.

— Lee Habeeb is the vice president of content at Salem Radio Network, which syndicates Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and Hugh Hewitt. He lives in Oxford, Miss., with his wife, Valerie, and daughter, Reagan.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dineshdsouza; georgeobama; obama
GEORGE OBAMA


1 posted on 08/20/2012 6:48:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

This guy needs to speak at the Republican convention.


2 posted on 08/20/2012 6:58:30 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: SeekAndFind

nice article-

one thing- if O’bummer were to help his brother-
he would probably have to help:

His illegal “auntie” - who is getting welfare subsidies
His illegal “uncle”- who should be deported for his DUI

How many others are out there?

I have not even started with his Adoptive family in Indonesia


3 posted on 08/20/2012 6:59:41 AM PDT by mj1234
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To: SeekAndFind
It is certainly true that George Obama made some bad decisions in his life, decisions that led him to the life he now leads in the slums of Nairobi. He admits to grave mistakes in his youth, to trouble with gangs and alcohol, and attributes much of it to not having a strong male authority in his life.
Goes right to the core of the problem. If only the POTUS could be so enlightened instead of polluted with anti-family leftist non-values.
4 posted on 08/20/2012 6:59:46 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind

And Obama repeatedly says that we are “our brother’s keeper, and our sister’s keeper”.

Since they are after Romney to release tax returns, a good comparison if that happens, would be to compare percentages donated to charity by Romney vs. Obama. In general, liberals give much less to charitable causes than do liberals.


5 posted on 08/20/2012 6:59:59 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t think they’re related at all, but I like this guy George.


6 posted on 08/20/2012 7:03:01 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Olog-hai

The liberal view is that fathers are not particularly important.

Instead, they say that this whole baby mama culture we have nowadays, is okay, as long as there are other caring adults in a child’s life. Liberals say we’re too fixated on mother and father stereotypes, and that families come in all sizes and shapes.

And when they mention this, they invariably mention “gay” couples as part of the mix. We have to celebrate diversity.

It’s “hetero-normative” to put society into the stereotype of mothers and fathers raising their children........................


7 posted on 08/20/2012 7:06:11 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Comes right out of the Communist Manifesto and the concept of “abolition of the family”.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 7:07:41 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Windflier

He’s his half brother.


9 posted on 08/20/2012 7:08:32 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: SeekAndFind

The American Dream is not the Dream of Obama’s Father!


10 posted on 08/20/2012 7:10:03 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SeekAndFind
The American Dream is not the Dream of Obama's Father!
11 posted on 08/20/2012 7:12:10 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Dilbert San Diego

What an excellent idea
“Since they are after Romney to release tax returns, a good comparison if that happens, would be to compare percentages donated to charity by Romney vs. Obama”

I remember that until 0dumbo decided to run for POTUS he gave practially nothing to charity.

Romney should remind people of 0dumbo’s “ I am my brothre’s keeper remark. then show 0dumbo’s tax returns.

It might not sway any voter already on the gov’t dole but it should be a wake up call to others.
That 9dumbo’s idea of giving is to take from you and give to others


12 posted on 08/20/2012 7:13:15 AM PDT by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe it's because they're not really brothers.


13 posted on 08/20/2012 7:13:36 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: SeekAndFind

Just putting on the birther hat for a minute — how long before someone manages to get some Obama DNA and find out who he is related to, CSI-style?

As for George, he’s a sympathetic character...since every loon is writing books these days, where’s his book deal?

BTW, I think I got an email from him once...it was about a $20 million inheritance and all I had to do was wire-transfer $5,000 to a bank account in Nairobi to claim it...


14 posted on 08/20/2012 7:17:07 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: Malone LaVeigh

Very good.

I was just getting ready to post that.


15 posted on 08/20/2012 7:18:01 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

D’Souza just sent George $1000 due to his kid being in the Hospital. According to George there was no one else he could turn to for the money.


16 posted on 08/20/2012 7:19:39 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: SeekAndFind
George is not B.O.'s brother...but George sure looks like the drunkerd father Now this guy does look like B.O.
17 posted on 08/20/2012 7:22:34 AM PDT by PLD
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To: traderrob6

RE: He’s his half brother.

Am I my half-brother’s keeper too? /s


18 posted on 08/20/2012 7:24:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: TexasCajun

If we were going to relax the rules on being a natural born citizen anyway, I would have greatly preferred that we had put George in the White House instead of his brother.


19 posted on 08/20/2012 7:25:10 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: bigbob

RE: BTW, I think I got an email from him once...it was about a $20 million inheritance and all I had to do was wire-transfer $5,000 to a bank account in Nairobi to claim it...

Did George Obama move to Nigeria? :)


20 posted on 08/20/2012 7:25:41 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: DAC21

RE: According to George there was no one else he could turn to for the money.

Not even Barack or Michelle? Wow, We ought to pass a collection plate for this guy and make a big fuss out of this for this coming elections.

Some SuperPac ought to pick this up and run with it. Imagine how this would sound like:

“Obama tells us to be our brother’s keeper even as he refuses to help his own!”


21 posted on 08/20/2012 7:26:00 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The liberal view is that fathers are not particularly important.

And when they mention this, they invariably mention “gay” couples as part of the mix. We have to celebrate diversity.

Sadly, the liberal republican candidate agrees with that.

22 posted on 08/20/2012 7:28:38 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (If you fear Obama, you'll vote for Romney. If you fear God, you won't.)
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To: traderrob6

Indeed, if Frank Marshall is not Obama’s biological father...


23 posted on 08/20/2012 7:37:13 AM PDT by GOPPachyderm
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To: SeekAndFind

If Barak had a brother, he’d look like George.


24 posted on 08/20/2012 8:27:28 AM PDT by mad puppy (Not my first choice, but I will vote for Mitt over Obama any time.)
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To: mad puppy

No, if Barack had a brother, he’d look like Frank Marshall Davis, just like Barack does.


25 posted on 08/20/2012 8:36:14 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: bigbob
As for George, he’s a sympathetic character...since every loon is writing books these days, where’s his book deal?


Dinesh D'Souza Sends Money to President Obama's Brother for Sick Child http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2920653/posts

- "D’Souza hints that it could have to do with a book that George Obama participated in writing, which later was destroyed by publisher Simon & Schuster without explanation."

26 posted on 08/20/2012 10:37:12 AM PDT by Red Steel
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He’s his half brother.

So it's been claimed, but I don't believe that BHO Sr was Barry's father, ergo, he's not related to George Obama.

That's the real reason he's never helped him.

27 posted on 08/20/2012 8:51:55 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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