Does Obama's Aunt Really Live In Poverty???

@Rozie37 (15505)
Turkmenistan
November 1, 2008 6:29pm CST
According to an article I read on CNN.com, not only is Obama's aunt living out in the United States illegally, but she is poverty stricken. To top it all off, she has given $265.00 toward his campaign. I heard earlier this year that his brother is living in Africa and having the same financial struggles. To me, this is beyond sick. It makes me wonder if Barack Obama is prejudice against his own family. How can we expect a man who doesn't lend a helping hand to his own blood, to care about an entire nation of people. Yes, he is very good at talking the talk, but will he be able to walk the walk. I believe that he is saying what the American people want to hear, just to get in office, but I am willing to bet that he has his own separate agenda. It will be a sad day in America if he becomes president. http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/01/obama.aunt/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
6 responses
• United States
2 Nov 08
Either this is not true or there is way more to this story!!
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
2 Nov 08
I am only going by what I read.
• United States
2 Nov 08
I understand that. Do you remeber where you read this? Was it on cnn.com? It just seems pretty incredible to me and I believe the old saying that we shouldn't believe everything we read.
• United States
2 Nov 08
Rockgroupie, Check out the link which is from CNN at the top; Read for yourself. I hear you but she left a link for us to check out.
@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Hold up, hold up, no disrespect Rosie, but I don't think he knew that the lady was here or that she gave him money towards his campaign. And from what I hear, he's about to return her her money as well. And to top it off, she has been travelling between the U.S and Kenya for over 30 years now,so if your in dire poverty as they are saying about her, how could she get back home? I know for a fact that tickets to Africa are over a grand a pop, so ok, how could she be broke? Look, I had my doubts about this man, and all, still do, but I know he don't have that kind of heart within him; Right now that I am unemployed, my unemployment benefits have been denied, and I don't expect no one who is better off in my family to do me a thing. Bad as it sounds, that's the way I feel. It would be nice, it would be a great gesture, but at the same time, folks got their own problems. Which is why I get out there and do my best to find a job. Yes, I plan to appeal the decision, and all, but in the meantime, I ain't suffering although I'd feel a whole lot better with my own money in my hand.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
2 Nov 08
Alright, I will give you that. A lot of people are like that, but that is not the type of person that I am. I will give to anyone if I see that they have a need and I have a little extra. Faith in God lets me know that this is how I am blessed. And speaking of faith in God, I know that there are a lot of African Americans who are voting for Barack Obama just because of his race, but wasn't it Martin Luther King Jr. who said, Don't judge a man by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. Obama calls himself a Christian, but he should also take a stand for what is right. He knows very well the gay marriage and abortion are wrong. These are the reasons that I voted early for McCain. Oh I wanted to vote for Obama. In fact, I registered to vote for the first time this year, just to vote for him. But when I found out what he represented, I knew that I could not vote for him. My relationship with God must always come first.
• United States
2 Nov 08
Rosie, I feel you there on those points and I thank you first off for keeping this discussion above board. I won't lie to you, though I am glad for Obama and I am for him, I have some reservations about him. But on the other hand, do I want four more years of what I've been seeing for the past eight years or a change? I don't expect one man to do that, I expect one man with a host of others to make that happen. Martin Luther King Jr didn't just say that I Have A Dream speech to himself, he had many more who listened to him, march with him, pushed for change, and then change happened. But not because of him only, but because he had a group of people with him. same with him, and though he has good intentions, all of those intentions will have to be passed by Congress plain and simple. So some of them may not go through. But at the same time, I see your point which gives me pause for thought. Great talking with you. Peace.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
3 Nov 08
I love the idea of having an African American president. Barack Obama is very intelligent and all of those things. I just want one that I can be proud of because he stands for what is right. Not because of the color of his skin. I just hope that the change that he is promising is a good change for all. I was just reading about him on the Christian News Wire and they were bringing up his brother who lives in Kenya and survives on twelve dollars a year, yet he is telling us to be our brother's keeper. That sounds like a direct contradiction to me. It seems that he has done his best to distance himself from his father's side of the family, for some reason.
@dvmurphy (326)
• United States
2 Nov 08
Obama has alot of press right now and the media is pulling all the stops to try and discredit him in the eyes of the public before the election. Relatives are not always the easiest to keep track of and I don't see where a relatives living situation is expected to be your problem. Everyone has their own problems. I would help out my immediate family if they need it but not a distant relative. You have to be willing to help yourself to and if the aunt can fly home to Africa and back than she was not only here illegally but she was defrauding the housing development for low income she was living in. An old saying goes you can't pick your relatives.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
2 Nov 08
Okay, fair enough.
• United States
3 Nov 08
I was just thinking about this story and this thread really helped me out. I was thinking, I would have no idea what some of my relatives lives are like. I have no idea what my aunt's life is like. I know a little, but nothing current, and I have no idea if she receives any kind of assistance from the gov, or what her income is...even if she still works! It is not something that I am really happy about, but because of the distance between me and some...well, most of my relatives, I simply don't know much about them. So I guess it is not unbelievable for anyone not to know the status of another family member. I bet Sen. Obama wishes that he did know more right about now, though. He has my vote, but regardless of my political preferences, this was a story that made me think a little more than others that the news has reported. :)
• United States
2 Apr 09
You know that now that he is president he is making sure all illeg. get to come in to the country. go check out grassroots.org.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
2 Apr 09
You have got to be kidding me!!! Why would he do such a thing? We already have a big problem with over crowding. This is going to make things so much worse. I hope for our sake and his that he knows what he is doing.
@msivey77 (67)
• United States
28 Dec 08
well i feel we all have family that are struggling in life at some point and we can't change thier situation.i believe as time progress obama will help his family i mean he's not even really in office yet.time changes everything when the time comes.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
28 Dec 08
Oh alright.
@twoey68 (13662)
• United States
3 Dec 08
From the video's and reports I've read he has an aunt that lives in public housing as an illegal immigrant (donating to his campaign which is a big no-no) and a brother that lives in Kenya on $12 a year in a paper shack. Considering that he is worth millions and shouts about "spreading the wealth around" from the rooftops...one has to wonder why he isn't doing ANYTHING to help out his own family members. I'm not saying he should be fully supporting them but if one of my brothers were living in a paper shack on nothing but $12 a year I know I would be doing what I could to help them out b/c their family and I don't have millions to dip into. The same thing goes for the aunt. If I knew that I had a family member struggling, I'd do what I could for them. It sounds to me like 0bama wants to "spread the wealth around" as long as it isn't his. [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG AND TRUST IN GOD**[/b]
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
9 Dec 08
I do not believe that they expect him to take care of them. I believe that he was given a lot of opportunities that they did not get. I do not know the entire story or even if it is true, but like you, I agree that families should help each other.