Obama’s Aunt has long been a thorn in the side of the president. Just a week before the presidential election people found out Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Onyango was an illegal immigrant from Kenya and living off the American welfare system. Instead of being kicked out of the country she was eventually given legal status, and this week complained about her free ride to a CBS news affiliate. Her hubris in the interview was shocking.
Zeituni came to the country legally in 2000 with a temporary visa and was requesting political asylum. In 2004 the a judge denied further asylum and declared she must leave the United States. Zeituni broke the law and stayed in Boston as an illegal alien. Somehow she managed to live in government housing with the Boston Housing Authority and even worked for them as a public health advocate. She also was able to get quality hospital care, and she has received disability checks of around $700 a month.
The President’s aunt illegally contributed to his Presidential campaign, though his office said the money would be returned. Obama invited his aunt to attend his inauguration and she did. On May 17, 2010 Zeituni was granted a waiver of deportation and made a legal resident of the United States. That decision was made by the same judge that ordered her out of the country in 2004. The reasoning was that the Kenyan would not be able to get the healthcare she needed in her home nation, and since she is related to Obama she might be a target in Kenya.
How does Aunt Zeituni react to the free ride she got? You got to see it to believe it.
Zeituni: If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen…To me America’s dream became America’s worst nightmare.
Jonathan Elias: Why?
Zeituni: Because of what I have gone through.
Elias: Tell me what you’ve gone through.
Zeituni: A Hell of a lot. Hell of a lot
Huh? What exactly did you go through? I’m sorry. You were given free housing. You were given monthly checks. You had hospital bills paid for. All of this was done by taxpayers. And you had never paid a single dime of these taxes yourself.
Elias: How do you respond to those families that would say, “Why is she getting anything?”
Zeituni: I don’t mind. You can take that house… I didn’t ask for it; they gave it to me. And you better just ask the system. Ask your system. I didn’t create the system…I didn’t take any advantage of the system. The system took advantage of me.
When CBS’ Elias asked how Zeituni could afford the money for an expensive attorney and other nice things she had quite a response.
Zeituni: When you believe in Jesus Christ…my help comes from Heaven.
She claims Heaven pays all her bills and buys her food. I have read the entire Bible many times, and I can’t find that option anywhere for those who believe in Jesus Christ. I wonder who is really funding this woman’s lifestyle and lawyer fees currently. We already know that taxpayers have funded much of her living in the U.S. for about a decade.
That was part one of the CBS affiliate’s interview. Part 2 can be seen here.
The most interesting part about the second video is the revelation that Obama has not helped (according to his Aunt) with one cent of financial support. The multimillionaire has never felt obligated to help out his Aunt even though Obama loves to say that we should be “our brother’s keeper.” I guess in the President’s eyes, helping your fellow man means paying taxes so that the government will take care of them. I mean, why should family help when there’s government money to be doled out? Didn’t Ebeneezer Scrooge say something like that?
Zeituni Onyango provides a clear example of what is so messed up about immigration and welfare in this country. And her situation and attitude also reveal what’s so dangerous about our president’s ideas for this country.
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