Does Barack Obama truly believe that he is his brother’s keeper? Listening to the Obama family speak, you would think so…
President Obama: “This sense of mutual responsibility – the idea that I am my brother’s keeper; that I am my sister’s keeper – has always been a part of what makes our country special.” (Weekly Address, Thanksgiving, 2011)
President Obama: “We believe that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper — that everybody deserves a fair shot at the American Dream.” (Moving Forward Rally, Philadelphia, PA, October, 2010)
Michelle Obama: “… will we honor the fundamental American belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, and if one of us is hurting, then we’re all hurting?” (DNC Event, Tampa, FL, October 2011)
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President Obama: “In difficult times, Americans are coming together — tackling our challenges instead of ignoring them — and renewing the principle that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper.” (Presidential Proclomation, April, 2011)
Turns out however, that in difficult times, the President’s actual brother, George Obama, had to turn to a conservative author and the man behind the new film, 2016: Obama’s America, for help with his son’s medical bills. George, as D’Souza writes, apparently does not feel he can turn to the President for help, even in times of dire emergency.
A few days ago I received a call from a man I recently met named George. He was a bit flustered, and soon informed me that his young son was sick with a chest condition. He pleaded with me to send him $1,000 to cover the medical bills. Since George was at the hospital I asked him to let me speak to a nurse, and she confirmed that George’s son was indeed ill. So I agreed to send George the money through Western Union. He was profusely grateful. But before I hung up I asked George, “Why are you coming to me?” He said, “I have no one else to ask.” Then he said something that astounded me, “Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”
Actually, George has a real life brother who just happens to be the president of the United States. (George Obama is the youngest of eight children sired by Barack Obama Sr.) George’s brother is a multimillionaire and the most powerful man in the world. Moreover, George’s brother has framed his re-election campaign around the “fair share” theme that we owe obligations to those who are less fortunate.
One of Obama’s favorite phrases comes right out of the Bible: “We are our brother’s keeper.” Yet he has not contributed a penny to help his own brother. And evidently George does not believe, even in times of emergency, that he can turn to his brother in the White House for help.
So much for spreading the wealth around.
Obama’s refusal to help George is especially surprising because George doesn’t just live in American-style poverty but rather in Third World poverty. He lives in a shanty in the Huruma slum in Nairobi. He gets by on a few dollars a month. Obama also has an aunt named Hawa Auma, his father’s sister, who ekes out a living selling coal on the streets of a small village in Kenya. She says she would like to have her teeth fixed, but she cannot afford it. Obama hasn’t offered to help her either.
What’s going on here? Why is President Obama so hesitant to help family members in need?
It’s not as if the President isn’t aware of his brother’s plight. George was interviewed in 2008 by CNN, an interview which showed him as living in poverty in Kenya. The video caption reads in part:
Barack Obama says he wants to take more money from the “rich” to make the tax code “fair,” but he won’t give one dime to his own half-brother who lives in abject poverty. Barack Obama claims he wants to help all Americans, but he will not even help his half-brother.
So why is the man who preaches about being our “brother’s keeper” clearly failing to live up to his own expectations?
Worse if you’re a liberal, how do you reconcile the fact that the President’s own brother had to resort to the kindness and generosity of a greedy, selfish conservative like Dinesh D’Souza? This simply doesn’t fit your narrative.