George Obama, who lives in a shanty in the Huruma slum in Nairobi and lives on a few dollars a month, has a half-brother named Barack. Barack lives in the White House, a wealthy man, but he does not deign to help George, who was denied a visa to visit his mother in the United States. Worst of all, when George’s young son was sick in the hospital a few days ago, George had to call Dinesh D’Souza, not his brother Barack, for $1,000 to help pay the hospital bills.
After D’Souza, a religious Christian, offered him the money, D’Souza asked why George would come to him for the money. George replied, “I have no one else to ask … Dinesh, you are like a brother to me.”
Meanwhile, George’s brother, who is a multimillionaire, and wants to raise taxes to help the poor and has the gall to campaign around the “fair share” theme, saying, “We are our brother’s keeper”, is nowhere to be found. He has an aunt in Kenya who barely manages to make a living by selling coal on the streets of Kenya; she cannot even have her teeth fixed. Does Obama help her?
According to D’Souza, George, with the help of a British journalist named Damien Lewis, wrote his story in a book called “Homeland.” But Lewis said that just before the book was to be published by Simon & Schuster, the publishers decided to shred the entire 20,000 copy print run.
George, who is only 30, did have an unsavory past; but now works as the organizer of a slum soccer league. And, as D’Souza points out, “the liberal argument–one that Obama himself makes in his book ‘The Audacity of Hope’ — is that the cultural pathologies of the poor are themselves the product of social disadvantage.” Would George have gotten in trouble if Obama had lent a helping hand?
D’Souza points out that an underlying reason for Barack’s contempt for George may be George’s rejection of the anti-colonial philosophy that was espoused by his father, Barack Obama Sr., as well as his brother in the White House. Unlike those two, George believes Third World countries are not being pushed around by the West, noting that in the early 1960’s:
“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 … What’s our excuse for failure? We don’t have one. We’ve only got ourselves to blame.”
George is a conservative. No wonder Barack doesn’t send him money.