Seems like every president has an embarrassing black sheep brother.
Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush all had brothers whose behavior has been both unethical and embarrassing.
Even John McCain’s brother caused a ruckus during the election when he dialed 911 to ask about the cause of the bad traffic he was stuck in and then swore at the operator.
Now President Obama’s half brother, George, has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana near his home in Nairobi, Kenya.
George Obama doesn’t know his brother well and he only had one joint on him. “He is not a drug peddler,” Police Chief Joshua Omokulongolo told the Associated Press. Well, that’s good to know.
George is the youngest of Barack Obama’s father’s seven children. He was not among the new president’s Kenyan relatives attending the recent D.C. inauguration. And media reports of George living in a shack and earning $1 day are said — by him — to be exaggerated.
“I’m proud of how I live,” he told AP in an interview last summer. The media “are tarnishing the family name.”
Yeah, well, the joint didn’t help much either.
There’s been no comment from the White House on this family matter.
Should the president make one? Or does he have bigger fish to fry right now?
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