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In Reversal, Obama Admits He Knew His Uncle

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Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 03:31 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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President Barack Obama has admitted he lived with his Kenyan uncle in the 1980s — an embarrassing flip-flop from an earlier White House claim that the two had never met.

The commander-in-chief revealed on Thursday that he had stayed at the Cambridge, Mass., apartment of Onyango Obama as he prepared to attend Harvard Law School.

That contradicted a statement issued by the White House last year that there was no record of the two ever meeting, The Boston Globe reports.

The president's relationship with his uncle came under scrutiny on Tuesday at a deportation hearing in Boston for Onyango Obama.

He has lived illegally in the United States for more than 40 years.

During the hearing Onyango testified that the future president had stayed with him for about three weeks before beginning his time at Harvard.

A White House official now says that the president's relationship with his uncle had not been exhaustively researched, nor had he been asked directly.

"The president first met Omar [Onyango] Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law school. The president did stay with him for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said.

"After that, they saw each other once every few months, but after law school they fell out of touch. The president has not seen him in 20 years, has not spoken with him in 10."

The White House also says the president did not interfere with the immigration case.

Onyango is the second relative of Barack Obama’s father to face deportation. Zeituni Onyango won asylum after it was discovered she was living illegally in a Boston housing project.

Onyango, 69, who works as a liquor store manager in Framingham, was granted legal residency after the Tuesday hearing.


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