By Mary Bruce
Two days after an immigration judge ruled that President Obama’s Kenyan uncle could stay in the United States, the White House today acknowledged that the president lived briefly with Onyango “Omar” Obama, despite having previously claimed there was no record of their ever meeting.
“The president first met Omar 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. 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,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told ABC.
Last year, the White House claimed their records showed Omar Obama and the president had never met. At his deportation hearing in Boston earlier this week, however, Omar Obama, who has lived in the U.S. for 50 years, reportedly revealed that his nephew stayed with him in Cambridge for roughly three weeks.
It turns out, the White House never directly asked the president about his previous relationship with Omar Obama, who is his father’s half-brother.
“Back when this arose, folks looked at the record, including the president’s book, and there was no evidence that they had met … and that was what was conveyed,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. “When Omar Obama said the other day … that President Obama, back when he was a law school student, had stayed with him in Cambridge, I thought it was the right thing to do to go ask him. Nobody had asked him in the past, and the president said that he, in fact, had met Omar Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law school, and that he stayed with him for a brief period of time.”
The White House insists Omar Obama’s case was handled routinely and without any interference from the president.