In August 2008, the Telegraph UK followed up on an Italian-language version of a story by Vanity Fair about the youngest of Obama’s half brothers, George Hussein Onyango Obama, who lives in a hut.
George has since spoken to the Times, CNN and various other outlets to say that he lives well on his dollar a month and expects nothing from his brother, the President, which is good because that is what he has gotten – nada, zippo, nothing.
At the G8 summit yesterday, Obama referred to his poor relatives in Kenya when he talked about the broad-based economic growth needed worldwide, starting with agriculture. He said that it can’t just be for the lucky few at the top.
Obama is at the top of course in that he and the first lady are worth between $2.6 million and $8.3 million and they will be worth a lot more once he leaves the White House.
Obama said, “I’ve spoken before about relatives I have in Kenya, who live in villages where hunger is sometimes a reality — despite the fact that African farmers can be some of the hardest-working people on Earth…”
Check out Obama’s financial disclosure forms released by the White House on Tuesday.
Obama is anxious to take our money to help the world but his own money just seems to increase his personal wealth. George, Obama’s brother, said he lives well and doesn’t need help. That’s good, because Obama is not going to use his own money to get this man a better hut. It also makes me wonder why we have to.
It has been 1116 days without a budget and we should not be looking to spend more money until we control what we have and what we borrow.
CNS News: …“In Africa and around the world, progress isn’t coming fast enough and economic growth can’t just be for the lucky few at the top, it’s got to be broad-based, for everybody, and a good place to start is in the agricultural sector,” Obama said.
“So even as the world responds with food aid in a crisis — as we’ve done in the Horn of Africa — communities can’t go back just to the way things were, vulnerable as before, waiting for the next crisis to happen. Development has to be sustainable, and as an international community, we have to do better,” he added.
Obama presented a plan he said would help African countries be more self-sufficient. He pointed out that three years earlier, the G8 established a $22 billion package for global food security.
“On the other hand, we see an Africa that still faces huge hurdles, stark inequalities; most Africans still living on less than $2 a day; climate change that increases the risk of drought and famine,” Obama said. “All of which perpetuates stubborn barriers in agriculture, in the agricultural sector — from bottlenecks in infrastructure that prevent food from getting to market, to the lack of credit, especially for small farmers, most of whom are women.”…[Love his concern for women, that’s not political at all, no, I’m sure it’s heartfelt.}