• Oh, ‘Bama, what a family

I’ve always found it curious that the American, indeed the global, public has regarded Barack Obama as a black man. Probably it’s because he identified himself that way even though his mother was white.

I’ve come to the conclusion that it is because in our society, which eschews being racist but still uses some of the same criteria as we did in the pre-civil rights protest era, if you have any amount of non-Caucasian blood you can’t possibly be “white.” Therefore, you have to be something else.

But that’s just a matter of labels. People will consider other people to be exactly what they feel like considering them to be. Let us, then, move on to something of more substance. Obama’s sloppiness when it comes to paying attention to details.

This is a man who, according to some polls, will become our president-elect next week. A man who, therefore, will be responsible for surrounding himself with well-investigated people and appointing some to cabinet posts, others to judgeships, others to positions of power and influence. A man who, we must hope, will be sure all such people are checked out.

Why, then, did neither he nor his staff check out his own family to see if there were skeltons in the closet? I speak of his aunt, his late father’s half-sister, who has been living in public housing in Boston for several years after being denied political asylum and told to return to her native Kenya. It’s not as if he didn’t know of her existence; his campaign has been accepting money from her.

So, here we are, practically on the eve of Election Day and the Democratic candidate has been taking money — small amounts to be sure, but accepting them nonetheless — from a close relative who has been living here illegally in defiance of  our laws.

Definitely cause for concern about Obama’s judgment.

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About Bill Dowd

Webmaster/social media coordinator for the Southern Rensselaer County NY Rotary Club.

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