Aunt Zeituni's story is about aloof millionaire Obama who tells the ever shameful American middle class they must give more, allows them to support his Aunt, declines to do so himself.
If I come as an immigrant, you have the obligation to make me a citizen." Those are the words from 58-year-old Zeituni Onyango of Kenya in a recent exclusive interview with WBZ-TV.
- Onyango is the aunt of President Barack Obama. She lived in the United States illegally for years,
'I KNEW I OVERSTAYED'
Aunt Zeituni, as she has come to be known, first surfaced in the public light in 2008, in the final days of the Presidential election. Then-candidate Obama said that he was not against the possible deportation of his aunt. "If she has violated laws, then those laws have to be obeyed," he told CBS's Katie Couric. "We are a nation of laws."
Onyango had violated the law, and she knew it.
"I knew I had overstayed" she told WBZ-TV's Jonathan Elias when the two sat down one-on-one.
ASSIGNED PUBLIC HOUSING
Zeituni Onyango said she came to the United States in 2000 and had every intention of leaving. Then, however, she says she got deathly ill and was hospitalized. When she recovered, she said
- she was broke and couldn't afford to leave.
- despite thousands of legal residents also awaiting assistance.
- "I didn't ask for it; they gave it to me.
And she's right. The system provided her assistance
- despite her status as an illegal immigrant.
In 2004 a judge ordered Zeituni Onyango out of the country, but she never left. She stayed, hiding in plain sight.
- In 2005 she attended her nephew's swearing in as the junior Senator of Illinois.
- In 2008 she was invited to, and traveled to D.C. for President Obama's inauguration.
"Listen. Obama did not know my whereabouts."
'HEAVEN' PAYS HER BILLS
Onyango hired a top immigration lawyer from Cleveland to help fight her case. We asked
- how she afforded that lawyer, when she claimed poverty.
'PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER ONE'
When asked about cutting in line ahead of those who have paid into the system she answered plainly, "I don't mind. You can take that house. I will be on the street with the homeless."
- "To me America's dream became America's worst nightmare," she said adamantly. "I have been treated like public enemy number one."
She is still living in South Boston public housing, unemployed, and
- collecting about $700 a month in disability, she says.
In May 2010, Onyango's case went back before the same judge who ordered her out of the country in 2004. This time she was granted asylum in the United States. The ruling said
- a return to Kenya might put Onyango in danger.
- Above photo of Obama in his 20's with his Aunt, via RushLimbaugh.com
- Aunt Zeituni holding a photograph of herself with Obama when he was a state senator,AP, from USA Today article, 2/4/10
- She is anguished over the estrangement between herself and Obama.