If you believe Jay Carney, the original denial was issued based on documentary evidence. Also if you believe Jay Carney, the moon is made of pure hopium and so is Barack Obama.
Two years after saying President Obama had not met an uncle who faced deportation, the White House said Thursday that Obama lived briefly with him back during the 1980s.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama met Onyango Obama when he arrived in Cambridge, Mass., in the late 1980s to attend Harvard Law School; Obama stayed briefly with his uncle until his new apartment was ready.
Carney said the White House staff based its 2011 claim that the two had never met on documentary evidence, and had not asked Obama himself.
“Nobody spoke to the president,” Carney said, until he did so this week.
Once again. Obama knew nothing. Just like he didn’t know anything about everything else.
Would a flat denial have been issued based on anything than the word of Obama or someone close to him? I doubt it.
“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. Nobody spoke to the president,” Carney said.
I doubt they issued a denial simply because of a lack of evidence of their meeting being in the book. Even Team Obama isn’t that casually sloppy.
On Thursday, a White House official said the press office had not fully researched the relationship between the president and his uncle before telling the Globe that they had no record of the two meeting. This time, the press office asked the president directly, which they had not done in 2011.
“The president first met Omar Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law school,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “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.”
Onyango Obama’s immigration case raised numerous concerns about a potential conflict of interest after his arrest in August 2011 for drunken driving in Framingham. The arrest revealed his outstanding deportation orders and his relationship to the president.
Shortly after his arrest, he told an officer, “I think I will call the White House.”
The White House said Obama’s immigration case was handled “without any interference from the president or the White House.”
I’m sure we can believe them this time. Until documentary evidence proving otherwise comes to light.
It’s already been established that Omar Obama is more likely to tell the truth than Barack Obama about their relationship. So I’m going to go with the call to the White House.