Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Any Takers?

Brad_in_MA sends in this shocking (SHOCKING!) story:

President Obama’s uncle wins new bid to try to stay in US
President Obama’s uncle has won a new deportation hearing in Boston immigration court, more than a year after a drunken-­driving arrest in Framingham revealed that he had violated a longstanding order to return to Kenya.
Last week, the Board of ­Immigration Appeals granted Onyango Obama’s request to ­reopen his immigration case based in part on his contention that his prior lawyer was ­ineffective, according to a government official with direct knowledge of the case. Obama’s new lawyers have also argued that the 68-year-old Obama has lived in the United States for nearly half a century and ­deserves a chance to make his case.
Right. See, he's broken the law for so long, we ought to legitimize him! Makes sense, right? I mean, about as much sense as the slap-on-the-wrist "punishment" he got for driving while intoxicated, right? Oh, and all those immigration lawyers saying that appeals are almost never granted once one has committed a felony, they're all joking, right?
Now, I'm equally certain that no one in the Obama administration had any role in this. They're simply not that stupid - should, by some miracle, some proof of involvement be traced to them, it would be uncomfortable, to say the least. However, what's the likelihood that someone wishing to curry favor - or remain in favor - helped out a bit? Gee, hard to say, isn't it?

And here's something I'm curious about. We hear about this story because it's local - this city is about an hour away from me. Is there anything at all in the national level about this? I'm guessing not - on a very superficial level it's another story about an illegal immigrant, not much to see here. But I'm going to once again play the "let's pretend" game. Let's pretend that George W. Bush's uncle got arrested for driving while intoxicated. Now imagine that he got a slap on the wrist. Do you think that the media would have ignored the story? This one's not that rhetorical, though - remember the brouhaha with Jenna and drinking while underage? Yeah, that was a national story.

But no, there's no media bias, nosirree bob...

That is all.


bluesun said...

Nope, nothing over here (western Colorado).

That's why I read the bogs, I get to hear all about the stupid things going on all over the country...

Old NFO said...

Nope, you know that mope is going to stay...

DaddyBear said...

Qel surpris.

Daniel in Brookline said...

You know, I used to think that nothing could stay secret for very long in this country -- SOME young reporter would be hungry enough to break the story, any story. I derived some comfort from that, seeing it as a bulwark against tyranny.

For obvious reasons, I don't believe that anymore. (How much money did Donald Trump offer for President Obama's college grades?)

I think what we're seeing here is a combination of two things. A LOT of people, particularly in the media, are all too willing to cover for this man. And of those who are not, many are simply afraid -- and rightfully so. He's talked often enough about punishing his enemies, and he's given a clear indication that he wouldn't hesitate to do it. (How many people are under the bus these days?)

As a result, we now have a second-term President about whom we know virtually nothing -- except that he's more ignorant of economics, world politics, and American civics than a liberal-arts freshman, that he fights dirty and brags about it, that he's small and petty and vindictive... and that he's not satisfied with the system that handed him the keys to the most powerful nation on earth, and so wants to fundamentally change it.