After reports surfaced recently that the President’s uncle was in the country illegally and was arrested for driving under the influence, it was only a matter of time before a right winger – this time Steve King (R-IA) tried to use it against the President. From TPM:
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) wants to bring President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, before Congress to testify on whether he received preferential treatment after he was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.
“We have to bring drunken ‘Uncle Omar’ in front of the House Judiciary Committee, drill down into this, and tell America what’s going on,” King told Fox News, referring to Obama’s uncle, who is in the country illegally.
He also took a shot at Obama’s aunt, who was granted asylum in the country by a Republican-appointed immigration judge because her immigration status was leaked just ahead of the 2008 presidential election.
“I watched as President Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, also evaded [Immigration and Customs Enforcement],” King said. “The sympathy, the bleeding heart, of [Department of Homeland Security Director] Janet Napolitano decided to use an administrative authority to grant President Obama’s aunt asylum.”
King’s comments follow remarks by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), who said last week that “Obama’s backdoor amnesty allows drunk-driving illegal immigrants like his uncle to remain in the U.S.”
In other words, let’s use the actions of one irresponsible adult in someone’s family to attack another. And let’s toss in that whole immigration thing as well, just for grins.
I don’t know if the President’s uncle received preferential treatment – but I’m fairly certain he didn’t. It would be a supremely stupid move with no real point. But there is one thing I’m certain of: It doesn’t warrant dragging people out in front of a House Judiciary Committee. A total waste of time and taxpayers’ money to try to embarrass the President because someone in his family drinks and drives. Like there isn’t one of those in just about every family.
I’ve got a better idea – how about we bring in front of the House Judiciary Committee every family member that has been arrested for a DUI, domestic violence, soliciting a prostitute, possessing an illegal substance – and see if they have received any preferential treatment. Oh, wait, we don’t need their families. There are plenty in Congress who have been arrested for those same reasons. Did they receive preferential treatment? Let’s pull them in front of the HJC and see what they have to say.
Yeah, right. That’ll happen.
The “immigration” issue here is also a red herring. If there is an immigration problem, INS/ICE should handle it. You don’t need to start hearings.
Maybe if they focused on jobs just half as much as they focused on trying to find things to attack the President on, a whole lot more of us would be gainfully employed.