President Barack Obama's alleged "illegal" immigrant uncle was arrested in Massachusetts last week for allegedly driving under the influence after nearly ramming a police car, the Washington Times reported Sunday.
According to some digging by the Times's Kerry Picket, Onyango Obama, 67, is the "Uncle Omar" mentioned in the president's book, "Dreams From My Father." He is apparently an illegal immigrant from Kenya and the brother of Obama's aunt Zeituni Oyango, who has been granted asylum to stay in the U.S.
The Metrowest Daily News reported Obama failed a field sobriety test after almost running his SUV into a police car in Framingham, Mass, near Boston. According to a police report, he rolled through a stop sign and then made a quick left turn, requiring the squad car and another vehicle to slam on their breaks to avoid hitting him.
According to the Washington Times, Framingham Public Information Officer Lieutenant Delaney said when Onyango Obama was asked at the station if he wanted to make a telephone call to arrange for bail, he replied: "I think I will call the White House."
The Times of London referenced an Onyango Obama in a 2008 article about then-presidential candidate Obama's family:
"Dreams of My Father" was first published in 1995, and the story of how Mr Obama returned to Kenya in 1988 to trace his roots has become the cornerstone of his political biography. Yet the US media appears to have overlooked the passage indicating that at least one relative of Mr Obama’s had moved to America and might still be there.
Two thirds of the way through the book Mr Obama’s half-sister talked about Africans who had emigrated to the West and were never heard of again, “like our Uncle Omar, in Boston . . . They’ve been lost, you see”.
A few pages later Mr Obama meets his step-grandmother, Sarah, for the first time in the village of Kogelo. On the walls of her hut are photographs of Omar, “the uncle who had left for America 25 years ago and never came back”. Touchingly, she asks the future presidential candidate if he has any news of Omar, her son and Mr Obama’s half-uncle.
Oyango Obama pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and other charges.
According to the Daily News, Obama has a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement warrant for his arrest, which he is being held on. ICE has previously ordered his deportation back to Kenya.