Obama's uncle arrested in Massachusetts
August 29th, 2011
04:59 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama's uncle arrested in Massachusetts

(CNN) - An uncle of President Barack Obama was arrested last week in Framingham, Massachusetts, for allegedly operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, police Lt. Ronald Brandolini told CNN on Monday.

Onyango Obama was arrested on Wednesday after failing a field sobriety test, Brandolini said.


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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. KARMA

    Cue ranting from the right wingers/birthers who forgot the previous President was a DRUNK with a DUI.

    August 29, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. RC

    ho boy. These comments are going to explode.

    August 29, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Please ... please ... let me be the first to point out the obvious!?! This has absolutely nothing to do with President Obama! It was a relative who made his own choice, did something reprehensible and needs to suffer the consequences. Anyone who casts stones at the President on this, should first check the structural integrity of their own glass house!

    August 29, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Michelle J Brewer

    Oh no, not that! Can't they come up with a document stating it isn't true?

    August 29, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. proudmemberofglobalzero

    Take his license away. When will people ever learn not to drink and drive..other than that.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 29, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    it will become another reason for opponents to scrutinize the president even though its totally out of his control. its called senseless politics

    August 29, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. littlemule

    What no mention that he's an illegal immigrant !! Way to go CNN
    Deport him, not only is he an illegal he has now been caught committing a serious crime.
    Deport him, or does he get amnesty because he knows people in high places?
    He is a dirtbag that shows no respect for our laws.
    Get him out of here

    August 29, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. oskavat

    This will become another reason for opponents of president obama to scrutinize him even though this situation is totally out of his control.

    August 29, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Sebastian Kent

    If this is the worst he has to endure from crazy relatives – he's better off than most of us.

    Before the Obama-haters start spewing; let me remind them that illicit materials fell a bit closer to a couple of Presidents – – somewhere between numbers #40 & #43 – mentioning no names.

    August 29, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Deeb

    So what? Geez....

    August 29, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Me in MN

    Maybe he was taking his nephew's advise and just trying to get out of the path of Irene?

    August 29, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Austin

    And this is relevant how?

    August 29, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Ed

    Obama should invite his Uncle to the White House for a beer and tell him he shouldn't drink and drive as long as he is President after that who would care.

    August 29, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. bb

    My niece that lives 3 states away, that I never see, was arrested once for the same thing – Is that supposed to reflect somehow on me?

    August 29, 2011 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. willard

    Amerc. ian people will
    Get mocked out of obama and biden. 2012

    August 29, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    It was NOT the president so get over it.

    August 29, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. bonger

    i'm waiting for the right wing hill billies to blame Obama for this one...let the hatred start spewing

    August 29, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Oh yeah? Well, Rick Parry's uncle made a test tube goatbaby with a goat imported from Afghanistan and he named it Chuckles.* It's the secret basis for all of Jim Brewer's goatboy skits.* What does that say about Parry? Hmmmm?

    * Not intended to be a factual statement.

    August 29, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. 100% ETH

    Err is Human, forgive the divine.

    August 29, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Cj

    Amazing, even when Obama isn't directly involved he's still an inept, fumbling rookie. It's like Dems elected him just to see what they could get away with.

    August 29, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Anthony

    What does this have to do with the President? Seriously, if his Uncle gets a DUI for driving how can the President's influence have any change on this outcome? Did President Bush have any influence on his two drunk daughters, no? Let it go and let this guy deal with the bigger problems in this country than to worry about nonsense likes this.

    August 29, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    "According to a a federal law enforcement source who spoke on condition of not being identified, Onyango Obama was not legally in the United States and has been previously ordered removed from the country. His case is now going through the immigration process, the source said."
    Now THERE'S a shocker. How long before this case is broomed?

    August 29, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  23. Sandy

    Why is this political news? And who cares, it's not the President who got arrested.

    August 29, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. American Capitalism Forever

    Hard working taxpayers are supporting this illegal immigrant who is causing crimes in this country.
    Why does Obama expect us to foot the bill for his family to stay here in the USA illegally.
    This man wont even take responsibility to even support his own family who are illegal aliens sucking off the government teet.

    August 29, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Don

    This is an issue only to make voters look for the president's reaction to it. If this uncle gets deported, it proves that Obama is willing to uphold the law and not give his friends and family special treatment. If he doesn't, then it's a real issue.

    August 29, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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