Charity begins at home well maybe not

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Boston Housing Authority ‘flabbergastered’ Barack Obama’s aunt living in Southie

By Jessica Fargen


A Boston Housing Authority director says Barack Obama’s aunt, a Kenyan woman who has lived in public housing for five years, is an “exemplary resident” and only recently did anyone know of her connection to the presidential contender.

Obama’s campaign spokesman Reid Cherlin confirmed to the Herald yesterday that Zeituni Onyango, 56, who lives on Flaherty Way in South Boston, is Obama’s aunt on his father’s side.

Onyango, a Kenyan native, is believed to be the “Aunti Zeituni” in Obama’s memoir, “Dreams From My Father.”

It wasn’t until recently, when a London newspaper started making inquiries about Onyango, that Deputy Director Bill McGonagle learned of the link.

McGonagle said BHA employees were caught off guard.

“We were as surprised as anyone,” he said. “We were a little bit flabbergasted.”

Onyango has lived in Boston public housing for five years, McGonagle said.

“She has been an exemplary resident,” he said.

She received a small stipend over the past year for working six hours a week as a volunteer resident health advocate in her complex, he said.

Little else is known about her.

Onyango had conversations with several BHA employees in recent days about her blood ties to the senator, McGonagle said. She proudly displays photos of Obama, including some that appear as old as 25 years, inside her first-floor apartment, McGonagle said.

A message left at Onyango’s apartment was not returned.

McGonagle asked that the media respect Onyango’s privacy.

“She is feeling very put upon,” he said.



  1. Why is this important?

  2. Hey, Barack, how about spreading the wealth around? No, not our wealth; your wealth…how about to your own family??

  3. 952 this guy wants to raise your taxes to help his relative when he is too much a cheapo to do it himself

  4. Am I my Aunti’s keeper?

    Apparently not if you are Obama.

  5. Not surprising from the “Do as I say, not as I do” Democrats.

  6. 9:52

    It is important because there seems to be a distinct pattern of deceit, if not outright dishonesty, about some fairly fundamental issues of Barack Obama’s life, like those involving his family. He’s been caught in lies about his birth certificate, his education, Reverend Wright, Rezko (sp?), Ayers, et al. Seems a bit strange that he can’t answer even basic questions and seeks to demonize those who dare ask those questions.

    We need to trust our elected officials. He can’t be trusted.

  7. I’m sure ACORN got her the apartment!

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