President Obama's Half-Brother Arrested For Marijuana Possession

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- The half-brother of President Barack Obama was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana on Saturday near his home in a Nairobi shantytown, police said.

George Obama, who is in his 20s and barely knows the president, had one joint of marijuana on him, said Joshua Omokulongolo, the police chief in the area.

"He is not a drug peddler," Omokulongolo told The Associated Press. "But it's illegal, it's a banned substance."

George Obama has a court appearance scheduled Monday morning.

He and the president have the same father, who died in a car crash in 1982.

The White House declined comment Saturday on the president's half-brother.

Several of President Obama's Kenyan relatives went to Washington, D.C., for his inauguration, but George was not among them. He lives in Huruma with extended family.

Media reports about him surfaced over the summer, after a magazine article said he lived in a shack and earned a dollar a day. George Obama has called the reports insulting.

"I'm proud of how I live," he told The Associated Press in an interview over the summer. "(The media) are tarnishing the family name."

He also said he was studying to be a mechanic and works with a local youth group in Huruma.

In President Obama's book "Dreams From My Father," he describes George Obama as "a handsome, roundheaded boy with a wary gaze."

George is the youngest of the senior Obama's seven children, born six months before his father died.


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  • by anonymous Location: connecticut on Feb 18, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    For Obama Snake Oil co: yes you do have a relative like this or worse you just dont know it EVERY AND I MEAN EVERY family has a member who has smoked marijuana 49% of america have smoked atleast once I'm a senior in highschool my grade has roughly 500 or so kids in it of that 54.8% that I know of have smoked marijuana atleast once and i live in a rich suburban town in connecticut there is one highschool in town with about 1800 kids total think about areas with higher (no pun intended) populations there is or was a stoner in your family they just wont tell you
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 6, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    Ace and Floggie, there are no intelligent democrats. Please drop this story. I don't like the "one for whom the nitwits have been waiting", but he doesn't really even know this obama guy in Africa. Don't make this like that Palin's duaghter's boyfriends mom had a prescription pill that didn't belong to her in her glove box story. Move on to something important like this rediculous spending fiasco that the dems and dumbs (Palosi) are trying to shove down the taxpayers faces.
  • by always worthy Location: out here somewhere on Feb 4, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    And this has what to do with the President??? Absolutely nothing. Isn't it okay now anyway since Michael Phelps has been photographed taking a hit from a bong without any reprecussions?
  • by Honorable Bloggie Location: NC on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:21 PM
    You said it perfectly, ACE. I couldn't have said it any better.
  • by CollegeGrad09 Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    Michael Phelps had to be in Kenya.
  • by Must be a slow news day on Feb 3, 2009 at 06:20 PM
    ...and why is this news?
  • by Truth Is Location: Kinston on Feb 3, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    There is not a family in America that doesn't have at least one individual they would love to put out to pasture. The media loves to bait all of us who have too much time on our hands so we will get on line and keep writing these outrageous comments. Trash and stupidity sells more newspapers than a well written article with good and positive things. We are all looking for the county to turn around and climb back up the slippery slope we have fallen down. No one but Exxon is getting ahead at the moment, so calm down and direct all the negative energy toward something positive. God made us all and loves us all. We are our brother's keeper, like it or not. As bad as things seem, the rest of the world is still trying to get into America.
  • by ACE on Feb 3, 2009 at 12:35 PM
    Bob, Do you think for one minute that what you all say about Obama annoys the more intelligent Democrats? Not at all, we have better things to do than worry about your opinion. Your judgment of right and wrong have proven to be unsupported by facts. Enjoy sitting on here bad mouthing Obama if it makes you feel good. The fact is we have already had the last laugh
  • by Paul Location: New Bern on Feb 3, 2009 at 11:59 AM
    But did he inhale? Carter had his Bubba Billy, Obama has his distant Bubba George. My family has it's Bubba Paul. None of these Bubba's ran for any office....just the nearest party!!!
  • by Denise Location: Greenville on Feb 3, 2009 at 11:55 AM
    This is to Bob of Belhaven, President Obama does acknowledge his family in Kenya, He invited his Grandmother to his inaugaration and other family members. He just don't know his half brothers and sisters. He did not grow up around them that much. His Grandmother in Hawaii raised him. DO you own all of your family. Probably not, the sound of it. As far as him lying, have you caught him in a lie or have you seen him use drugs? Every other president has picked who they thought were right for the cabinet, so why can't President Obama? I do not think that you would give him a fair chance anyway. Had John McCain won you would have given him a chance and go along with anything that he wanted to do. But you can call it anything you want to , but it is prejudice. You can fix it anyway you like it, but it is what it is. He is President of the United States so deal with it. And I am not afraid to reveal who I am, because I'm proud of who I am. Like I said before We All Need TO Get Along.
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