Many pundits have commented on how presidential aspirant Barack Obama (D-IL) treated his grandmother – the white one who raised him after his black father abandoned her daughter and their young son, and who was repaid by getting called out as a racist before a national TV audience and again in an interview with Angelo Cataldi on Philly sports radio station 610 WIP (“[s]he is a typical white person … there’s a reaction that’s been bred into our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way). But as shabbily as Obama treated his 85-year old maternal grandmother – ailing and alone in Honolulu – his callousness toward his paternal step-grandmother (the Obama family tree is rather convoluted) is even more shocking. The Harvard Law grad – married to another Harvard Law grad – who is pulling down a Senator’s salary with a Senator’s bennies is apparently able to sleep well at night knowing that he has an elderly relative in Kogelo, Kenya who continues to live in abject poverty in a shack with no running water or electricity – and without even a single pair of shoes to wear. The Stiletto is horrified.

Before Obama lectures the rest of us on our Christian obligations to the poor, he ought to remember that charity begins at home. Or is that something his spiritual advisor Rev. Jeremiah Wright forgot to teach him?

BTW:  Writing in Slate, the inimitable Christopher Hitchens observes: “You often hear it said, of some political or other opportunist, that he would sell his own grandmother if it would suit his interests. But you seldom, if ever, see this notorious transaction actually being performed, which is why I am slightly surprised that Obama got away with it so easily. (Yet why do I say I am surprised? He still gets away with absolutely everything.)”

Note: The Stiletto writes about politics and other stuff at The Stiletto Blog.

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