How Do You Lose The President's Uncle?

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | September 10, 2011 | 4:32 PM EDT

I don’t doubt that lots of people have embarrassing relatives they’d like to “lose.” But, how do you misplace the uncle of the president of the United States?

President Obama’s “Uncle Omar” made national news for, reportedly, being an illegal alien ordered deported in 1992 who was arrested last month for drunken driving. He was in jail and, now, for some reason, he’s not. And, according to the Daily Mail, “his whereabouts are unknown.”

Unknown? How does a scandal-plagued uncle of the president of the United States just vanish into the wind after being in custody for charges that made national news? If this had been our last president’s uncle, do you think the authorities and media would’ve let him slip through the cracks like that?

And, let’s not gloss over this whole “illegal alien gets released for no apparent reason” thing. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) certainly isn’t looking the other way.

Rep. King has issued a statement saying that he wants to have hearing “into favorite treatment of the White House.” “I want to subpoena drunken Uncle Omar,” King says:

“We need to have Congressional hearings into favorite treatment of the White House. This executive amnesty that the President has ordered, that they're not going to enforce immigration law, and who pops up first? Drunken Uncle Omar. I want to subpoena drunken Uncle Omar to come into the House Judiciary Committee along with his attorney, who's the same attorney that President Obama's Aunt Zeituni had that got her asylum."

King’s statement seems to suggest the release of Obama’s Uncle Omar is symbolic of an administration’s unwillingness to enforce the law. Let’s hope not.