White House Admits Obama Briefly Lived with Uncle

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The White House has changed its story after claiming last year that President Barack Obama never met his Kenyan uncle, a man who violated U.S. immigration laws for five decades.

At a deportation hearing this week, Omar Obama said his nephew lived with him for a brief time when he was at Harvard, contradicting the earlier White House claims.

The elder Obama was arrested for drunk driving in Massachusetts in 2011. Police said after the arrest he told them, "I think I will call the White House."

But in the lead up to the 2012 election, White House officials told The Boston Globe that President Obama never met Omar Obama.

Now they admit that wasn't true.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said at the time Obama administration officials had looked for records of a meeting between the uncle and his nephew but never directly asked the president.

This week a judge in Boston allowed Omar Obama to remain in the United States.

Carney said the legal issues surrounding Obama's uncle have been handled appropriately by the White House.

"Absolutely zero interference," he said.

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