- - Thursday, September 29, 2011


Obama’s uncle makes court appearance

FRAMINGHAM — An uncle of President Obama has completed a brief appearance in a Massachusetts court on a drunken-driving charge.

A Framingham District Court judge on Thursday scheduled Onyango Obama to return to court Nov. 17.

The accused and his attorney refused to comment outside court.

He pleaded not guilty after he was arrested last month in Framingham. Police say he registered a reading of 0.14 percent on a blood-alcohol breath test, above the state’s legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.

Onyango Obama, originally from Kenya, is a half brother of the president’s late father.

He was initially held without bail on a detainer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on allegations he violated an order to return to Kenya. He was released and ordered to regularly check in with immigration officials.



Biden takes ownership of weak U.S. economy

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said in a radio interview Thursday that the Obama administration, not the Bush administration, has ownership of the weak economy.

“Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant,” Mr. Biden said on WLRN in Miami. “What’s relevant is we’re in charge.”

Asked by the radio host why Mr. Obama is losing so much support in Florida, a state that was crucial to his victory in 2008, Mr. Biden replied that the economy hasn’t improved quickly enough.

“Right now, we are the ones in charge, and it’s gotten better but it hasn’t gotten good enough,” the vice president said. “I don’t blame them for being mad. We’re in charge. So they’re angry.”

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