President Obama’s illegal-immigrant uncle has received a limited driver’s license from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles only a week after entering a plea to drunken driving.
An RMV spokeswoman told the Boston Herald that Onyango Obama, 67, “met all of the criteria” for a hardship driver’s license that allows him to drive in Massachusetts from noon to midnight. The elder Mr. Obama lost his regular license for 45 days in court last week but convinced a hearing officer that being unable to drive would pose an undue hardship for him in his job as a liquor store manager.
The half brother of the president’s late father admitted last week to the facts of the drunken-driving charge without pleading guilty, meaning the charge will be dismissed if he stays out of trouble for a year. He was arrested in Framingham in August with a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, well above the state’s threshold of 0.08 percent.
The senior Mr. Obama, a native of Kenya, also is appealing a deportation order from 1992, when he failed to renew his application to remain in the United States.
In his memoir “Dreams From My Father,” the president wrote about an Uncle Omar, who is likely the same man and has the same date of birth.