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- President Barack Obama’s paternal aunt Zeituni Onyango died earlier this month from respiratory issues and breast cancer
- Her funeral was held on Saturday in Boston, Massachusetts, but the President did not attend
- Instead, he went golfing with White House aides
By Francesca Chambers
In 2001 when then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama’s first child was born, it was Obama’s aunt Kenyan aunt Zeituni Onyango who stepped in to help new parents Barack and Michelle. Onyango, who had moved to the United States the year before on a visa, took care of baby Sasha and kept the Obama’s Chicago home in tidy order.
After Onyango, 61, died at a Boston, Massachusetts nursing home after battling breast cancer and respiratory issues earlier this month, President Barack Obama returned the favor by helping to pay for her funeral expenses.
But the President did not attend the funeral. He hit the links and sent a condolence note, instead, a New York Times profile on Obama’s relationship with his relatives released on Tuesday declares.
President Barack Obama’s aunt died earlier this month from respiratory issues after battling breast cancer. She is pictured here in 2009 at her apartment in Boston, Massachusetts. A photograph of the President can be seen in the background on her wall
Family arranged for Onyango’s body to be shipped back to Kenya earlier this week. The White House did not immediately return a request for clarification on how much the President contributed to his aunt’s funeral fund.
‘This is the president’s personal family, so we are not going to have any comment,’ a White House spokesman told the New York Times when it asked about his relationship with his Kenyan relatives.
The White House also refused The Boston Globe’s request for comment on Onyango’s passing.
Obama first met his aunt during a trip to Kenya in 1988. He references their meeting in his memoir Dreams From My Father. Onyango became the subject of media attention during Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign after press found out she was living illegally in the United States at that time. A judge later waived orders for Onyango to be deported, and she has been living in the country legally since 2010.
It is unclear how much contact the President has had with her since, but The New York Times notes that framed photographs of the President and Onyango still hung on his late aunt’s walls when relatives cleaned out her apartment after her death.
President Barack Obama went golfing on Saturday instead of attending his late aunt’s funeral in Boston, Massachusetts. Obama is pictured here in August while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. On Saturday, he was at his regular course at Joint Base Andrews just outside of Washington, D.C. in Prince George’s County, Maryland
The Weekly Standard first drew attention to the fact Obama was golfing at the time of his aunt’s funeral.
On that day, Obama was at his regular golf course at Joint Andrew’s Base with frequent golfing buddies Marvin and Walter Nicholson and Joe Paulson. Marvin Nicholson and Joe Paulson are aides to Obama. Walter Nicholson’s tie to the golfing group is that he is Marvin’s brother.
Obama rarely golfs with elected officials or cabinet members, and none were on course with him the day of his aunt’s funeral.
While the leader of the U.S. was not at Onyango’s funeral, Kenyan officials reportedly were. A Kenyan blog published photos of former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Mombasa, Kenya governor Ali Hassan Joho reportedly taken at Onyango’s funeral.
Odinga, who served as Kenya’s prime minster until 2013, was already in the United States on other business. The former prime minister is from the same tribe as the Obamas and claims to be related to the President. An uncle of Barack Obama’s has refuted that claim, however.
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- In the 1950s, a quarter of Americans did not have a flushing toilet
- There are now 630,000 homes without a tub, shower or running water
- Indian reservations are among the likeliest not to have such facilities
- Other remote rural areas such as Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia and Alaska have counties that are without basic indoor washing facilities
By James Gordon
What a stink!
Turns out more than a one-and-a-half million Americans are without indoor plumbing.
According to the latest American Community Survey, nearly 630,000 occupied households lack complete plumbing facilities.
It means that they are without one or more of the following: a toilet, a tub or shower, or running water.
Just sixty years ago a quarter of American homes had no flushing toilet.
Out house: According to a survey more than a million homes lack complete plumbing facilities, which means that they are without a toilet, tub or shower, or running water
In the 1940s, around a third of homes in the U.S. had no flushing toilet. In some States, up to 70 per cent of people did not have a flushing toilet in their own home, instead most people went to use an outside toilet or privy.
On a state-by-state basis, around 80 per cent of homes in Mississippi were without a flushing toilet in 1940 but by the 1990s just 4 per cent were without a public sewer, septic tank, or cesspool.
In 1990, only 1 percent of American homes our homes lacked complete plumbing facilities. But, things were much different in 1940, when nearly half lacked complete plumbing.
Then, about ten States had rates approaching or exceeding 70 percent.
In the middle of nowhere: The places that are likely to have toilets that don’t flush are in rural area and very remote
In succeeding decades, the proportion of homes lacking complete plumbing dropped dramatically, falling to about one-third in 1950 and one- sixth in 1960.
It is interesting to note the States with the lowest percentage of such homes in 1940 were higher than Alaska, which topped the 1990 list.
So who doesn’t have a flushing toilet?
Counties containing Indian reservations have astonishingly high percentages of households without plumbing.
Heritage: Indian reservations are also more likely not to have proper plumbing and runing water such as Tes Nez Iah, and Apache County, Arizona
14 percent of households in Shannon County, South Dakota don’t have full plumbing.
In Apache County, Arizona., the rate is more than 17 percent.
Sparsely-populated census areas in Alaska also have very high percentages.
Counties along the Rio Grande in Texas have high rates of unplumbed households.
There are also homes in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia too.
In 1990, although homes that were without plumbing numbered less than 3 per cent across the entire United States, 12 per cent of properties in Arkansas were without flushing toilets.
To view the results in full you can see the information gathered by the United States Census Bureau
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- Kazuyuki Hamada, a member of the upper house of Japan’s parliament, is miffed that Michelle Obama is staying home as her husband tours Japan
- He claimed on his blog that a marital rift is responsible for the president’s stag trip to Tokyo
- Mrs. and Mrs. Obama, he wrote, have already decided to divorce after he leaves office – a claim mirroring one in the National Enquirer
- Hamada claims Michelle Obama knows her husband is cheating on her and using the Secret Service to hide the evidence
- He wrote a 2009 ‘birther’ book titled ‘Who is Obama?’ that argued the president likely wasn’t born in the United States
A prominent Japanese politician has raised hackles as Barack Obama visits Tokyo by claiming it’s an ‘open secret’ that he and the first lady are headed for divorce, and that the president has been using Secret Service agents to cover for him as he pursues extramarital affairs.
Kazuyuki Hamada, who sits in the upper house of Japan’s parliament, earned his PhD a half-mile from the White House at George Washington University, and emerged as a shrill commentator on America’s economy and foreign policy.
In 2009 he also joined the ranks of the so-called ‘birthers,’ arguing in a book titled ‘Who is Obama?’ that the president likely wasn’t born in the United States.
Boys’ night out: President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared expensive sushi on Wednesday in Tokyo, with their wives nowhere to be seen. Mrs. Obama stayed home, angering some outspoken Japanese politicians who saw her China visit in March as a slap
Kazuyuki Hamada (L) is a member of the upper house of Japan’s parliament, called the National Diet. He claims the Obamas are headed for divorce over the president’s cheating and the first lady’s wild travel spending – especially her recent trip to China (R), which some in Japan saw as a slight
Uh-O: President Obama greeted U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy with extra warmth upon his arrival in Tokyo. His four-nation trip comes at a time of rising tensions and mounting distrust
But it’s his more recent writing that’s capturing the attention of the international press this week.
Hamada complained April 5 on his official blog about Obama’s decision to visit Tokyo without first lady Michelle Obama in tow. ‘His approval numbers are dragging down near 30 per cent,’ Hamada wrote, according to an English translation, ‘and his failed leadership in some places brings him scorn as the worst president of the postwar era.’
BIRTHER: Kazayuki Hamada’s 2009 book ‘Who is Obama?’ sided with so-called ‘birthers,’ arguing that it was likely the President of the United States was born abroad and was ineligible to hold the White House
‘The biggest reason – of many – for the collapse of his reputation is his failed relationship with his wife,’ Hamada claimed
‘It is an open secret that the pair are already negotiating their divorce, and that they are waiting for his term in office to be over, and then they’ll separate.’
He had stiff words for the impact of the first lady’s multimillion-dollar ‘goodwill’ trips to far-flung places on the taxpayers’ dime.
The Japanese pol claimed that ‘if you ask the president, he will tell you, “I can’t show my face to the voters after how she’s spent so much money”.’
‘On the other hand,’ Hamada added, ‘if you get his wife to talk, she’ll tell you: “The president is a pathological philanderer. He uses the Secret Service for this, and has used them to hide evidence that he’s a cheater”.’
Some of Hamada’s claims appear to closely mirror a January report from the National Enquirer.
The tabloid reported in January that the Obamas are sleeping in separate bedrooms and have determined that the president will return to Hawaii in January 2017, while Mrs. Obama and their daughters will remain in Washington, D.C.
Hamada’s official parliamentary biography notes that after earning his Ph.D, he worked for the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, and then for the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.
CRS briefs, prepared for members of Congress, often sort out technical details or split economic hairs on issues vital to American national security, defense and economic survival. MailOnline was unable to identify any briefs that bear his name.
It’s difficult to look at the nearly 50 books Hamada has published, though, without sensing an anti-American streak.
Trouble in paradise? The National Enquirer first claimed that the first couple’s marriage was on the rocks, a report that Kazuyuki Hamada seems to have absorbed and taken seriously
What trouble? The Obamas seemed to put any public relationship fears to rest with a smooch during Monday’s White House Easter Egg Roll — a photo that may not have made it to Japan
No men allowed: Mrs. Obama took her mother and daughters on a multimillion-dollar China trip last month, turning her absence this month in Japan into an insult in some corners
The 2009 ‘Who is Obama?’ includes the claim that the president ‘has done nothing for the American People,’ according to a partial translation of the book’s introduction obtained by MailOnline.
‘This is the man who, during the  campaign, took massive amounts of money from Wall Street,’ he wrote, ‘and has now proceeded to throw around the American people’s tax dollars – a man with nothing more than a promise on his lips.’
Hamada’s other works include a 2002 volume titled ‘The Dark Corridor: An American underground conspiracy of the military-industrial complex.’
In 2006 he wrote ‘The Next World Order: The Rise and Development of America.’ The low-budget paperback’s cover, reminiscent of campaign literature from the anti-Federal Reserve former GOP congressman Ron Paul, featured a smirking Obama and a gold coin.
Howard LaFranchi, a staff writer with the Christian Science Monitor, first hinted at Hamada’s anti-Obama rant on Wednesday.
In most corners, he wrote, Mrs. Obama’s absence from Tokyo ‘is a woeful sign of Japan’s retreat from the top tier of America’s allies.’
One Obama, no waiting: The U.S. first lady didn’t make the trip to Tokyo, leaving an adoring throng with only her husband to gawk at
Many, LaFranchi noted, are speculating ‘that Obama is suggesting his lack of connection with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by coming stag, or that Michelle is hinting at her disapproval of this or that Japanese policy or reality (perhaps whaling? or maybe the relative subjugation of Japanese women?) by staying home.’
But if the first lady tags along when President Obama visits China next year, Hamada and other prominent Japanese national figures will likely crank up the anti-Obama press mill again.
Keith Koffler, a veteran White House correspondent, noted on his White House Dossier blog that the first lady has the perfect political excuse for avoiding the long trip to Japan: a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Thursday.
The last American first lady to stay home while her husband made a state visit to Japan was Betty Ford in November 1974. That trip, just months after President Richard Nixon’s resignation, marked the first time a sitting U.S. president traveled there.