From today's Boston.com Metro desk
President’s uncle, Onyango Obama, gets hardship driver’s license to manage liquor stores after admitting to drunken driving charge
By Globe Staff
The Registry of Motor Vehicles has issued President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, a hardship driver’s license so he can continue to work as a manager at two Metrowest liquor stores, six days after he resolved a drunken driving case in court.
On March 27, Obama appeared in Framingham District Court and admitted that his blood alcohol level was 0.14 when he was arrested by Framingham police Officer Val Krishtal on Aug. 24. A judge continued the case without a finding for one year, meaning it will be dismissed if Obama’s record stays clean.
In a statement today, Registry of Motor Vehicles spokeswoman Sara Lavoie said that Obama appeared before RMV officials on Monday and asked to be given a hardship license. His employer at Conti Liquors supported the request and filed a letter, stating that Obama manages Conti Liquors in Framingham and Five Star Liquors in Grafton.
“Mr. Obama was granted a hardship license following a hearing yesterday (Monday) at the Registry’s Wilmington branch. In general, hearing officers weigh a driver’s record, specific offense, and the hardship asserted by that driver,’’ Lavoie wrote.
She added, “in this instance, the driver also provided the necessary documentation to receive a hardship license — proof of enrollment in an alcohol treatment program and a letter from his employer.’’
Lavoie said Obama is now allowed to drive from noon until midnight to “accommodate the work schedule set by his employer.’’
Obama’s drunken-driving arrest in August attracted international attention because it revealed that he had been living in the United States illegally since he was ordered deported in 1992, the second presidential relative found to be living in the United States illegally.
Last month, Obama’s criminal defense lawyer said he believed Obama would be back before the federal immigration court in May.
This is wrong on so many levels, I don't even know where to begin!