As it turns out President Obama spent time with his uncle briefly during the 1980s, while he was still a student at Harvard Law School, the Washington Post reports.
“The president did stay with him for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement on Thursday, according to the Post. “After that, they saw each other once every few months, but after law school they fell out of touch. The president has not seen him in 20 years, has not spoken with him in 10. “
Previously, the White House had said that there was no record of the two men ever meeting. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said at Thursday’s White House briefing that when the issue first arose in 2011 when Onyango “Omar” Obama was arrested for drunk driving, the press office found no records of the estranged uncle.
“That was what was conveyed,” he said. “No one had spoken to the president.”
Omar Obama, who is Kenyan, is the president’s paternal uncle. He was recently at the center of a deportation case earlier this week, during which he mentioned President Obama living with him in the ’80s. Following the hearing, it was decided that he would be allowed to remain in the U.S., a decision that the White House emphasized it was not involved in.
“Omar Obama’s case was handled routinely, in regular order,without any interference from the president or the White House,” Schultz said.
Read more at the Washington Post.