Onyango Obama Under Arrest for Driving while Drunk

December 5, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.
1. yield (v.) [yeeld] – in driving, to stop to let another driver proceed
    Example: The bus driver failed to yield because he did not see another car approaching.

2. confront (v.) [kuhn-fruhnt] – to deal with someone face-to-face
    Example: The teacher had to confront the student about his poor grades.

3. argue (v.) [ahr-gyoo] – to go against something in a verbal manner
    Example: The residents argued against the demolition of their houses.

4. bail (n.) [beyl] – payment in exchange for the freedom of a prisoner
    Example: The prisoner’s relatives have no money to pay the bail.

5. impose (v.) [im-pohz] – to force something to be obeyed
    Example: The government imposed tax on everyone working above 18 years old.

Read the text below.

Onyango Obama, 67-year old uncle of US President Barrack Obama, was arrested late August of for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

Mr. Obama was stopped in Framingham, 20 miles away from Boston, after he ignored a stop sign and nearly crashed into a police car. Aside from ‘drunk-driving’, he was also charged with reckless driving and failure to observe a yield sign.

Framingham officer Val Krishtal recounted Mr. Obama’s slurred speech when he was confronted. The Kenya native argued with the officer, saying that the officer was lying about his reckless driving. When brought to the police station, however, Mr. Obama failed to pass the breathalyzer tests used to determine if a driver is under the influence of alcohol.

The accused pleaded not guilty for the violation. When he was asked if he wanted to make a call to arrange bail he said he will call the White House.  He is now detained without bail and may be deported due to an order previously imposed by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 
Discussion A

·         What is the punishment for drunk driving in your country?
·         Aside from alcoholic beverages, what else should drivers avoid before driving?

Discussion B

·         Do you think there are people who should be exempt from the law?
·         Is the implementation of law in your country strict?

December 5, 2011