Lately, I have come across numerous stories in emails, pushed by what seem to be fringe elements, discussing various aspects of Obama's private family life. Many of them seem to make fantastical claims: A couple I've run across say that his aunt was living on welfare in Boston, assert that she was at one point an "illegal immigrant", and one of the most strange I've come across recently is the claim that his brother is currently destitute and penniless living in Kenya. That last claim, in particular, is the subject of my question.
Certainly, if you Google, you can find lots of articles saying that he was. But, doing a little research, I found out that they can all be mostly traced to a single story published in mid-2008 in Vanity Fair. Putting my skeptical goggles on, I inquired at another political forum I frequent, and someone told me that it was a complete hoax made up by journalists looking for a sensational story who had misinterpreted his situation, and then promoted by political operatives, despite the fact that Obama's brother apparently had refuted all these same claims when later talked to. I tried to follow up, but my search results are all cluttered up by links pointing to the original Vanity Fair article in 2008.
How is Obama's brother really living, does anyone know?