Hmmmmh. So what would the political fallout have been if he'd used his position as an Illinois state senator or U.S. senator to pull strings to help an illegal immigrant?
If you'd actually read his book, rather than citing "quotes", you'd find that he's had trouble dealing with his father's serial marriages/polygamy, not to mention his grandfather's (cf. "granny").
No, I haven't read his book. Or Hillary's. Or Bill's. Or John McCain's (he has a book out, right?). Or Bill O'Reilly's. Or Ann Coulter's. And I frankly don't care to read any of them. They are self-serving, political propaganda.
Does that make my point any less valid that he said he had a "responsibility" to his extended family and then didn't live up to that, even though she has been in contact with him in the last 10 years when he's been doing pretty well for himself? This woman is, by all accounts, spoken of highly in Dreams of My Father. Never mentioned anything about his issues with any serial marriages, since she wasn't a part of them. Red Herring argument - has nothing to do with the issue at hand, except to somehow show you know more than me because you read the book.
As far as him helping her with her legal status, I didn't necessarily mean by "pulling strings". I meant the same way that politicians help out their other constituents with issues dealing with the government. I know a lot of veterans who have written to their Congressmen about getting benefits, and I don't think any of the politicians have broken the law or code of ethics helping them out. They are given the right forms; they are given the right contacts for their issue; perhaps a letter is written on their behalf. That is the help they need - knowing what needs to be done and who to call goes a long way in a burocracy! What do you think Obama should have done?