Obama mocks Republican position on immigration:
EL PASO, Texas – In search of Hispanic votes and a long-shot immigration overhaul, President Barack Obama on Tuesday stood at the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since winning the White House and declared it more secure than ever. He mocked Republican lawmakers for blocking immigration over border security alone, saying they won't be happy until they get a moat with alligators along the border.
His speech broke no new policy ground, and he declined to offer a bill or call on Congress to send him one by a particular deadline — a bow to political realities on Capitol Hill. Republicans who control the House are hostile to overhaul [illegal immigration] legislation.
He said he would lead a "constructive and civil debate" on the issue but publicly questioned the motives of Republicans and their ability to keep their word.
And it remained unclear how mocking Republican calls for border security would get Obama any closer to his goal of bipartisan legislation.
Answer by NannyB. at 9:47 AM on May. 11, 2011
Made me chuckle.
he was right
Answer by DSamuels at 9:52 AM on May. 11, 2011
OMG, I was just reading this on RCP. Just more divisiveness. He's attempting to create a 'team' to vote for him. This is nothing more than a campaign goody. You know, 'I can't do it without your help'. Regardless of their citizenship status, illegal immigrants have already shown that they disregard our laws. Illegally registering to vote and voting in an election is of no consequence to them.
I found his contradictory statements to be a bit confusing though. He was clearly pandering to the illegal crowd, yet boasted about how he had been tough on immigration policy by deporting more illegal immigrants and putting more boots on the ground at the border. I imagine the more intelligent members of that crowd walking away while scratching their head and trying to figure out what he was really trying to say. I think he's losing his touch.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:54 AM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by tinamatt at 9:55 AM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by DSamuels at 9:56 AM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:57 AM on May. 11, 2011
He needs a re-do because he is just starting to figure out that people now have his record to go off of. He's been untouchable until being elected to this seat because largely he has failed to produce an opinion on most serious issues. As soon as he won a seat in the past he would start campaigning for another, and then another. There is no higher seat for him to be elected to and so now he has to run on his record which we can all see is about as thin as his level of experience. His luster has worn off.
Answer by QuinnMae at 9:59 AM on May. 11, 2011
Answer by miss_lisa at 10:01 AM on May. 11, 2011