Fool Us Once, Mr. President…
President Obama tries another go at pandering to Hispanic voters to save himself and Democrats from mid-term disaster, goading them to "punish" their "enemies." Chris Salcedo writes that he's fine with that — but President Obama won't like getting what he wished for.
October 26, 2010 - 2:52 pm
In one of his most politically transparent and pandering moves to date, President Obama recently made yet another promise to the Hispanic community. For historical context, this YouTube video chronicles at least seven promises that President Obama has made to the American people, but failed to keep.
Believe me when I say I’m being charitable by assigning the word “failed” to this president. Most conservatives say he out and out lied. But his latest whopper, directed toward Latinos, is a real laugher. The New York Times political blog chronicles a radio interview that aired on left-leaning Univision on Monday. In that interview Mr. Obama tried to reassure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections. “I’m gonna keep my promise on immigration reform,” Mr. Obama said. And this time we’re to believe he really means it.
Either the president is woefully uninformed or he thinks everyone with brown skin is. In the interview the president tried to deflect frustration over his ignoring of the illegal immigration issue onto Republicans. This Latino will be all too happy to remind the commander-in-chief of what happened with the illegal immigration debate. It started with a Republican, George Bush. He tried to get a so-called comprehensive immigration reform bill through Congress. When the majority of the country cried foul on that “reform,” Republicans, coming up on the 2006 midterms mind you, listened to the people and dropped the issue. During the 2008 campaign, Obama and other Democrats hammered Republicans as being anti-Hispanic and promised immigration reform. Mr. Obama won the White House. Democrats expanded huge majorities in both houses of Congress. And the table was set. They were ready to tackle the illegal immigration problem. The Republicans couldn’t stop them. So Democrats got right to work…passing a nearly trillion dollar stimulus package and conducting a yearlong debate on socializing medicine in the United States. Soooo, all you clear thinking Latinos out there that think we have an illegal and legal immigration problem, save some of that frustration for Obama, Reid, and Pelosi. They set the agenda, but chose to put you in the back of the proverbial legislative bus.