John on September 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm
President Barack Obama showed some frustration Wednesday as he responded to questions about stalled immigration reform, chiding a Hispanic roundtable that “we live in a democracy.”
“This notion that somehow I can just change the laws unilaterally is not true,” Obama told Hispanic journalists at an “Open for Questions” White House roundtable. “The fact of the matter is there are laws on the books I have to enforce. And there is a great disservice done to the cause of getting the DREAM Act passed and comprehensive immigration reform passed by perpetuating the notion that somehow by myself I can just go and do these things.”
This is of a piece with his comments to the Congressional Black Caucus last week. He sees his poll numbers sagging and his response is: Don’t blame me, blame them!
Of course there’s a sense in which he’s right. President’s don’t command laws into existence. But then he knew that before he made the promises he made, so I’m not able to find a lot of sympathy for him at this point.