Morgen on February 23, 2012 at 11:12 am
From The Hill:
Obama maintained that he hadn’t broken a promise to pass immigration reform, despite a perception by some voters in the Latino community.
“I would have only broken my promise if I hadn’t tried,” he said. “But ultimately, I’m one man. You know, we live in a democracy. We don’t live in a monarchy. I’m not the king. I’m the president. And so, I can only implement those laws that are passed through Congress.”
The President didn’t break a promise to pass immigration reform: he broke a promise to try. And not just in his first term but in his first year. From a January 2008 interview with a popular Spanish language radio host here in Los Angeles (click to play).
I don’t think this was the only time he made such a promise either. And don’t forget that the President and his party held a significant majority in both houses of Congress for all of 2009 and 2010. Which isn’t likely to happen again, even if Obama is re-elected in November.
The President did not expend one iota of political capital in his first (or second) year in office to push immigration reform. He bet the first term of his presidency on ObamaCare, and blatantly violated his promise to Latinos. No doubt assuming he could take their votes for granted when it came time for his re-election.
And he’ll probably get away with it if the GOP can’t find a way to reconcile the views of it’s base with the need to find a reasonable solution to this problem.
More from the same interview. What a shameless liar.
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