Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Instead of delivering a memorable address on a contentious mess, Obama spent $522 per word to say “Me too” in the desert.
◼ Kurtz: Say, did Obama dupe the Washington Post?
◼ What Was the Point of Obama’s Immigration Speech? - Mark Krikorian/National Review
I know the president likes the sound of his own voice, but, really, what was the point of his immigration speech today in Las Vegas? He didn’t deal with any of the hard issues — like guestworkers or spousal immigration rights for homosexual couples or how many millions more people a year he wants to admit — and just regurgitated the usual boilerplate about how we’re a nation of immigrants and our system is broken, etc.
In fact, he’s become self-parody. I always point out that the DREAM Act was never designed to actually be enacted — it’s a gimmick used to make the case for a broader amnesty, as in: “Here’s young Luis, been here since he was 9 months old, valedictorian, headed to MIT, and when he gets out he’s going to join the military to help vanquish America’s foes — therefore, all 11 million illegals need to get amnesty.” In his speech today, the president said just that, pointing out young Alan, born in Mexico, came here as a child, going to college, studying to be a doctor, and wants to join the Air Force. Somehow, Alan is an argument for “comprehensive immigration reform.”
One notable thing is that he said “illegal” or “illegally” six times by my count, including once saying “the tide of illegal immigrants.” Contrast that to Rubio and McCain, who clung to the leftist euphemism “undocumented.” So are the Republican amnesty-pushers to Obama’s left, at least in this respect? That’s pretty pathetic.