Charles Krauthammer has a thing or two to say about Obama’s recent immigration speech:
“I’m going to do my part to lead a constructive and civil debate on these issues.”
– Barack Obama, speech on immigration, El Paso, Tex., May 10
Constructive and civil debate – like the one Obama initiated just four weeks ago on deficit reduction? The speech in which he accused the Republicans of abandoning families of autistic and Down syndrome kids? The debate in which Obama’s secretary of health and human services said that the Republican plan would make old folks “die sooner”?
In this same spirit of comity and mutual respect, Obama’s most recent invitation to civil discourse – on immigration – came just 11 minutes after he accused opponents of moving the goal posts on border enforcement. “Maybe they’ll need a moat,” he said sarcastically. “Maybe they want alligators in the moat.”
Nice touch. Looks like the Tucson truce – no demonization, no cross-hairs metaphors – is officially over. After all, the Republicans want to kill off the elderly, throw the disabled in the snow and watch alligators lunch on illegal immigrants.
The El Paso speech is notable not for breaking any new ground on immigration, but for perfectly illustrating Obama’s political style: the professorial, almost therapeutic, invitation to civil discourse, wrapped around the basest of rhetorical devices – charges of malice compounded with accusations of bad faith. “They’ll never be satisfied,” said Obama about border control. “And I understand that. That’s politics.”
How understanding. The other side plays “politics,” Obama acts in the public interest. Their eyes are on poll numbers, political power, the next election; Obama’s rest fixedly on the little children.
This impugning of motives is an Obama constant. “They” play politics with deficit reduction, with government shutdowns, with health care. And now immigration. It is ironic that such a charge should be made in a speech that is nothing but politics. There is zero chance of any immigration legislation passing Congress in the next two years. El Paso was simply an attempt to gin up the Hispanic vote as part of an openly political two-city, three-event campaign swing in preparation for 2012.
Accordingly, the El Paso speech featured two other staples: the breathtaking invention and the statistical sleight of hand.
I remember Bill Clinton and the much deserved reputation he gained for being an extraordinary liar. I think we can say with confidence that Clinton’s habitual problems with the truth pale in comparison to Obama’s. This President’s penchant for prevarication is unmatched. He makes Clinton look like Mother Theresa.
Read the rest of Krauthammer’s piece and come to more fully appreciate how void of character is Barack Hussein Obama and how he’ll say, and do, anything to remain in power. The man reeks of duplicity, reeks, and yet many continue to buy the snake oil he’s offering.
I can’t get my arms around how this can be so.