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Obama Offers Civics Lesson to Hispanics

A testy President Obama, challenged on multiple fronts by an agressive correspondent during an interview with Univision Thursday, lectured Latinos on the U.S. system of government after being confronted with his failure to keep his promise to reform the U.S. immigration system.

“You promised that, and a promise is a promise, and with all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise,” Univision Correspondent Jorge Ramos reminded Obama in the kind of directness so often missing from White House correspondents’ questioning of the president.

Clearly annoyed, Obama blamed Congress for inaction on immigration, offering a haughty description of basic U.S. civics to make the point.

“We’ve had this conversation before,” Obama admonished Ramos. “There’s the thinking that the president is somebody who is all-powerful and can get everything done. In our system of government, I am the head of the exectuve branch. I’m not the head of the legislature; I’m not the head of the judiciary. We have to have cooperation from all these sources in order to get something done.”

Ramos, a Mexican immigrant, has lived in the United States for nearly 30 years, won eight Emmy awards for excellence in journalism, and presumably understands the U.S. system of government.

Let’s go to the videotape.

Note that Obama claims he didn’t promise to get “everything done, 100 percent,” apparently referring to his immigration agenda.

In fact, he did, he did make such a promise.

In 2008, Obama vowed to “put an end to the petty partisanship” and pass comprehensive immigration reform by the end of his first term by making it a “top priority.”

Obama instead made other initiatives his top priorities.

With Democrats in control of both the House and Senate – the ideal moment to pass whatever he wanted – Obama in 2009 first moved an $800 billion “stimulus” bill that was loaded with long-desired Democratic spending initiatives.

He then made a choice, deciding to spend the rest of his political capital not on immigration reform but on health care, successfully getting Congress to approve the initiative that mattered most to him and many Democrats, Obamacare.

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28 Responses to Obama Offers Civics Lesson to Hispanics

  1. C’mon, Keith. Cut the Big Guy some slack here. Back in 2008, he had no clue how the Government worked. But his On the Job Training has helped him understand now that he could not make such a promise and, using geometric Democratic articulation technique (“I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky!”, the promise was never made.

  2. Obummer must have been burning to say how our system of government is currently “broken”, but alas He (The One) can fix it! I wish the follow up from Mr. Ramos would have included questions regarding the recent “exective orders” with regards to INS dreamers and HHS layabouts.

  3. Keith, If Romney isn’t trully feckless, he would bring this up with all sincerity in the debates (if) the question of immigration comes up.
    He would say all the points you just made.
    Mr President, you made a solemn promise to reform 100% of immigration. Instead, with a veto proof majority, you were able to pass all types of laws and bills that mattered to you. The stimulus for non shovel ready projects that pushed unemployment over 8, 9 10 %. and the very unpopular healthcare bill that taxes the middle class, breaking another promise.

    As a decendent of a father born in Mexico, I understand what is being asked. You broke your promise and instead have given excuses and platitudes to the Latinos of this nation.
    Just as George Bush broke his promise of No New Taxes, you broke your promise of making immigration reform a top priority, and of raising taxes on the middle class. Golfing and fundraising seem to be your top priority sir. No the American people. Not Latinos. Not the middle class.

  4. Not quite, Mr. President. As head of the Executive Branch and Chief Executive of the US, a president who is a leader figures out a way to get things done with the legislative branch. Instead of leading, you constantly make excuses about how tough it is to get things done in Washington. Well, if it were easy to get things done, then anyone could be president, right?

    And, in a related matter, the official newspaper of the Obama Campaign, The New York Times, slammed Romney for his interview with Univision and gave Obama pretty high marks for his…as if that’s a surprise.

  5. “In our system of government, I am the head of the executive branch. I’m not the head of the legislature; I’m not the head of the judiciary. We have to have cooperation from all these sources in order to get something done.”

    If this is true, how does he account for the avalanche of “We Can’t Wait” Executive Orders, onerous regulations, and oppressive rules he has been burying Americans with? Liar, liar pants on fire…

  6. It’s hard to tell who’s more arrogant; the Mexican nationals who broke the law by sneaking into our country and now demand that the US pass a law making them legal citizens, or the American who promised to do just that, as if he had the power to do so.

    This isn’t an ‘act of journalism’, it’s a reminder of the Chicago style politics that MrObama once advised the supporters of illegal aliens becoming citizens of the US; support your friends and punish your enemies.

    • Thank you, SRD, for pointing out the obvious — latinos want “immigration reform” only if it means giving citizenship to illegal aliens, if the reform was to deport all illegals, they would be screaming.

      How arrogant to demand as a right that the person who climbed into your home through the back window must now be adopted as a family member.

  7. Eventually everyone ends up under the Obama bus. Americans were the first to look up and find themselves staring at the under-carriage of the big Black Mariah – now it’s Mexico’s turn. As an American I believe this fraud should be impeached for his unconstitutional act of granting 2 year work permits to 2M illegals via an unconsitutional back-door amnesty to ‘dreamers’ for the purpose of buying votes. In 2010 a DEM majority House passed the ‘Dream Act’ while a DEM majority Senate rejected it. Meanwhile, Obama has been blaming Republicans! Not only is he a liar, he is a crook!

    America needs to ‘punish the enemy’ within at the voting booth on Nov. 6!

  8. Obama never thought he would get called out on anything he has said or done. If they had the slightest idea this would happen, the interview would never have happened. He won’t take questions here from reporters, they just might sneak in someone with courage to ask him about his promises.

    Romney has a golden opportunity to bring up all of this in the debates and on the campaign trail…

  9. “We’ve had this conversation before,” Obama admonished Ramos. “There’s the thinking that the president is somebody who is all-powerful and can get everything done. In our system of government, I am the head of the exectuve branch. I’m not the head of the legislature; I’m not the head of the judiciary. We have to have cooperation from all these sources in order to get something done.”

    Cut the crap Barack Hussein Obama. . .you’re the one who thinks and acts as if the “president is somebody who is all powerful”. . .why else would you consistently circumvent the Congress and issue Executive Orders?

    And quit blaming the GOP for not getting immigration reform passed. . .2 yrs ago you had the House and the Senate and you never sent any type of immigration reform to either body for their consideration!

  10. Goodness. Listening to Mr. Ramos is a walk down Memory Lane. Remember
    when the White House press corpse used to ask questions like that? Kudos to Mr. Ramos.

    • I agree! It reminded me of the woman who schooled him like a son, saying basically, you are not cutting it. I grind my teeth when he gets all condescending–this is how govt works, blah blah, just as if he actually hung out on the Senate floor, voted every time, was in coalitions with colleagues, introduced a lot of bills, made more than appearances in committee, etc.

  11. Ah, they’re just a bunch of racist at Univision anyway, right? Isn’t that the only reason anyone has for opposing O?

    Now, if Obama can just get Letterman to learn Spanish…