White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today tried to claim President Obama was speaking “colloquially” when he said last week that he had taken action to “change” the immigration law.
Obama of course when he’s on script says he is not lawmaking, merely exercising “prosecutorial discretion,” or some such thing.
Alternatively, Earnest said Obama was referring to the change in the “impact” of the law.
Watch Earnest in a tight spot trying to explain Obama’s obvious Freudian slip.
Here’s the original gaffe, spoken during Obama’s remarks last Tuesday in Chicago.
And here’s Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, questioning Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about the remarks during a House Oversight Committee hearing today.