Mike Allen reports in today’s POLITICO Playbook that House GOP Leader John Boehner is going to start pivoting off Obama’s incredible statement that Hispanics should “punish” their “enemies” – that is, Republicans – by voting against them.
Trying . . . trying to find the hope and change in the statement . . . trying . . . well, found some change – never heard a president refer to his opponents as enemies in need of punishment.
The White House has never tried to dial the statement back. This was the pathetic dodge by Gibbs last week.
I think the President was talking about those that have and have not supported — I haven’t asked him about the specific word. I think — again, I think the President was making an argument about helping those that have been a true friend to the Latino community.
So Boehner has finally figured out that this is good political material. Here’s the quote from a statement he will give at a election eve rally tonight.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as ‘our enemies.’ Think about that. He actually used that word. When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush used the word ‘enemy,’ they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators — enemies of the United States. Enemies of freedom. Enemies of our country. Today, sadly, we have president who uses the word ‘enemy’ for fellow Americans — fellow citizens. He uses it for people who disagree with his agenda of bigger government — people speaking out for a smaller, more accountable government that respects freedom and allows small businesses to create jobs. Mr. President, there’s a word for people who have the audacity to speak up in defense of freedom, the Constitution, and the values of limited government that made our country great. We don’t call them ‘enemies.’ We call them ‘patriots.'”