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Video || Obama Compares Syrian Refugees to The Pilgrims

President Obama Thursday used his Thanksgiving address to lecture Americans about generosity, suggesting opposition to admitting Syrian refugees stems from a lack of it and comparing the Syrians to the Pilgrims.

From the address:

On this uniquely American holiday, we also remember that so much of our greatness comes from our generosity . . .

I’ve been touched by the generosity of the Americans who’ve written me letters and emails in recent weeks, offering to open their homes to refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIL.

Now, people should remember that no refugee can enter our borders until they undergo the highest security checks of anyone traveling to the United States. That was the case before Paris, and it’s the case now. And what happened in Paris hasn’t stopped Americans from opening their arms anyway . . .

Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims – men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes America America is that we offer that chance. We turn Lady Liberty’s light to the world, and widen our circle of concern to say that all God’s children are worthy of our compassion and care. That’s part of what makes this the greatest country on Earth.

Americans who are concerned about the Syrian refugees are not ungenerous. They have not lost the spirit symbolized by the Statue of Liberty. Rather, they want to prevent people from entering the country who might blow it up.

We already accept tens of thousand of refugees in this country every year. Syrians fleeing war don’t have to come to the United States. They can be resettled in the Middle East. There are legitimate concerns about whether they can be vetted, and why so many of them are young men, not women and children.

Mr. President, why not extend some of your spirit of generosity to the thousands of Americans who could be killed in the next terrorist attack?

16 Responses to Video || Obama Compares Syrian Refugees to The Pilgrims

  1. Here we go again–an inanimate statue is supposed to have the last word. Good rejoinder, Keith! I saw a bunch of comments in the Post about how there were ne’er do wells amongst the Pilgrims and those at Jamestown, and if these people knew about it, probably at the St Augustine Thanksgiving 50 yrs before the Pilgrims. Pretty bad analogy–maybe a fleeing debtor or petty criminal, not someone who wanted to kill the Pilgrims one and all.

  2. Wait a sec here. Didn’t his political cronies and minions claim that the “White Man” Pilgrims exploited and killed the native Americans then stole their lands?

    It wasn’t that long ago that MrObama said that the US is racist and just evil. Now we’re gracious hosts? pffft.

  3. Barry sounds like some of our crazy, radical politicians over here. We have an extreme immigration going on , much more per capita than I believe that you have , well the US is protected by that great ocean. Here the migrants arive by train, bus or car. Now the government is trying to turn the tide, however, it´s too late and too little. We live in interesting times as the Chinese fortune cookies say.

  4. Never fails.

    Too bad he is not head of a Muslim nation — he would probably be “removed from office” for claiming to be greater than the prophet Mohammed.

    On the other hand perhaps he might instruct his flock to be more kindly toward America — in the spirit of whatever.

    He’s so awful I can’t even make fun of him anymore. He is a blight on this nation.

    Although I might pay good money to see some Muslims in pilgrim garb.