This is a White House video of a White House event, but one only Washington-based Republican operatives could have arranged. Couldn’t they have found any Latinos who look like they work in a kitchen?
I’ll bet a lot of low-income Hispanics love Trump, despite the rhetoric against illegal immigration. I worked with them for years in the restaurant biz. They love tough guys like Trump. And many certainly value the free market, are working incredibly hard within it, and are waiting to be minted as Republicans, if Republicans would just try.
Instead, it looks like the event organizers went over to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, rounded everyone up, and corraled them into the East Room.
The Obama administration in recent days has finally launched the Spanish version of Healthcare.gov, more than two months later than it was supposed to go up and with just days to spare before everyone’s required to be all signed up.
Um, where’s the outrage?
CAN ANYONE IMAGINE THE OUTPOURING OF FURY IF BUSH DID THIS???
This is no mere screw up. With everything about the Obamacare rollout going wrong, the Obama administration months ago decided to perform emergency triage, leaving some projects for dead while trying salvage whatever else it could. One thing intentionally chucked aside was the Spanish version of Healthcare.gov.
See, that’s the thanks Latinos get for supporting Obama. No immigration reform and no Obamacare website.
Oh, and no economy, but that goes for everyone.
Let’s talk about what would happen of Bush, Romney, Reagan, or someone like that decided the Spanish language website didn’t merit the same attention as the English site.
Articles in the press about Republicans’ “tin ear” with regard to Hispanics
Vicious attacks from Democrats – led by people like Barack Obama – accusing the GOP of being the party of rich white people who don’t care about minorities.
Angry Latino leaders rattling the White House gates and storming the airwaves of MSNBC demanding to know why this act of discrimination occurred.
The website reportedly seems to work okay. Nevertheless, I notice that if you want to research plans, you have to do it in English.
This would, you know, kind of seem to defeat the purpose.
But, heck, Obama is for the people. He must be working on it.
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.
Vice President Biden this week engaged in some of the most egregious race baiting of the campaign, charging that the policies of Mitt Romney and Republicans with respect to Latinos were the modern equivalent of xenophobic and discriminatory practices of the past.
The clear race baiting, largely ignored by the mainstream press, came during a speech Biden gave to the National Council of La Raza in Las Vegas.
Biden went so far as to suggest a parallel between the Republicans and the 19th-century Know Nothing Party, a sometimes violently anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant movement that flourished briefing in the 1850s:
Then as now, it wasn’t just those seeking to come who got the brunt of this xenophobia, it was those who had been here for a long time, like my Irish Catholic family. The same kind of backlash – that kind of backlash – is not new in American history.”
Biden indicated that GOP-backed initiatives to counter illegal immigration and to enact voter identification laws were animated by a dislike for Latinos and fear of them because they are “different” and growing in numbers:
You, the Latino community, is the fastest-growing population in America. You now make up 16 percent of the population of the United States of America.
But there are voices among us who fear your inclusion. But that’s not new in American history. There’s always been a fight between the voices of inclusion and the voices of exclusion. Between those pushing forward and those who continue to try to pull us back.
Between those appealing to our hopes, and those who continue to appeal to our fears. People fear what they don’t know. People fear that that is different to them.
Biden framed support for Obama’s immigration policies as a rejection of discrimination and intolerance against Hispanics, saying those who agreed with a recent Obama executive order allowing the children of illegal immigrants to remain in the country were responding to “the better angels of the American people.”
Biden lumped in what he termed “attempts at voter suppression” – the voter ID laws – with early education, Pell Grants and affordable health care as issues where Republican policies were menacing toward Hispanics.
Biden’s attempt to stoke racial fires comes even amid a boomlet of support for Obama from Hispanics in the wake of his executive order.
A Wall Street Journal poll released late last month found that the number of Hispanics with a “very positive” view of Obama leapt by ten percentage points to 41 percent, and that Obama now has a lead among Latinos over Mitt Romney of 66 percent to 26 percent.
So, President Obama is willing to send guns into Mexico, but American Latinos are not permitted forks in his presence.
This really happened today just before Obama’s speech in Orlando to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.
According to Politico, the knives as well were disallowed and had already been removed. The Secret Service says such things do happen.
A Secret Service spokesman confirmed that the agency made the request, but said such requirements are common at large events where the president speaks at about the same time people are dining.
“The Secret Service coordinates this process with staff and host committee to ensure tables are cleared of material that may be deemed hazardous prior to the arrival of the president,” Special Agent Max Milien told POLITICO. “Any implication that this was unique for this event is completely inaccurate.”
In other words, the announcement at the Latino officials’ event may have been unusual, but the removal of the silverware usually takes place without anyone realizing it’s a security measure.
Still, there are a wide variety of breakfasts, lunches and dinners the president attends where diners still have the full complement of silverware as Obama speaks.
I’ve never heard of this practice, though I don’t travel with the president and so I’m not at many of his events away from the White House.
I can tell you one thing. Everyone had forks – and knives – at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner this year and dug into their steaks while the president sat just a few feet away.
Well, if President Obama was considering not going to Brazil in order to help conduct the war against Libya from Washington, he’s boxed himself in, because in an op-ed piece today for USA Today, he’s proclaimed he’s on a mission to make jobs.
And if he doesn’t go to Brazil – and then Chile and El Salvador – as scheduled, then he doesn’t care about jobs. Or Hispanics.
But Obama cares, deeply, about jobs and Hispanics. Because without them, he will lose his own job.
I’m sure he genuinely cares. Even politicians care about things. Gosh, my cynicism is broken today.
But what gets Obama out of bed in the morning to go save and create jobs, what keeps him talking about jobs even as Republicans want to discuss the budget, is that voters are worried about jobs. And as for the weird stop in tiny El Salvador, well, the children of all those Salvadoran immigrants from the 1980s are just now of voting age.
Every poll shows people like jobs jobs jobs. A March 4-7 Bloomberg poll had 43 percent saying unemployment and jobs are the most important issues facing the country, with the federal deficit coming in at 29 percent and the war in Afghanistan – which Obama rarely discusses publicly – at just 7 percent.
A February CBS News poll had “the economy and jobs” at 48 percent, with only seven percent saying the deficit and debt are the top issues.
But why did he shelve immigration reform? Only three percent in the Bloomberg poll list it as the top priority. But it’s a big deal for Hispanics – though they too rate other issues higher – so he must go to Latin America
If you’re not out of a job, you’ve given up looking, or you’re worried you might lost your job or you’re worried someone you care about is going to lose theirs.
So it’s jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs jobs.
Funny he’s going to Brazil to promote U.S. exports. The man hasn’t negotiated a single free trade agreement in more than two years as president, and he’s left the ones Bush negotiated with South Korea, Columbia and Panama to rot on a shelf over at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington.