Obama Hammers Republicans on Immigration: ‘This Isn’t Theater,’ ‘I’m Not Interested in a Photo-op’

perry-obamaI have to say, President Obama has been doing a better job calling out Republican nonsense the last several weeks.  I really wish this was the kind of tell-it-like-it-is president we’d see all the time.  I get that at one time he wanted to be this great uniter of the parties, but Republicans were never going to let that happen.

While delivering a statement on what we plan to do about the thousands of immigrants sitting at our borders, Obama decided to address the criticism Republicans have thrown at him for not visiting the border.

First he mentioned how Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is just about to make his sixth trip to the border, clearly stating that there’s nothing going on at our border that he’s not well aware of.

Though we can’t forget he’s still bound to the 2008 law that was signed by George W. Bush concerning how we deal with immigrants from non-contiguous nations.

He then took a direct shot at Republicans (like Rick Perry) who’ve tried to take political shots at him for not visiting the border personally.

“This isn’t theater,” he said. “This is a problem. I’m not interested in photo-ops, I’m interested in solving a problem.”

Obama then said he’s proposed some of the exact same ideas as Congress, “so it’s not as if they’re making suggestions that we’re not listening to.”

“The question is are we more interested in politics or are we more interested in solving the problem?” Obama asked. “If we’re interested in solving the problem, then there’s actually some broad consensus around a number of the issues. There may be some controversies and differences between Democrats and Republicans on some of the policy issues, but on a whole bunch of this stuff there’s some pretty broad consensus. Let’s just get that done. Let’s do the work.”

But as we all know, for Republicans this isn’t about solving a problem.  It’s about blaming it all on President Obama.  It’s about trying to use these immigrants for their own political gains.

They have no intention of working with President Obama on this situation.  Wait, no, I take that back.  They’ll work with President Obama as long as he agrees to every single thing they want.  That’s how Republicans “negotiate” nowadays.  They propose something they know President Obama will never agree to, refuse to budge, then they come out saying that it’s President Obama who won’t work with them.

I’m just glad he’s finally calling Republicans out on their lies and propaganda concerning this issue.  I hope he keeps doing it.

Watch his comments below via CBS News:


Allen Clifton

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  • Eg Kbbs

    How many times have we seen the cycle of Obama taking a suggestion from Boehner et al. only for Boehner et al to then not allow even a vote on the House floor ?

  • William Fite

    Not interested in a photo op. Now that is funny, he just released a photo of himself playing pool and eating at a BBQ joint in Austin. When will his lying stop? Oh and by the way Allen when are you going to stop the lying?

    • Kim

      …..and Bush is at home painting flowers – buzz off, Troll

      • William Fite

        Is Bush the president now? Nope. Just giving facts, not trolling. Kim you need to quit drinking the koolaid.

      • Anthony Freeman

        Why don’t you look up the number of vacation days GW who was fighting two wars, had taken at this point in his presidency compared to Obama’s. And by “look up”, I mean not on Conservapedia.

  • strayaway

    Billionaires Gates, Buffet, and Adelson (yes, Sheldon Adelson) just made a joint statement in support of amnesty. Cheap labor is profitable don’t ya know. Their joint statement is in harmony with the President of Mexico who signed an agreement with the President of Guatamala last Monday offering legal protection for Central American illegal aliens wishing to invade the US.

    The federal government is spending $250/day putting up each of these kids. According to Congressman Istook, The $250 a day figure compares with the $667 one-way cost of an airline ticket from McAllen, Texas, to Guatemala City, Guatemala, according to both Orbitz and Priceline. The combined airfare for 29,358 passengers would be $19.6 million. That is one-half of 1 percent of President Obama’s overall $3.8 billion request although our government is expecting 90,000 such children arrive here this year. Last year, only 2000 minors were returned to their home countries. It’s also closer to fly them from McAllen to Guatemala City than to Murietta, California. Only 1,297 miles compared to 1,549 miles.

    Although the 2008 bill is said to contain a lot of red tape delaying any returns, that bill’s stated goal requires ““the Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services, shall develop policies and procedures to ensure that unaccompanied alien children in the United States are safely repatriated to their country of nationality or of last habitual residence.”

    It is interesting to see ‘progressives’ positioning themselves somewhere between Sheldon Adelson and the President of Mexico. With friends like these, US workers don’t need enemies.