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

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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