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Obama: Don’t ‘Demagogue’ Immigration

From an irony proof Reuters:

Obama warns U.S. not to "demagogue" immigration

July 31, 2010

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned U.S. leaders not to use the divisive issue of illegal immigration as a way to gain power and name recognition in an interview with CBS television released on Saturday.

Fresh from a court victory that blocked provisions of a tough Arizona immigration law that Obama opposed, the president warned politicians not to "demagogue" the topic and said his administration wanted to work with Arizona on the issue.

The Obama administration showed how much it “wanted to work with Arizona” by publically attacking a bill they had not read, and by refusing to meet with Governor Brewer or visit the area – and by immediately suing the state in court.

Earlier this week a judge blocked key parts of the border state’s tough new immigration law hours before it was to take effect, handing a victory to Obama’s administration, which is trying to take control of the issue

Yes, Mr. Obama is “trying to take control of” the immigration problem, by suing the one state that is trying to do something about it.

"We want to work with Arizona. I understand the frustration of people in Arizona. But what we can’t do is demagogue the issue," Obama said in an interview with CBS, according to excerpts released by the network.

"And what we can’t do is allow a patchwork of 50 different states, or cities or localities, where anybody who wants to make a name for themselves suddenly says, ‘I’m going to be anti-immigrant and I’m going try to see if I can solve the problem ourself [sic].’ This is a national problem," Obama said

If words still have any meaning, it’s clear that the person who has tried to demagogue the issue is Mr. Obama. Together with his (Social) Justice Department, he has falsely accused the Arizona law of any number of things, including of course his favorite smear of ‘racism.’

By the way, the Oxford English Dictionary defines demagogue as:


A leader of a popular faction, or of the mob; a political agitator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of the mob in order to obtain power or further his own interests; an unprincipled or factious popular orator.

That sure sounds like Mr. Obama to us.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 2nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Obama: Don’t ‘Demagogue’ Immigration”

  1. TwilightZoned says:

    I looked up demagogue in Merriam Webster…sure enough Barry’s face was next to the word. (sarc)

    “…But what we can’t do is demagogue the issue,” Obama said in an interview with CBS…”

    I’ve always held the philosophy what ever comes out of Barry’s mouth is the exact opposite of what he’ll do. It hasn’t let me down yet.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Demagogue in Chief : dingleBarry has been sniffed out.
    She says her administration wants to work with Arizona.
    By taking over the issue?

    Look where it got us when she took over the issue of the banks, GM, unemployment……………focused like a laser.

    Hey Egomaniac, why don’t you do for Arizona’s problem what you are going to do for the democraps who are running for re-election.
    STAY OUT OF IT!!!!!

    • Liberals Demise says:

      The AG of Virginia has stuck the flame thrower in the face of the Obamao administration by stating that police there “CAN” question suspects as to their status of being here legally / illegally.

      Also a Federal Judge has said Virginia can go ahead with it’s fight against the regime over forced health care.

      Bravo Virginia……….Sic Semper Tyrannis

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    From the Obama dictionary:

    “Work with” means “Do what I say”

    “Cooperation” means “doing as I desire”

    To socialists, these words need no defining…they are blueprinted into their DNA.

    • wardmama4 says:

      Rusty you forgot the most important:

      bi-partisan means whatever the Dems want, gets approved.

      I’m kind of surprised he didn’t drag McAmnesty in with him for a ‘bi-partisan’ blasting of Gov Brewer (or is McAmnesty now a pandering RHINO and pretending that he is against Shamnesty now that his seat is in jeopardy?). Of course I know that would never happen – Obama won’t share the stage with another Dem much less a Rep – the spot light and cameras must be on him.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      McSame was FOR amnesty before he was against it.

  4. wardmama4 says:

    Am I wrong but doesn’t Rhode Island have the exact same law as AZ (which is oh btw the exact same law as the Federal law) ? And where has/is anyone denigrating or demagoguing RI? And oh btw, aren’t San Fran and all the other ‘sanctuary cities’ in direct violation of the Federal Immigration Laws (i.e. 50 different states, cities or localities) – and where is anyone denigrating or demagoguing them?

    I wonder exactly why AZ got hit – perhaps because it is the corridor of choice for the criminal element of the criminal illegal (I know, its a redundancy) aliens? Or perhaps because We The People decided to stop (on their own, in their own states) Shamnesty for the 20 to 30 million criminal illegal aliens (undocumented democrats).

    This law would have gone into effect and absolutely no one would have known about it – but AZ citizens – but for the stink that the Thug Administration and their Journolist liars made and have kept going in an on going effort to gin up the community organizing bunch to skew the polls that the majority of Americans are for open borders to all – no matter what the cost to the American way of life, the economy or even our very lives.

    Too bad they don’t read any polls they don’t commission – or they would know that the majority of Americans are Christian, against Shamnesty, against Obamacare, against bailouts, against Porkulus, against TARP, against the current Thug Administration and really against the Klownposse in DC (who I believe now stand at 11% approval rating – and exactly how low did Bush go?!?).

    Send The Won back on vacay – keep him and his lying tongue off the tube, especially on the stupid shows that the stuck on stupid masses watch.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      California has had a similar law that passed in 1992, I believe. I’m too lazy to go check. But it also essentially mirrors the federal law. There was “mucho protesto” about it then. Not much was heard nationally. I heard about it because I was living in Arizona at the time.

  5. AmericanIPA says:

    Obama has no sense of irony at all does he? The same guy who told those twits on the View that the time to campaign was over, now tells us not to demagogue something. He’s the demagogue’s demagogue and he’s telling US not to do it–which we aren’t anyway. Freakin’ unbelievable this guy!

    The Federal Gov. hating on Arizona for calling them out on the lousy immigration record is like the political equivalent of a lazy employee getting pissed at a go-getter co worker for doing his job for him. The Feds don’t want their terrible, lazy record to be brought to light. But there’s no denying how horrible the illegal immigration situation is.

    Build the fence and deport the lawbreakers. All that is is common sense.

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