This is the White House in Washington, D.C. It is currently occupied by this president.
This speech is dispicable for so many reasons. Particularly offensive are the comments beginning at 19:00 in the speech.
The history of the border fence, what little there is, begins with a 14 mile stretch in SanDiego, California, which border patrol agents have said is effective for that area. The rest of the 2100 mile U.S. Mexico border remained wide open until Republican Pres. George W. Bush signed a bill into law in 2006 which would build another 700 mile segment, still leaving 1400 unprotected miles.
“The bill was introduced on Sep. 13, 2006 by Peter T. King (R-NY). In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283 -138 on September 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006 – the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80 -19. Most Republicans voted in support of the Fence Act while most Democrats voted against it.” From Wikipedia Source: Obama & McCain back-to-back speeches at NALEO Jun 28, 2008
Take note that it was a Republican who proposed the bill and Republicans who voted for it and Democrats who opposed it and voted against it. Would there be any fence if the President’s party had their way? NO. They voted against it.
As a U. S. Senator, Obama voted for the fence, but has since backed away, sensing the disapproval of Latino Democrat voters, as did Hillary Clinton. As if he lived in a cacoon somewhere on Mars, he answered a question about his position on the border and illegal immigration this way:
“For all the noise and anger that too often surrounds the immigration debate, America has nothing to fear from today’s immigrants. They have come here for the same reason that families have always come here–for the hope that in America, they could build a better life for themselves and their families. Like the waves of immigrants that came before them and the Hispanic Americans whose families have been here for generations, the recent arrival of Latino immigrants will only enrich our country.” Barack Obama, Source: Obama & McCain back-to-back speeches at NALEO Jun 28, 2008 http://www.ontheissues.org/international/barack_obama_immigration.htm
Nothing to fear from all those illegal immigrants. Don’t fear the drug cartels that behead their victims and dump the headless bodies in public places to terrorize citizens. No need to fear the high-powered weapons they use to gun people down on our side of the border. The thefts, property destruction, rapes and kidnappings should not disturb our sleep at night. We should feel perfectly safe with drug cartels targeting our kids with highly addictive drugs and dangerous gangs ruling some neighborhoods and initiating new members with drive-by shootings, or settling turf wars by murdering their rivals. Don’t worry about being caught in a cross-fire. And as you write that big check to the IRS and your state and local taxes, don’t worry about how much of it is required to finance the jam-packed prisons and jails needed to house all the illegal alien criminals that will probably get out someday and commit another crime.
(This is where there should be a photo of people killed by illegals, but gore isn’t needed. Everyone except the guy behind the heavily guarded fence at the White House knows what’s going on at our border.)
After Obama moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue behind heavily-guarded fences, the clamor for a southern border fence grew too loud to ignore. Fox News had reporters on-site filming lots of illegals streaming across umimpeded. They filmed the large number of guns and weapons confiscated from apprehended illegals and the truckloads of drugs netted.
What happens when someone climbs the U.S.-Mexican border fence most of the time?
What happens when someone climbs the fence at Obama’s residence?
Does Obama feel unsafe without a fence, or without guards at the fence? Does he fear for his family? The citizens of the border states fear for their safety and the safety of their families, too. They appealed to Obama for help. To be fair, Obama and his Homeland Security Chief, Janet Napolitano, who also believes the border is safe, even though she said just the opposite when she was the governor of Arizona, decided to build a high tech fence rather than a physical one. Oh wait! That was also a Republican Pres. George W. Bush project! Obama and Napolitano cancelled it, offering nothing in its place. The project was too expensive and didn’t work, costing $1 billion and five wasted years. Cancelled in 2010, it was the last effort to build a barrier to illegals.
Obama lives safely behind a physical fence with human guards, dogs and security cameras, while Texans, Arizonans, New Mexicans, Californians, and many states northward, live in danger, possesions stolen and/or defaced, and have to endure Obama telling them that the fence is finished, he added plenty of border patrol and the nation is safer than it’s ever been. EVERYONE IN THE BORDER STATES KNOWS ITS UNTRUE!
To add insult to injury, Obama sarcastically mocked and laughed at the people in danger without admonishing the illegals climbing the fence portion that does exist, without demanding that the murder, human trafficking, drug running, rape, theft and property damage stop. Without the slightest stern warning to the law-breakers, Obama insults the victims! A higher fence, Mr. President? How about any fence? How about tearing down that fence around the White House and leaving it down until there is a fence around the U.S.?
The web site for the U. S. Customs and Border Protection Agency above provides a map of the U.S.-Mexico border showing the progress of the border fence. A green line is finished fence. A yellow line is fence under construction. A red line is fence that is planned but not yet under construction. You will notice a lot of green lines, but note that there are breaks in the line that amount to miles. You will also notice that Texas is wide open, with only a small portion of fencing at El Paso. I wonder why Obama made his “fence speech” at El Paso rather than further south in Texas. I know why he didn’t choose to go to Arizona. He is suing them. This is the only map on their site and it’s dated 12/29/2009. It appears that nothing has been planned since then and no construction is under way. That represents the two years that Obama has been in the White House, yet in his speech he talks as if he has finished the fence and satisfied everyone’s requests, but Republicans keep moving the goal posts.
Regarding his statement that “they will want a higher fence”, it might be a good idea, considering all the video of illegals climbing over the existing fence. What good is a fence that can be scaled?
This was not the speech of a statesman. Not the speech of an informed politician. Not the spirit of a president of the United States. This was a vindictive slap at those who dared fight back when he said “no.” The border states asked for federal border control to keep them safe. They were rebuffed. When they had no other choice but to defend themselves, Obama sued the state of Arizona to block them from their own defense. While no one has asked for a mote or an alligator, Obama has dogs that can tear your leg off if you climb his fence.
Obama incorrectly assumes that the only aliens crossing our border illegally are honest hard-working Mexicans coming here to work so they can feed their families. Well, how honest can they be if they break the law to get here, take a fake social security number, falsify documents to conceal their immigrant status, take pay in cash to avoid paying taxes, use our welfare and medical benefits reserved for citizens, etc., etc., etc.? Since none of these illegals check in with anyone, they can be from any country with any motive, such as felons escaping prison in their home countries, Al Qaeida, Hamas, Hezbollah, Chinese spies, Russian spies, Venezuelans, virtually anyone with any motive – terrorism being the highest on the list.
Obama has forgotten that he is the president of the United States and should behave accordingly, sensitive to the needs of all citizens, and not a stand-up comic taking shots at people he doesn’t like.
Shame on Mr. Obama.
Where did these guns come from? The government’s deadly Fast and Furious gun running scheme?
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/05/26/terror-alert-mexican-border/ FEDS ISSUE TERROR WATCH FOR THE TEXAS/MEXICO BORDER
So the fence is finished, high enough, there’s enough border patrol and we are safe. Hogwash!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
In her farewell address to Congress today, former House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, filibustered from the Chair, touting her accomplishments and the miraculous characteristics of Obamacare as if she was identifying her one claim to fame before she fades from the scene. Leaning into the microphone, as if in fear of someone dragging her away, she turned the occasion, which should have been the swearing-in of the new House Speaker, John Boehner, into a celebration of the election of Democrat John Kennedy as president, and her tenure of greatness as former House Speaker. It was painfully reminiscent of former Democrat President Bill Clinton’s all-afternoon-long departure from Washington, D.C.’s presidential limelight.
The Sargeant of Arms of the House, should have grabbed the hook from the coat closet and pulled her off the stage after she launched into her personal aggrandisement and embarrassing effort to appear greater than her successor, while he stood politely behind her, ever the perfect gentleman. While she behaved arrogantly, he conducted himself with humility, dismissing her distasteful mocking of his gavel choice. In her words, “It’s larger than most of the gavels here.” Perhaps he feels the need to remind the House Democrats that he now holds the power of Speaker and that the Republicans now hold the majority, since their interviews on radio and television sounded as if they were not going to acknowledge that.
In both photos, as well as in her speech today, Pelosi sends the message, “It’s all about me! It’s all about me!” Arrogance is a difficult thing to hide.
Contrast her with Speaker Boehner’s demeanor. Even after Pelosi hands him the gavel and the power and respect that accompanies it, she is STILL standing in front of him, monopolizing the podium and the microphone. Boehner’s head is down and his message in one of humbleness, hence the tears when he realizes that America has afforded him the opportunities to rise from nothing to something. He is emotional because he truly appreciates this great country, the freedom we’re all promised and his chance to make a difference in Congress for all of us. House Speaker John Boehner appreciates and loves the Constitution and is humbled by all that it guarantees. He stands there humbly as living proof.
One shows arrogance and a love for power, celebrity, and wealth. The other shows humbleness and a willingness to help others reach their goals and keep their freedom. One is haughty with nose in the air, clinging to the microphone well beyond what was necessary. The other is down-to-earth and mindful that he is no better than the rest of us.
To a thundering and very prolonged applause as he was first introduced as the new Speaker of the House, John Boehner, the man, said, “It’s still just me.”Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
After last night’s election of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the throne held by Teddy Kennedy for decades, thoughts turned immediately to Scott Brown’s potential to win the presidency. That’s not a well-thought-out reaction. Scott Brown was the one who took on the challenge and won, but not necessarily because he is a great Republican or even a great moral man. Most of us in the U.S. know nothing about him.
In the past, people got excited about Colin Powell and begged him to run for president as the Republican candidate before they knew much about his political beliefs or even his party affiliation. He was a handsome, well-educated, well-spoken four-star general who became very popular. As it turned out, he affiliated with the Republican Party, but was very left-leaning and moderate, opposing some of the Party’s platform, which is not helpful to achieving those goals. Eventually, he publicly endorsed the Democrat candidate for president over his own long-time friend and fellow veteran, Sen. John McCain.
In a “morning-after” interview aired on Fox News, Brown was asked if he favored the “big tent” theory for the Republican Party and he made it clear that he does. Others who have advocated this position are; Colin Powell, who voted for the Democrat in the presidential election, abandoning his own Republican party; John McCain, who lost the election because of Republicans like Colin Powell who voted against his own party; former Congressman Christopher Shays, who was defeated by the Democrat he wanted to compromise with, perhaps because there was no clear difference between the candidates; and former Sen. Jim Jeffords, who eventually left the Republican party and caucused with the Democrats. There are many others; some who are still in the Grand Old Party. Watch those still in the GOP and see if they lose their elections, leave the Party and/or vote with the Democrats.
The moral is, either you’re a Republican or you’re not. The Party has a platform – goals they are working to achieve. If you’re advocating “not” achieving those goals, why are you a Republican? Join the Party because you share their beliefs, not for the purpose of weakening their ability to accomplish their stated (and voted on) platform goals. If you don’t share those beliefs, you’re in the wrong party.
Some have championed the virtue of “compromise”. You should compromise when you’re out with friends and some want to eat Mexican food, while others want Italian food. You should never compromise on your core values, your moral values, your principles. You should never sell your values for some benefit, which politicians seem to do often. The consequences of compromising your core beliefs are, more often than not, very damaging to people and to the country.
Let’s take a wait and see attitude towards today’s winner, Scott Brown. I’m glad he won because he wants to stop the current health care debacle bill and he was our last chance for that. But President? Not so fast,Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Todd Spivak is a reporter who has known Obama since 2000 and watched his rise from obscure to Democratic Presidential hopeful and rock star in just eight years. His article is posted on the web site of the HoustonPress. He talks about being stuck in traffic on the Southwest Freeway in Houston and remembering when he first met Obama.
I did not write the following. I’m taking it from Spivak’s own account. I’ve shortened sentences, paraphrased when necessary, left out a whole lot and put in just enough so that you get the picture. It would be beneficial to read the entire article.
Some key moments are:
“During his seven year tenure in the Illinois Legislature, Obama wrote an occasional column for the Lakefront Outlook community newspaper where I worked. In 2004, during his U.S. Senate bid, I profiled Obama for the Illinois Times.” Todd Spivak
Spivak was a young struggling reporter and Obama was a rookie state senator making about $50,000 a year living in a small condo just two blocks away from Spivak.
When Obama is asked now about his legislative record he rattles off several bills he sponsored as an Illinois lawmaker. He expanded children’s health insurance; made the state Earned Income Tax Credit refundable for low-income families; required public bodies to tape closed-door meetings to make government more transparent; and required police to videotape interrogations of homicide suspects. And the list goes on – a lengthy record filled with core liberal issues.
But what’s interesting, and almost never discussed, is that he built his entire legislative record in Illinois in a single year. During six of Obama’s seven year tenure in the Illinois Senate, it was controlled by Republicans. Each of those six years, Obama backed legislation that went nowhere. But in his seventh year, the Republican Majority Leader had been replaced with Emil Jones, Jr., a “gravel-voiced, dark-skinned African-American known for chain-smoking cigarettes on the Senate floor. Jones had served for three decades and represented a district on the Chicago South Side not far from Obama’s. He became Obama’s kingmaker.
Jones called his old friend Cliff Kelley, a former Chicago alderman, and told him he was going to make Obama a U.S. Senator.” And he did. Jones appointed Obama sponsor of virtually every high profile piece of legislation, angering many rank-and-file state legislators who had more seniority than Obama and had spent years championing the bills.
“I took all the beatings and insults and endured all the racist comments over the years from nasty Republican committee chairmen,” State Senator Rickey Hendon, the original sponsor of landmark racial profiling and videotaped confession legislation yanked away by Jones and given to Obama, complained to me (Spivak) at the time. “Barack didn’t have to endure any of it, yet, in the end, he got all the credit”.
During his seventh and final year in the state Senate, Obama’s stats soared. He sponsored a whopping 26 bills passed into law – including many he now cites in his presidential campaign when attacked as inexperienced. It was a stunnning achievement that started him on the path of national politics – and he couldn’t have done it without Jones.
Jones further helped raise Obama’s profile by having him craft legislation addressing the day-to-day tragedies that dominated local news headlines.
So how has Obama repaid Jones? Last June, to prove his commitment to government transparency, Obama released a comprehensive list of his earmark requests for fiscal year 2008. It comprised MORE THAN $300 MILLION IN PET PROJECTS FOR ILLINOIS, INCLUDING TENS OF MILLIONS FOR JONES’ SENATE DISTRICT.
On the stump, Obama has frequently invoked his experiences as a community organizer on the Chicago South Side in the early 1990’s, when he passed on six figure salary offers at corporate law firms after graduating from Harvard Law School to direct a massive voter-registration drive. But as a state senator, Obama evaded leadership on a host of critical community issues, from historic preservation to the rapid demolition of nearby public-housing projects, according to many South Siders. Harold Lucas, a veteran South Side community organizer who remembers when Obama was “just a big-eared kid fresh out of school”, says he didn’t finally decide to support Obama’s presidential bid until he was actually inside the voting booth on Super Tuesday. “I’m not happy about the quality of life in my community,” says Lucas, who now heads a black-heritage tourism business in Chicago. “As a local elected official, he had a primary role in that.”
When the city seized by eminent domain, the 70-year-old Gerri’s Palm Tavern, a historic jazz club that regularly hosted Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker and many others, and forced the Checkerboard Lounge, regularly featuring B.B. King and the like, to re-locate, Obama was silent. Obama’s aloofness on key community issues for years frustrated Lucas and many other South Siders. They believe he was just afraid of making politcal enemies.
Obama inflamed many residents in his old state Senate district last March when he endorsed controversial Chicago alderman Dorothy Tillman in a runoff election. She is best known for once pulling a pistol from her purse and brandishing it around at a city council meeting. Her ward comprised the city’s largest concentration of vacant lots. Just three months before Obama endorsed her, the Lakefront Outlook, a community newspaper ran a three-part investigative series exposing flagrant cronyism and possible tax law violations that centered on Tillman and her biggest pet project. Tillman lost the election despite Obama’s endorsement, which critics said countered his calls for clean government. He told the Chicago Tribune that he had backed Tillman because she was an early supporter of his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign.
This was not a wise decision. It was poor judgment on his part. He was operating like a politician trying to win the next step up.” says Timuel Black, a historian and City Colleges of Chicago professor emeritus who lived in Obama’s state Senate district. Obama has spent his entire political career trying to win the next step up. Every three years, he has aspired to a more powerful political position. Even many of his staunchist supporters, such as Black, still resent the strong-arm tactics Obama employed to win his seat in the Illinois Legislature.
Obama hired fellow Harvard Law alum and election law expert Thomas Johnson to challenge the nominating petitions of four other candidates. He found enough flaws to knock them all off and run unopposed. Of course, he won. “A close examination of Obama’s first campaign clouds the image he has cultivated throughout his political career,” wrote Tribune political reporters David Jackson and Ray Long.
Three years later, in September 1999, Obama was preparing for his first national campaign. He ran for U.S. Congress against the veteran incumbent Bobby Rush, a former co-founder of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Rush won by more than 30 percentage points.
Three years later, January 2003, Obama ran for U.S. Senate and cruised to victory thanks to the self-desctruction of his top opponents in both the primary and general elections. The front-runner’s campaign in the primary imploded when his divorce files were unsealed, revealing an ex-wife’s charges of verbal and physical abuse. Obama unleashed a barrage of television ads just before the election, when the other candidates had largely depleted their war chests. He won the nomination. The general election was a repeat performance. Obama’s opponent, Jack Ryan dropped out after a judge ordered that his divorce files be unsealed. Obama spent several weeks running unopposed while Republicans tried to find a new candidate. They finally put up Alan Keyes, whose bombastic rhetoric wasn’t popular. Obama won.
“He’s been given a pass,” says Harold Lucas. “His career has been such a meteoric rise that he has not had the time to set a record.”
A week after my (Spivak) profile of Obama was published, I called some of my contacts in the Illinois Legislature. I ran through a list of black Chicago lawmakers who had worked with Obama, and was surprised to learn that many resented him and had supported other candidates in the U.S. Senate election. “Anybody but Obama”, the late state Rep. Lovana Jones told me at the time. State Rep. Monique Davis attended the same church as Obama and co-sponsored several bills with him, also did not support him. “I was snubbed,” Davis told me. “I felt he was shutting me out of history.”
In a follow-up report published a couple of weeks later, I wrote about these disgruntled black legislators and the central role Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. played in Obama’s revived political life. The morning after the story was posted online, I arrived early at my offices. I hadn’t taken my coat off when the phone rang. It was Obama.
(This conversation you must read for yourself on page 5, the final page of the article.) In a nutshell, Obama wasn’t happy.
If this reporter is telling the truth, then we get a new picture of the real Barak Obama. If he isn’t telling the truth, he will be found out because he names many people who could refute this story.
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