Obama sat down with Chuck Todd for a Meet the Press interview, but he probably wasn’t expecting to get hit with a healthy dose of criticism from the journalist, who didn’t let the President off easy on the issue of immigration.
After announcing that he would not consider executive action on immigration until after the midterms, Obama effectively ticked off amnesty groups, while at the same time calming the nerves of Democrats. Republicans, however, have seen the move for what it really is; namely, shameless election year politics.
Todd dug his heels in on the issue, questioning Obama, “What do you tell the person that’s going to get deported before the election, that this decision was essentially made in your hopes of saving a Democratic Senate? It looks like election year politics.”
Obama denied the accusation, saying:
“Well, that’s not the reason. I’m being honest now, about the politics. The politics of the unaccompanied children we saw a couple weeks ago, where you have from Central America a surge of kids showing up on the border, got a lot of attention and a lot of Americans started thinking that we’ve got this immigration problem on our hands. When I take executive action, I want to make sure it’s sustainable.”
Funny how he didn’t give the same consideration to his numerous other executive actions.
Todd wasn’t about to let Obama off the hook, countering, “So if the public’s not behind you, you’re not taking it? That sounds a little like you’re concerned the public wouldn’t support what you did.”
Obama shot back with:
“No, no, no. I’m going to act because it’s the right thing for the country. But it’s going to be more sustainable and more effective if the public understands what the facts are on immigration, what we’ve done on unaccompanied children, and why it’s necessary.”
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