Video: Mexican president criticizes Arizona law at White House presser

posted at 4:20 pm on May 19, 2010 by Allahpundit

Obama dumped on the law this morning too, of course, in between lying about his Senate record on immigration and uttering greeting-card sentiments about how it’s not our borders but our bonds that define us. And yet, and yet, I guarantee that The One listened to this bit from Calderon through gritted teeth. Voters don’t like when a foreign leader criticizes Americans; they like it even less when that leader is here as a guest, using the White House as a soapbox for his criticism; and they like it less still when it comes from a hypocrite whose own country is not only causing the problem Arizona’s trying to deal with but whose immigration laws are even more draconian than America’s are. It’s pure farce. And Obama knows how it’ll play politically. In fact, here’s what Rasmussen was reporting this morning right around the time Calderon was scolding Jan Brewer and company:

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 13% of Adults think Mexico wants to stop illegal immigration. Sixty-seven percent (67%) say Mexico does not want to stop its citizens from entering the United States illegally…

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Americans think Mexico should be asked to compensate U.S. taxpayers to offset such costs [of illegal immigration]…

Most voters (55%) now favor passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in their own state. When asked specifically about the chief provision of the Arizona law, support is even higher. Sixty-nine percent (69%) believe a police officer should be required to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a traffic violation or violation of some other law if he suspects the person might be an illegal immigrant.

In other words, Calderon’s credibility on this issue is near zero, yet Obama has no choice but to grin and bear it. He organized this little photo op as a sop to Latino voters who won’t be pleased when Congress’s new amnesty bill ends up going nowhere this year so now he’s forced to take the bitter with the sweet. Hope it was worth it, champ:

For his part, Mr. Calderón conveyed to Mr. Obama the grievances of many Mexicans who, he said, “face discrimination” now in Arizona.

While “respectful of the internal policies of the United States,” Mr. Calderón said, “we will retain our firm rejection to criminalize migration so that people that work and provide things to this nation will be treated as criminals. And we oppose firmly the SB-1070 Arizona law, given unfair principles that are partial and discriminatory.”

I’m not sure which Mexicans Calderon’s presuming to speak for. If he means Mexican citizens who are in the country legally, fair enough. If he means illegals, i.e. if he’s actually complaining on behalf of people who aren’t even supposed to be here, his balls are even brassier than I thought. And if he means Americans of Mexican descent, he’s belittling Obama’s own authority. Last time I checked, if anyone’s going to do any diplomatic conveying on behalf of U.S. citizens, it’s the president of the United States.

Via Breitbart, here’s the vid of him whinging about Arizona’s horrible “discrimination” against lawbreakers. (The voice is his translator’s.) Exit question via Dan Foster at NRO: Why is Obama so worried about discriminatory potential in Arizona’s enforcement of the law but seemingly not so worried about the same potential in enforcement of federal law? If he’s serious about border security (he isn’t, I know, but humor me) then it’s going to mean lots more cops questioning lots more suspects, which means lots more potential for misidentification — no matter who’s doing the questioning.


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Holy Mole – our President is a major douchebag.

Where is the Deathmobile when we need it.

SmallGovtGuy on May 19, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Wrong.
Canada, over twice as much.

Jeff2161 on May 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Jeff2161: Excellent link,thank-you!:)

canopfor on May 19, 2010 at 5:51 PM

And Calderon speaks english with no problems; Two turds diss’ing America!
See it here.

Cybergeezer on May 19, 2010 at 5:56 PM

silvernana…that wasn’t graphic. What our alleged “President” is doing to this country is what’s GRAPHIC!

You can watch a video of a foreign leader trashing our country from OUR White House…and the image of Obama pleasuring himself re-living the moment is what offends you?

Wow.

Justrand on May 19, 2010 at 5:58 PM

This weekend I think I’ll go down to DC, sneak into the White House, light up a cigar, pour me a glass of scotch and watch a ball game. Just for kicks, I’ll write some executive orders to enforce immigration law, cut off aid to any countries that harbor terrorists and repeal Obama Care,

When the Secret Service nab me I’ll just say that I’m “bonding” with the Pres. and doing the jobs he’s unwilling to do.

walkingboss on May 19, 2010 at 5:59 PM

When’s big brave Barracky boy going to take down the fence around the White House?

Cybergeezer on May 19, 2010 at 6:00 PM

If Calderon thinks his citizens are being discriminated against while living illegally in this country, he can welcome them home with open arms. Except, then they won’t be here sending money back to Mexico. And they will be his problem once again.

So, please America, for Calderon’s sake, treat these interlopers nicely and pretend it’s all okay. Thank you.

Mallard T. Drake on May 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM

When the Secret Service nab me I’ll just say that I’m “bonding” with the Pres. and doing the jobs he’s unwilling to do.

walkingboss on May 19, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Well done.

Mallard T. Drake on May 19, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Obama and Calderon can KMA. How dare the President of the United States stand beside The President of Mexico and piss on the citizens of Arizona. It’s time for Brewer to call up the guard. Obama is not interested in defending this nation.
But we are… Whatever it takes.

Badbrucskie on May 19, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Obama saith We Are Not Concerned With Borders.

To the Anarcho-kleptocratic politicos such things Are NoT Important.

profitsbeard on May 19, 2010 at 6:12 PM

It’s lost on obama that this speech of Caldarone’s might just offend a lot of folks here in the USA. It offends me and if anything, makes me more determined to dislike the way our borders are handled. Seems as if Obama’s main purpose is to cause more and more racial trouble–I wonder when/if it will blow up in his face. He certainly deserves it. The run of the mill politician can be expected to incite racial hatred for votes, but Obama is the President and is suposed to have the good of the whole country in his sights. He’s certainly learned from Rev. Wright hasn’t he!! Obama is actually teaching me how to become racist–demonstrating each step in the process.

jeanie on May 19, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Newsflash Calderon: not everyone crossing OUR border from YOUR country is MEXICAN dammit! There are plenty of Guatemalans, Somalis, Pockistonis, Iraqis- you name it!

McCain, whom I’ve enjoyed bashing over the years on this issue, was right when he said this is a crime syndicate of human and drug trafficking greater than any mob or mafia threat we’ve ever seen. Quit trying to make it a civil rights issue when it’s a rule of law issue.

We are a sovereign nation!!!!!!!!!!!! Go back to YOUR sovereign nation! GTFO, that goes for anyone who doesn’t understand OUR nation’s laws.

NTWR on May 19, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Let ICE deport him in handcuffs.

SC.Charlie on May 19, 2010 at 6:25 PM

. . . it’s not our borders but our bonds that define us.

More true than he knows, or certainly than he intended. Our bond market is not looking so hot.

And, it’s certainly becoming the case that America is defined by its debt.

Pablo Snooze on May 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM

El Presidente’ Puto!

b1jetmech on May 19, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Support Arizona!! the only state in the union with a set of balls!!

whatzit2u on May 19, 2010 at 7:05 PM

At least someone’s president has a real concern about his country’s economy.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 19, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Shut up and sit down! Then hie your damn corrupt arse back to your third world country.
YOU DARE to step foot on American soil and stick your nose into our policies? Especially since YOUR immigration laws are a hell of a lot stiffer than ours.
AND, as long as you’re packing to return home, how about taking that snot-nosed traitor who hosted you, home with you? He’ll fit right in.

Can anyone say…”Dereliction of Duty” to our most corrupt president EVAH?

hopefloats on May 19, 2010 at 7:58 PM

What’s that Spanish word I learned a few weeks ago, reading an article by the Boss Emeritus about Mexico’s immigration laws?

Oh yeah, it’s…

Hypocrita!

Bigfoot on May 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM

dear leader didn’t have to grin and bear it…that was downright offensive…no cajones whatsoever…diplomacy be dam*ed, he’s saying this in front of the people’s house…

cmsinaz on May 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Eff the greasy Mexican pres

some set from the king of kleptocracy who should be tarrd and feathered and kicked the eff outa America along with the rest of the dependent welps

so much for Latin machismo, ths tool has beta male written all over hm

Sonosam on May 19, 2010 at 8:05 PM

Barack Obama refers to illegal immigrants as undocumented workers- as if they have every right to be in the U.S. but are simply lacking papers. In reality he’s an open borders advocate. He’s an embarrassment to a nation of laws and a miserable excuse for POTUS.

Basilsbest on May 19, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Give Barack a break, he may be an illegal himself.

Osis on May 19, 2010 at 8:24 PM

ConservativePartyNow on May 19, 2010 at 4:45 PM

What’s going to happen in 2012? GOP going to run another amnesty ring leader like John McCain? Who’s it going to be this time? Lindsey Graham? Who’d you vote for in 2008? Sorry, if you voted for John McCain, squealing on this issue doesn’t impress me. You voted for someone who was as open borders as Obama is; own it. After that debacle in 2008, I have no faith that the GOP isn’t going to throw up another stumblebum candidate.

austinnelly on May 19, 2010 at 8:33 PM

See Krauthammer’s comments on Special Report tonight. Illegal in Mexico is 2 years first offense and 10 years second offense.

We were stopped 2 times in Mexico last year because our car didn’t have front plates (since NC doesn’t issue them). The first words out of the very nice LEO’s mouth were asking for my immigration papers. Had no problem with that…we love travel in Mexico and when we are there, we obey their rules….which are MUCH stricter than ours.

Dingbat63 on May 19, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Go pole-dance with a cactus, you greasy little son of a burro! We could care less about your drug-ridden pesthole of a nation or the two-legged TRASH you send over our border by the thousands!

Dark-Star on May 19, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Justrand on May 19, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I don’t check in here to read pornography. And yes, it is offensive. What Obama is doing to the country is another matter separate from this.

silvernana on May 19, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Sr. Presidente, come mierda y ladrar a la luna!

belad on May 19, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I thought Tubbs killed him in the first season of Miami Vice.

Huh.

Merovign on May 19, 2010 at 9:40 PM

The man cannot govern his own country and he dares to criticize ours? Being in the presence of Mr. Obama I understand his impulse- no one is going to object- but truthfully this is either hilarious or beyond outrage (or maybe both).

Mason on May 19, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Maybe, Obama could read and uphold The Constitution. He took an oath. “Article I, Section 8 …To provide for the calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions;…”
20 Million flooding over our boarders sounds like an invation to me. Barry? Constitution? Uphold? Or is that being ‘misguided’?

Over30 on May 19, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Yeah! I kinda like some of like Mexico’s immigration laws.

- Illegal entry is a felony
- First offense is two years in prison
- Illegal re-entry is 10 years in prison
- Just forget about marching en-mass and waving flags and making demands.

Let’s adopt these provisions and tell Calderon to go pound sand.

shorebird on May 19, 2010 at 11:13 PM

AP: His balls are even brassier than you thought. This is about his constituents.

exdeadhead on May 19, 2010 at 11:44 PM

OK, Senor Calderon, and Mr. Baracky, would it be satisfactory if the Arizona law was discarded, then replaced verbatim with the Mexican Constitution? AND WHY NOT???

byteshredder on May 19, 2010 at 11:54 PM

And Obama replied, “Yes…we suck…sorry…”

Army Brat on May 20, 2010 at 1:22 AM

How does Mexico treat their illegal immigrants?

Where are the sanctuary cities in Mexico?

Kini on May 20, 2010 at 1:51 AM

What the mainstream media failed to report was that, when Mexican President Calderon’s motorcade approached the White House gate, President Calderon jumped out of the limosine, ran around to the back of the White House, and hopped over the fence to sneak into the White House. When asked why he did that, President Calderon replied, “Doesn’t everyone jump fences to get onto gringo property?”

olesparkie on May 20, 2010 at 7:30 AM

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