Video: Democrats give Mexican president standing ovation for dumping on Arizona

posted at 4:57 pm on May 20, 2010 by Allahpundit

I’m at a loss. I know they have to pander to Latinos ahead of the midterms, especially with amnesty D.O.A. in the Senate. But I don’t see how applauding a foreign leader — whose country is almost singlehandedly responsible for America’s endless immigration battles — for slamming a fantastically popular state law is a net gain in votes. They’ve already been saddled with the narrative that they can’t stop apologizing for America; you’d think they’d try extra hard here to simply sit in respectful silence while he does his shpiel rather than leaping out of their seats to grandstand. As it is, I guess they … really can’t stop apologizing for America, even when the optics involved are poisonous to their own electoral interests.

Orrin Hatch, who’s learned some lessons from Bob Bennett’s fate, fires away:

“It’s inappropriate for a head of state to question our laws, especially when the state of Arizona only acted in the best interest of its citizens and with the support of seventy percent of its people,” said Hatch in a statement.

Hatch said Arizona was forced to pass the immigration law — which compels state law enforcement officials to require proper legal residency papers from people they suspect may be in the U.S. illegally — because of the federal government’s failure to stop drug and human smugglers, as well as illegal immigrants, from coming across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Look carefully in the vid and you’ll see Janet Napolitano (in the blue jacket) and Eric Holder (to her right) springing to their feet to pile on. While that was happening, Rasmussen was pushing out its new poll showing 71 percent support among Arizona voters for the law, which is seven points higher than it was in April. And here are new national numbers from Fox News:

A Fox News poll finds 65 percent of American voters think states should have right to make their own immigration laws and protect their borders “if they believe the federal government has failed to act,” while 32 percent disagree. Moreover, a 52 percent majority favors their own state passing a bill similar to Arizona’s new immigration law. Some 31 percent would oppose it and another 18 percent is unsure…

The key provisions of Arizona’s immigration law receive significant support. Over two-thirds (65 percent) favor allowing local authorities to question anyone who they think may be in the country illegally, while 76 percent favor allowing local officials to detain anyone who cannot prove their immigration status.

Mark Krikorian warns that we do enough meddling in other countries’ business that we should expect a little meddling in our own, but of course much depends on who’s doing the meddling. It’s not so much the “meddling” here as the breathtaking shamelessness of this tool complaining about the way Arizona handles a problem that he’s bequeathed to them in front of an audience whose own wretched lack of political will on border enforcement forced Arizona to act. It’s a repulsive spectacle. And as bad as it is, it’s not even the most audacious bit of meddling that Calderon did today. Brace yourself for this.

Update: Lefties are tweeting at me that Republicans were standing up too. I can’t tell from the vid, but name names in the comments if you know who they were.



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Obama is using the Capital building & Chamber as the de-facto United Nations now.

President of the World.

portlandon on May 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM

I hope the GOP/RNC is smart enough to use the footage in political ads.

madmonkphotog on May 20, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I wouldn’t count on it!

silvernana on May 20, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Obama is like a suicide bomber in a shopping center; His destructive personality is his weapon.

Cybergeezer on May 20, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Casa de La Raza; Casa del Ayers; Casa del Marx; Casa del Cinqo Mayo; Casa de Benedicto Arnold; Casa del Chamberlain; Casa del Buraq Obama.

How dare the President of Mexico castigate the laws of Arizona which are 1000 times better than the immigration and naturalization and penal laws of his own Country. How dare he state that anywhere that Mexicans are is MEXICO! What would he say if George W. Bush had said, that anywhere that Americans are is the USA. He would have a kniption with good reason. Same rule applies. Next, Calderon just stated for the record that these mexicans in the US are not undocumented workers or undocumented aliens, THEY ARE MEXICANS. Thus they ARE NOT ENTITLED to be here unless they have US DOCUMENTATION and if not, they should be imprisoned and/or removed/deported from the USA.

eaglewingz08 on May 20, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Obambi has been waving the white flag even before any battle has begun; And even before he was elected!
Can’t you see that?

Cybergeezer on May 20, 2010 at 6:37 PM

South Carolina is about ready to follow Arizona’s lead. South Carolina already has tough illegal worker laws…

Legislators are considering how to crack down harder on illegal workers, just two years after passing what many called one of the country’s toughest anti-illegal immigration laws.

The bill discussed by a Senate subcommittee would put South Carolina in line with Arizona’s controversial new law, by directing South Carolina law enforcement to try to check the legal status of people they suspect are in the country illegally. It specifies that suspicion can’t be based on race, color or national origin.

“My job is to protect the citizens of this state … not to provide economic liberties for people in other countries,” Grooms, R-Bonneau, shouted back. He argued that people who employ illegal immigrants cheaply are cheating the system and putting citizens out of work.

The debate got more heated after Roan Garcia-Quintana, a Cuban American who advocates anti-illegal immigration bills, said the women should go back where they came from if they don’t like it here.

SouthernGent on May 20, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Why didn’t Joe Wilson yell, “You lie!” to Calderón when he said the AZ law uses “racial profiling as the basis for law enforcement”??

nickj116 on May 20, 2010 at 6:40 PM

So who has the balls in the GOP to do it? Forget it.
rrpjr on May 20, 2010 at 5:13 PM

You know, I happen to know a nice lady in a small town. Betcha she will.

katy the mean old lady on May 20, 2010 at 6:41 PM

When is Iran and Venezula coming to address the a join session of congress?

Oil Can on May 20, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Oil Can:When Obama offers them a loan,courtesy of the
working,tax paying Americans!

canopfor on May 20, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Didn’t Calderon come here as part of this visit with his hand out for some aid?

onlineanalyst on May 20, 2010 at 6:41 PM

It’s not so much the “meddling” here as the breathtaking shamelessness of this tool complaining about the way Arizona handles a problem that he’s bequeathed to them in front of an audience whose own wretched lack of political will on border enforcement forced Arizona to act

Exactly and perhaps Calderon should do more to get his own house in order like growing the Mexican economy and eliminating corruption before throwing stones in a glass house!

It’s inappropriate for a head of state to question our laws, especially when the state of Arizona only acted in the best interest of its citizens and with the support of seventy percent of its people,” said Hatch in a statement.

IN OTHER WORDS, MIND YOU’RE OWN F-ING BUSINESS AND STFU! Reminds me of that song with the line…”he can’t even run his own life and I’ll be damned if he’ll run mine…sunshine…”

Liberty or Death on May 20, 2010 at 6:44 PM

It would appear a large majority of posters at HuffPo are really pissed at Calderon and the antics of the Democrats in kissing this hypocrite’s ass.

alwyr on May 20, 2010 at 6:50 PM

We need to get pictures and names of all these anti-Americans.

kmarie on May 20, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Obuma knows the race card is all he has and the black vote may not be enough. The hispanics will be used like cheap tools to keep the elitest in power. Obuma’s love is himself. He is positioning amnesty and in turn the hispanic vote for his 2012 election. All the poisonous hatred he is going to incite to reach that goal is going to be sickening. It is all he has.

volsense on May 20, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Kmarie is right. We need to know every person standing during the ovation so they cannot hide behind their lies.

volsense on May 20, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Democrats should NEVER AGAIN be given power in this country. They do NOT have the interests of this country in mind. If this display of total ignorance doesn’t prove that I don’t know what will.

afotia on May 20, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Mmmm, gotta love that sweet, sweet liberal self-loathing.

That fake, bleeding-heart nonsense powers more asinine human activity than the sun powers this solar system.

somewhatconcerned on May 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Aztlan! Si! We mus’ push oud the “pink rats.”

“As Chicanas and Chicanos of Aztlán, we are a nationalist movement of Indigenous Gente that lay claim to the land that is ours by birthright. As a nationalist movement we seek to free our people from the exploitation of an oppressive society that occupies our land. Thus, the principle of nationalism serves to preserve the cultural traditions of La Familia de La Raza and promotes our identity as a Chicana/Chicano Gente.”

http://www.nationalmecha.org/philosophy.html#national%20pride

Stand up and applaud, Democrats!

Django on May 20, 2010 at 6:00 PM

This whole nonsense appears to be the creation of chaos by design.

Mecha’s rallying cry is one of creating a national unity. Yet we in the US have weak-willed, pandering politicians and policy-makers who do not respect or secure our own national unity or security. The dereliction in enforcing our laws and in insisting that guests to our country do so also is all part of the phony equivalencies of the ObaMao administration and the leftists in our government.

The Dems rely on balkanizing assorted voting blocs and grievance-mongers to achieve their ends of securing votes and of crafting foolish legislation. The Dems thrive on creating victim groups to pit against others. They have disdain for their constituents who pay the freight.

George Soros has big money behind open border efforts. He also promotes legalizing drugs. (The point made earlier about the drug cartels/mobs being behind the weak federal enforcement of alien migration laws has merit.)

We haven’t heard ObaMao lecturing Calderon that we are a nation of laws, not of men, do we? ObaMao does not respect either our federal laws or the recently passed AZ law, and he is unable to voice his objections with his “fine Constitutional scholar” mind…because he hasn’t a leg to stand on.

We do not have leaders in our halls of power.

onlineanalyst on May 20, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Casa Locos

onlineanalyst on May 20, 2010 at 7:18 PM

OK, let me revise my earlier question: When is the last time a head of a foreign country was invited to address a joint session of congress and chastised his/her host country* while a guest in that nation?

*Takin a poop on the greatroom carpet.

Chewy the Lab on May 20, 2010 at 7:20 PM

If Steele is intent on expanding the GOP tent to include those not formerly part of it, his message should be that Republicans welcome members who respect our immigration laws. Naturalized citizens have worked hard to be part of our nation of opportunity.

onlineanalyst on May 20, 2010 at 7:22 PM

God, please tell me what country I am living in? How did this happen!?

trader67 on May 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Traitors to the Red, White and Blue

txmomof6 on May 20, 2010 at 7:24 PM

Why didn’t Joe Wilson yell, “You lie!” to Calderón when he said the AZ law uses “racial profiling as the basis for law enforcement”??

nickj116 on May 20, 2010 at 6:40 PM

And why hasn’t anyone in this administration–ObaMao, Incompetano, or Holder–refuted that mischaracterization? Oh, because they believe it also, even if the law strictly prohibits such profiling.

onlineanalyst on May 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM

It would appear a large majority of posters at HuffPo are really pissed at Calderon and the antics of the Democrats in kissing this hypocrite’s ass.

alwyr on May 20, 2010 at 6:50 PM

What about the DUmmies and Kos Kidz?

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2010 at 7:28 PM

God, please tell me what country I am living in? How did this happen!?

trader67 on May 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Yes indeed…I keep asking myself the same thing..God in Heaven, please awaken us from this nightmare!

lukespapa on May 20, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Republicans, consider this yet another video to use for ads come the Fall elections.

Disgraceful doesn’t even come close to describing this one.

pilamaye on May 20, 2010 at 7:35 PM

God, please tell me what country I am living in? How did this happen!?

trader67 on May 20, 2010 at 7:23 PM

1. The Democrat mainstream media failed to do their job. They went in the tank for the Democrat candidate, ignoring his past, while at the same time dumping on the past of his opponent.

2. A much larger than normal number of high school dropouts voted in 2008. 70% of them for O’bama. That’s a new national record, eclipsing the 61% that Algore got in 2000.

3. 33% of people eligible to vote in the US in November 2008 did not vote at all. Many of them were Republicans who stayed home “to teach the Republican Party a lesson”. If only 7 or 8% of that 33% had turned out and voted for McCain, he would have won.

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Democrats are desperate for the MexiVote, and will play bottom until their arses bleed.

leftnomore on May 20, 2010 at 7:38 PM

The disgrace here is that those GOP Congressmen sat there and took it — in their own house — and they didn’t say a word, didn’t walk out, didn’t hold a press conference on the Capitol steps and say Calderone could go straight to hell with his racist demagoguery. Nearly the entire nation has got their backs on this issue, and they’re still just a bunch of scared little boys, so afraid some useful idiot in the Obama media might call them a racist. It just never occurs to them to straighten up and unload on these people, like Andrew Breitbart does. The GOP makes me wanna puke. What a bunch of disgraceful cowards. Cowardice in the face of this kind of assault on one’s nation is just unacceptable. I’ve never said it before, but I’ll say it now: We are entirely screwed.

Rational Thought on May 20, 2010 at 7:41 PM

I hope Calderon contracts a very slow, painful, incurable disease.

KSgop on May 20, 2010 at 7:43 PM

If you are a US representative and you sat through this, you should be ashamed. If you are a US representative and you stood and clapped for this, you should reconsider the deep ramifications of the violation of your oath…the circumstances by which you took it, and the consequences that you are now facing.

ted c on May 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Del responds: “It would appear a large majority of posters at HuffPo are really pissed at Calderon and the antics of the Democrats in kissing this hypocrite’s ass.
alwyr on May 20, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Q. What about the DUmmies and Kos Kidz?”

Del: I can only wade through a finite amount of commie crap on any given day. Forcing myself to punch in the HuffPo URL was sickening enough – although I was surprised that even the HuffPo posters are enraged. However, my stomach churns at the thought of a ‘follow-up’ visit to DUmmies/Kos.

Maybe tomorrow…..if I’m feeling brave. (Stay tuned for possible updates!)

alwyr on May 20, 2010 at 8:07 PM

The disgrace here is that those GOP Congressmen sat there and took it — in their own house — and they didn’t say a word, didn’t walk out, didn’t hold a press conference on the Capitol steps and say Calderone could go straight to hell with his racist demagoguery. Nearly the entire nation has got their backs on this issue, and they’re still just a bunch of scared little boys, so afraid some useful idiot in the Obama media might call them a racist. It just never occurs to them to straighten up and unload on these people, like Andrew Breitbart does. The GOP makes me wanna puke. What a bunch of disgraceful cowards. Cowardice in the face of this kind of assault on one’s nation is just unacceptable. I’ve never said it before, but I’ll say it now: We are entirely screwed.

Rational Thought on May 20, 2010 at 7:41 PM

My thoughts exactly! What is wrong with the GOP leaders in congress? Are they all liberals-in-Republican-clothing? They only seem to care about their congress “club members” and only react when fellow incumbents are voted out by their constituents (eg. Bennett). They would be the first to look for a media outlet to pile on if it were a conservative policy or speaker under criticism. Note how none of them have come out forcefully to defend Arizona?

We seriously need to vote all of them out in this election cycle and the next via the primaries until they’ve all been replaced by people prepared to fight for America and against the liberals.

TheRightMan on May 20, 2010 at 8:24 PM

That tears it. Anyone who votes for one of these POS legislators deserves everything that happens to them. When the country is overrun with illegals and the crime wave hits their neighborhoods, I will be first in line with a megaphone yelling, “

gordo on May 20, 2010 at 8:27 PM

As if the halls of Congress were not already defiled by very presence of the Marxists in power in Washington, first Obozo uses it to dress down the Supreme Court like a thug earlier this year, causing one standing ovation by these morons, now those very same traitors give the thug from Mexico a standing ovation for castigating one of OUR very own states that is daring to defend itself. Both of those events absoultely nauseate me.

GO STRAIGHT TO HELL, EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF YOU WHO GAVE THAT STANDING OVATION TODAY. VIVA LA ARIZONA.

OneVision on May 20, 2010 at 8:34 PM

3. 33% of people eligible to vote in the US in November 2008 did not vote at all. Many of them were Republicans who stayed home “to teach the Republican Party a lesson”. If only 7 or 8% of that 33% had turned out and voted for McCain, he would have won.

Del Dolemonte on May 20, 2010 at 7:35 PM

As much as I share your concern about those who stayed home and didn’t vote, we also need to understand that the days of voting for the lesser of two evils is OVER!! The GOP held congress and the White House for some time over the last decade and what did they do? Instead of implementing conservative legislation that would have made it harder for Obama and his ilk to destroy the country, they were busy growing the government and seeking kudos from the MSM.

They are salivating now at the prospect of regaining power but we need to ask Boehner and McConnell… what do you plan to do when you are back in control? If they cannot lead a new conservative GOP, they should step aside and allow new leaders to take over. The current GOP leaders value their positions and seniority than the future of the country and THAT IS THE PROBLEM!

TheRightMan on May 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Obama is the gift that keeps giving isn’t he.

I am stunned that he does something stupid every single day.

scotash on May 20, 2010 at 9:10 PM

ENOUGH! We have gotten very careful about checking labels. If it’s made in Mexico, back on the shelf it goes. For that matter, when selecting options, we support states who support Arizona. It’s not much, but it is something. May these traitors rot in HE-double hockey sticks.

indypat on May 20, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I think there is a winning political ad for Conservatives in that video clip…

… ,but that’s just me.

Seven Percent Solution on May 20, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Hey, Caldreon: You lie!

Vashta.Nerada on May 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM

I heard nino at the end of that sentence!

Raaaacist!!1!11

soundingboard on May 20, 2010 at 10:24 PM

They’re on the other side.

PattyJ on May 20, 2010 at 10:59 PM

once again… at the risk of being banned, I’ll say the obvious.

This will only end in tears… and bullets.

Chaz706 on May 20, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Obama, Calderon, Congress, aka, nuestros cerdos

Schadenfreude on May 20, 2010 at 11:59 PM

Here’s a great response to Calderone by Rep. McClintock of CA. Yes, from CA! woohoo!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ldx8gZDwZWs

GrannySunni on May 21, 2010 at 12:38 AM

The only thing more disgusting than the President of a country, whose citizens are willing to risk their lives to escape from the hellhole that he presides over, lecturing us about “human rights” is the fact that he received a standing ovation from the Rats in the chamber. But they’ll tell you how much they love the U.S.

If Republicans don’t use clips of this in their coming campaigns then they’re no better.

Clink on May 21, 2010 at 7:01 AM

I’ll second that and ask that Ed, AP and others level consequences of blogospheric proportions against those people, that stood in our house, and trampled upon the sovereignty and dignity of a state trying to protect itself while simultaneously lying through their teeth about the same law. I cannot be on HA today but really, really hope that this episode gets hung like a millstone. I am deeply, deeply offended and I do not offend easily. I believe I am just as offended as the Blumenthal incident, and I am a war veteran, so this is about as strong as I can make it. This is a big effing deal and it should be made to be so.

ted c on May 21, 2010 at 7:13 AM

Hey Calderon, it’s not our soldiers that are deserting and donating their automatic weapons to the drug cartels.

agmartin on May 20, 2010 at 6:29 PM

I might add that the reason the U.S. issue M4 carbine in 5.56mm is becoming a “prestige” weapon amongst the narcotraficantes’ gunboys is that the Mexican national police and their various local police agencies received literally thousands of them from the U.S. government under foreign aid- and most of those fully-automatic weapons immediately went to the druglords’ private armies due to the inherent corruption of the kleptocracy that calls itself the Mexican “government”.

I’m sure that The One, Holder, Napolitano, and Calderon’ all know this. I am equally sure none of them will ever admit it. However, the director of BATFE was forced to admit it was true the last time he testified on the subject in front of the Senate. I expect him to be replaced soon, for the unforgivable sin of “going off message”.

As Orwell said,

The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.

clear ether

eon

eon on May 21, 2010 at 7:40 AM

ted c on May 21, 2010 at 7:13 AM

they are still obsessing about rand paul….getting very scant attention by the msm…

talk about disgraceful

cmsinaz on May 21, 2010 at 8:19 AM

The fact that non-citizens hold so much sway in this matter of illegal immigration is a testament to how out-of-hand the problem has become. Years of failing to enforce the law have resulted in contempt for reasonable laws (such as Arizona’s). This is going to be a very difficult road ahead for us as a nation as we try (hopefully) to restore some credibility to our national and state laws with regard to maintaining our sovereign integrity(ies).
That the president would accept such attempts at meddling in our own affairs as those of Sr. Calderon’s is surreal

oakland on May 21, 2010 at 8:54 AM

3. 33% of people eligible to vote in the US in November 2008 did not vote at all. Many of them were Republicans who stayed home “to teach the Republican Party a lesson”. If only 7 or 8% of that 33% had turned out and voted for McCain, he would have won

And then what, Del? Do you know what McCain wanted to do with this problem?

oakland on May 21, 2010 at 8:56 AM


Economic revenge.

lots of GM cars and Suburbans come out of messiko there are other brands to buy. Look for the union label may take on a whole new meaning.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 21, 2010 at 9:12 AM

There is no such thing as a “Democrat” anymore.

There are only Socialist who want to enable a massive invasion that will destroy our nation.

We are seeing the leftwing and POTUS enable a foreign leader to attack the citizens of the country!

UN-EFFING-BELIEVABLE!

tetriskid on May 21, 2010 at 10:16 AM

That will make great ads in the fall and in 2012, zero on a specific Dem and sound bite of Calderon and the clapping.. They are disgusting.

reshas1 on May 21, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Shame on every person who stood up to applaud this man. He came here with his hand out not to shake hands as a friend of this country, but to get it filled with out money. The demoncrats have sold their souls for a few days of power.

Kissmygrits on May 21, 2010 at 3:13 PM

F**k him and all those sh*tbag Democrats. Aren’t they glad they don’t live in Mexico. Jesus Christ!

LarryG on May 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM

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