Obama’s turnout pitch to Latinos: Get out there and punish your “enemies”

posted at 5:18 pm on October 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

I wonder how this rhetoric squares with his standard condescending line about Republican-leaning voters not thinking clearly because their minds are clouded by economic anxiety. Does economic anxiety also explain why Latino turnout isn’t quite where the Democrats need it to be (although, per this new Politico poll, it’s getting there)? Or is this the first, last, and only case this year of The One admitting that his own failures — specifically, the failure to pass amnesty — might be even partly responsible for the Democrats’ predicament? And what about those supposed “enemies” that Latinos should be turning out to punish? Are they actual enemies like those shadowy bastards donating to the Chamber of Commerce or, as Obama himself once famously suggested, are they merely bitterly clinging to xenophobia to soothe their own economic frustrations?

Democratic demagoguery can be so confusing.

In a radio interview that aired on Univision on Monday, Mr. Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections, despite fierce Republican opposition.

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”

Referring specifically to Republicans such as Senator John McCain, who are stressing border security and supporting strict immigration laws like Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration measure, Mr. Obama said, “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”

I’m half-disappointed that he didn’t go the whole nine yards and call Republicans “un-American” just to put a bow on the last month of campaign rhetoric, but there’s still plenty of time until the polls open next Tuesday. Meanwhile, via Jim Geraghty, in the same interview a guy who once touted his election as the moment the rising of the oceans would slow took care to warn Latinos not to expect amnesty overnight since, after all, “I am not king.” Which is true: Having 60 seats in the Senate and a huge House majority evokes the power of some lesser nobility, like a duke. To be king, he’d need at least, say, 70 Senate seats. Is that what he’s asking for now in order to pass stuff?


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Referring specifically to Republicans such as Senator John McCain, who are stressing border security and supporting strict immigration laws like Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration measure, Mr. Obama said, “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”

Wasn’t he referring to Senators who support amending the 14th amendment to exclude citizenship to the children of illegal aliens?

bayam on October 25, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Why stop at the Latino population, Obama? Why don’t you break out the war drums and headdress and tell black Democrats to do the same? I’m sure your mentor, Reverend Never-Wright, would heartily approve.

Dark-Star on October 25, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Stunning.

lorien1973 on October 25, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Democratic demagoguery can be so confusing.

Not at all. It makes perfect sense when you realize that Barack Hussein Soetoro Obama is the first clinical narcissist we’ve elected to the Oval Office. I used to think that Clinton was bad, but Clinton was a glad-hander. Clinton signed campaign finance reform (and took credit for it) because he believed he had to in order to maintain his political viability.

So in the span of three administrations, we went from rapist hick to lukewarm pseudoconservative to sociopath. Good job, America!

gryphon202 on October 25, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Extreme and polarizing.

the_nile on October 25, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Yes we need to open the borders so the “True Americans” can flood in to battle “Un-American” erm…Americans.

ronsfi on October 25, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Sounding more and more like Hitler :)

Sharke on October 25, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Hint, hint.

“Vote for me whether you’re legal or not and I WILL BE KING”!

PattyJ on October 25, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Extreme and polarizing.

the_nile on October 25, 2010 at 5:24 PM

And absolutely nothing else.

bopbottle on October 25, 2010 at 5:26 PM

That’s the President of the United States speaking. Think about that.

Mr. D on October 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Obama is a racist.

Haunches on October 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Democratic politics.

jaime on October 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

Classic union goon talk- absolutely disgraceful, and entirely in character

jjshaka on October 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM

The real Obama begins to dribble out.

Obama has enemies…lot’s of’em. Just ask him.

What are the odds he orders up a huge bombing campaign in Pakistan as a method of forcing the rest of the world to worship him?

BTW, what are the odds now of the DNC not supporting Jug Ears for re-election? Two years ago it was a pipe dream. Today, its an idea that’s got teeth.

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM

This may be the Captain Queeg moment I’ve been expecting. Did he start babbling about strawberries after that little crak?

Stay classy, Giggles.

crazy_legs on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

The guy’s a nutter.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

bastards is ok but b!tch makes your comment get filtered. Double standard?

SirGawain on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

fear and hate are the mainstays of Dim politics (well, that and payoffs, patronage, etc.)…the grannie who is eating cat food, the people who die in the streets, the union thugs who beat people up….

r keller on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Mr. Obama said, “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”

What you mean “we,” Kemosabe?

Emperor Norton on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

He is a disgusting person. The complete opposite of all the hope and change BS that got him elected. He is a hyperpartisan liar.

WisCon on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

POTUS Obama is a POS.

BuckeyeSam on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

And what about those supposed “enemies” that Latinos should be turning out to punish?

The enemies are presumably the America people that overwhelmingly appose illegal immigration.

FloatingRock on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

That’s the President of the United States speaking. Think about that.

Mr. D on October 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

This “guy” has got to go and soon! I am soooooo sick of his demoralizing we the people that I…… I don’t want to be banned so I will stop there. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr..

sicoit on October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

BTW, what are the odds now of the DNC not supporting Jug Ears for re-election? Two years ago it was a pipe dream. Today, its an idea that’s got teeth.

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Oh they will. The DNC has stealthily backed every kind of kook fringe lefty you could probably dream of. Not all of said kooks are running for higher office, but we got that horny hick Clinton for eight years, didn’t we?

gryphon202 on October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

That’s the President of the United States speaking. Think about that.

Mr. D on October 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

He’s just asking for foreign support to fight against American citizens. Nothing new in the socialist playbook.

the_nile on October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

I’m curious if this is off-prompter or on-prompter.

lorien1973 on October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

I thought that Obama was just an inexperienced a.., but now he’s scaring me.The enemy? Look in the mirror Barry. The enemy is you.

sandee on October 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Or is this the first, last, and only case this year of The One admitting that his own failures — specifically, the failure to pass amnesty — might be even partly responsible for the Democrats’ predicament?

That would be Bush’s fault. Bush’s failure to pass amnesty results in Obama calling conservatives “enemies”.

Does his calculator say “Fisher-Price” at the top?

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Obama seems to be inciting people with foreign loyalties to turn out and vote against Americas interests.

FloatingRock on October 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM

This is what the death throes of a party look like. Out of ideas they now only have demonization and race baiting left.

cpaulus on October 25, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Did he mention that the enemies of hispanics are also fond of Slurpees?

That would really get ‘em to the polls…

catmman on October 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM

So Obama resorts to calling our side “enemies”.

But on our side we are fools to not consider the Messiah and his cohorts are our “enemies”.

We would rather acquiesce to the Messiah rather than to declare political war on him and his administration.

We deserve to lose if we feel this way.

technopeasant on October 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM

You can take a community-organizing thug out of Chicago but you can’t take Chicago out of the community-organizing thug. Alinsky would be proud. I, on the otherhand, want to puke.

Redneck Woman on October 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Maybe we should see humor in everything, but this does not seem like a laughing matter.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Immigration reform is a vote killer. Everybody knows it is code for amnesty. If Obama thought it would help him keep his job he would run on it. Democrats know it too and that is why no one will campaign on it and why they never tried it.

NeoKong on October 25, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Oh they will. The DNC has stealthily backed every kind of kook fringe lefty you could probably dream of. Not all of said kooks are running for higher office, but we got that horny hick Clinton for eight years, didn’t we?

gryphon202 on October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

I’d go for 4 more years of Bubba than 10 more seconds of President Obortion.

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:33 PM

This may be the Captain Queeg moment I’ve been expecting. Did he start babbling about strawberries after that little crak?

Stay classy, Giggles.

crazy_legs on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Listen for the sound of the steel balls.

I love the raspy, workin’-as-hard-as-I-ken-to-get-out-the-vote, and droppin’-ma-g’s-to-sound-like-I’ma-one-of-the-folks voice that he uses in his attack speeches.

What a phony.

BuckeyeSam on October 25, 2010 at 5:33 PM

I have never heard a POTUS speak this way. And that is not a good thing. See you at the polls, Scooter.

kingsjester on October 25, 2010 at 5:33 PM

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies…”, says our post-racial, community organizing, hope n change President.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 25, 2010 at 5:34 PM

So. Obama and other Dems like Clinton, Pelosi, et al are telling people to get out and vote so the Dems will continue to have the majority in congress to still not pass stuff they haven’t been able to pass with the current majority they want to keep?

catmman on October 25, 2010 at 5:34 PM

This should really be a front page story in every major newspaper, that the POTUS is inciting foreign interests against America. This is monumentally historic!

FloatingRock on October 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I’m curious if this is off-prompter or on-prompter.

lorien1973 on October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

The giveaway is the lack of “uuuhhhhs” and “uuummmmss” and “let me be clears”.

I can’t see the video, so you’ll have to make the assessment.

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Or for people to keep the current Democrat majority to continue to not pass the stuff they promised they’d pass two years ago with the current majority who wasn’t able to pass what they promised?

catmman on October 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM

If you think this is bad, wait until after NO-vember 2nd!!

Khun Joe on October 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM

What a great uniter Dear Liar — more and more Americans hate Him as president.

rbj on October 25, 2010 at 5:35 PM

And what page of ‘Rules for Radicals’ is this on ?
Oh, yeah … EVERY PAGE.
Nevermind.

pambi on October 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Democratic demagoguery can be so confusing.

It’s times like this that we need our far left oppressive friends from national socialist democratic party to explain it to us all.

Crr6, Jimbo3, proud whino, can you help us out?

Chip on October 25, 2010 at 5:36 PM

He’s no Bill Clinton, that’s for sure.

And that sort of Clintonian triangulation is the only thing that would save him. But thankfully, he’s incapable of that.

It should be an interesting year in 2011.

Asher on October 25, 2010 at 5:38 PM

“today…we are all Obamas’ enemies”

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Obama is fringe. His views are extreme and dangerous.

Impeach. Try only after his mental health state has been determined “competent”.

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM

President OChavez!

ThePrez on October 25, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Do any history buffs know of any other time when a POTUS has incited foreign interests against America?

FloatingRock on October 25, 2010 at 5:41 PM

This Bigot-in-Chief is using hatred to incite voters to “overthrow” their enemies. Did you expect anything else? Racial hatred and class warfare is all the demonrats have ever had. The intensity will increase as the election nears. Obama will incite violence if it meets his purpose. We have never had a divider like this thug ever to sit in the Oval Office.

volsense on October 25, 2010 at 5:41 PM

OK, so dopey has gone from stealthy pitting of one group against another to open and honest telling of groups too stupid to know their own mind, who their enemies are.

Just guessing here, and I know Obama is the smartest guy in the world, but this doesn’t seem to be a winning strategy.

ORconservative on October 25, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Why does Obama hate Americans and love illegals?

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the man is decompensating. This is actually quite dangerous.

Mason on October 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:40 PM

I don’t think his mental health is anywhere near competent. How does that work for impeachment?

ORconservative on October 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

To complete the picture, Michelle needs to announce that if the Democrats lose the House, she will no longer be proud of America.

pedestrian on October 25, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Just guessing here, and I know Obama is the smartest guy in the world, but this doesn’t seem to be a winning strategy.

ORconservative on October 25, 2010 at 5:41 PM

It is the strategy of a sociopathic narcissist.

gryphon202 on October 25, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Then there is this…

Mr. Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections. Snip “if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder”

Obama: If you dont get out here and vote for Dems we are not going to give you amnesty. Quid pro quo, a promise and a threat.

canditaylor68 on October 25, 2010 at 5:43 PM

But….he’s going to unite us. All of us…I unclenched my fist

*sigh*

milwife88 on October 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I’m curious if this is off-prompter or on-prompter.

lorien1973 on October 25, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Off teleprompter. You can listen to the interview here.

aquaviva on October 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM

If I recall, about 15 Democrat Senators and at least 40 or 50 Dems in the house voted against amnesty last time. Someone should ask Obamam if they too are “enemies” of Hispanics.

BuzzCrutcher on October 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Jeez, I can take the occasional donning of my tinfoil hat, but what really freaks me out is this feeling that something really, really big is going to come down to keep enthusiastic right leaning voters at home. I can’t imagine what it would be, but, they won’t take this trouncing laying down.
Voter fraud can only getcha so far ya’ know! (I’m talking about their side, btw).

Chewy the Lab on October 25, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Worst POTUS ever…this guy is dangerous to the America.

d1carter on October 25, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Oh Darn, did I apply the Punish your Enemies rule, when I just voted, let me see….. Check. I guess it really doesn’t matter if you vote early /snark.

Been There, Done That, Got The Sticker ;)

Dr Evil on October 25, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Post racial, post partisan…… And a world class temperament.

ThePrez on October 25, 2010 at 5:46 PM

What the latinos do not seem to understand is if the borders are left open, the millions of additional immigrants will come to take their jobs and the poverty they escaped from will be caused again so that a small group of elitest incompetents can use them like tools to seize power.

volsense on October 25, 2010 at 5:47 PM

Maybe Intrade should start putting up odds on date of complete meltdown.

Done That on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

bastards is ok but b!tch makes your comment get filtered. Double standard?

SirGawain on October 25, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I used that on another thread and it didn’t get filtered. At least it was OK the last time I looked.

silvernana on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”

Did Obama just designate American Citizens as Enemies of the People? Uh careful with rhetoric there Champ, your “pink” slip is showing LOL!

Dr Evil on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I don’t think his mental health is anywhere near competent. How does that work for impeachment?

ORconservative on October 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I think in that case he’ll just be assigned room in the mental health ward at Walter Reed.

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Why does Obama hate Americans and love illegals?

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Birds of a feather?

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

To Leftist Elites like O’bama and his mice following behind his flute, words like “enemies” never apply to the bad people who want to hurt America. The “enemy” applies solely to describe their own political opponents.

Likewise, they only use other words like “attack” and “assault” not to describe how to wage war against our real enemies, but instead to describe abstract things. Hence, they write flowery words to describe the hiking trails here in northern New England, and use such inane phrases like “the trail attacks the steepest part of the ridge”, or “the trail avoids a direct assault on the main mass of the mountainside”.

Del Dolemonte on October 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Extreme and polarizing.

the_nile on October 25, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Obviously, you are referring to the obstructionist Republicans who oppose everything he does just to score political points…

Is using “wanker” against the TOS here? If so, I would like it taken out of my post!

Bizarro No. 1 on October 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Hate Speech…

Wade on October 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM

What the latinos do not seem to understand is if the borders are left open, the millions of additional immigrants will come to take their jobs and the poverty they escaped from will be caused again so that a small group of elitest incompetents can use them like tools to seize power.

volsense on October 25, 2010 at 5:47 PM

They understand that, at least most do … especially the ones who immigrated legally. Obama’s hoping for a miracle. I think his line to God was disconnected a long time ago.

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Democratic politics.

jaime on October 25, 2010 at 5:27 PM

When compared to this man the Democrats are heavenly angels.

This man must be impeached before something awful happens.

turfmann on October 25, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Obviously, you are referring to the obstructionist Republicans who oppose everything he does just to score political points…

And you think he is just fine, I suppose. Less he accomplishes the better off the country. What color is the sky in your world?

Wade on October 25, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I have no problem with Nobama referring to me or any of us as ‘enemies’, since I and the people he’s referring to considered him an enemy since Day 1. Glad he’s finally admitting how he feels. Transparency is a wonderful thing.

joejm65 on October 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM

I would submit that Mr. Obama is using a referred subject to hint at the punishments the Democrats will visit upon Latino hot-button issues should the Latinos “sit this one out”.

In other words, you’ve got to go along to get along.

unclesmrgol on October 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Obviously, you are referring to the obstructionist Republicans who oppose everything he does just to score political points…

Bizarro No. 1 on October 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Everything he does? Might I remind you the democrats control Congress and the White House.

Secondly, they passed Porkulus, took over GM, passed ObamaCare, took over student loans, and passed financial “reform”.

They don’t need Republican support. Remember?

Why are you an idiot?

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Way to be the post-racial, post-partisan uniter you campaigned as, you fraudulent, un-American, POS.

Mr. Obama sought to assure Hispanics that he would push an immigration overhaul after the midterm elections

Is he going to push it up his backside, because we all know he won’t be pushing anything in the Congress that’s as unpopular with the majority of Americans as amnesty is.

Sleazy liar.

AZCoyote on October 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM

They understand that, at least most do … especially the ones who immigrated legally. Obama’s hoping for a miracle. I think his line to God was disconnected a long time ago.

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM

One could argue he dialed the wrong number.

Just asking: Gods provider = Verizon or AT&T?

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Now there’s a picture!!

ORconservative on October 25, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Birds of a feather?

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Could the answer be on birth certificate?

Wade on October 25, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Birds of a feather?

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

lol

darwin on October 25, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Obama himself once famously suggested, are they merely bitterly clinging to xenophobia to soothe their own economic frustrations?


Too Late Champ, I went Tribal – It was the David Zucker video – Chief Red Cloud, the lure of going native, taking political scalps, and fisking Barbara Boxer was overpowering. Demand “Zucker Vision” there is no substitute.

Dr Evil on October 25, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Is using “wanker” against the TOS here? If so, I would like it taken out of my post!

Bizarro No. 1 on October 25, 2010 at 5:49 PM

No it’s not. “Wanker” and “Douchebag” are perfectly acceptable.

Tell me again why we’d take advice on Christine O’Donnell’s fitness for office from a wanking douchebag who thinks Republican obstructionism is a bad thing?

gryphon202 on October 25, 2010 at 5:54 PM

He’s come unhinged.

This is getting dangerous.

John the Libertarian on October 25, 2010 at 5:55 PM

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”

I don’t think I can recall, EVER, an American President who called 1/2 of the American public “enemies” and asked for 1/2 of the American public to be “punished”. This is a stunning remark.

Shiny_Tiara on October 25, 2010 at 5:55 PM

So violent…

clement on October 25, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Latino Decisions polled 375 Latino registered voters in 21 states between Oct. 8 and Oct. 21. The margin of error is plus or minus 5.1 percentage points.

Are you f*cking serious? REALLY?!!! This is not a legitimate poll.

Apologetic California on October 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Birds of a feather?

BobMbx on October 25, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Yeah…vultures.

Dark-Star on October 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Obama sounds eerily like John Murray, fourth Earl of Dunmore.

Kini on October 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Having 60 seats in the Senate and a huge House majority evokes the power of some lesser nobility, like a duke. To be king, he’d need at least, say, 70 Senate seats. Is that what he’s asking for now in order to pass stuff?

Hilarious!

scalleywag on October 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Bringing people of all walks together. A uniter reaching across the isle to… uh wait.

faol on October 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM

Surround yourself with friends who can shoot on the evening of November 2nd and be aware that that day and the next week or so will be one of the most dangerous times in American history. This wackjob could start a wildfire that could get people killed. Lots of people. I’d hate to be in LA, Chicago or NYC if he decides to stop the elections before his power evaporates.

MikeA on October 25, 2010 at 5:56 PM

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