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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Do the black Republicans have to sit in the back of the bus too?

abcurtis on October 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies’

Didn’t Obama say he was a Christian, and Christ said to “love your enemies”?

Except in the church of Jeremiah Wright and “God d@mn America”.

Any volunteers for the Barack Hussein Obama Enemies List?

Steve Z on October 26, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Do the black Republicans have to sit in the back of the bus too?

abcurtis on October 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM

lol… headline… First black president puts MLK on the back of the bus!

Murf76 on October 26, 2010 at 10:40 AM

This is probably the most outrageous and offensive thing that anyone has said about anything. Ever.

crr6 on October 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM

crr6 on October 26, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Epic fail at sarcasm, kid. Is that all you have?

kingsjester on October 26, 2010 at 10:57 AM

A President that pits one part of the nation against another.
A President that deliberately exacerbates racial divisions.
rayra on October 25, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Okay, I’ll take “Demagogues the MSM Loves” for $100, Alex.

drunyan8315 on October 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Latest popularity poll for ODumbAss puts him at 37% approval.

It’s up on Drudge.

dogsoldier on October 26, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Someone should ask in an ad of some kind if Immigrant Latinos really come here to be enemies with half of the American people. I don’t think they did. It is not Republicans asking them to be enemies with anyone. We are asking them to support policies not hate others.

I can’t imagine thinking this way. Obama has a sick brain. And his enemies list is most Americans who disagree with him.

I hope Latinos are smarter than this.

petunia on October 26, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Tin Plated Over Bearing Swaggering Dictator with Delusions of Godhood</strong>


All I can say, after Nov. 2nd, the back of the bus is going to be packed with enemies. Perhaps, then, Obama and his agenda can be placed under that bus — and then the gears shifted between both “R” and “D” to roll the bus back and forth over the entire, contemptible, tyrannical mess. Bipartisanship, my friends. Sweet bipartisanship!

Mutnodjmet on October 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Obama wants to punish as his ‘enemies’ all non-liberal Americans, while he panders and offers an “open hand” to Ahmadinajab, Chavez and other dictators.

LASue on October 26, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Once again, Rush was right about Obama purposefully dividing America by race. Using the ends justifies the means philosophy they love so much, Liberals simply don’t care that Obama is doing it either.

scotash on October 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM

The President of the United States urging Latinos to “get out there and vote against your enemies,” is just about as ugly as it gets. I can hardly even believe the hate-speech coming from this man’s mouth. Breathtaking.

mountainaires on October 26, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Oh Goody. Obama hates me. He really really hates me….

adamsmith on October 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM

Obama’s next idea for hope, change, and bipartisanship: Send La Raza gangs out to machine gun “the enemy” in white neighborhoods.

Django on October 26, 2010 at 7:50 PM

This guy is the most divisive person that I’ve ever seen in a position of power, let alone a President. This stuff needs to be saved for 2012. America needs to see our President calling us the enemy and demanding our punishment.
We need to be rid of this guy, he truly does hate America, its ideals, its customs, and mostly, its people…

M-14 2go on October 26, 2010 at 8:12 PM

“We need to be rid of this guy, he truly does hate America, its ideals, its customs, and mostly, its people…

M-14 2go on October 26, 2010 at 8:12 PM”

Particularly white people. Beck was right.

Django on October 26, 2010 at 8:19 PM

This is by far the worst thing TOTUS has ever said.

HellCat on October 26, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Does our Harvard Law School graduate understand the meaning of “accessory before the fact?”

Even one instance of Latino-on-White violence before during or after the election opens a huge door, especially if the victim is a white middle class Conservative.

coldwarrior on October 26, 2010 at 11:50 PM

I think my sign at the next Tea Party will read, “Punish our enemies, put them in the back of the bus!” /sarc
I wonder how quickly I would be arrested.

HellCat on October 26, 2010 at 11:55 PM

A little over two and a half years later, we learn that the IRS did punish Obama’s enemies and reward his friends…

Selective “incompetence” in IRS scandal
posted at 8:41 am on May 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

ITguy on May 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

nice work ITguy

DanMan on May 15, 2013 at 3:37 PM

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