Rubio: White House never reached out to me on illegal-immigration move

posted at 10:41 am on June 18, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama has lately admonished Republicans for refusing to put down their political swords and failing to come together with their friends across the aisle to find some compromise and see some action on the legislative agenda. Bipartisanship, cooperation, and the ability to put the next election aside are the height of political virtue, we’re to believe — which explains why the White House approached Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio to work together with him on his widely-known modified-DREAM Act endeavor, and he and President Obama presented it as a joint effort to effect real change that might have a shot at passing through our checks-and-balances system of governance.

Just kidding. That didn’t happen. Obama didn’t try to co-sponsor the idea with Rubio, but just presented his own version of Rubio’s plan as an extension of executive fiat rather than working with Congress to get things done.

After Obama’s Friday announcement that his Department of Homeland Security will “shift policy” to stop the deportations of young “non-criminal” illegal immigrants and instead grant them work permits to allow them to remain in the country legally, Sen. Rubio had cause for puzzlement.

ABC “World News” weekend anchor David Muir was with Senator Marco Rubio and his wife Jeanette at their Miami home on Friday when Rubio learned of the Obama Administration’s immigration policy change. Rubio told Muir: “The White House never called us about this no one reached out to us and told us this was on its way. And, I mean, if they were serious about a real solution to this problem and not politicizing it then why don’t you reach out to people? We’re trying to work out a real solution.”

As much as the Obama administration/campaign is insisting that Friday’s announcement was absolutely, totally, positvely not a “political move” in any way (methinks thou doth protest too much), President Obama really couldn’t afford to let it appear as if anyone in the Republican ranks (especially not the well-known tea-party rockstar of Cuban heritage) was taking initiative on the issue — they needed all that glory for themselves, hence the attempt to skirt around Congress.

Parting thought from Mitt Romney:

He also said on CBS“Face the Nation” program that Mr. Obama’s move was all about politics.

“The timing is pretty clear,” Mr. Romney said. “If he really wanted to make a solution that dealt with these children or with illegal immigration in America, then this is something he would have taken up in his first 3½ years, not in his last few months.”

Indeed, for three years Mr. Obama and Ms. Napolitano have denied they had the authority they exercised Friday. They were even asked point-blank whether they had executive authority to halt deportations for students who would have been eligible for the Dream Act, and they said no.


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Why would Premier Obama talk to a legislator?

forest on June 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

D’uh

txmomof6 on June 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Reaching out to Rubio meant sharing the ‘glory’…

No surprise here…

Khun Joe on June 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Like the idea, or not, this is 0bama in a nutshell.

From stimulus to 0bamacare to this, he wants to take credit for the work of others.

Kind of puts his books and transcripts in a new perspective.

cozmo on June 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Where do you HotAir guys get these pictures from? Rubio is such a good lookin young man and you load a pic up on which he looks like he had no chin and his left eye would explode any second.

Valkyriepundit on June 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

For Dear Liar, “outreach” means his political opponents come groveling to him to do his bidding. Fascist in Chief.

rbj on June 18, 2012 at 10:47 AM

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. …

He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. …

So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. …

He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.” ~ Valeri Jarrett

Why would he ask for Rubio’s input or opinion? That’s what ordinary presidents would do.

Fallon on June 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

That pic makes him look so weepy. Perfect, Ed.

MadisonConservative on June 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Ding ding ding khun joe

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I surely hope that there will be Romney ads juxtaposing Obama’s earlier words that he couldn’t act unilaterally as it is Congress’s job and his Friday statement. Lots of people who don’t pay attention to the real news may have missed the change, which shows how very political this action really is.

mathgal60 on June 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Remember, it’s the Republicans who are the partisan ones. They’re the ones causing the gridlock in Washington.

I hate the media.

Red Cloud on June 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Can you be a tea party darling and a 2500lb RINO on immigration?

CorporatePiggy on June 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

And last week, students without immigration papers started a campaign of sit-ins and hunger strikes at Obama campaign offices in more than a dozen cities, saying that despite his promises, the president was continuing to deport immigrants like them.

Wasn’t there another case (about 2-3 months ago) where folks started to protest outside Obama HQ and the Administration yielded ?

J_Crater on June 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Hey Rubio, go accomplish something.

Does anyone else get the feeling that Little Marco is just an identity politic Hack?

portlandon on June 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Well I guess if either Paul Ryan or Marco Rubio end up as Romney’s running mate, they can both go out there and explain to the nation how Obama pretty much ignored the GOP when it came to dealing with the deficit, entitlements, and immigration reform.

Doughboy on June 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM

It wasn’t political in the same way the leaking of classified material to burnish his street creds wasn’t political. Forward!

a capella on June 18, 2012 at 10:56 AM

ABC “World News” weekend anchor David Muir was with Senator Marco Rubio and his wife Jeanette at their Miami home on Friday when Rubio learned of the Obama Administration’s immigration policy change.

So, ABC got a heads up on this story from the WH ahead of time. No surprise there.

Dusty on June 18, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Ding ding ding khun joe

cmsinaz on June 18, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Thx!

Khun Joe on June 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

That spineless weasel Senate minority leader was interviewed on Fox this morning. The anchorette kept asking him what Congress was going to do about this presidential over-reach. He did everything to avoid a clear, concise answer in how to respond to Obama’s over reach. This tool MUST not be elected majority leader next year when the GOP takes back the Senate.

karenhasfreedom on June 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The only thing that comes to mind is: ‘Pop! Goes the weasel.’

But then that is a bit too high on the evolutionary scale for this Administration.

ajacksonian on June 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

After Obama’s Friday announcement that his Department of Homeland Security will “shift policy” to stop the deportations of young “non-criminalillegal immigrants…

Anybody else can’t get past the contradiction of terms here?

Mitoch55 on June 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Why would the White House reach out to ANY republican? They have done nothing but stonewall, block, filibuster ANYTHING that comes by their way.

Washington is Broken, and it is NOT only the Democrats fault, it is of BOTH parties doing.

damian1967 on June 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Considering that a good chuck of the republican base wants to amend the Constitution to prevent “anchor babies” (I still find that phrase to be laughably ridiculous), I doubt that any republicans besides Rubio and a few others would have even agreed to work with Obama and the democrats.

theoddmanout on June 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Only Democrats can get away with cutting the legs out from under Hispanics. It won’t be much longer before Hispanics are in the same boat as blacks with the Democrats.

bflat879 on June 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Obama reaching out to a Republican like that is the kiss of death for the Republican. Just ask the turn coat former governor of Florida as a small example. McConnell is great talker, but that is here it ends for him.

democratsarefools on June 18, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Why would HRH Obama need anyone from Congress or the Senate ?

Sandybourne on June 18, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Rubio is sure starting to look like a politician now isn’t he? We keep looking for someone with the cajones to take a stand and sooner or later they all underwhelm. So far Alan West has not shown any cracks. Will he be the next one to let us down?

LeftCoastRight on June 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

I thought Obama was proud that he was tougher on illegal immigration than Bush?

gwelf on June 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Anybody else can’t get past the contradiction of terms here?

Mitoch55 on June 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM

That happens a lot. Defining being here illegally as something against the law is just a bridge too far for some minds to absorb.

a capella on June 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

So, it would have been better if obama had called Rubio? Amnesty is just as dangerous and unpalatable whether put forward by a liberal democrat or a liberal Republican.

Pork-Chop on June 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Considering that a good chuck of the republican base wants to amend the Constitution to prevent “anchor babies” (I still find that phrase to be laughably ridiculous), I doubt that any republicans besides Rubio and a few others would have even agreed to work with Obama and the democrats.

theoddmanout on June 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Once again you throw out statements without any basis in fact. And of course you ignore the fact that reasonable people can disagree about immigration reform but that is a different issue from the way Obama went about granting de facto amnesty.

Happy Nomad on June 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Why would the White House reach out to ANY republican? They have done nothing but stonewall, block, filibuster ANYTHING that comes by their way.

Washington is Broken, and it is NOT only the Democrats fault, it is of BOTH parties doing.

damian1967 on June 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

You forgot the “sarc” tag, right?

Dems didn’t pass a 2009 budget so Bush could not have any input. First thing Oblamer says to the republicans, when they offered to work with him, was “I won, I’ll trump you on that.” Pelosi and Reid locked the Republicans out of the legislative process while writing bills the first two years of 0′s tenure. And now Reid will not allow any bills passed by the House (many of them jobs bills) come up for debate, much less a vote. And despite the House passing a budget, twice since 2010, Reid will not bring up a budget of his own. Granted, he did allow a vote on 0′s proposed budgets, which got ZERO votes, not even from the Dems.

So, you were saying?

iurockhead on June 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM

This is an excellent time for the RNC to roll out an ad featuring the Democrats giving Mexican president Calderon a standing ovation for badmouthing Arizona’s enforcement of immigration law. Outside of the passage of Obamacare, it was the most disgusting, shameful moment in the history of the US Congress.

Calderon gets Standing Ovation from Democrats for Criticizing AZ Immigration

Crusty on June 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Of course the WH didn’t reach out – Axelgrease is in Chicago.

platypus on June 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Rubio acted stupidly, it’s now being used against us.

Bmore on June 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Rubio is sure starting to look like a politician now isn’t he? We keep looking for someone with the cajones to take a stand and sooner or later they all underwhelm. So far Alan West has not shown any cracks. Will he be the next one to let us down?

LeftCoastRight on June 18, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Agreed. Alan West, I like and admire and hope, as you do, he remains sound.

Lourdes on June 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Once again you throw out statements without any basis in fact. And of course you ignore the fact that reasonable people can disagree about immigration reform but that is a different issue from the way Obama went about granting de facto amnesty.

Happy Nomad on June 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Yeah, you’re right, I’m completely making all of this stuff up, you caught me. Nevermind the fact that House republicans introduced a bill specifically aimed at getting rid of “anchor babies”, or that this very website wrote two articles about the “anchor babies” issue.

theoddmanout on June 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

So, it would have been better if obama had called Rubio? Amnesty is just as dangerous and unpalatable whether put forward by a liberal democrat or a liberal Republican.

Pork-Chop on June 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM

DITTO. Though at this point in time, the grotesque offense is the action by Obama from Friday (not to mention similar acts by him on other issues earlier/simultaneously).

Amnesty is just as dangerous and unpalatable whether put forward by a liberal democrat or a liberal Republican.

Lourdes on June 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Quit trying to burnish Rubio’s rep. He’s not eligible to be president.

Alan West is.

creeper on June 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Happy Nomad on June 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Yeah, you’re right, I’m completely making all of this stuff up, you caught me. Nevermind the fact that House republicans introduced a bill specifically aimed at getting rid of “anchor babies”, or that this very website wrote two articles about the “anchor babies” issue.

theoddmanout on June 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Fine, object to the phrase, “anchor babies” instead of the more formal, “birthright citizenship,” but the point is made more clearly to a lot of people when “anchor baby” is used: illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S. for purposes of birthing a child such that they can immediagtely then lay claim to social services (“free stuff” including a monthly income) by way of exploiting that newborn child’s birth circumstances.

In fact, there are entire cultural pathways in places such as China and Mexico whereby alleged “tourists” enter the U.S. just prior to birth and bear children in the U.S. for that very purpose: to exploit the child’s birth circumstances.

So do people from other nations using medical visas, student visas, all sorts of visas.

So the problem is “birthright citizenship” or the “anchor baby” exploit that is used to then exploit our U.S. resources by people from other nations.

Children born to at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen then being deemed also a citizen makes sense to me but when both parents are not either, or arrive here within the gestation period of a pregnancy without prior, documented, visible plans to resettle here, well, they shouldn’t be granted “birthright citizenship” to their “anchor babies” born soon after setting foot in the U.S.

If you ask around, you’ll find there’s noticable support from among U.S. citizens to pass such legislation putting the brakes on “anchor baby” citizenship.

Lourdes on June 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Further proof…third best president…of all time. “sarc”

Why bother with the hard work of legislation when an executive order will garner just as many votes and a lot quicker too?

HoosierStateofMind on June 18, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Quit trying to burnish Rubio’s rep…

creeper on June 18, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Rubio’s questionable BECAUSE he lacks adequate time and behaviors in the public eye via the political to establish just who he is.

Anyone, including Rubio, who is hoisted nationwide as fabulous and all that similar by media and/or other political actors without prior experience (or with only limited experience before the public as in Rubio’s case) SHOULD draw public scrutiny.

Like asking the man to show us more and do more before he’s expected to draw great support.

My take on Rubio is I don’t know a lot about who he is and he hasn’t shown the nation (includes me) much about who he is other than he wasn’t Crist and that he’s got Jeb Bush’s favor, among a few other players. While I also question Jeb Bush’s motives politically along the same lines as I also question Rubio’s (amnesty or not, Jeb Bush is pro-amnesty and tends to routinely criticize Americans who aren’t), there’s reason to withhold support for Rubio until he’s more tried and tested. That’s not a lot to ask of anyone who wants voter support.

Lourdes on June 18, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I thought Obama was proud that he was tougher on illegal immigration than Bush?

gwelf on June 18, 2012 at 11:15 AM

…things change!………………………daily.

KOOLAID2 on June 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Rubio told Muir: “The White House never called us about this no one reached out to us and told us this was on its way. And, I mean, if they were serious about a real solution to this problem and not politicizing it then why don’t you reach out to people? We’re trying to work out a real solution.”

Erika has this exactly right. This is most definitely NOT a “political move”. It’s a crime. The worst and most brazen ever to come out of the White House.

Rubio shows, once again, that he’s an idiot who is more concerned about helping illegals break the law and making a mockery of American sovereignty than looking to “protect and defend the Constitution”. Criminals rarely tell people that they are going to commit a crime beforehand … even idiots who who are happy with the crime.

Rubio keeps digging himself deeper in the hole. If he had a brain – which he obviously doesn’t – he would shut the hell up and go quietly think about how his concern for NON-CITIZEN, ILLEGAL lawbreakers in opposition to any concern about our Constitution, Rule of Law and the interest of the American Citizenry.

Rubio is a total piece of sh!t and an azz. He needs to go away … ofr just switch to the party that is looking to destroy America. You’re a dem through and through Marco. Go hang with your America-hating buddies. Stop pretending that you give a sh!t about America. We can see who you’re working for and it isn’t Americans and it isn’t our Constitution.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Are Republicans whining that Obama won’t share the credit for his criminal plans?

Any immigration plan that the Republicans come up with first needs to explain what it will do for preserving the demographic balance. Unless the Republicans are in as much of a hurry as Democrats to supplant the gringo majority. There is not a nation on earth that wouldn’t be singly focused on the preservation of their demographic majority if their census bureau alerted them that it would change in a few years if the current course isn’t reversed.

Buddahpundit on June 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Boohoo. What will Rubio do about it?

MeatHeadinCA on June 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Fine, object to the phrase, “anchor babies” instead of the more formal, “birthright citizenship,” but the point is made more clearly to a lot of people when “anchor baby” is used: illegal aliens who arrive in the U.S. for purposes of birthing a child such that they can immediagtely then lay claim to social services (“free stuff” including a monthly income) by way of exploiting that newborn child’s birth circumstances.

In fact, there are entire cultural pathways in places such as China and Mexico whereby alleged “tourists” enter the U.S. just prior to birth and bear children in the U.S. for that very purpose: to exploit the child’s birth circumstances.

So do people from other nations using medical visas, student visas, all sorts of visas.

So the problem is “birthright citizenship” or the “anchor baby” exploit that is used to then exploit our U.S. resources by people from other nations.

Children born to at least one parent who is a U.S. citizen then being deemed also a citizen makes sense to me but when both parents are not either, or arrive here within the gestation period of a pregnancy without prior, documented, visible plans to resettle here, well, they shouldn’t be granted “birthright citizenship” to their “anchor babies” born soon after setting foot in the U.S.

If you ask around, you’ll find there’s noticable support from among U.S. citizens to pass such legislation putting the brakes on “anchor baby” citizenship.

Lourdes on June 18, 2012 at 11:43 AM

You are exactly right about this Lourdes. There is a whole business set up that facilitates the birthing of children here from women of other countries. The women get the birthright citizenship, go back Europe, South America or wherever, and then once the child is 18 they lay claim to citizenship and then send their kid to college here. The last I knew, the “birthing service” cost roughly $10,0000. The pregnant woman is put up in a hotel and provided maternity care until the baby is born. What a racket.

KickandSwimMom on June 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Rubio is not acceptable as P or VP and neither is Mittens. NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on June 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

These Obama advisors are beyond stupid.

They thought they were being clever by undercutting Rubio; but by doing so, they simply reinforce the growing image of Obama as considering only politics and pandering to whatever constituencies he can to squeak out a reelection win. This will certainly not help his overall job approval ratings and will probably produce a net negative in the next round of polling.

Now, consider the likely outcome if Obama’s people had decided several months ago to work WITH Rubio. Yes, it might have increased Rubio’s stature a bit within the Latino community; but it would also have produced a bitter fight within the Republican ranks that would have benefited Obama even more politically than this unilateral action will. They could have put Mitt Romney on the spot before the primaries were over, on a hot-button issue that divides Republicans. Working with Rubio on legislation also would have sent a big signal to independent voters that Obama is capable of working with Republicans on something he believes in. His approval rating would have increased considerably in this scenario.

Stupid.

rockmom on June 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Wasn’t there another case (about 2-3 months ago) where folks started to protest outside Obama HQ and the Administration yielded ?

J_Crater on June 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

I don’t recall that, but I linked to a story last week about O meeting with Hispanic activists and being very prickly with them, advising them his hands were tied. I’ll have to try to find it.
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I ain’t a lawyer or constitutional scholar, but not deporting the children of illegals could theoretically be deemed “using prosecutorial discretion” and viewed as a passive act on non-enforcement. However to turn around an hand out work permits is an active, not a passive decision.

Moreover, how will this work exactly? How will Homeland Security identify these people? Will states like Alabama who have enacted laws which crackdown on the children of illegals entering public schools sue the Federal Government? Or does this edict make state laws moot?

FTR, I agreed in principle with what Rubio was trying to do through Congress as our Constitution directs, but this is an abuse of power from a lawless preezy.

Buy Danish on June 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM

My question is this:

Does this also go for Chinese and Indian illegals or is it just Hispanics who get this special treatment? The reason I ask is because illegal immigration from Mexico is in decline. Illegals from China and India are increasing. But I am wondering if only Hispanics will get singled out for preferential treatment because they vote the “right” way.

crosspatch on June 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I ain’t a lawyer or constitutional scholar, but not deporting the children of illegals could theoretically be deemed “using prosecutorial discretion” and viewed as a passive act on non-enforcement.

No, it can’t. Picking individual cases of illegal children that are brought and deciding, upon having the individual case in front of them, not to pursue it can be considered “prosecutorial discretion” for each case, but to make any blanket declaration that any law will not be enforced falls far outside of the definition of “prosecutorial discretion”. Announcing that a law will no longer be enforced for some particular class of people can never be termed “prosecutorial discretion”. That is “making new law”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Rubio and whichever GOP members whispering in his ear to push a DREAM Act in an election year are a bunch of fools. If defacto amnesty which was granted in 1986 didn’t solve the problem, a DREAM Act sure as heck won’t either. Rewarding bad behavior only encourages more bad behavior.

RedRobin145 on June 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Can you be a tea party darling and a 2500lb RINO on immigration?

CorporatePiggy on June 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Obviously yes. A big rino with a big ego. But hey…everybody loves him. Sure he will replace romney in 2016. And we will vote for him as usual.

American Dream 246 on June 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

This lengthy WaPo story dated 6/10 deserves to be read in full as it provides much useful background. The point of the story was how Obama “bristles” and becomes “hectoring” when confronted, but this provides clues to much more about the impetus for this sudden reversal, with activists demanding he exercise executive power to stop many deportations while O claimed he couldn’t do that legally. There’s much that’s quotable but I’ll have to limit it to this:

The president conceded that the new Republican-led House would never pass the immigration legislation they all wanted. So the president told the lawmakers that they should all “put our thinking caps on,” according to two people familiar with the meeting. “What can we do to work together?” the president asked.

Gutierrez was hopeful. For the first time, he thought that Obama seemed open to asserting his executive powers. He and Menendez laid out a series of specific executive actions Obama could take, including one to help those eligible for the Dream Act.In a news conference the next day before he left for his Hawaiian holiday, Obama told reporters that the failure of the Dream Act was “maybe my biggest disappointment” of the session.

He and his aides signaled privately to lawmakers in the months that followed that some middle-ground resolution was in the works. Eventually, the administration would enact a policy of “prosecutorial discretion,” calling on immigration officials to focus on deporting serious criminals, repeat border-crossers and others considered security threats rather than students, veterans or seniors.

Really? Which “lawmakers” did he approach? Any Republicans on the list? Moreover, he already had exercised prosecutorial discretion, so this Homeland Security fiat is a big step beyond that. The activists claimed that entire families and not just “criminals” were being deported, hence the pumped up demand for more action. Eventually there was a protest about the “one million deportations” at the White House with Gutierezz being arrested.

Buy Danish on June 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

From stimulus to 0bamacare to this, he wants to take credit for the work of others. Kind of puts his books and transcripts in a new perspective.
cozmo on June 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

No, it actually confirms the existing, widely-held perspective of his books & transcripts.

KS Rex on June 18, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Like the idea, or not, this is 0bama in a nutshell.

From stimulus to 0bamacare to this, he wants to take credit for the work of others.

Kind of puts his books and transcripts in a new perspective.

cozmo on June 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

EXACTLY. The man is intellectually lazy. He is much happier winning elections than actually doing the work of the job he just acquired. In a serious debate on the issues, he waves things away as “above my pay-grade” because he actually does not know why he has committed to this ideology. All he knows is that that commitment has brought him where he is.

Book on June 18, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Why would Premier Obama talk to a legislator?

forest on June 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Indeed :)…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Like the idea, or not, this is 0bama in a nutshell.

From stimulus to 0bamacare to this, he wants to take credit for the work of others.

Kind of puts his books and transcripts in a new perspective.

cozmo on June 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The most perplexing part though is that he gets away with it every single time..leaves one scratching one’s head…

jimver on June 18, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Where do you HotAir guys get these pictures from? Rubio is such a good lookin young man and you load a pic up on which he looks like he had no chin and his left eye would explode any second.

Valkyriepundit on June 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

There must be an archive somewhere as we’ve seen with the Obama and Pelosi pix. At least they’ve been kind enough to have given us decent Palin pix.

kim roy on June 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Rubio and whichever GOP members whispering in his ear to push a DREAM Act in an election year are a bunch of fools. If defacto amnesty which was granted in 1986 didn’t solve the problem, a DREAM Act sure as heck won’t either. Rewarding bad behavior only encourages more bad behavior.

RedRobin145 on June 18, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Can you be a tea party darling and a 2500lb RINO on mmigration?

CorporatePiggy on June 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Obviously yes. A big rino with a big ego. But hey…everybody loves him. Sure he will replace romney in 2016. And we will vote for him as usual.

American Dream 246 on June 18, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Second look at brokered convention???

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on June 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Where do you HotAir guys get these pictures from? Rubio is such a good lookin young man and you load a pic up on which he looks like he had no chin and his left eye would explode any second.

Valkyriepundit on June 18, 2012 at 10:45 AM

There must be an archive somewhere as we’ve seen with the Obama and Pelosi pix. At least they’ve been kind enough to have given us decent Palin pix.

kim roy on June 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Just looked again at the pic (never look too closely at them as they all make the subject look bad), but it looks like someone is in the midst of telling Rubio someone ate his dog.

kim roy on June 18, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Rubio is not acceptable as P or VP and neither is Mittens. NOMITTNOBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on June 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM

That may well be so. Most of us are not that thrilled and supported other candidates.

What is your solution and who should we support?

kim roy on June 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM

The Failed President is a narcissist liar, socialist, a statist, and is destroying America. He is a very dangerous man and ignores the law in general, the will of the American people, Congress, and the Constitution. There are no longer massive adoring crowds to deceive. For the first time in Barack Obama’s life, he is accountable.

Obama has never stood for individualism, capitalism, or liberty. The White House has been marginalized and he has proven himself to be the most inept president in modern history. He is symbolic of a man who has downgraded the White House, the Constitution, human life, foreign policy, race relations, and America herself.

The majority of Americans are sick of his condescension, his policies, his racist bigotry, and his incompetence. Obama is “the most disastrous president in our history.”

This is the most corrupt, incompetent, dangerous tyrannical administration in American history. He is an arrogant, hyper-partisan, race-baiting, and a committed Black Liberation Socialist.

President Obama flaunts a sinister, in-your-face egotism; the self-gratifying arrogance of a narcissist that would issue an Executive Order sealing all of his personal records within 24 hours of taking office. His character is arrogance, conceit, egotism, vanity, hubris and, above all, rank amateurism

Brushjumper on June 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

This illegal unconstitutional move will not help Ovommit. It WILL increase unemployment, decrease wages, place more burden on the states for schools and hospitals and further harm our economy. He is trying everything because he is a TOTAL failure and history will prove him as an utter and total failure.

This administration is a disgrace to America.

Brushjumper on June 18, 2012 at 2:52 PM