San Antonio’s Julián Castro tries out to be new Obama

posted at 10:27 pm on September 4, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Julián Castro is the first-term mayor of San Antonio, Texas. In political circles, he and his twin brother Joaquîn are bandied about as the next great Hispanic Hope (NYT‘s words, not mine!), the scions of a Texas activist family led by matriarch Rosie Castro. Julian surpassed the likes of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigoso to earn Tuesday’s keynote speaker slot at the Democratic National Convention.

Mark McKinnon said of Castro in 2010, “Julián Castro has a very good chance of becoming the first Hispanic president of the United States.”

Castro was famously ridiculed by President Obama during a jobs summit in 2009, as the New York Times recounted in the kind of glowing profile only afforded Democratic up-and-comers:

In early December, Julián Castro, the newly elected mayor of San Antonio, visited the White House to attend President Obama’s national jobs-and-economic-growth forum. Castro was one of only five mayors in attendance and, at 35, the youngest. When his turn came to speak — the subject was the creation of green jobs — the president looked at him, midway down the long conference table, and said: “I thought he was on our staff. I thought he was an intern. This guy’s a mayor?” The other participants — world-famous economists, environmentalists and politicians — burst into laughter.

Here he is in that exchange:

Making him the keynote speaker is a clear attempt to position him as the young 2004 Sen. Obama of 2012. It remains to be seen whether his speech will catapult him in the same way Obama’s did. He is fresh-faced, promising, Ivy-League educated, with a reputation for pragmatism— he’s free-trade—but he’s got something else in common with President Obama. A tendency to building his own warm, fuzzy, green reputation with someone else’s money:

A 2011 report cited $16 million in federal funds for weatherization in San Antonio:

The program was granted $12.4 million and later received $4.1 million of additional funds, due to its success. Of the $16.5 million in federal funds, which are administered by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, just $13.1 million has been spent, yet the program has surpassed its goals, the city said. City officials expect the program to have weatherized 3,400 homes by the spring of 2012.

At least he seems to use our money more efficiently than some.

He has pushed the publicly owned CPS energy company in San Antonio to abandon nuclear expansions and close coal plants in favor of solar.

A bike share program, courtesy of us:

San Antonio used about $850,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Centers for Disease Control to put in its system, which began in March, said Julia Diana, an analyst for the city’s Office of Environmental Policy. That paid for bikes, computerized kiosks and docking stations.

Our wallets are probably lucky his green dreams are held in check by the electoral sensibilities of a Texas city.

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So glad I’m not watching this crap…

OmahaConservative on September 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Our wallets are probably lucky his green dreams are held in check by the electoral sensibilities of a Texas city.

Obama will trump him…
when he is more flexible..

Electrongod on September 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

The snit he’s pushing wouldn’t fly in Lubbock.
Thank Gawd!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Mr. Castro meet Mr. Rubio.

Bishop on September 4, 2012 at 10:30 PM

In early December, Julián Castro, the newly elected mayor of San Antonio, visited the White House to attend President Obama’s national jobs-and-economic-growth forum. Castro was one of only five mayors in attendance and, at 35, the youngest. When his turn came to speak — the subject was the creation of green jobs — the president looked at him, midway down the long conference table, and said: “I thought he was on our staff. I thought he was an intern. This guy’s a mayor?” The other participants — world-famous economists, environmentalists and politicians — burst into laughter.

Teehee. Barackabama is a riot*.

*racist dog whistle typed on purpose.

SouthernGent on September 4, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I didn’t think Obama could be any more petty…alas, I was wrong. So weird that he felt the need to take the guy down a peg or two.

changer1701 on September 4, 2012 at 10:31 PM

So glad I’m not watching this crap…

OmahaConservative on September 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Glenn Beck was offering $500 a day for someone to watch it. Anyone know who he picked?

SouthernGent on September 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

That was one of the longest speeches I’ve ever sat through.

He talks about Texans lifting themselves up by their bootstraps, but then says they shouldn’t need to in the next sentence.

unclesmrgol on September 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Is he related to the Castro family of Cuban fame? I mean, outside the common ideology…

Archivarix on September 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Rubio this guy is not. If this the best the dems could do – the Repubs have nothing to fear for the deep-deep bench of pols we have.

rgrovr on September 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Pfffft. Henry Cisneros. Always The Great Brown Democrat Hope.

Meanwhile, the Republicans have Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio soon serving together in the Senate.

Marcus on September 4, 2012 at 10:34 PM

unclesmrgol on September 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

We Texans have no need and no use for a lefty tool like Julian Castro.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I watched his performance with the sound muted. It was an interesting and quite repugnant visual: Castro’s face contorted easily and quickly in a variety of ugly, near-snarling expressions and when interrupted with applause — identifiable soundless by Castro’s immediate facial switch to broad smile and quick glances around him — and the person behind the personality was revealed.

If anyone missed him, watch a rerun but mute the sound. Watch the sentiments revealed without the confusion by the undoubtedly flowery words.

Lourdes on September 4, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Here in San Antonio, he is trying to raise our taxes in order to enable the progressive indoctrination of children to begin 1 year earlier.

Ceteris Paribus on September 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

San Antonio used about $850,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Centers for Disease Control to put in its system, which began in March, said Julia Diana, an analyst for the city’s Office of Environmental Policy. That paid for bikes, computerized kiosks and docking stations.

So, in other words, we borrowed $340,000 of the $850,000 for this horsesh*t?

Are you kidding me?

BuckeyeSam on September 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

One of my friends that is a Ron Paul acolyte just posted on her Facebook page that he nailed his speech (I wouldn’t know, I just got home from work) and that 2016 is knocking at his door.

Don’t know what to make of that…

italianguy626 on September 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and stop voting for people based upon the color of their skin but the content of their character and what their plans are for the job they’re asking us to hire them for.

Lourdes on September 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I’d rather watch this…because it NEVER gets old. Ain’t nobody got time for that!!!

Nikkia2112 on September 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

i n c o m p l e t e !

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I stopped watching this neo-communist when he started criticizing Romney. Romney is a sucessful business man, family man and politician. Castro has more in common with his Cuban namesake than he does with American valuses. Money, not all the money in the world will fix our education system as it is. Dolts like Castro want to invest in a broken system. I am sure Romney did not use that business model.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on September 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Very weak video about Michelle Obama. Thought it fell flat.

bluegill on September 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

A bike share program, courtesy of us:

in and around the riverwalk and downtown SAT area, you rarely see people riding those bikes, the racks are always full. However, the riverwalk expansion project and Mission Trail are impressive projects.

ted c on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Julian Castro: A Radical Revealed

His mother, Rosie helped found a radical, anti-white, socialist Chicano party called La Raza Unida (literally “The Race United”) that sought to create a separate country—Aztlan—in the Southwest.

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

julian castro is a pos….he constantly dodges all radio tv interview requests here in S.A….the first hispanic pres will be rubio or susanna martinez

thedevilinside on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Just another commie whackjob. San Antonio WTH? Cities suck!

Bmore on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I didn’t think Obama could be any more petty…alas, I was wrong. So weird that he felt the need to take the guy down a peg or two.

changer1701 on September 4, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Felt a little threatened, didn’t he? Needed to remind everyone he was the really Big Dawg in the room.

a capella on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

One of my friends that is a Ron Paul acolyte just posted on her Facebook page that he nailed his speech (I wouldn’t know, I just got home from work) and that 2016 is knocking at his door.

Don’t know what to make of that…

italianguy626 on September 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Consider the messenger.

Lourdes on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Well, he’s no Fidel. He’s not even a Raul.

Curtiss on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Castro must be Tony Villar approved… an acceptable brown face to trot out to the podium…

That would be the Mayor of Los Angeles’ feelings, as they are certainly not mine…

Khun Joe on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Making him the keynote speaker is a clear attempt to position him as the young 2004 Sen. Obama of 2012.

Um, he should be worried, because that’s not really working out so well.

thebrokenrattle on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

***

Don’t know what to make of that…

italianguy626 on September 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

You need new friends?

BuckeyeSam on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

The future of this country is looking very sad.

Rockshine on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

the Pearl Brewery is a renovated beer brewery area. There is this kiosk where you can watch how much power is being generated by the solar panels on the roof vs the usage by the building. On any given day, the contribution of the solar panels is 1-3% of what the building needs; the other 97% is from the grid….ie coal probably.

ted c on September 4, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Julian Castro: A Radical Revealed

His mother, Rosie helped found a radical, anti-white, socialist Chicano party called La Raza Unida (literally “The Race United”) that sought to create a separate country—Aztlan—in the Southwest.

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Well, that explains all that nasty crud I saw on his face tonight.

Lourdes on September 4, 2012 at 10:39 PM

The audience speaker volume is too loud. Something is weird.

bluegill on September 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I heard part of this guys speech tonight, the part where he said with hard work, success can be attained. That sure as hell is not the Democrat Party way, their way is tax the successful and give it to those to damned lazy to work. Don’t think he’ll be a big hit with Obama.

savage24 on September 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Nikkia2112 on September 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Bronchitis!!

a capella on September 4, 2012 at 10:41 PM

I refuse to listen to any Hispanic who doesn’t agree with and doesn’t echo that one sentiment Rubion had in his speech–that Obama is implementing policies that immigrants came to America to get away from.

BuckeyeSam on September 4, 2012 at 10:41 PM

During tonight’s speech, San Antonio Mayor Castro is touting his “green energy” initiatives for the current economic boom in San Antonio. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that the current economic growth is being fueled largely by the oil and natural gas drilling activity in the nearby “Eagle Ford Shale” formation. Some indications are that this oil and gas field is even bigger than the “Bakken Shale” formation in North Dakota. One of the effects of this boom is that school districts here can’t find bus drivers as anybody with a Commercial Driver’s License can get a job in the oil patch driving trucks for 2 to 3 times the pay!

http://eaglefordshale.com/jobs-news/san-antonio-job-growth-fueled-by-the-eagle-ford-shale/

Big Oil trumps Big Green every time.

lonestarleeroy on September 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM

This Michelle O speech is terrible. Talking about how Barack supposedly came from a family that didn’t have a lot of money. That is a bunch of bull.

bluegill on September 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Forgive me, but seeing this young man presented as the future of the Democratic party, in the same company with Bill Clinton, a video tribute to Ted Kennedy, the conspicuous absence of John Edwards and Anthony Wiener and Gary Hart, I can’t help wondering what his future, or his past, holds.

thatsafactjack on September 4, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Obama went to tony private schools in HI, CA, and NY

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Julian Castro: A Radical Revealed

His mother, Rosie helped found a radical, anti-white, socialist Chicano party called La Raza Unida (literally “The Race United”) that sought to create a separate country—Aztlan—in the Southwest.

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Yep, says it all.

d1carter on September 4, 2012 at 10:46 PM

September 4, 2012, 10:09 PM

Text of Julián Castro’s Address to the Democratic Convention
**************************************************************

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/09/04/text-of-julian-castros-address-to-the-democratic-convention/?mod=WSJBlog&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM

The audience speaker volume is too loud. Something is weird.

bluegill on September 4, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Earlier, I saw BOR interviewing Brit Hume. Hume said that it’s extremely loud in there because it’s very cramped. The GOP venue in Tampa was cavernous by comparison. The closeness of the venue makes it loud in Charlotte. On top of that, they sound system is cranked way up. Hume said all the networks are complaining because they all have open booths and any time something happens on the floor, it virtually blows the sound of the networks out of the water.

BuckeyeSam on September 4, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Those brothers are the most effeminate, little douche-missiles I have ever seen. Democrats love them some pansies.

Rusty Allen on September 4, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Yay, the next Obama, and this one is so smart that he keeps failing his bar exam.
 
(He’s at attempt #5 IIRC.)

rogerb on September 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I wasn’t impressed. He read the speech like a bad soap opera actor.

dforston on September 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM

The Dem race to have firsts continues.

Ours don’t count.

Ben Hur on September 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Mark McKinnon said of Castro in 2010, “Julián Castro has a very good chance of becoming the first Hispanic president of the United States.”

He’s RINO-endorsed. Of course Mark has always been into racial politics. He wouldn’t work for McCain because he didn’t want to work against a black man. How’s your new party coming Mark? Haven’t heard anything about it since the organization meeting.

bw222 on September 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Yay, the next Obama, and this one is so smart that he keeps failing his bar exam.

(He’s at attempt #5 IIRC.)

rogerb on September 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Pfffft!! LMAO!

dforston on September 4, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Julian Castro is over before he began…

http://univisionnews.tumblr.com/post/30815792159/julian-castro-latino-obama-democratic-keynote-speech

But the biggest symbol of his status of a “new generation” of Latino leaders might be the fact he does not speak Spanish…Castro is trying to learn the Spanish now (he can understand interview questions asked in Spanish and speaks some phrases), and acknowledges it could help his political career if he knew the language better.

T.O.K.E.N.

budfox on September 4, 2012 at 10:51 PM

How does this guy go from mayor of San Antonio to President of the United States? The steps in between would usually be US senator or governor. Can he get elected to any of these in Texas?

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Allow me to quote Tuco.

“One bastard goes in, another comes out.”

tom daschle concerned on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

OMG. Michelle O just said “Welearned that the truth matters.”

REALLY???

Curmudgeon on September 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

How prefect that their heroes are a guy named Castro and Hussein.

The Notorious G.O.P on September 4, 2012 at 10:54 PM

How does this guy go from mayor of San Antonio to President of the United States? The steps in between would usually be US senator or governor. Can he get elected to any of these in Texas?

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

How does a guy go from community organizer to state senator to senator for one term and then president?

The Notorious G.O.P on September 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

He’s perfect. He jabbers meaningless phrase after meaningless phrase. And his persona is Obama-metrosexual all the way.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

He has a limited future unless he moves to a blue state. He will never be elected to a statewide office as a Democrat in very red Texas. Not Senator and not Governor. Won’t happen. This is not BHO 2.0.

karenhasfreedom on September 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Oh, and he’s tanking the city of San Antonio just as Obama is tanking the USA. He’s great!

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Everytime I have to go downtown I look out of the air conditioned cab of my truck and see those bikes stacked up with no riders, but then again who wants to pay money to ride a bike when it is 101 degrees outside. Forward.

Ellis on September 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Julian Castro: A Radical Revealed

His mother, Rosie helped found a radical, anti-white, socialist Chicano party called La Raza Unida (literally “The Race United”) that sought to create a separate country—Aztlan—in the Southwest.

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

The Black Panthers don’t scare me half as much as La Raza. I don’t know why that is but here in Arizona, La Raza is getting its tentacles into everything – kinda like Acorn. When all charges were dropped against Sheriff Joe – they marched today down to the DOJ and demanded they reopen all the cases as there MUST be SOMETHING there to charge him with. Who was at the head of the parade? Those that want to make Aztlan all the way up to the southwest Wyoming. Everything from the old Mexican-American war. Read your history. Utah, Colorado, the panhandle of Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, California, New Mexico and Arizona.

athenadelphi on September 4, 2012 at 10:58 PM

The only way he can gain a national platform is to be put in the cabinet by Barry. There are no statewide elected offices that are viable for him down here. And a statewide loss nips his upward mobility in the bud. This ain’t Illinois, and Texans will crush him before he gets very far.

Henry Cisneros was once the great Mexican Hope, and also once mayor of San Antonio.

I thought Jerry Brown would have put Tony Villar on his ticket 2 years ago, to balance Bay Area & LA, which would have given the Ds a prominent successor to the CA Gov that was Hispanic, but they didn’t go that route.

lizzie beth on September 4, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Sorry, but this POS actually got a 2nd term in 2011.

john1schn on September 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

There is NO WAY i’m attempting to ride a bike on the River Walk.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

How does this guy go from mayor of San Antonio to President of the United States? The steps in between would usually be US senator or governor. Can he get elected to any of these in Texas?

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

No

lizzie beth on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

But at least he won’t have a scandal with a woman.

john1schn on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I’ve fallen asleep four times during Michelle’s spee….zzzzzzzzzzz

Slade73 on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Ha!

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Castro stole the Republican’s line.

profitsbeard on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Why are all three networks covering this crap when it’s time for local news???

OmahaConservative on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

A nerdy version of Henry Cisneros.

Ward Cleaver on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

the president looked at him, midway down the long conference table, and said: “I thought he was on our staff. I thought he was an intern. This guy’s a mayor?”

What he meant to say was:

“This guy supposed to be carrying my bags.”

h/t Big Bubba

Resist We Much on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Michelle was saying something about all her wonderful travels across the United States (Vail, Vegas, Palm Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, etc.). But I lost the thread after that.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Ellis on September 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

But you see you simple-minded flat-earther, bike rental systems are popular in Europe.

I live in Texas and I’ve never heard of this guy until the Democrats and the media (forgive my redundancy) anointed him as the next big thing. And therefore, that’s what he’ll become, and then the media will tell you it was just his shear awesomeness that powered his rise. It worked with King Choom, don’t fix what isn’t broken.

Transpo on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Wait so he doesnt know Spanish? HAHAHA. I’ve lived in the northeast and picked up spanish in 5 years flat (helps my father is peruvian).

Reasons we wont see this guy on the national stage

1. Doesnt speak spanish but is supposedly hispanic savior
2. Texas, not for a couple decades
3. His last name is Castro (unfair but many people will link it to Cuba)
4. Rubio takes the hispanics in 2016

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Funny, she made no mention of all the foreign resorts she’s parked her plump butt at.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Why are all three networks covering this crap when it’s time for local news???

OmahaConservative on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Gotta cover Minnie the Moocher. That’s why.

minnesoter on September 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and stop voting for people based upon the color of their skin but the content of their character and what their plans are for the job they’re asking us to hire them for.

Lourdes on September 4, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I hear you. I am so tired of this hyphenated bullsh!t. The theory of a melting pot where everybody was or became Americans, worked so well for over 200 years. Now we must accomodate every culture from every third world cesspool on the face of the earth. American has become a dirty word – WTH?

Alabama Infidel on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Michelle says Barack doesn’t get distracted by the “chatter”

focused is he, like a laser says me

Slade73 on September 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Rubio should challenge him to a debate…in Spanish! Oh that’s right? He doesn’t speak Spanish!

mrscullen on September 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM

I live in Texas and I’ve never heard of this guy

Transpo on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I live in San Antonio, and wish I had never heard of him.

john1schn on September 4, 2012 at 11:11 PM

Rubio should challenge him to a debate…in Spanish! Oh that’s right? He doesn’t speak Spanish!

mrscullen on September 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM

That satisfied feeling when you hear rubio speaking spanish in NM rallies as democrats run scared in 2016. Feels good man

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Tweets from libs:

“that some Democrat from Texas[castro] will be the 46th or 47th POTUS”

“Holy crap. Michelle isn’t a “secret weapon”, she’s a 100-megaton warhead. That had my eyes watering in spite of myself. Glad no one was hear to see me!

I dare any undecided voter to watch that and walk off unscathed.

And the benedictions… what a contrast. I’m not religious, but so much easier to listen to this humble, bipartisan appeal to an Almighty than the nasty, finger-pointing, “God, smite the liberals please” terror talk the GOP guy offered a few days ago. Yikes. ”

They may win the white house again this year but the delusion still runs high that they think this is going to give a big bounce

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:17 PM

One of my friends that is a Ron Paul acolyte just posted on her Facebook page that he nailed his speech (I wouldn’t know, I just got home from work) and that 2016 is knocking at his door.

Don’t know what to make of that…

italianguy626 on September 4, 2012 at 10:35 PM

That many of the followers of the good Herr Doktor are nothing more than the leftist trash we always knew them to be.

catmman on September 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

What do they spend “weatherization” money on in Texas ?? It only gets below freezing once in a blue moon — a good comforter will take care of that. So does weatherization consist of painting the roof white to reflect the sun? Or are they installing furnaces for the few days a year the high temp falls below 60. Texas weather has been hot and muggy since time immemorial, they ought to be used to it by now.

KenInIL on September 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

How does this guy go from mayor of San Antonio to President of the United States? The steps in between would usually be US senator or governor. Can he get elected to any of these in Texas?

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Maybe they’ll try to funnel him through Chicago and Illinois … fool me once … then again the Dooms party might not last long enough.

stukinIL4now on September 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

That satisfied feeling when you hear rubio speaking spanish in NM rallies as democrats run scared in 2016. Feels good man

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:14 PM

I wish we wouldn’t encourage this kind of stuff, no matter how “cute” it may seem. It’s not. There are over 100 different languages spoken in this country. Should we find someone to give speeches in all of them?

Alabama Infidel on September 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

in and around the riverwalk and downtown SAT area, you rarely see people riding those bikes, the racks are always full.

ted c on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

That’s because if you try to ride a bike anywhere along the actual Riverwalk, you’ll end up in the river.

catmman on September 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Csstro isn’t a complete disaster for San Antonio, fortunately. The mayor position is designed to be weak, with the City Manager holding the real power in the City. We would be better off if he hadn’t pushed solar so hard. It’s not where it needs to be for a city the size of San Antonio. Not yet. In the meantime, we still need coal, nuclear and natural gas. Castro’s dream is just more unicorn farts.

john1schn on September 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Should we find someone to give speeches in all of them?

Alabama Infidel on September 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

We shouldnt but we have too. Politics is all about feeling and stupid stuff like that for a lot of voters who dont read on the issues. that’s why obama still is favorited over romney on forecasts. I think only spanish will do fine since this country is basically just the two.

Flapjackmaka on September 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

What do they spend “weatherization” money on in Texas ?? It only gets below freezing once in a blue moon — a good comforter will take care of that. So does weatherization consist of painting the roof white to reflect the sun? Or are they installing furnaces for the few days a year the high temp falls below 60. Texas weather has been hot and muggy since time immemorial, they ought to be used to it by now.

KenInIL on September 4, 2012 at 11:24 PM

while I don’t agree with Castro on nearly anything, no we don’t need furnaces, but we do like to keep cool in the summer (and even winter). Using our AC’s is not enough, we want to keep the cool INSIDE the house.

Using your premise, the people of Minnesota ought to be used to the cold by now, since the weather there has been cold and snowy since time immemorial.

john1schn on September 4, 2012 at 11:33 PM

San Antonio is one of my favorite cities in the great state of Texas. There are lots of wonderful Mexican Americans there. Unfortunately what Castro represents is a way for Oblamea to try to stick it to the reddest state of the 50. Its also a cynical way to try and court the Hispanic vote. When you get a chance to go to San Antonio I would recommend eating at Tink-A-Tako for some of the best Mexican food in the city. As with Austin the food is fantastic but the politics zuck. As we say here in North Texaz Castro who is he?

neyney on September 4, 2012 at 11:43 PM

What do they spend “weatherization” money on in Texas ?? It only gets below freezing once in a blue moon — a good comforter will take care of that. So does weatherization consist of painting the roof white to reflect the sun? Or are they installing furnaces for the few days a year the high temp falls below 60. Texas weather has been hot and muggy since time immemorial, they ought to be used to it by now.

FACE PALM.

ModerateMan on September 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

neyney on September 4, 2012 at 11:43 PM

The wonderful ones don’t hyphenate themselves

john1schn on September 4, 2012 at 11:45 PM

For the best Tex-Mex in San Antonio, you have to go to Jacala. Stay away from the tourist traps.

john1schn on September 4, 2012 at 11:49 PM

just $13.1 million has been spent, yet the program has surpassed its goals, the city said.

IOW Obama is delivering taxpayer money to him so he can go out and buy votes in November and start his own Solyndras to change Texas to a blue state.

It’s a giant slush fund, nothing more.

PattyJ on September 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Just what we need. Another Obama. And why do we have to have an hispanic president? Wasn’t the black one bad enough?

theaddora on September 4, 2012 at 11:59 PM

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