Josh Earnest has no idea why Obama didn’t pursue immigration reform in 2009

posted at 5:21 pm on August 4, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Oh, he didn’t come right out and admit that, but White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest communicated his bewilderment perfectly on Monday while on the receiving end of a grilling by Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Henry recalled that then candidate Barack Obama guaranteed in an interview with Univision host Jorge Ramos that an immigration reform proposal he would support would be among his accomplishments in the first year of his presidency.

“I cannot guarantee that it is going to be in the first 100 days,” Obama told Ramos in May, 2008. “But what I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting. And I want to move that forward as quickly as possible.”

Obama dropped that ball. Even Politifact, which cannot bring itself to label virtually any of the president’s failed promises regarding immigration reform “broken,” has singled out this one as a clear and unequivocal broken promise.

Given the size of Democratic majorities in Congress, the president could have been provided with an immigration bill designed and passed exclusively by Democrats. In the same fashion that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Affordable Care Act were purely partisan exercises, The American Dream and Apple Pie Betsy Ross Act of 2009 (How could you oppose that?) would have been the dream Democratic reform package.

The president did not act, and now his intensity surrounding the subject of immigration reform is directly proportional to the proximity of the next Election Day.

Earnest was forced to answer for this and the implication that Obama’s latest push for immigration reform is purely political. His performance was… lackluster.

Earnest attempted to brush off the criticism by noting that the president had to address a variety of crises in his first year – particularly the financial crisis. Of course! That is probably why he spent the majority of that year pushing to advance the decades-old liberal dream of reforming the nation’s health care system.

Henry chose not to make that partisan point, but to observe instead that the president’s calendar is also currently marred by a variety of domestic and international crises that also monopolize his time.

Many words were spoken by Earnest, but none of them came close to a satisfactory answer to Henry’s question. The honest answer is that immigration reform simply was not a political priority for the White House in 2009 and, to the extent that the issue can be used to bludgeon Republicans in an election year, it is now.


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Surely, you earnestly josh!

22044 on August 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Well now he is going to go it alone with some executive order that won’t be funded by the house…very smart ;)

sorrowen on August 4, 2014 at 5:25 PM

So he could make the GOP look like the boogeyman now. Or he thought the dims had a lock on everything and didn’t think the hispanic vote was necessary for his total transformation of America. Or he was too busy destroying the health care industry.

Flange on August 4, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Josh the un-earnest doesn’t care to have a clue about a single thing. Why would a parrot care about what it’s being told to repeat, other than the tangible reward after the fact?

Diluculo on August 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

As Bill Clinton would say, “What woman?”

fogw on August 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Anti-Amnesty is a winning platform to run on right now period. It’s amazing how many politicians in purplish to red states are not realizing it(or refusing to realize in most cases). Too scared they will be painted as cruel with a black heart. When you lay out the negative aspects of Amnesty on the table in a clear and concise way the middle class listens. They are the ones who will be impacted the most by it.

DontDroneMeBro on August 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

In 2009, Josh was in high school.

Tard on August 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

La Raza is not a black thing.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 4, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Very impressive display of complete B$. I am a bit taken aback that he didn’t slip in a blame Bush sound bite in that text book example of Orwell doublespeak though. They are slipping.

Johnnyreb on August 4, 2014 at 5:49 PM

What difference at this point does it make?

cat_owner on August 4, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Here is what Obama and Pelosi did in 2009-2010 to fundamentally transform America! Ha!.

Pelosi did not take stupid show votes or had pull votes from the floor at the last minute like the current joke of speaker boehner has to do so often. Remember Boehner’s debacle last Thursday? Remember Boehner’s Plan B debacle during fiscal cliff? Yes, that kind of embarrassments didn’t happen when Pelosi was speaker. When she brought a bill to the floor, she had the votes to pass it.

1. $780 billion Stimulus
2. Healthcare
3. Dodd-Frank
4. Got rid of Dont’ Ask Don’t Tell
5. Student loan reform
6. Lilly Ledbetter Fairpay Act
7. Save US Auto industry
8. Ended Iraq War
9. Passed Credit Card Reforms
10. Appointed Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to Supreme court..
11. Increased taxes on 1%ers and reduced deficit when Bush left from $1.4 trillion to current $550 billion.

etc. etc. etc.

Are you mad enough now that have reminded you everything that pisses you off?

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Obama and Dems don’t want a solution — they want a perpetual ISSUE to campaign on.

Same as Hamas, PLO, Arab states — they don’t want peace, they want an issue (at least as long as Israel exists).

Can La Raza and the other noisy lawless hispanics be that dumb that they don’t call him out on this???

Thank goodness the stupid Dems didn’t pass Cap & Trade and a myriad of other evils while they had the chance to pass ANYTHING for almost a year; instead they earned their pay the hard way — they diddled around in DC on our dime.

fred5678 on August 4, 2014 at 5:58 PM

“Josh Earnest has no idea why Obama didn’t pursue immigration reform in 2009″

I have no idea why Obama is pursuing immigration reform at all.

Guess that makes us even.

TimBuk3 on August 4, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

That list is suppose to be positive? HaHaHaHa

Barred on August 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Amnesty and ‘comprehensive immigration reform’ are the rabbit on the dog track and Democratics are at the controls. They don’t want the dogs to catch the rabbit.

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

That list is suppose to be positive? HaHaHaHa

Barred on August 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Ha Ha Ha Ha… This list is exactly why President Obama beat Mitt “Mittens” Romney like a used drum.

His actions have helped millions of people..

May be you all are mad because they are not the right kind of millions..

Stay in the bubble, chumps. In the bubble, everyone hates Obama. But in the whole wide country, he wins re-election easily.

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

It’s not complicated. He didn’t pursue amnesty because he wanted to get re-elected.

to the extent that the issue can be used to bludgeon Republicans in an election year, it is now.

By all means, bludgeon away, lol. We’ll take every additional seat we can get.

xblade on August 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Ned Pecker on August 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

That list is suppose to be positive? HaHaHaHa

Barred on August 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Republicans could use that list in a campaign ad, call it Barry’s list of disasters, and add $7 Trillion to it.

slickwillie2001 on August 4, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Ned the fluffer can see November from his house and he’s in desperation mode, lol.

Buck up,fluffer boy….you have plenty of company.

xblade on August 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Looks like Earnest didn’t go to camp, after all!

ezspirit on August 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Are you mad enough now that have reminded you everything that pisses you off?

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Passing something doesn’t mean success–for example, I pass gas which has the same smell as your list..

hillsoftx on August 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Looks like Earnest didn’t go to camp, after all!

ezspirit on August 4, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I know what you mean, Vern.

Flange on August 4, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Josh Earnest has no idea.

That’s more like it.

MT on August 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

hillsoftx on August 4, 2014 at 6:11 PM

That is a different issue.

The question was why didn’t Obama do immigration reform in 2009?

Well, he was busy doing million other things that were of higher priority to him.

You may not agree with the policies he passed but most of the country wanted them and that is why he was elected.

The economy was so bad when Bush left that everyone would have been howling like a mad dog if Obama started working on immigration..why is he doing immigration when housing market is so bad, jobs etc. etc.

So Obama focused on stimulus, auto industry, credit card reforms, Wall street reforms, and healthcare to help millions without insurance.

Kapish, chumps?

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Ned is terrified we’re going to take his bennies.

CurtZHP on August 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Obama dropped that ball.

Appears to be a RECURRING theme with King Barack the Magnificent.

Right up there with the discovery that “there’s no such thing as a shovel-ready job”.

GarandFan on August 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Fail

rodeoclownmonkey on August 4, 2014 at 6:33 PM

You may not agree with the policies he passed but most of the country wanted them and that is why he was elected.
 
Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 6:16 PM

 
Which is obviously why he’s closely adhered to established legislative procedures.

rogerb on August 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

The obvious answer is that he was focused on making insurance more ‘affordable’ for the average American.

I still haven’t decided how to spend the extra $2500 I’m going to save this year!

Er… I mean the insurance company hasn’t decide how it’s going to spend the extra $5500 in premiums they’re getting from me this year.

Thanks Mr. President, and all your fellow Democrats. I’ll remember all you have done for me this November, and I’ll be sure to spread the word far and wide.

s1im on August 4, 2014 at 6:41 PM

Which is obviously why he’s closely adhered to established legislative procedures.

rogerb on August 4, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Clearly, pollsters are only talking to those nasty, racist Republicans. Especially the ones that over-sample democrats.

CurtZHP on August 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Stay in the bubble, chumps. In the bubble, everyone hates Obama. But in the whole wide country, he wins re-election easily.

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

In the whole wide country his approval rating is around 40%…

Are you certain 40% is a majority? I mean I understand you think it’s an amazing majority that nearly everyone has, and the other 60% of the country are “in a bubble” and don’t see your 40% majority as the one true voice.

I’m just confused at your math I guess. I always thought 40 < 60.

Man this is embarrassing, not just for me but for the college that gave me a degree in Mathematics so many years ago.

gekkobear on August 4, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Ha Ha Ha Ha… This list is exactly why President Obama beat Mitt “Mittens” Romney like a used drum.

His actions have helped millions of people..

May be you all are mad because they are not the right kind of millions..

Stay in the bubble, chumps. In the bubble, everyone hates Obama. But in the whole wide country, he wins re-election easily.

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

1. $780 billion Stimulus
2. Healthcare
3. Dodd-Frank
4. Got rid of Dont’ Ask Don’t Tell
5. Student loan reform
6. Lilly Ledbetter Fairpay Act
7. Save US Auto industry
8. Ended Iraq War
9. Passed Credit Card Reforms
10. Appointed Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to Supreme court..
11. Increased taxes on 1%ers and reduced deficit when Bush left from $1.4 trillion to current $550 billion.

What millions. You mean like…

1) You mean black unemployment rate that is 4 times as high as the rest of the country?

2) You mean like I still have my doctor, my insurance plan and I’m saving $2,500?

3) You mean loans to students that come out of college with little or no job prospects

4) You mean save GM and turn it into a vehicle showroom for the government?

5) You mean an Iraq that is more dangerous and a threat to the world than it ever was before?

6) You mean added 7 trillion dollars to the debt?

That will do for a start. You’re president is a virtual Professor Marvel.

Walter L. Newton on August 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I typed that too fast again. Mistake, mistake, mistakes. But Ned won’t have any problem reading it.

Walter L. Newton on August 4, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

 
That will do for a start. You’re president is a virtual Professor Marvel.
 
Walter L. Newton on August 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

 
Don’t forget unilaterally delaying implementation of major parts of Obamacare until after the elections.
 
It’s probably just because he’s such a humble guy and he doesn’t want that much awesome happening all at once, though.

rogerb on August 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Ned Pepper on August 4, 2014 at 6:06 PM

1. $780 billion Stimulus
2. Healthcare
3. Dodd-Frank
4. Got rid of Dont’ Ask Don’t Tell
5. Student loan reform
6. Lilly Ledbetter Fairpay Act
7. Save US Auto industry
8. Ended Iraq War
9. Passed Credit Card Reforms
10. Appointed Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to Supreme court..
11. Increased taxes on 1%ers and reduced deficit when Bush left from $1.4 trillion to current $550 billion.

What millions. You mean like…

1) You mean black unemployment rate that is 4 times as high as the rest of the country?

2) You mean like I still have my doctor, my insurance plan and I’m saving $2,500?

3) You mean loans to students that come out of college with little or no job prospects

4) You mean save GM and turn it into a vehicle showroom for the government?

5) You mean an Iraq that is more dangerous and a threat to the world than it ever was before?

6) You mean added 7 trillion dollars to the debt?

That will do for a start. You’re president is a virtual Professor Marvel.

Walter L. Newton on August 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM

1. Stimulus- Shovel Ready jobs? I laugh just like President Obama did.

2. Healthcare- There will still be 30 million unemployed and the program will cost much more than promised. Also, you can keep your policy- period. Obama’s a liar.

3. Dodd Frank-FAIL

4. Don’t ask Don’t Tell- Cool one of Clinton’s.(anyone see a trend with these Democrats. Think Hobby Lobby)

5. Student Loan Reform- Just more teaching people they don’t have to be responsible. Typical liberalism. Your guys bloat the system
with overpaid professors and then bail out their salaries with this madness. Fail.

6. Lilly Bed Wetter Act- Hahahaha , how many people does that help? Say what does the average woman make compared to men in Obama’s White House? Seriously, you’re too funny.

7. Save the US Auto Industry ? At what cost? You realize that the GM deal has led us to having a company that acts like it is too big to fail. Say how was their profit last quarter? Tell me about their record number of recalls. Oh and while we are at it lets talk about Cash for Good Cars….errr I mean clunkers. It cost the American tax payer over 20000 dollars for each deal and all it did was move sales from one part of the year to another part of the year. You liberals haven’t a clue about economics.

8. Iraq? War ended? Have you been watching the news? Joe Biden has two words for you I SIS.

9. Credit card reforms? Tell me about it.

10. Sotomayer and Kagan? LOL. So he got some justices confirmed? You do realize it is rare of justices to not be confirmed right?

11. Deficits? how many years of 1 Trillion dollar deficits again under Obama? You do realize the Republicans and the sequester had a lot to do with that right?

Oh and there’s this from the Washington Post(No, not the Times);

In the immediate future, the sequester will reduce deficit more, but after the next eight or so years, the Affordable Care Act is deemed to have a greater long-term impact, according to the CBO.

Talk about a bubble.

CW on August 4, 2014 at 7:49 PM

as usual all hat, no cattle.

warmairfan on August 4, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Could it be because Mr. Obama is an unrestrained, voracious coprophagiac?

Mason on August 4, 2014 at 11:24 PM

So “Besty Ross” got past the spell checker, huh?

dissent555 on August 5, 2014 at 8:00 AM