How did Barack Obama do in his big immigration-policy speech in El Paso this week? The White House blog assures us that the President wanted to get us past the “caricatures” that have stymied real debate:

In a debate where the participants on all sides are too often portrayed as caricatures, the President sought to break through the stalemate by reminding us all that it is a debate about real people.

Yeah, we need to get past those caricatures of the opposition, don’t we? Here’s President Obama dismantling caricatures in his speech:

We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done. But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I’ve got to say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.

You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. (Laughter.) Maybe they want alligators in the moat. (Laughter.) They’ll never be satisfied.

Kind of like that campaign pledge of post-partisanship, no? Maybe someone should explain what “caricatures” means to the White House blogger.

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