Obama Engages Hecklers During Immigration Speech

The crowd applauded as Obama instructed security to allow the men to remain in the room

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President Obama was heckled by immigration reform protestors during a speech in San Francisco Monday. But it didn’t fluster him. Instead, he worked their protests into his speech, winning applause from the crowd.

“I respect the passion of these young people because they feel deeply for their concerns for their families,” he says, after allowing hecklers to stay.

The incident began when a man standing behind the president shouted, “Please, Mr. President, use your executive order to halt deportation of all 11.5 million undocumented immigrant in this country right now.” He added, “You have a power to stop deportation,” before leading a chant with others gathered nearby.

“Actually, I don’t, and that’s why we are here,” Obama replied, who nevertheless stopped security from escorting protestors out of the room while the crowd applauded.

Obama then continued with his speech, stating that they were all there for the same reason:

What you need to know is when I’m speaking as president of the United States and I come to this community is that if in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress then I would do so. But we’re also a nation of laws; that’s part of our tradition. And so the easy way out is to yell and pretend that I can do something by violating our laws and what I am proposing is the harder path which is to use our democratic process to achieve the same goal that you want to achieve.

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TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

Let's set the scene. A "heckler" confronts Obama, and he engages him in meaningful conversation..Now the truth, the "heckler" an illegal alien, was an invited guest of the White House. A total ruse in full effect..Cue the liberal apologist..

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

President Obama showed his character in that incident.  Not only did he stop the security people from escorting the hecklers off the stage but he used the incident to explain to those people what he could and could not do as President.  I applaud his handling of that incident.

There is a comprehensive Immigration Reform bill passed by a bi-partisan effort in the Senate that is now languishing in the House.  When the Senate gave the bill to the House the Republican majority there (Speaker Boehner)  indicated that instead of considering the bill as a whole they would fragment it and deal with it on an issue by issue basis. The latest from His Speakership indicated that the whole issue is going to be shelved indefinitely.  This is the modus operandi of the House with regard to Immigration, Tax Reform and the Budget. (does anyone know the status of the bi-cameral budget committee?  It's stalled!  And the clock is ticking.)

The protesters need to direct their outrage to the House and His Majesty Boehner. 

jmac
jmac

I'd like to see the press cover the first part of Obama's speech before the heckler.   He listed his accomplishments.

Then they can write a fair and balanced list of W's accomplishments.   I can think of one - he didn't pardon the guy who apparently can't be named.  

barneydidit
barneydidit

As usual, the right wingers have a simple solution to a complex problem- "stop doing whatever it is we're doing" Their solution to the federal debt- cut spending. Their solution to our country's pathetic standing in terms of health care- increase competition. Their solution to illegal immigration- round them all up and imprison them.

As long as businesses in this country are willing to use an illegal immigrant as a cost-savings method, and the federal government does nothing to stop it, they're going to come. Meanwhile we consumers are happy to go to the store and buy fruits and veggies at 100% lower price than they would be if they had been picked by Americans getting minimum wage and benefits, or go golfing rather than cutting our lawn because the landscape crew staffed with illegal immigrants can do it for less than what our time and the cost of a lawnmower is. We can't have it both ways. 

goerizal
goerizal

what happens to the 'nation of laws' when there are just too many illegals breaking it - who are potential voters of your party - of your ideologies - if you can accommodate them. why do some people suggest legalizing illegal drugs because they say it cost too much in cash and in kind to keep these from getting in?  will mexico legalize murders soon because there are just too many of them to prosecute?

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

I'm just wondering why we have prisons? I mean if you commit a crime, why should you have to go to prison? 11.5 million people broke the law when they entered our country, and continue to break our laws, and extort social services out of billions of dollars keeping them up. Now they feel entitled, really? They demand that we just roll over and give them whatever they want? How about a one way ticket back to the crap box you call Mexico, and wait your turn. We have people come from all over the planet, even terrorists come here..They fill out their paperwork, pay a huge fee, and then wait. However, the bulk of the illegals who come here are from Mexico, Central, and South America, but they are too important and special, just listen to them. Why you would think they are rocket scientists and doctors..Nope, just breeders and bean pickers..Just what we need more of in our country..Welfare and low wage workers who breed like strays. No thanks..You want to go on hunger strikes, please do, the whole lot of you..

fb0252
fb0252

future of usa according to obama.

CharlesEdwardBrown
CharlesEdwardBrown

NO AMNESTY and no pathway to US citizenship for illegal aliens we need our immigration laws enforced and all 12 million illegal aliens deported. The only immigration law we still need is to make E-Verify mandatory so that all illegal aliens can be fired from their current jobs and American citizens can be hired.

jimmyjimmyjimmy111
jimmyjimmyjimmy111

He's a class act. Bush would have smirked as they were being roughed up. Whatever you may say about this man, he has withstood the pressure of the nut wingers in the U.S. Hence peace with Iran is possible for the first time. 

tom.litton
tom.litton

@goerizal A better analogy would be not enforcing bank regulations correctly until the government is forced to bail them out, or risk damage to the entire economy.

The problem isn't bringing immigrants into the system.  The problem is the system not keeping them out of the country until it becomes necessary to bring them into the system, because it's impractical to do anything else.  A problem the law also addresses. 

aztecian
aztecian

@goerizal the states are a natural migration path...a birth right.  so you'll have to live with 12 million and more coming.  stop deportation!

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@goerizal  

Laws doesn't apply to illegals. Our government have basically stopped enforcing the laws that doesn't meet their political ideology. However, if you grow your own weed, or engage in prostitution, or smoke in your own home, you will be arrested by the same government. It's madness on an epic level.

Curious_Quiche
Curious_Quiche

@CharlesEdwardBrown Good luck trying to torpedo a solid fifth of our economy. If I were you, I'd save the vitriol and invest in Vaseline. Our immigrants are here to stay.

manlyman
manlyman

@jimmyjimmyjimmy111 I wonder how much the hecklers were paid. If you're dumb enough to think this was anything other than staged, I gotta genuine Rembrandt I'll sell you for $7.99. Obama gets applause during speech in san francisco! Now there's a scoop for ya...

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@jimmyjimmyjimmy111  

Peace with Iran???? Please let me know the name of the weed you're smoking because I want some whenever I want to step as far from reality as possible..

WienersPeener
WienersPeener

@jimmyjimmyjimmy111 Obama is a class act, but I disagree 100% with your comment about Bush. As I recall, Bush went against his own party's stance and tried to reform immigration. He also showed a certain level of self-deprecating humor when things went awry during speeches and public appearances. I disagree with many of his decisions, but I never approved of the leftist vitriol directed at him as a person.

jmac
jmac

@WienersPeener @jimmyjimmyjimmy111    Was it self-depreciating humor when he made the joke at the Correspondence Dinner about not finding WMD's?   That wasn't a human being speaking that night - that was a man truly out of the realm of comprehension.  It was unbelievable.  It certainly wasn't funny watching him look under a chair and saying, nope, no WMD's here.   Very funny.  

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@jmac @WienersPeener @jimmyjimmyjimmy111  

Just like your man..Let's see, he wasn't aware that we allowed 2,000 weapons to be shipped to the Mexican Cartels, or that the IRS was targeting Tea Party groups, and it was the video that was responsible for the murders of 3 Americans In Benghazi, and that the website wasn't working, and lastly, yes it's a historic agreement, that yes, Iran can continue to enrich Uranium for 6 months, while we work on them totally abandoning their nuclear weapons program.. Now there's a man on the back end of reality, and you're one of his biggest cheerleader!! Keep up the great work..