September 16th, 2010
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Obama exhorts Hispanic legislators for support in November

 Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Award Gala that Republicans were to blame for the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Award Gala that Republicans were to blame for the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

Washington (CNN) - Don't forget who your friends are, President Barack Obama urged Hispanic legislators Wednesday night in a forceful speech that attacked what he called Republican obstruction in Congress.

Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Award Gala that Republicans were to blame for the failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

"I know that many of you campaigned hard for me, and, understandably, you're frustrated that we haven't been able to move this over the finish line yet. I am, too," Obama said of the most important issue to the Hispanic community.

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  1. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    He will ignore and violate the laws and constitution if only people will vote him and his corrupt, inept, incompetent band of union toadys. Great message from this slimeball crook.

    September 16, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  2. Angus McDugan

    Yea. While Obama holds the door open for their relatives on the boarder.

    September 16, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Obama told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Award Gala that Republicans were to blame..."

    Yeah, Barry, we know. It's always someone else's fault. Your dog probably got fat eating your homework when you were a kid.

    It couldn't be that the GOP, along with a big majority of Americans, aren't interested in giving amnesty to illegal aliens. That's what you mean by "comprehensive immigration reform," isn't it? That's what Harry Reid means, and I doubt he tried to hijack a defence bill to do that without your awareness and consent.

    September 16, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. U.S. Common Sense

    The Republicans are as much to blame for the recent "comprehensive" reform as the Democrats were to blame for the last one a few years back. I wish these partisan talking heads would just shut up for once.

    September 16, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  5. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    anti business obama, tax all those companies making over 250K, just like that black obama, wants nothing but a welfare country run by the govt. Get him out of office, Obama is a racists towards whites and we gave you freedom, but maybe we should have had second thoughts, you want to play the race card, we can play it too.

    September 16, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  6. Shawn-GA

    How pathetic... "um um I know we have um a super majority and the um Republicans can not stop um um anything if only um I had the blind support of every um Democrat.. um um but I don't so it is all um the Republicans um fault, um I am sure Bush um is to um blame um too"

    If these people actually believe him they are fools, I hope they can see through his snake oil salesman routine.

    September 16, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  7. Kate

    You better go after the Hispanic vote because everyone else is smarter and won't vote for you. You are the worst president in our history. What about the illegals? When are you going to send all of them packing? Oh yeah, that law the Hispanics don't like and you don't either so why should we follow it. Is that what you teach your children? When you don't like a law just ignore it?

    September 16, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  8. if you have a brain, you must be a republican or independent

    Here we go again, blaming someone else.

    I guess obama's thinking is a good leader does:
    1 blame others
    2 blame others
    3 blame others
    4 vacations
    5 goes on talk shows
    6 blame others
    7 longs to be a celebrity
    8 blame others
    9 campaigns constantly
    10 spends and spends and spends without considering the consequences of his actions (but it gets votes!)

    September 16, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. Jerry - Florida

    Since when does this lying hypocrite cares about Hispanic legislators, or, for that matter, Hispanics in general. It's obvious, hypocrisy has no bounds.

    Hispanic legislators, PLEASE don't follow the "Liar-in-Chief" over the abyss.

    September 16, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. USN

    Lets review . ob divides us by race, class , religion, gender, politics , Yeah ... he's a uniter. a prez for all people, yeah comon 2012

    September 16, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. carol

    we had rep for8 years why do you want this again you people always blame President Obama for this mess it was GEORGE W BUSH FOR 8 YEARS PLEASE PEOPLE YOU YOUR COMMON SENSE

    September 16, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is a traitor, on the issue of illegal immigration. Nothing short of a traitor.

    September 16, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    Always blaming the GOP for this, blaming the GOP for that. Why is this administration sounding like third grade homeroom? YOU Dems have the reins! Take a little responsibility, will ya?

    September 16, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Nellie Bly

    What people fail to realize is that Hispanics didn't just get here. There might be some courting of future voters from immigrants but your average Hispanic person has little direct interest in immigration. They don't have family in Mexico and their roots in the USA go back several generations. They don't care if Juan from Juarez gets amnesty. They do care if Juan comes over here to take a job at the plant illegally.

    September 16, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. gt

    obama will say anything and do nothing....for a vote...

    September 16, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  16. Dale

    Yeah and that's why he support illegals. That's why he won't secure our borders. He hates Americans and you stupid people cannot see that.

    September 16, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Enough is Enough

    Reform to Obama is amnesty he views the illegals as undocumented democrates. Illegals cost U.S. taxpayer 113 billion a year.

    We need immigration reform. Instead of spending a lot of time discussing what should be in the reform bill we should just adopt the laws of a country like Mexico where they know how to deal with illegals coming in from the south.

    1) No free education
    2) No free medical care
    3) No free social welfare programs
    4) No free school lunches
    5) Immediate deportation or jail
    6) Jail for anyone helping illegals

    September 16, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. educated american (legal)

    what a joke- the great uniter likes to group people in nice little support groups, each clammoring for a piece of the pie that has been made from borrowed flour and apples.

    where the hell is my white caucus? or an American caucus for that matter- Oh, i would be a racist if i created a racial or ethnic group...

    deport all illegals, end welfare, enforce employment laws = end of unemployment rate for Americans (notice how there is no hyphen before Americans)

    September 16, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. all of America

    Obama sounds just like a dictator,he will tell you what he wants you to hear now ,when the elections are over ,back to business as usual , get my socialistic agenda pushed through. This guy is a chronic LIAR! The biggest obstruction in congress is obama himself. He is an enemy to hispanics ,don't let him fool you,he's a con artist .

    September 16, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. t22

    The President never misses an opportunity to bash the opposition party. First time I've ever seen a President do so much politicking and campaigning as opposed to actually governing.

    September 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  21. Spence40

    Obama should listen to his own words. It wasn't Hispanics that put him in office but he is sure hoping they will keep him there!

    September 16, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  22. Dean

    Obama you are right in a way. Republicans are to blame in keeping you and the liberal dems from giving complete amnesty to illegal aliens.
    Today illegal aliens receive more consideration and services from our government than our armed forces veterans do.

    September 16, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |