After Saying, ‘Stop Punishing Innocents for the Actions of Their Parents’ In El Paso, Obama Skips Off To Austin To Schmooze With Planned Parenthood President

“That’s not right.  That’s not who we are.  We can do better than that.”  (Applause.)

Monday, in El Paso, Obama said, “we should stop punishing innocent young people for the actions of their parents”, and Bryan Preston over at PJ Media predicted that those words would “boomerang back” on “the most pro-abortion President in American history”.

Who could have predicted that the boomerang  would happen this fast:

After his speech in El Paso, Texas, President Barack Obama made his way to Austin for a campaign rally where he asked hundreds of supporters to help him with his re-election bid. In a more private affair, he curried favor with the head of Planned Parenthood.

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Although a public list of the names of the guest was not released, one prominent attendee outed herself:  Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.“Dinner with President Obama in my home town! Doesn’t get nuch [sic] better than that,” she said on Twitter Tuesday night.

Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse and blogger, noticed the Tweet and responded to the news that Richards, once again, had private time with Obama.

“An experienced lobbyist, Cecile Richards knows that’s the way to do it: As often as possible remind your political friends why you’re political friends,” she said. “In this case Cecile was displaying not just her money but also her influence in Austin, the capital of Texas, where her mother was once governor. And share not just bad times, when you’re asking (or demanding) something, but also good times.”

“We see here an example of the abortion industry’s major strong suit: political savvy,” Stanek continued, and referred to Obama’s recent pledge to veto bills de-funding Planned Parenthood and stopping taxpayer funding of abortions via the federal government. “Here’s also an example of the other side’s unfair advantage: Obama just ensured Planned Parenthood continues to get a boatload of money from his end, and Cecile was just returning the favor.”

It’s called pay to play, I think.  Everybody wins!

Well, okay – not everybody….

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Video: Rep. Joe Walsh on Obama’s Moats And Alligators

Obama’s little attempt at humor, yesterday seems to have hit a nerve – (as well it should –border security isn’t a laughing matter).

IL Congressman Joe Walsh responded with this video:

Walsh’s letter to the President is posted at his website:

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL) today announced that he has sent a letter to President Obama, expressing his concern over the President’s comments in an immigration speech made yesterday in El Paso, TX.

“For years President Obama has said he is serious about dealing with America’s immigration issues, however, yesterday he reinforced the idea that he’s not taking the issue seriously by suggesting that the only way to make Republicans happy on the subject is to build ‘a moat with alligators,’” said Congressman Walsh.

“Time and time again, President Obama has proven that he’s more concerned with photo-ops with Hollywood movie stars, than real citizens who live on the border and have to deal with America’s exploding immigration crisis.”

“Border security is national security. It’s not a joking matter. Enforcing our immigration laws and holding businesses accountable for hiring illegal immigrants is a serious issue. For that reason, I have sent the President a letter, questioning his commitment to securing our borders.”

“I look forward to the President’s response, and hope that he would work with Congress to come up with a plan that first and foremost protects our borders. If it takes moats and alligators to secure our borders to get you to be serious – I’m game.”

LINK TO LETTER.

I have to wonder what the President and/or his speechwriters are thinking. The car in the ditch/Republicans sipping slurpies “jokes” that he made all last year went over like a lead balloon on election day. It would seem that repeatedly ridiculing political opponents (ala Alinsky) isn’t a winning strategy, but he seems determined to do it anyway.

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Gov. Perry Slams Bam On Laura Ingraham Show: “Americans don’t want a stand-up comic for the President of the United States”

Governor Perry slammed the President mercilessly on the Laura Ingraham Show, this morning – hitting him hard for ridiculing the call for greater border security:

On Obama equating the desire to secure the border to wanting to build a moat with alligators on the border:
@1:34 -“This is a president who is more interested in trying out for Saturday Night Live it seems like….the guy’s a stand up comic, and that was what he was playing to. The fact of the matter is, Americans don’t want a stand-up comic for the President of the United States….Anyone who knows what’s happening on the border of Texas and Mexico, or for that matter the southern border of the United States with Mexico realizes this is not comedy, there are people’s lives in jeopardy every day.”

@4:41 – “You’re going to see United States citizens killed if this administration does not take border security seriously. They don’t. I don’t have any idea why, but the fact of the matter is they don’t take border security seriously and until we get a president who understands the real severity of what we’re looking at, American lives are going to be in jeopardy.”

On his ice-cold relationship with the White House and not meeting with Obama yesterday:

@6:42 – “I’m the Governor of the state of Texas. I don’t need to be briefed by people 1,500 miles away from Texas to tell me what’s going on, on immigration and border security. I know, I’ve got people who are putting their lives on the line to keep our citizens safe.”

@7:14- “We need this administration to be engaged, to be actively trying to find solutions, not standing up and doing Saturday Night Live comedy in El Paso, Texas and making fun of people who are putting their lives on the line. I find that to be reprehensible.”

See also:

Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin: Texas Guv Spokesperson: Border Briefing Declined Because ‘We’re Living it Every Day’

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Phantom “R” Word Appears In El Paso Speech Transcript

Conn Carrol at The Washington Examiner asks, “how does the White House determine which audience member interjections to include in the official White House transcript of an event?”:

Yesterday, in El Paso, President Obama was interrupted early on in his speech by shouts of “We love you!” from the audience. Obama then stopped his prepared remarks and responded: “Thank you. I appreciate it. Thank you.” All this is in the official transcript. As it should be.

But then much later in the speech Obama said: ” 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.” At which point the official White House transcript adds this:

AUDIENCE MEMBER: They’re racist!

Obama’s “one more time” remark comes at around  the 5:00 mark in the video…note – you won’t hear the audience interjection of, “they’re racist!”, and Obama doesn’t pause, but goes right into his next sentence.

Carrol notes:

Not only is it impossible to hear anybody shout “you’re racist” at that point in the speech, but judging by Obama’s smooth delivery, he never even heard the statement. If the statement was not part of Obama’s prepared remarks, and Obama did not acknowledge it in any way during the speech, then why call Republicans racist on the official White House website?

Because Obama’s speech transcriber is  a “racer”?

Exit question: Could Rep Andre Carson be moonlighting as a White House speech transcriber? If anyone can pick up on words no one else can hear –he’s the guy!

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Wow, Obama Approval Rating Up To 60% Post Bin Laden – What A Bounce, Huh?

Did you detect a note of sarcasm in that headline? I hope so…

Because that AP poll is completely bogus. In order to give Obama a 60% approval rating, the AP had to over-sample Democrats by 17 points. The AP poll is a joke:

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air gives it the “Billy Madison verdict” (see video at link):

  In a new definition of “outlier,” the AP reportedthat its latest poll from GfK Roper shows Barack Obama with a 60% approval rating in a survey of 1001 adults, with even his approval on the economy shooting past the 50% mark:

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit its highest point in two years — 60 percent — and more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Once we get a peek at the internals, we see:

The Dem/Rep/Ind breakdown in this poll is 46/29/4, as AP assigned most of the leaners to the parties.  That is a 17-point gap, more than twice what was seen in the 2008 actual popular vote that elected Obama.  It only gets worse when independents are assigned properly.  When taking out the leaners, the split becomes — I’m not kidding — 35/18/27.  Oh, and another 20% “don’t know.”

Jim Geraghty quips:

With a poll sample that has a 17-percentage-point margin in favor of the Democrats, is anyone surprised that these results look like a David Axelrod dream?

(Interestingly, George W. Bush is at 50 percent approval, 49 percent disapproval, even in this sample wildly weighted in favor of the Democrats.)

Imagine how Bush would do in a fairly sampled poll.

UPDATE:

Nice: Drudge has picked up this story, and it’s currently #1 on Memorandum.

More:

Hahaha…Ace:

Obama’s numbers here are huge on everything — why, people even approve of the handling of the economy!

And then, when you check the cross-tabs, you find out the people polled were the the American Bar Association, NAMBLA, and the members of the Grateful Dead. Including the dead one.

B Daniel Blatt at Gay Patriot focused on this surprising aspect of the poll: In poll skewed toward Dems, W has 50 percent approval

AP used party ID gap even higher, let me repeat, even higher than Democrats’ record advantage and still found W had 50% approval.

Linked by Michelle Malkin in Buzzworthy, thanks


Hat tip: Charles B.

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