President Obama’s remarks on immigration reform

Text of the President’s remarks here

135 Responses to “President Obama’s remarks on immigration reform”

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    June 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

    You guys are too tooo fast.

  2. 9 Layla
    June 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I’m here too!!!

  3. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

    At least this is good, relating to the bomb threats at Princeton U:

  4. 21 desertflower
    June 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Yikes! 🙂

  5. June 11, 2013 at 11:24 am

    I screwed up AGAIN – I posted this without checking, and didn’t spot UT’s Best Buds post. 😳 UT, I am SOOOO sorry, I’m a complete eejit. What I’ve done is to make your post private for now, and will post it again later. SOOOO sorry again!

  6. 29 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Chips – Thank you so much for the quick video, since I personally had missed that heartwarming intro. Love that young woman, and all her dreams!

  7. 32 Linda
    June 11, 2013 at 11:25 am

    AprilDRyan ‏@AprilDRyan

    Someone’s phone let out the emergency signal and caused the President to say who is beeping out there?

  8. 34 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

    If someone named Marquis de sade is R/Ting your comments on Twitter, does that mean it’s going to be an interesting day, so to speak?

    Maybe I should run for me life.

  9. 37 debz
    June 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

    I am so glad PBO is speaking about immigration reform. I hope someone in the media will pick up on it. I watched on line, but read someone who said only cspan covered it. What is with these talking heads? No wonder the cable news ratings are tanking.

    • June 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

      I am too, but I want him to start stompin’ for some jobs.

    • 39 Linda
      June 11, 2013 at 11:39 am

      TeaNN cut away for Tebow’s announcement and MSNBC cut away for punditry.

      • 40 4morefor44
        June 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

        this whole tebow obsession in “the news” has been disturbing to me. here’s a guy that can’t seem to make it on an nfl team (not even as a 3rd stringer!), and yet “the news” cuts away from THE PRESIDENT talking about something that effects 10s of millions of people directly, and “the news” decides to go to a 3rd rate football player talking!?!? seriously, WTF?!?

        • 41 jackiegrumbacher
          June 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm

          It’s sick, 4more. No decent society should tolerate this twisted kind of media. It’s no wonder people turn away in droves. The media believes in trivializing everything. They collect enormous salaries for gossip mongering. Anything complex leaves them completely stymied.

  10. 42 japa21
    June 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

  11. June 11, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Bombs threats in Georgia! Bomb threats in New Jersey! If this keeps up, people will ask NSA to monitor phone calls and everything else.

  12. June 11, 2013 at 11:37 am



    “New radios at Ga. Army base jamming garage doors”


    AUGUSTA, Ga. —

    A new radio system being installed at a Georgia Army base is frustrating hundreds of homeowners in the Augusta area who have been locked out of their garages because of jammed remote-control signals.

    The confusion began last week, when Fort Gordon upgraded its land-mobile radios to a 390 megahertz bandwidth, the same frequency used in automatic garage door remotes, The Augusta Chronicle reported


    Now Obama is trying to control our access to our homes!?!?!?! 😉

    • 47 Linda
      June 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

      how funny….

      All those JimBob’s will be outraged for sure…..

    • 48 jacquelineoboomer
      June 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Yes, but I’m willing to crawl in via a window for him, if somebody will give me a boost. 🙂

    • 49 Layla
      June 11, 2013 at 11:42 am

      Ha! does that mean the brainiacs in GA will wait outside until they can open their garage doors again…

      • June 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

        Kind of like not being able to turn off the television or change the channel because you misplaced the remote.

        • 51 vcprezofan2
          June 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

          You made that up, SW! 😆 😆

          • June 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

            You’re right VC! Who would ever do a think like that? 😆

            How have you been? I notice you’ve been coming onto the TOD morning shift a little later these days. 🙂

            • 53 vcprezofan2
              June 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm

              I am actually ‘great’ SW, TY for asking! 😛 I am very often here but I find I rarely have much to say, so I read the comments and follow the links and generally go so slowly I get left behind. It seems I have had this tendency (from my younger days) to be ‘mouthy’ for a while, then quiet for a while. Must be my recharging period. 😉 Also, some mornings I force myself to read a few chapters BEFORE signing on because once I sign on, even if things here are slow, it’s harder to sign off and go do something else.

  13. 54 Layla
    June 11, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I wish LL would write a piece on the ill effects of modern journalism( for lack of a better word) on the American people’s psyche.

    • June 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

      I call it “Mind Management”. The media is just propaganda, pure and simple. It is amazing how they are willing to promote anything they’re told without the benefit of verification.

    • June 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      Journalists are no longer taken seriously because they have turned the occupation into an entertainment profession rather than a vocation where one does research and reports facts. Scandal and sensationalism are the criteria du jour. Being first to break a story rather than ascertaining the accuracy of a story are the rules of the game. Egos and self-promotion, not quality of character and high standards, are seemingly the qualifications of today’s journalists – especially political reporters.

      We talk about our dysfunctional Congress and the overall ineffectiveness of government. When you think about it, how much of this problem is the fault of the MSM? The MSM ENABLES this dysfunctional behavior. Jobs, Gun Reform, Immigration Reform, Health Care, Education, Voting Rights/Voter Suppression, Workers Rights, and more are major issues in our country. These are issues that average citizens care about. But what are we seeing in the news? Efforts to besmirch the character of our President and his administration. Attacks on the AG for doing his job. Attempts to make scandals out of non-issues.

      I keep hearing about the President promising more transparency during the 2008 campaign. What I don’t hear about is the republican leadership claiming that JOBS was there number one priority during the 2010. Where are the questions regarding the number of jobs bills that have been brought to the floor? Why aren’t “journalists” asking why there have been at least 38 votes to repeal Obamacare? Why isn’t anyone questioning Issa, McCain, Graham, et al about their indignation regarding the FOUR deaths in Benghazi, but their seeming acceptance of the THOUSANDS of deaths on 9/11/2001 or those non-existent WMD’s that was the rationale behind us going to war in Iraq?

      I agree with FayPax. The media has always prided itself on being able to influence the thinking of citizens. But this mind management has taken on a life of its own and journalistic integrity seems to have gone completely out the window.

  14. 57 japa21
    June 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

    That last tweet I posted is the result of a lot of frustration with the way the NSA program is being reported. Words matter, and a lot of words are being used indiscriminately and wrongly. Case in point is the term whistleblower. As mentioned in the tweet, if he had exposed something that was being done illegally by someone, that is whistleblowing.
    Another word is spying. Spying is an active verb, something that is taking place now and is ongoing. Collecting data and just letting it sit someplace, untouched unless a specific situation comes up where a warrant is needed to look at very specific records is not spying.
    The same goes for monitoring and surveillance.
    I also see and hear the words wiretapping and listening in a lot. Both are totally false.

    Look, I have some problems with the program because of potential abuses of the system, potential increased by allowing private firms any kind of access to the data. In theory, the way the program is set up, it is actually quite innocuous and hardly poses any threats to our privacy. Specially since no names are provided. But yes, it could be abused. But then, so could any program.

    So an honest debate is worthwhile, but the screamers from both the left and the right, by using wrong language are preventing that from happening.

    • 58 jacquelineoboomer
      June 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

      Well, yes, when you are trying to bring down the President, what you described are “just words” to the bums. Keep at it – maybe you can help edumacate some of ’em.

    • June 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

      You’re absolutely correct. They frame the narrative before the facts are presented, shaping public opinion.

    • 63 hopefruit2
      June 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Japa, as I’ve stated here before, the goal of these screamers on the left and right is not to have an honest debate about potential abuses of a system that has been in place over a decade ago. The goal is to generate anti-Obama propaganda – and once that incentive is removed, all interest (from the same parties who are now highly vocal) in this issue will evaporate as quickly as it begun.

  15. 65 Dakota
    June 11, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Nelson Mandela’s condition remains grave. Please send love and prayers out to Madiba. This is a TRUE HERO!!!

  16. 67 Linda
    June 11, 2013 at 11:50 am

    WASHINGTON — The Senate Finance Committee has approved Michael Froman, a law school classmate of President Barack Obama and a senior White House economic adviser, to be the next U.S. Trade Representative.

    The panel voted by voice to send Froman’s nomination to the full Senate, where he is expected to be confirmed without major opposition. Froman succeeds Ron Kirk, the former Dallas mayor who resigned as USTR in February.

    Froman is currently serving as deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs and has been involved in coordinating White House policy on international trade, investments and energy.

    As trade representative he will be responsible for overseeing two major trade negotiations, one encompassing countries across the Asia-Pacific region that could wrap up this year and another about to begin with the European Union.


  17. June 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

    • 69 Bill
      June 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      With his multiple appearances on teevee he is not helping his brand. He is neither likeable nor does he have an attractive manner in presenting his case.

    • 70 jacquelineoboomer
      June 11, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Guess he’s being “patriotic” from Brazil, eh?

      • 71 nathkatun7
        June 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        JOB, on LO, he was being “patriotic” from China. He turned me off so much that I didn’t wait to see the entire interview. I wanted LO to ask him, from the outset, why he was in China attacking the United States government?

    • 73 Linda
      June 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

      Salon.com is Joan Walsh……another whiner

  18. 75 hopefruit2
    June 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Racking up a bunch of unearned and undeserved accolades is one way to get people to like you….

    • 76 jacquelineoboomer
      June 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      As I recall, he got this “accolade” once before.

    • 77 misspat
      June 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      They couldn’t find anyone else to give this honor to?

      • June 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

        Very little in the article seems to highlight fatherhood. Oh well, if given the opportunity, they would probably make him “husband of the year” too.

    • 79 Layla
      June 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Malarkey as Joe would say!!!!

    • 80 Linda
      June 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      I am completely disgusted……..

      • 81 hopefruit2
        June 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

        And if you notice, he seems to be getting these “accolades” ONLY in areas where Barack Obama is the more obvious & appropriate candidate to receive them?

        “Father of the Year” when your only offspring is past 30, and when she WAS a child, you were busy cheating on her mom, helping yourself to an intern who was closer to her age than to your wife’s? Hmm..

        How come in the past yr no one has given him an “accolade” for his humanitarian work overseas?

        • 82 jackiegrumbacher
          June 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

          Exactly, HF. “Fatherhood” was far from Clinton’s when he was frolicking with Lewinsky. Meantime, PBO has been an attentive father, going to as many school events as he can, given his schedule and helping to coach his daughters teams.

          • 83 nathkatun7
            June 11, 2013 at 6:52 pm

            JackieG, besides PBO, if they wanted to honor a past President why not Jimmy Carter? Look at how Carter’s grandson turned out?

    • 84 Nena20409
      June 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Father of the Year? How exactly, by doing what exactly? Who has he been parenting 24/7 since Chelsea Moved out? What is going on with these 98% Middle aged Caucasians recently?

      This Conversion to William jefferson “Blythe” Clinton is getting a tad weird. Someone get them some help…….please.

      • 85 hopefruit2
        June 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

        This is so blatantly agenda-driven, that it leaves people with a disgusting taste. That’s why I posted on Twitter that this excessive and new-fangled Clinton love could very well backfire.

        If I were Hillary and I were seriously considering a run for President in 2016, I would be very concerned about this. But then again, I’m not Hillary – but I’ve long detected some flaws in her judgement.

    • 86 Lovepolitics2008
      June 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      What the ???

    • 87 4morefor44
      June 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

      i’ve long thought the clintons were part of the big scheme set up by the uber-rich, and they were happy to play the scary “liberal” villain role in the big story, but when push comes to shove on economic issues (which is all the koch brother types really care about…they’ll let civil liberties improvements get through), he and hillary nearly always go along with what the uber-rich want.

      the insane love fests for hillary and bill in recent years just proves the point for me. this news above is just off the charts crazy and makes no sense whatsoever.

    • 88 anniebella
      June 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Who’s giving Bill Clinton that award? His daughter.

    • June 11, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Congratulations to Bill Clinton! In other news a private first class Gomer Pyle was named the greatest marine of all time.

    • 90 nathkatun7
      June 11, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      What did he do special to earn the award?

  19. 91 desertflower
    June 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm


    As part of a widening insider trading probe that involves the U.S. Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine if an aide to Sen. Charles Grassley’s played a part in illegally divulging a key government decision to private corporations this spring, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

    Congressional aides are rarely targeted in federal probes, as the official duties of legislative-branch employees are protected under the Constitution.

    Separately, the Justice Department sent Grassley’s office a letter last month, seeking information on Rodney Whitlock, the same health care aide targeted by federal authorities, the Journal reported, citing an unnamed source with knowledge of the matter.

    The spotlight fell on Grassley’s staff after Height Securities published a research report on April 1 that led to a surge in health care stocks. The report correctly predicted that the government would retain certain medical payment rates instead of cutting them as previously announced. The report came out 18 minutes before the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, announced the changes, according to a Reuters report.

    • 92 jackiegrumbacher
      June 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Df, that’s why they want Holder gone. They could then delay interminably on a replacement and all these investigations would be tabled.

  20. June 11, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Sully, I know, but truth is truth and I’ll link to anyone who changes the foolish and dangerous narrative perpetuated by the pants on fire crowd.


  21. June 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm


    Hoping that the law of unintended consequences kicks in, and that progressive voices will be heard when scaling back the outrageous fraud and waste associated with outside military contractors who are the ones who *really* suckle at the government’s teat.

    • June 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      That’s a good thing. The military squanders billions on private contractors, over-paying for jobs the military can do itself. By the way, all this privatization started under “father of the year” Clinton.

      • 96 Layla
        June 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm

        FayPax, The MIC is extremely powerful so there may only be some changes in the process, for example, the vetting of employees having access to classified info may be directed to the State Dept instead of these private companies. Just a thought…

    • 97 jacquelineoboomer
      June 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      You nailed it. There is no pay comparability for federal workers at DOD with the salaries of their defense contractor counterparts, even when some locality pay kicks in for the costlier-to-live areas. Some up-and-coming DOD workers transfer to the private contractors for bigger salaries.

      Hire more (not less) civilian government workers! They are the best trained and they are willing to work for higher responsibility with less pay, some of them right after they get their degrees. And most are willing to stand by in the years when there are zero cost-of-living raises.

    • 98 jackiegrumbacher
      June 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Now this is excellent news, arapaho. It’s about time.

  22. 99 Linda
    June 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    REX, Ga. —

    Police are trying to figure out who knocked over a monument dedicated to an ancestor of first lady Michelle Obama.

    “When I saw it, I shed a few tears,” Vicki Smith told Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer.

    Smith helped get the monument to Rex. It’s a tribute to Melvinia Shields, the great-great-great grandmother of Obama. Shields was born into slavery in 1844 and later moved to Georgia.

    Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton said the monument company will have to lift the heavy stone to check for cracks after someone pushed it off the foundation block.

    “It was our little source of pride because here we are in little old Rex, Georgia, and we had ties to the White House, so there’s pride in us for that,” Singleton said.

    It was almost a year ago that the Clayton County community celebrated the monument’s installation.

    http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/vandals-knock-over-monument-michelle-obama-ancesto/nYG72/ ( there is video )

  23. June 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  24. 105 Bill
    June 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Rubio was giving a long winded immigration speech on the Senate floor. He said he is not interested in political calculations.

    Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) is now giving an immigration speech in beautiful Spanish. This might be a first in Senate history.

  25. 113 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    C-Span2 TV is replaying the President’s remarks from earlier this morning.

  26. 115 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Haters are out all over Twitter, including my TL. What sorry-ass excuses for human beings they are.

    • 116 desertflower
      June 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      We all knew this would happen….the fear and ignorance and sense of entitlement is just astounding.

      • 117 Layla
        June 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

        I am certain Senator Kaine will not pay attention to this. His speech was directed at the Latino population and not the racists.

      • 118 jacquelineoboomer
        June 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        And bubbling up like a geyser. We have 3+ years more of it, so we must stay strong!

        Lots of skin’s gonna be shed during this Presidency. Standing together, we win.

  27. 119 Linda
    June 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    2 Shot Near Santa Monica College

    Two people were shot Tuesday morning near the campus of Santa Monica College.

    Two men were hospitalized Tuesday after a shooting less than a mile from Santa Monica College, just four days after a shooting rampage on and near the campus left six people dead, police said.

    The shooting was reported at 8:20 a.m. in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica police said.

    Two men in their 20s were taken to a hospital, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Richard Lewis, a department spokesman. Their conditions were unknown.

    A gunman walked up to the victims in an alley, fired multiple rounds and ran back to a vehicle, Lewis said.


  28. 125 japa21
    June 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    It has been interesting readin PM Carpenter ever since the AP issue came out. He has been livid with rage about how the First Amendment is being trashed and now he is equally livid about the NSA program. Fine, let him be. Outside of these two issues, Ifrequently agree with him, so I will continue to go to his site.

    What is ineteresting, however, is that during all that time, only one of his commenters, and that one time only, has agreed with him. Otherwise, every single comment on all his posts have disagreed with him or, at the least, asked him specific questions, including what abuses the NSA program participates in. He has ignored them and one of his defenses is that those who comment represents a very small percentage of his page clicks and for all he knows, everybody else that reads his stuff agrees with him.

    The reason I point this out is that I am seeing a lot of the critics of the administration change the goal posts throughout all this. Initially it was all about how horrible the program is and how the government is spying on all its citizens. Lately, however, as more information comes out, it haqs morphed to how the program could
    potentially be abused. That is a topic that should be discussed, as is the role of private companies in the process.

    Anyway, the whole point of this is , go to his site, read some of his posts, but more importantly, read the comments. They are very heartening.

    • 126 57andfemale
      June 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      I knew enough to not read him too much on this stuff. Other than this issue, he’s one of the better pundits and a great writer.

      • 127 japa21
        June 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        That’s why I continue to read his stuff. And like I said, his commenters are pretty sharp. He is a lot like Pierce in that I mostly agree with him and will always do so, even though at times he is a little more negative about things than I like.

        • 128 57andfemale
          June 11, 2013 at 1:12 pm

          Exactly. a slightly different writing style but I feel as exactly as you do about Pierce and Carpenter.

  29. 129 Bill R.
    June 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  30. 133 jacquelineoboomer
    June 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Two things I’m hoping to see soon, as a Catholic, since Pope Francis has been discussing alternatives personally, even before becoming Pope:

    1. Allowing priests to marry (he’s been chatting this up in his world in Argentina, where he did not have the power to make changes, for a long time).

    2. Acknowledging other facts of human life: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/11/pope-francis-gay-lobby_n_3420244.html

    As strange as it may seem, it could happen. I believe in CHANGE! Hey, I woke up this morning and Barack Obama was still President of the United States, so anything can happen! Even allowing women to be priests, eh? Sister Simone, I’m lookin’ at you, if you want the job.

  31. 134 Nena20409
    June 11, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Testing…..Jay Carney’s Live Briefing at the WH 6-11-13

  32. 135 Jovie
    June 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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