That is, Hoft remembered all the way back to…when was it? Oh yes: a whole 25 days earlier, when President Obama said this to La Raza activists:
THE PRESIDENT: Now, I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know very well the real pain and heartbreak that deportations cause. I share your concerns and I understand them. And I promise you, we are responding to your concerns and working every day to make sure we are enforcing flawed laws in the most humane and best possible way. Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. (Applause.) And believe me, right now dealing with Congress –
AUDIENCE: Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!
THE PRESIDENT: Believe me — believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting.
I promise you. Not just on immigration reform.
But that’s not how — that’s not how our system works.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Change it!
When the president of the United States says, “I swore an oath to uphold the laws,” he’s not supposed to follow it with a “but.”
But apparently that’s how our system works now.
Last year, Obama and the Democrats tried to pass the DREAM Act, which would accomplish some of the same goals as the administration’s new flouting of immigration law. There are some reasonable arguments on the side of the law’s proponents — just as there are some reasonable arguments on the side of its opponents who point out the obvious: that creating a great big new incentive to skirt our legal immigration avenue, without any better enforcement of the border and other immigration law, is only going to worsen illegal immigration and its associated problems.
But as is this administration’s wont, when “our system” didn’t deliver the desired results, the solution was to give in to “temptation” and take matters into its own hands. And that should be considered wholly unreasonable, whichever side of the DREAM Act debate you land on.
So, now we know there’s a broader reason for Obama to complain nonstop about the difficulty of working with Congress. It’s not just an excuse for his sagging approval ratings. It’s a rationale for circumventing Congress and doing whatever he likes.
– By Kyle Wingfield