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  • Obama Tells La Raza: 'The Democrats and Your President Are With You'

    President Obama opened his speech to the National Council of La Raza yesterday by publicly acknowledging the Hispanic group’s close ties to the White House, a relationship that has aligned the two on nearly every policy issue during his presidency.

    “Right off the bat, I should thank you because I have poached quite a few of your alumni to work in my administration,” Obama said to laughter. “They’re all doing outstanding work. … Latinos serving at every level of my administration.”

    Those alumni have rewarded La Raza generously with taxpayer funding. A Judicial Watch investigation last month revealed the organization’s federal funding skyrocketed after Obama hired La Raza’s senior vice president, Cecilia Muñoz, to be his director of intergovernmental affairs in January 2009.

    When Obama took the stage yesterday, the lines between official presidential business and campaigning for reelection quickly blured. At one point, he boasted to the Hispanic audience, “The Democrats and your president are with you.” This hyper-partisan approach embraced by the White House is the latest sign Obama is rightly concerned that he could be losing a growing and influential voting bloc.

    Obama repeatedly took political jabs at Republicans on the debt limit and immigration reform. He used the opportunity to address a number of policy issues — from jobs and the economy to taxes and health care — before eventually turning to immigration.

    Upon mentioning deportations, Obama was interrupted by a crowd that encouraged him to ignore the rule of law. Deportations for immigration-related offenses are up 78 percent under the Obama administration.

    “Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own,” Obama said as the crowd began to chant, “Yes, you can!” Obama continued, “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.”

    The speech offered Obama a rare opportunity in recent weeks to discuss something other than the debt-limit debate, but even it remained a theme throughout his remarks. That shouldn’t come as a surprise; La Raza has consistently echoed White House talking points on the issue.

    Israel Ortega, editor of Heritage Libertad, contributed to this report. Word cloud from Wordle.

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    4 Responses to Obama Tells La Raza: 'The Democrats and Your President Are With You'

    1. Bobbie says:

      Mr. President, ‘The Democrats and Your President Are With You?’ In what specific way are you and the democrats "with" La Raza that the rest of America isn't? Respect America and give us specifics cause obviously you're actions and all democrat signs spew of discrimination and racism to know something the rest of America doesn't and your insistence on building resentment doesn't make for a good willed man.

    2. randydutton says:

      'The Race' is what La Raza means. Any group that tries to put one racial group ahead of another is racist.

      • carol,az says:

        Thank Randy , You also left out militant and funded, by priate donations which has tripled under el senor's leadership. He does after all have plans for this group and CA and NV has promise to keep where most of these groups are centered.

    3. carol,az says:

      Added to that Randy, this racist organization that's funded through private donations , has tripled since, el senor has taken office. Every time I write anything, critical , this site continues to delete my comments. Guess the GOP has gotten to them or Holder's, the red is working over time while he still has a job.

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