HE FINALLY NOTICED – AT 8:35 P.M. ET: President Obama committed a major blunder recently, and Republicans were poised to come down hard on him on the last day of campaigning. He finally woke up. From The New York Times:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day before the pivotal midterm elections, President Barack Obama pulled back from remarks he made last month when he called on Latino voters to punish their "enemies" on Election Day. In an interview Monday with radio host Michael Baisden, Obama said he should have used the word "opponents" instead of enemies.
Republicans were quick to criticize the president's remarks. House Minority Leader John Boehner was expected to use Obama's words in an election eve speech in Ohio to paint the president as a staunch partisan.
"Sadly, we have a president who uses the word 'enemy' for fellow Americans, fellow citizens. He used it for people who disagree with his agenda of bigger government," Boehner said, according to prepared remarks released in advance of his speech.
Obama's original comments came during an interview with Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, a Hispanic radio personality. Piolin questioned how Obama could ask Latinos for their vote when many don't believe he's worked hard to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
COMMENT: The record will show that Obama only apologized when it became evident the Republicans would use the word "enemies" against him. He seemed to have no concern about the concept, which is one of the problems with this administration. Arrogance.
November 1, 2010