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Obama heckled in Austin while blasting GOP on immigration

As President Barack Obama appeared like a political campaigner again on the road this past week, he was heckled as he was blasting the Republicans in Congress again over immigration. As the GOP criticizes Obama for financing the illegals at the border and refusing to visit the border, the gridlock between the president and congress continues, according to the Seattle Times on Friday. On Thursday, again – as if he were a campaigner at the podium even though he can’t run for president again – Obama shouted in Texas, “Do something. It is lonely me just doing stuff. I’d love if the Republicans did stuff, too.”

President Barack Obama speaking in Austin, Texas about immigration as he is heckled again.
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Midsentence, Obama had to stop himself from criticizing his cohorts in Washington, D.C. to tell hecklers to sit down. He said to the hecklers, “What are you yelling about, now? Hey, sit down, guys. I’m almost done. C’mon. I-I’ll talk to you afterwards. I promise. Sit down. All right? I’ll bring it back.” Then, after trying to regain composure and continue with his Republican-blasting speech, Obama interrupted himself again to tell security to let the hecklers stay in the audience. He said, “No, you don’t have to escort them out. They’ll sit down. I promise. I’ll talk to you afterwards.” From the exchange, Obama is being criticized for being non-presidential and looking as though he’s a middle school teacher trying to deal with unruly pre-teens.

These public displays by Obama don’t curtail the disapproval both Republicans and Democrats have with his apparent allowance of illegals at the border and the notion that he wants nearly $4 billion to care for them. The Rev. Jesse Jackson even lashed out at Obama for not putting the money towards youth at home – as is badly needed in Jackson’s and Obama’s hometown of Chicago at this very moment. As Obama spoke at Texas’ capital city, and as he was fundraising for Democrats in the troubled-Mexican border state, he fueled the fire of his self-inflicted criticisms by spending his time campaigning and raising funds rather than dealing for his latest scandalous issue – the children at the border of which he was so close to but refused to visit.

Obama has been touring the country to promote his agendas. In recent visits to cities, he has met with persons who have written him letters. He uses their letters and his visits with the letter-writers to promote his agenda. In Texas, he met with a college student who wrote to him about her family’s economic troubles. Obama turned her situation into a problem which, he says, is due to Republican inaction in Congress.

Summarizing his ongoing criticisms of Congress, Obama said that the best things you can say for them this year is that so far they haven’t shut down the government. But then he added, “Of course, it’s only July.” Obama’s criticisms of the United States Congress and Republicans in general have not swayed public opinion. His job approval ratings are still incredibly low, most polls showing ratings of anywhere from 38 percent to 42 percent approval with 52 percent and higher disapproving of the job he is doing. Last week, a Quinnipiac poll showed that Americans believe Obama is the worst president since World War II – which includes 12 presidencies over 69 years. The discontent over Obama’s allowance of the illegal children at the border and his quest for billions of dollars to fund their stay continues to outrage many politicians and other Americans.

Incidentally, the Obama hecklers – Juan and Mizraim Belman – who heckled the president at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday – are both immigrants who have lived in the United States without authorization in Austin for 11 years. Their concern is that their mother could face deportation at any time. The two who interrupted the president’s speech say they were nervous about interrupting Obama, yet – said Mizraim Belman, 16 – “We knew that this was our opportunity. Our families can’t wait any more.”

Reportedly, Obama kept his word to the young guys and had a two-minute talk with them backstage while being surrounded by Secret Service and White House staffers. Obama told the two that he would take executive action if necessary on immigration issues, according to the Statesman. Juan Belman, a junior at the University of Texas, said that the president was going to act and keep his word.

Belman said that it is up to them to keep reminding him about immigration. Belman works with a group, University Leadership Initiative, that protested Obama’s speech in Austin and he was active in a protest at Austin filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s home on Wednesday evening where Obama was fundraising. His brother who attended the speech with him is a junior in high school.

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