Did the election already take place without anyone knowing?
On Wednesday, President Obama - perhaps feeling a bit cocky about his re-election - told Univision's Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo that he has five more years left in the White House.
Piolin asked Obama about the subject of immigration reform.
"During your presidency, you have not delivered the immigration reform that we were hoping for," Paolin said. "Thousands of families have been separated by deportation, leaving their children behind, alone in this country. Do you think that you still have the support of the Latino community?"
Obama responded by assuring Paolin that he has five more years left in office.
"Well, first of all Piolin, my presidency is not over, I’ve got another five years coming up," President Obama said.
He also promised action on the issue and seemed a bit disappointed that he could not unilaterally rule on this as he has done on so many other issues.
“I would have only broken my promise if I hadn’t tried,” Obama said. “But ultimately, I’m one man. You know, we live in a democracy. We don’t live in a monarchy. I’m not the king. I’m the president. And so, I can only implement those laws that are passed through Congress,” he said.
Ed Morrissey of Hot Air noted:
It’s not a monarchy? You could have fooled us, considering the edict that Obama issued last month that tells religious organizations that they can no longer choose to follow their conscience and doctrinal faith in deciding whether to give away contraception for free to their employees. That mandate relies on a law passed by Congress as a cover for executive diktats, but the rule itself didn’t depend on Congressional action, although Congress might act to rescind it.
No doubt, the President is feeling rather certain that he will win re-election. But perhaps he shouldn't be so over-confident.
The Hill added:
A Gallup poll released Thursday Thursday found Obama trailing Romney by four points, and ahead of Santorum by only one point. The Gallup poll has a 4 percent margin of error.
Obama’s campaign sees Hispanic voters as a key to his reelection, and the president sought to pin blame on Congress for the lack of progress on immigration reform.
As usual, he blamed Republicans who do not support amnesty.
"Unfortunately, the Republican side, which used to at least give lip service to immigration reform, now they've gone completely to a different place, and have shown themselves unwilling to talk at all about any sensible solutions to this issue, and we're going to have to just keep up the pressure until they act," Obama said.
The President also wondered: "...[W]hen am I going to get some help from Republicans to actually get it done?"
But Obama's Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress during his first two years in office, and he still has a majority in the Senate. He could easily have passed immigration reform - or amnesty - during those years, but was unable to.
As usual, it's someone else's fault.
Obama urged Latinos to vote for Democrats this year, however, he refrained from calling Republicans "enemies" as he did in 2010.
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