(NECN: Phoenix, Ariz.) – In launching a Web site aimed at educating the United States on Arizona’s controversial illegal immigration law, Governor Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) took umbrage with the president’s joke at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
The event is an opportunity for its speakers to make light of politics, and President Barack Obama did so with Arizona’s immigration law:
“We all know what happens in Arizona when you don’t have ID — adios, amigos.”
It was this joke which became the target of Gov. Brewer’s address regarding new steps the state government is taking to promote the law on a national level.
Capitol Hill Blue
President Barack Obama has become the “coward in chief” when it comes to supporting candidates in trouble.
After wooing Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter to switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic side of the fence, Obama pledged that Specter would “have my full support.”
But Obama, as he so often does, lied. With Specter’s campaign in trouble, the President is running and hiding from Specter and refused to come to Pennsylvania to campaign for the man he praised so highly just a year ago.
It’s a pattern that repeats itself often in the failing Obama administration. The President is unwilling to risk his presence in the race.
And recent results show that Obama’s involvement isn’t that much help anyway. He made personal appeals to voters in close races in Massachussets, Virginia and New Jersey and lost all three.
The Teflon has worn off the Obama mystique. He is now seen as part of the system that angry voters want to purge from Washington. He’s the problem, not the solution.
So he takes the easy way out. Leadership takes a back seat to political experience and the President of the United States takes a pass, leaving candidates like Specter to face the same fate that may await Obama in 2012.
Always the smooth operator, Obama is urging the American people to tune out other voices and listen only to the sound of their dear leader’s voice. He bemoans the growth of new media during his commencement address at Hampton University in Virginia: “You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank all that high on the truth meter…With iPods and iPads and Xboxes and PlayStations, — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation…All of this is not only putting new pressures on you, it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy.”