The president backpedals
HT: Allah at Hot Air
President Bush did not intend to single out his conservative supporters for criticism in a speech on immigration reform last week and was "surprised" that his remarks angered Republicans, White House spokesman Tony Snow said today.
"He was surprised by the reaction," Mr. Snow said of Mr. Bush's speech in Glynco, Ga., last week. "The speech in Georgia was, 'We've got a serious problem and we need to fix it.' It was not in any way designed to be pointed at Republicans."
But conservative opponents of a Senate immigration bill supported by Mr. Bush reacted furiously to the president's suggestion that they are resorting to scare tactics by using the word "amnesty" in referring to the measure that would allow millions of illegal aliens to remain in the United States.
"Those determined to find fault with this bill will always be able to look at a narrow slice of it and find something they don't like," Mr. Bush said in the May 29 speech about the legislation now being debated in the Senate. "If you want to kill the bill, if you don't want to do what's right for America, you can pick one little aspect out of it, you can use it to frighten people. Or you can show leadership and solve this problem once and for all."
We can find fault in a bill that promises the nation more security, but leaves out the details of how it will be done. Likewise, after years of being spoon-fed drivel about security, we've seen butkus. We watch as illegal aliens on 11 September hit this nation. We were horrified to learn that other illegal aliens were prepared to engage in a suicide attack on Fort Dix. The borders are open, and people who don't like are coming here to kill us. As security-minded voters, Marcie and I aren't happy with the plan being proposed right now. Nor can we say, with absolutel certainty, that we trust the government to abide by their worthless word.
As for his surprise, what did he expect? You attack the people that have supported you, and Tony Snow can spin his statements as he desires, but we within the base felt offended that the man we supported suddenly turned on us when we raised some questions about this bill. Furthermore, rather than acknowledging that we may have some points, he dresses us down for not knowing what we're talking about.
Marcie and I reside in Mesa, AZ. We are on the front lines of this issue. We DO understand the issue completely. I've often been told this by others that we know. I've been told that I've got no clue about the border situation by border patrol agents. That's the problem. I do get it. I understand it. Fixing this problem isn't going to be easy. We're not advocating deportation of everyone here illegally. That's not a part of security. We're security first. Secure the borders, make the background checks mandatory, and longer than 24-48 hours, and put provisions in place that provide extra scrutiny for people coming from jihadist-friendly nations.
If the president can comprehend those simple things, then he doesn't get the issue at all. And his non-apology to the base isn't accepted. Try again, Mr. President.