President Barack Obama was in San Francisco for an event that dealt with the issue of immigration and how to find ways of persuading Republicans in the House of Representatives to actually confront this issue in an intelligent manner. As he spoke, hecklers blasted the president for failing to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants. A security officer approached a young man, but Obama ordered him to allow the college student to remain in the building. One heckler shouted: “you have a power to stop all deportations.” Of course, he does not.
“Actually, I don’t. If in fact I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, I would do so. But, we are also a nation of laws.” He made certain all hecklers remained in the hall. Even as Obama spoke, John Boehner claimed,”I believe Congress needs to deal with this issue.” Absolutely, it will deal with the issue by doing nothing. After all, that is the Republican mantra.