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President Obama was in Austin, Texas today. He spoke at some length mainly about the economy and the obstructionist Republicans in congress. My favorite and, I feel, the most relevant part of speech was:
The truth is, even with all the actions I’ve taken this year, I’m issuing executive orders at the lowest rate in more than 100 years. So it’s not clear how it is that Republicans didn’t seem to mind when President Bush took more executive actions than I did. (Applause.) Maybe it’s just me they don’t like. I don’t know. Maybe there’s some principle out there that I haven’t discerned, that I haven’t figure out. (Laughter.) You hear some of them — “sue him,” “impeach him.” Really? (Laughter.) Really? For what? (Applause.) You’re going to sue me for doing my job? Okay. (Applause.)
I mean, think about that. You’re going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job — (laughter) — while you don’t do your job. (Applause.)
There’s a great movie called “The Departed” — a little violent for kids. But there’s a scene in the movie where Mark Wahlberg — they’re on a stakeout and somehow the guy loses the guy that they’re tracking. And Wahlberg is all upset and yelling at the guy. And the guy looks up and he says, “Well, who are you?” And Wahlberg says, “I’m the guy doing my job. You must be the other guy.” (Laughter and applause.) Sometimes, I feel like saying to these guys, I’m the guy doing my job, you must be the other guy. (Applause.)
So rather than wage another political stunt that wastes time, wastes taxpayers’ money, I’ve got a better idea: Do something. (Applause.) If you’re mad at me for helping people on my own, let’s team up. Let’s pass some bills. Let’s help America together. (Applause.)
Here’s the video. A complete transcript of the President’s remarks will follow the break.
President Obama visited Dallas today. He met with Governor Perry and several local and religious leaders concerning the current border crisis. He then attended a fundraising dinner before moving on to Austin for more fundraising.
Here is our local CBS affiliate’s report on the President’s visit, including the President’s remarks following the meeting…
Judging strictly from this photo taken during the meeting, it does not appear to be going the way Rick Perry would have liked…
Did anything productive come of the meeting (for which Perry begged) or will the Republicans continue playing politics with the lives of the children currently streaming across our southern border?
I think we all know the answer to that question, don’t we?
“Celebrating Independence Day”
From the White House weblog:
In this week’s address, President Obama commemorated Independence Day by noting the contributions and sacrifices from individuals throughout the history of this country — from our Founding Fathers, to the men and women in our military serving at home and abroad.
Click below to listen to the audio only:
Transcript after the break.