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Jan
13

Heads Up: President Obama delivers remarks on Immigration

STARTED EARLY (2:40 ET): President Obama delivers remarks on immigration at Del Sol High School, Las Vegas

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96 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama delivers remarks on Immigration”


  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Okay, I’m all ears! Bring on the President, please.

  2. 10 canadabarb4obama
    January 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    can I be 3rd?

  3. January 29, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Congrats VC, did you make it back from D.C. in one piece?

  4. 15 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Chips, could you add Kasai’s link to the post?

    http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/01/29/WATCH-LIVE-Obama-pitches-immigration-reform-in-Las-Vegas-255pm-ET/2401359477473/

    CSPAN One TV is also carrying the speech live.

  5. January 29, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’m here too, but busy doing things around the house. Will probably watch on C-Span so I can keep working. :( Also have to do the strengthening exercises for my back. I know they are helping but I am SO ready to be 100% again.

  6. 20 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    :):) Bob and I had the same idea at the same time – thanks Chips :)

  7. January 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    PBO onstage early!

  8. 22 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    He’s already speaking!!! 15 minutes early…

  9. 23 Linda
    January 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    He is already speaking.

  10. 24 vcprezofan2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    HEY! They have started EARLY!! Heads up!

    • 25 vcprezofan2
      January 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Man, our reporting team is sharp! FIVE of us clocked in at the same time with the news that the ball has started rolling. :lol: TOD – Best news agancy for the Prezzie.

  11. 26 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Damn! POTUS is early!

  12. 31 mtmarilyn
    January 29, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    What was the crowd chanting?

  13. 35 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm
  14. 38 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm
  15. 41 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm
  16. January 29, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    He’s doing exceptionally well … back into meetings for the next several hours … bbl

    Yes We Can

  17. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    1. Stay focused on enforcement. 2. We have to deal with the 11 million immigrants who are here illegally.

  18. 47 No Child Left Behind
    January 29, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Good Afternoon Everyone:

    I think it is very strategic of the President to give a speech on immigration reform. This way, those republicans who quickly had a change of heart after the November elections could not go around and collect CREDITS for immigration reform. Just saying.

    • 48 vcprezofan2
      January 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      This is not meant to contradict your point, NCLB, yet sometimes when I listen to the President I’m left with the impression that he doesn’t pay too much attention to the collection of credits, GOP’s or otherwise. Instead I get a strong sense that he does what he does, when he does, because he just believes it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it. For example, listening to him today, I don’t think the bipartisan guys’ announcement yesterday made the least difference to what the President wanted to say to the nation on the subject of immigration.

  19. 49 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    My President is BRILLIANT.

  20. 50 vcprezofan2
    January 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Aaaww! You’re not done already, sir? It’s been awhile since I’ve heard you speaking, can’t you add a little more? ;) :)

    • 51 vcprezofan2
      January 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      You know, while I’m extremely happy and satisfied the President won re-election and is officially serving his second term, I’m compelled to confess that I miss seeing and HEARING him almost every day. I wonder if he or his team has a solution for that? Like a thrice weekly ‘Chat with the People’, added to his weekly message, of course. :razz:

  21. 52 Bill R.
    January 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    And he gave the speech in NV, a key state and home of Harry Reid. Harry Reid’s next election may depend on this.

  22. 53 Bill R.
    January 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Glad to see the POTUS is going to stick around to shake some hands.

  23. January 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Will there be a transcript of this somewhere, because if so: I do definitely want that for my English class.

  24. 57 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Freaking fantastic speech and freaking fantastic proposal. We are a better country for having a president like Barack Obama. It’s a new day.

  25. January 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm
  26. 59 Bill R.
    January 29, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Draft of President’s plan for Immigration Reform: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/29/read-president-obamas-immigration-proposal/

    “It also treats same-sex families as families by giving U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents the ability to seek a visa on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner.”

  27. 61 jackiegrumbacher
    January 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Okay, I loved this speech, especially the part about the us and them. It reminded me so much of my hard working grandmother who came to this country in the early 1900s and worked day and night to raise her three children alone after her husband died and did not speak a word of English. I thought of my father who loved this country and earned his citizenship in the late 193os and all of his friends and relatives who were the “thems” to the “uses” that were already here. I loved the story of the young “dreamer” from Nevada who is in college hoping to become a doctor. I loved PBO’s clarity about what needs to be done. And, politically, I LOVED that he said (to the Republics in the Senate) that this was the same immigration plan that he’s been talking about for THREE years. At which point, I said “eat it, Rubio and McCain.”

    • 62 theo67
      January 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      I loved this speech, too, Jackie. He was crystal clear. And unlike John McCain, he focused on the fact that along with policy, that we should keep in mind that these are real lives, real people who are going to be affected. It was a very touching speech – especially when he rattled off all the nations that came here and formed the America that people live in today. “Before they were ‘us’, they were ‘them'”. I loved it. This man knows how to reach people in their hearts. All I can say is: all the 2016 contenders are lucky that President Obama won’t be running against them.

  28. 63 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    For those who missed the brilliant speech, here you go. You must watch it when you can. :)

    • 64 theo67
      January 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you, UT. As always… :)

    • 65 jackiegrumbacher
      January 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      It is “in our bones,” whether your family came over on the Mayflower or on a slave ship or was one of a crowd at Ellis Island, we all came from “somewhere else” and we were all at one time–the outsiders. Aside from a very few landed gentry who were given greats plots of land by an English, French of Spanish kings, all of our families struggled to adapt, to learn a new language, to adjust to a different culture and build a new life.

  29. 67 debz
    January 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    POTUS is looking mighty fine today, oh, and the speech was not to bad either. :-D

    I agree with VC I miss seeing him too!

  30. 68 jacquelineoboomer
    January 29, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    And for everyone in our country who thought we could never get healthcare reform done … done. And for everyone who thinks we can’t get comprehensive immigration reform done … y’all are forgetting President Obama is in the White House. And then there are other things we couldn’t get done like saving the auto industry, our economy, bringing home the troops, getting bin Laden …

    Yes, world … yes, country … he does not make false promises. I love our President so much I could burst, I tell ya!

    • 69 theo67
      January 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      You said it, Jacq! As Michelle Obama once said, people underestimate President Obama at their own peril. He’s got many lying by the wayside to prove it – and many more who wised up after learning the lesson and are now working in his Administration.

  31. January 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  32. 72 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm
  33. 73 carolyn
    January 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    “IT’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…..a beautiful day……” Why???? Because it’s RAINING in droughtstricken Oklahoma City! I sang this at school today between classes while looking out the window. We are SO thankful to have this bit of rain, well more than a bit…..but at least perhaps a beginning after three DRY years! Our lakes have about dried up, water rationing is on deck in many cities…..Hopefully all the rain storms So Cal and Phoenix have been having will move east and settle over us.
    Glad to see the President getting out in front of people on immigration. His presentations are so much better than those Senators’. Well thought out, liberal and generous, compassionate.
    Congratulations Senator Kerry on being our new SOS. Yes, it was quite a road from war protester……and he was RIGHT…..to now. Someone mentioned 2004, and how different life is now for the two main protagonists of that Demo convention. Kerry has had a long, sometimes tortuous road, but I do think this is the job he truly wants, although he would have been an excellent president, and not just in comparison to GWB.

  34. 77 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm
  35. January 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Missed it all but the hand shaking. Will look forward to seeing it on video shortly.

  36. 79 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 3:19 pm
  37. 83 Linda
    January 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Obama states the value and dignity of immigrants.

    McCain says we have to do something about immigration; Obama beat us by 70%.

    Obama talks about the immigrant contribution to Instagram, Intel, etcetera. He talks about how 1 in 4 business are started by immigrants.

    McCain only mentions their woth in terms of cleaning our homes, working our fields, and mowing our lawns.

    I think our immigrants and all of our citizens understand the difference as to how human beings are treated by the 2 different parties, and why.

    • 84 theo67
      January 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      You captured it perfectly. One sees fellow citizens and fellow humans; the other only sees votes and servants. One is President; the other isn’t.

    • 85 jackiegrumbacher
      January 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Well said, Linda. McCain is the perfect illustration of an elitist “us,” talking about “them.” I wonder if he has any idea how he sounds. Condescension just drips from him as if he were reluctantly bestowing favors on the unwashed masses.

      • 86 jacquelineoboomer
        January 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

        That’s how McCain treats immigrants, women, people who are minorities … how I saw him during a Senate hearing treat a woman representing families of POW-MIAs – how he treats our President.

        He does not like himself, either, that is obvious, and is the real reason he has not learned to like “others.”

  38. 87 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    This was one helluva speech, and people seem to be getting PBO’s drift….

  39. 88 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm
  40. January 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Oh man, just one of those days at Bibliotequa de LL.

  41. 91 hopefruit2
    January 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm
    • 92 theo67
      January 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      How does this President manage to be remarkable in pretty much everything he does. While we’re celebrating that amazing immigration speech, we then see that he was doing something equally admirable earlier in the day. He’s the embodiment of that old military saying, “we do more before breakfast than most people do in a while day”… or something like that.

  42. 94 utaustinliberal
    January 29, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Hell Yeah! :D

  43. January 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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