May 10, 2011
NYC Letter: Lies The President Told Me, Part IV -- 5% Applause Line
Day 840 of CHOPE
Then they wanted a fence. Well, the fence is --
The fence is now basically complete.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Tear it down!
... So, here’s the point. I want everybody to listen carefully to this. We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement. All the stuff they asked for, we’ve done. But even though we’ve answered these concerns, I’ve got to say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: They’re racist!
You know, they said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. (Laughter.) Maybe they want alligators in the moat. (Laughter.) They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.
stretching doing little into all done
EL PASO May 10, 2011 (White House)
Having done all the "stuff" asked of him, what's up with those racists goal-post movers? Oh. Wait.
EL PASO May 10, 2011 (FNC) - Five years ago, legislation was passed to build a 700-mile double-layer border fence along the southwest border. This is a promise that has not been kept.
Today, according to staff at the Department of Homeland Security, just 5 percent of the double-layer fencing is complete, only 36.3 miles.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress's investigative arm, reported in early 2009 that only 32 miles of double-layer fencing had been built. That means under President Obama, only 4.3 miles of double layer fencing has been built.
5% is only 95% short of complete, which is consistent with Mr. Obama's synecdochical standard of big accomplishments.
God in His wisdom moated Texas long before Mr. Obama's writers studded the boss's speech with hilarious medieval laugh lines. The moat is called the Rio Grande and forms the lower border with Mexico. According to the Texas Almanac, it constitutes between 31%-33% (depending how the river is measured) of the combined Texan borders. Though Texas is home to the American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), its distribution is confined to the eastern third of Texas. [Pause.] It's possible Mr. Obama might be right about a move afoot to stock alligators.
Basically good enough.
UPDATE 05.11.11: Weasel Zippers makes a damning point:
If Obama never acknowledged the remark and the statement was not part of the President’s prepared speech, why did they feel the need to call Republicans “racist” on the official White House website?Posted by Damian at May 10, 2011 11:45 PM