Fox News Latino
By: Hector Barreto, Former Administrator of the SBA, Co-Chair of Juntos Con Romney
September 21, 2012
At a Univision forum Thursday, President Obama gave up on change. “The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside,” he said.
But four years ago, he told us he was running for exactly that reason: to change Washington. “Change” was the theme of his campaign. Now, instead of “Si, se puede,” he’s saying, “No puedo.”
If the president is abandoning change, he’s abandoning Hispanics. Our community was counting on him for change.
Nowhere is President Obama’s inability to produce change more evident than on the issue of immigration. He vowed to the Latino community that he would achieve reform. “La gran promesa” was a comprehensive immigration policy in his first year in office.
In 2008, he told Univision’s Jorge Ramos, “What I can guarantee is that we will have in the first year an immigration bill that I strongly support and that I’m promoting.”
On Thursday, he backed away from that promise. He said, “My biggest failure so far is we haven't gotten comprehensive immigration reform done,” and he made a series of excuses.
But as Jorge Ramos said directly to President Obama Thursday, “A promise is a promise, and with all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise.”
The president then proceeded to give a condescending civics lesson to the audience: “In our system of government, I am the head of the executive branch. I’m not the head of the legislature, I’m not the head of the judiciary.”
Hispanics don't need a lecture. We want leadership.
The president can cast blame wherever he wants, but a real leader leads. He doesn’t sit by and make excuses. And remember: President Obama’s own party had control of Congress for two full years. If he’d wanted reform, he could’ve made it happen. There really is no excuse.
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