In a desperate move to shift American politics away from the economy, Obama took a controversial idea from Sen. Marco Rubio and made it his own. In fact, he made it so much his own that he decided to leave Congress out of the law making process altogether. Obama enacted the Dream Act by Presidential, unconstitutional executive order. But the real story in the President’s announcement was the blunder of a press conference where a reporter shouted out a question and was quickly shut down by Obama.
The question was whether this unilateral decision, dubbed the right thing to do by Obama, was right for the American workers. Obama was visibly upset about the question and asserted his right to speak without interruption. Meanwhile, MSNBC reporters wet themselves with excitement at the opportunity to declare Obama to be the only President to have ever been heckled, and of course to tie it in to his race.
But of course we know that other Presidents and candidates have been heckled. George W. Bush saw it as evidence of a free society that treasures the freedom of expression and dissent. I thought it was an interesting contrast to watch Bush’s reaction to two shoes being thrown at him by a foreign reporter in Iraq compared to Obama being questioned while passing down dictates from on high. I’ve posted them both here. You can decide which President handled it with more class.
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