President Obama called Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and several other Republicans to make nice over the immigration debate.
According to a statement from the White House describing the substance of the call, Obama thanked them for their work and his “hopes that they can produce a bill as soon as possible that reflects shared core principles on reform.” Obama added that he “believes commonsense reform needs to include strengthening border security, creating an earned path to citizenship, holding employers accountable, and streamlining legal immigration,” listing a series of broad planks that both he and the Senate group have endorsed as the basis for a reform bill.
Sen. Rubio had lashed out at President Obama’s leaked proposals, which is ironic to say the least because most of what the president had on his list was pretty much the same as what Sen. Rubio had suggested on his own. This proves that A) the Republicans will automatically hate anything President Obama proposes, even if it was to put the face of Ronald Reagan on the one dollar bill (“Hey, are you saying St. Ronald is only worth a buck? Socialist!”) and B) Obama is putting the judo moves on them by offering his hand — again — so that they can’t whine on Fox that the president refuses to work with them for a day or two.
Now it’s time for the hard-core lefties to complain that he’s selling out. Sic semper cum meshuggener.