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Obama gets grilled on failed immigration promise, consulate attacks

President Barack Obama is handily winning the Hispanic vote, but his hourlong Gran Encuentro on the Spanish-language network Univision was anything but easy.

The president was repeatedly peppered Thursday with questions regarding his broken promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform. He was also put on the spot about U.S. preparedness overseas and his administration’s role in the failed and controversial “Fast and Furious” gun operation.

Under pressure, Obama at one point sounded as if he scuttled his hope-and-change campaign of Washington reform that he ran on four years ago.

“The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside,” Obama said. “You can only change it from the outside. That’s how I got elected, and that’s how big accomplishments like healthcare got done.”

Co-host Maria Elena Salinas began the interview with a pointed question about anti-American protests in the Muslim world, including the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last week that resulted in the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Salinas asked if the administration should have been better prepared.

Obama never really answered directly, and instead said that the protesters don’t represent all Muslims. He also noted the number of top-level al-Qaida members killed in Pakistan, and the terrorists being hunted elsewhere. But, Obama suggested, the “Arab spring” will have growing pains that the U.S. will monitor.

“We cannot replace the tyranny of a dictator with the tyranny of a mob,” Obama said amid a long response that didn’t say much about the preparedness of the consulate or the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that was stormed on Sept. 11.

Salinas then pressed Obama on whether the incident was a terrorist attack perpetuated by a country or a terrorist group.

“We’re still doing an investigation, and there will be different circumstances in different countries,” Obama said. “And so I don’t want to speak to something until we have all the information.”

Earlier, however, White House spokesman Jay Carney commented on that very issue, saying for the first time that it was “self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack.”

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No One Important

Notice - you won't hear Obama say the word "terrorist" when referring to the muslim extremists.

Ask yourself why?

ed

Talk about out of touch with the middle class. obama is out of touch with REALITY!

Testicules

(deer in the headlights look) Um... um... um... Hey, didn't you call Axelrod and get the list of questions he prepared like all of my other press conferences for the past two elections?

OK, backup plan, let me recite some empty platitudes...

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul

It sounds like a real interview of Obama for a change. That's refreshing. It shows what we always knew, that he has excuses for everything. Definately the wrong person to be president.

Obladee

Headline:

"Chavez Reelection in Jeopardy Because of Spending and Crime in Venezuela"

You know you've reached third world status when citizens of Venezulea have more sense than half of Americans and its press. What a tragedy!

Bob

He expected softball questions and got fastballs. No teleprompter to save him.

Bob

Too bad the American media can only kiss his ass.

Timmy

Obama doesn't consider his brothers to be terrorists. To him they are freedom fighters. Remember...he apologized for Americans causing the terrorism of 9/11. Wake up America. Your mess-iah is destroying you from within.

C.R. Smith

I have to laugh at BO's reluctance to say anything that reflects badly on Islam. I remember when Eric Holder was testifying before Congress and hemmed and hawed around describing the 13 soldiers murdered at Fort Hood; he absolutely refused to describe it as an act or terror despite the suspect having shouted Alahu Akbar while killing our soldiers. This administration is one giant propaganda machine, and BO is Huey Long incarnate.

Brett M.

Here's comprehensive immigration reform, Close the southern border with no warning, advise the prime minister of Canada of our immigration problem and just so we are not playing favoritism, both countries needs to work together to seal off the northern border (Canadians don't kill Americans, Mexicans do) find the illigals, prove their illegal (which means leave the legal immigrants alone), hand them a one way airfare ticket back to their homeland using American Airlines (that way when American Airlines has their AA meetings, they can say we are winning as well), provide instructions to stand in line to become legal, they become legal, learn our official national language (English in case ya'll don't know), we welcome them with open arms, and we all sing "This land is your land" in harmony. Simple as that.

A. Friend

How anyone can support Obama is beyond belief.

Obladee

Spanish reporters seem to be a lot smarter than American reporters. And I thought they were all like Geraldo Rivera... thank God it isn't so!!!

Guido V.

When obama meets with Morsi, do you think he'll say; "Tell the Muslim brotherhood they didn't destroy that on their own"?

"Islam has a proud tradition of TOLERANCE" obama June 4, 2009

“We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy.” Osama Bin Laden - Nov 2004

Current federal regulations plus those coming under Obamacare will cost American taxpayers and businesses $1.8 trillion annually, more than twenty times the $88 billion the administration estimates.

Alan Beasley

Embassies destroyed, Americans held hostage all over the world, Iran is laughing at America, no ally trust us, we have gutted defenses, ended intelligence gathering, lost a bunch of allies, apologizing, giving in to terrorists, forcing Israel to war, 1 million defense Pink Slips go out in a couple weeks!

Clinton ignored terror for 8 years in the 1990's - and 9/11 was the result.

What will 4 years of Obama's disaster give us?

Anthony longhitano

Barrack Hussain Obama is a Muslim first and a Christian a distant second.
His Name should give you a clue.

Ranger01

The Immigration reform Obama wants is to LET ALL OF THE LEGALS BECOME CITIZENS. That is not REFORM, but a National security risk. We do not know who these people are.

A. Levy

The Marxist-in-Chief will not say "terrorist attack" because that would anger his Muslim brothers. It would also show the world what an imcompetent fool he is.

Gas Passer

When Obama strutted up to his stool with that gay swag of his, I bet he thought the Mexican journalist were going to be easy on him with T-Ball questions.

The Mexican journalist did a great job of interviewing the serial liar. American journalist need to take lesson on what journalism is.

Dan Higs

The Obama administration continues to embrace the lie that all this violence and chaos is the fault of one
obscure YouTube video. There's a reason they're ignoring reality: if they acknowledge that the video
wasn't the problem, then the administration's spineless foreign policy is the problem.

People, do you really think that all of this violence is because of a silly short video?

If your a normal thinking person you'd laugh at the suggestion...and reaffirm why you cannot vote for the Obama Administration.

Fullofcrap

It is a shame Obama's parents didn't practice SAFE SEX

J.Gavin

Other events not called terroist events
1. The Lavon Affair
2. SS Liberty
3. Israel stealing american nuclear secrets-read the CIA report from 1993
4. Selling them to our enemies.
5, Selling our military secrets to our enemies
6.The genocide at Sabra and Shatila

We have a double standard in america. Recently Netanyahu and Shimon Peres have asked that there be no discussion of the Israeli nuclear terrorism and A. Milchan's book on how they stole our nuclear secrets.
Yes, and which religious cult do I want freedom from. BOTH!

phillysmart

He's unserstanding that the hispanic popultion is not as brain dead as AA....but he will take them for granted just the same....he may be in for a rude awakening

MediaCoverUp

The truth has leaked out about the elections. Do you know why Sarah Palin's bus tour was really canceled last year? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she's not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin isn't in this race and is now dodging the media because too many people know the truth, her and McCain intentionally threw the election.

Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the BIGGEST cover up in world history before it disappears forever.

GozieBoy

Salinas and Ramos are now being severely punished and "re-educated". Meanwhile, Obama advance teams are doing likewise with the upcoming interviewers. Absolutely NO questions are to be asked that are not prepared in advance and approved by Axlerod...

GozieBoy

I note that in previous interviews, Obama bragged that his administration had increased the number of deportations. But in front of Univision, he apologized for it, blamed it on Congress and the Reps, and said that not passing immigration reform was his biggest failure in his first term. What a flip-flopping patronizing wanker! How about jobs? And I thought he said his biggest failure has been in "not communicating enough" about his programs?

emily

Salinas and Ramos are not Conservatives, they are Dems liberals, but they are not brain dead as the rest of MSM. the questions were curveballs and he struck out.Please lets wake up and let him enjoy the new house he is buying in Hawaii, lets put a real Potus in the WH.

Derak

Not only does it show that our media is so unimaginably pathetic, but that 0bama will continue to lie even after we all know the truth.

Fast and Furious was a leftove Bush operation that wasn't started by Holder DOJ.... Both have been admitted false by Holder: Bush's program ended in 2007, and it actually arrested cartel members by tracking the weapons, but it failed in that some weapons were lost. 0bama knew this and yet Holder DOJ started it again anyway without any tracking or arrests. So, Univision asked, why hasn't Holder been fired for a) not knowing what DOJ does or b) approving this ruinous op?

Also, 0bama continues to lie about the video, even though Lybia's president has told that he warned US, this was a coordinated attack on multiple locations, there was a message intercepted that the murders are in response to drone strikes, and the question was: shouldn't there have been increased security on 911?

0bama's hand is caught in the cookie jar and all he can say is "no it's not" while not removing his hand. All he can do is tell the same debunked lies!

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