Tuesday night on “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart took on the overwhelmingly negative reaction on the part of Republicans to President Barack Obama’s Friday immigration reform announcement.
Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), omnipresent Sunday talk show guest Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and former Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) chided the president for not having moved on this issue sooner, claiming that Obama had majorities in both houses of Congress and should have been able to pass the DREAM Act without having to result to this kind of unilateral decision-making. Stewart rolled news footage of December 2010 when the DREAM Act stalled out in Congress due to a Republican filibuster, underlining the hypocrisy in the Republicans’ complaints about the president’s failure to pass legislation that they killed.
Another Republican talking point about Friday’s decision by the president has been that he is acting unilaterally in an area that requires some form of Congressional oversight and that, with his move on immigration, Obama acted more like a king than a president. This was just as easily dispensed with when Stewart pointed out that President George W. Bush (R) took similar action when he issued an executive order granting amnesty to 3,500 Liberians fleeing the unrest in that country in September of 2007.
“All hail King George the Bush!” quipped Stewart, adding that similar policy decisions have been made by President Ronald Reagan (R), President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.
Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below:
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