Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Oops, Obama: never mind about that whole "enemies" thing

President Obama is trying to walk back that whole "enemies" dig at the Republicans when he urged Hispanic listeners to punish their "enemies." He says now that he should have called them opponents, not enemies. But he still would like to punish them.
And I said, well, you can't punish your friends when -- the folks who've been supporting it. Now, I did also say if you're going to punish somebody, punish your enemies, and I probably should have used the word, "opponents" instead of enemies. Now the Republicans are saying that I'm calling them enemies. What I'm saying is you're an opponent of this particular provision, comprehensive immigration reform, which is something very different.
Perhaps it would behoove Obama to remember the words of infinitely superior man whom he purports to admire and want to emulate.
I am loath to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.