President Obama retracts calling Republicans 'enemies'
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By Catholic Online
11/2/2010 (8 years ago)
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U.S. President Barack Obama apologized on the eve of the Congressional elections. He now says he shouldn't have used the word "enemies" to describe his political opponents, i.e. Republicans. Obama, in an interview with talk radio host Michael Baisden, said, "I probably should have used the word 'opponents' instead of enemies."
U.S. President Barack Obama, in an interview with talk radio host Michael Baisden, said, "I probably should have used the word 'opponents' instead of enemies."
P>LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - U.S. President Barack Obama apologized on the eve of the Congressional elections. He now says he shouldn't have used the word "enemies" to describe his political opponents, i.e. Republicans. Obama, in an interview with talk radio host Michael Baisden, said, "I probably should have used the word 'opponents' instead of enemies."
Obama was apologizing for a comment he recently made in an interview with Univision radio in which he sought to persuade Hispanics to vote for Democratic candidates, instead of Republicans.
"If Latinos sit out the election instead of, 'we're going to punish our enemies and we're going to reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us' -- if they don't see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it's going to be harder," Obama said.
Republicans have made political hay from the comment as they seek control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday voting. Many have highlighted Obama's "enemies" comment in hopes of encouraging more turnouts by Republican voters.
John Boehner, the Republican who would oust Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House speaker if Republicans win control of the House in particular is drawing attention to the comment.
"Today, sadly, we have president who uses the word 'enemy' for fellow Americans ... fellow citizens. He uses it for people who disagree with his agenda of bigger government ... people speaking out for a smaller, more accountable government that respects freedom and allows small businesses to create jobs," Boehner planned to say in Cincinnati.
"Mr. President, there's a word for people who have the audacity to speak up in defense of freedom, the Constitution, and the values of limited government that made our country great. We don't call them 'enemies.' We call them 'patriots,'" he planned to say.
Obama told Baisden that he was talking about opponents of a comprehensive overhaul of the U.S. immigration system. Hispanics have been disappointed that Obama has not pushed ahead on immigration legislation, which Republicans oppose.
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