Did Someone Say Moat at the Border? Was That With Or Without Alligators?

As Obama’s 2012 Campaign winds up the issue of anchor babies, open borders and amnesty has already been raised. Seems time for a little review, beginning with anchor babies. Below are some immigration eye-openers.  Yesterday we covered anchor babies… today, securing the border.

Obama Jokes That Mexican Border Needs a Moat in his speech on immigration in El Paso last week.  Seems Obama might for once be on the same page with most Americans!

Obama and the Alligator

By George Neumayr on 5.12.11 @ 6:08AM  –  American Spectator

Having hit his stride in the polls, Barack Obama seems to clutch the teleprompter less tightly these days. He looked relaxed as he addressed the subject of “immigration reform” on Tuesday and even attempted a semi-cavalier joke at the expense of those concerned about America’s porous borders. “Maybe they’ll need a moat,” he said, dismissing their calls for more border security. “Maybe they want alligators in the moat.”

George W. Bush had broached the idea of de facto amnesty shortly before 9/11, then the subject vanished. A joke about alligators in moats wouldn’t have been welcome in the days after Osama bin Laden hit the country. But now that he is gone, Obama can make one and try his hand at the issue of illegal immigration.

In his speech in El Paso, he downplayed concerns about border insecurity while insisting that he has responded to them effectively: “the truth is the measures we’ve put in place are getting results. Over the past two and a half years, we’ve seized 31 percent more drugs, 75 percent more currency, 64 percent more weapons than ever before. And even as we have stepped up patrols, apprehensions along the border have been cut by nearly 40 percent from two years ago. That means far fewer people are attempting to cross the border illegally.”

Would he have done any of this on his own without the political backlash to open borders? No, but he sounds at times as if he did. He followed, not led, on the issue, yet says those who saw a problem on the borders where he didn’t are still crying wolf.

The crowd to whom he was appealing with his moat joke found his listing of border security accomplishments beside the point. As he began to say that he had complied with requests to build a fence, an audience member shouted, “Tear it down.” As he referenced those calling for more measures, another audience member shouted, “They’re racist.”

Later in the speech, Obama invited this audience to “add your voices to this debate” and “sign up to help at whitehouse.gov.”

Obama presents himself as a forthright leader of “immigration reform” even as he avoids defining reform in open terms. Still having to follow the public a bit, he has to couch his calls for what amounts to selective amnesty between vaguely reassuring lines about the importance of enforcing the law and the “responsibility” that illegal immigrants bear. This sounds like he wants current laws enforced, but he doesn’t, at least not consistently. He considers these laws unjust and wants them discarded. That’s what is meant by reform.

Another rhetorical sleight of hand in the speech was to mix the issue of illegal immigration into a safer enthusiasm for America as a nation of immigrants. To oppose “reform” that accommodates illegal immigration is not to deny the benefits of legal immigration. But Obama tries to leave that implication.

“[T]he flow of immigrants has helped make this country stronger and more prosperous. We can point to the genius of Einstein, the designs of I.M. Pei, the stories of Isaac Asimov, the entire industries that were forged by Andrew Carnegie,” he said, as if to place the flow of illegal immigrants on the same plane.

One would think a speech in El Paso might have honed in on the flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico, but Obama seemed more interested in talking about immigrants in the high-tech industry, as if the issue under discussion was whether or not to let geniuses from India and Asian countries work at Google.

“We should make it easier for the best and the brightest to not only stay here, but also to start businesses and create jobs here. In recent years, a full 25 percent of high-tech startups in the U.S. were founded by immigrants,” he said. “That led to 200,000 jobs here in America. I’m glad those jobs are here. I want to see more of them created in this country. We need to provide them the chance.”

Opposition to “comprehensive immigration reform” is hardly stuck on that issue, but it is easier for Obama to push on open doors like that one than to talk about the real problems of an open border. 

Yes Mr. President, I Do Want Alligators in My Moat

By Lauri B. ReganAmerican Thinker

In yet another one of Obama’s highly touted campaign speeches (are there any other type?), the President once again chose to use derisive rhetoric to whip up the masses against those horrible Republicans.  Obama attempted to put the GOP on the defensive by suggesting that Republicans not only want the country surrounded by a moat to prevent evil immigrants from entering, but that in order to ensure success, they would fill the moat with alligators.

Apparently, the only result that Obama achieved from these ridiculous and extremely un-presidential one-liners was an electorate feeling complete and utter disgust at his obnoxious display of arrogance with regard to such an important domestic issue.  The country is in economic turmoil and is being threatened by terrorists who originate in the Middle East and Northern Africa but who are crossing our borders undetected, and our president wants to lead from behind so that he can campaign (and bash Republicans) from in front.

Well Mr. President, I am proud to say that I do want alligators in a moat that protects our country.  And I hope to God that you have one or more decision-makers in your administration that understand that it will take a lot more than killing Osama bin Laden and occasional drone strikes in Afghanistan to protect the citizens who hired you for that job.  For while you traverse the country spiking the football and fundraising for the 2012 election, there are way too many terrorists who want to see each and every U.S. citizen dead and who are not taking time out of their planning stages to play golf; party with hateful, racist rappers; and hobnob with the rich and famous at $35,000 a plate dinners.

In addition to the more than $500,000 that Obama spends on speechwriters, he also pays up to $100,000 to an outside public relations firm that he apparently uses for teleprompter lessons, “speech preparation training,” “speech writing services,” and “speech coaching services.”  Obama likely feels as if each of the meaningless metaphors that his speechwriters develop is worth the price we pay, but I am getting sick and tired of his kitschy, fighting rhetoric designed to pit citizen against citizen.  And it sickens me that the American taxpayer is paying for the garbage that comes out of this President’s mouth — the man who urges civility is the most hypocritical, uncivil President in the history of the country.  And it stems from his flawed character and single-minded desire to remain in power.

And in that regard, Obama has something in common with the people from whom this country needs protection.  So before joking about border security, perhaps Mr. Obama should visit the U.S. towns in the southwest that are on the front lines of dealing with the issue of illegal immigration and Mexican drug cartels.  For Barack Obama cares more about picking up the votes of the millions of illegal immigrants and the American Hispanic community than he does about helping U.S. citizens in need of protection from dangerous criminals.

Of particular concern to our country’s national security, however, is the growing presence of Hezb’allah just south of our Mexican border.  Does the President need a refresher course in the terrorist tactics of Hezb’allah, “recognized by many experts as the ‘A’ team of Muslim terrorist organizations,” according to a U.S. intelligence expert?  According to this agent, “[w]e are looking at 15 or 20 years that Hezb’allah has been setting up shop in Mexico…I consider Hezb’allah much more dangerous in that sense because of strategic thinking; they think more long-term.”  Hezb’allah’s long-term plans include their continued partnership with the drug cartels involving the exchange of Hezb’allah expertise for cash and protection.  So while Hezb’allah trains Mexican drug lords in the arts of firearms and explosives and sophisticated tunnel development, President Obama believes that extensive plans to secure the southern border are just an irresistible opportunity to slap the GOP that takes the issue quite seriously.

If building a moat and filling it with alligators is what it takes to protect the American people, my children, family, neighbors, and friends, then I expect our elected leaders to do just that.  What I do not expect the President of the United States to do is laugh it up at his adversaries’ expense in order to gain political momentum in the face of falling poll numbers.  American values, freedoms, and lives are on the line daily and I am sick of this administration calling me racist, Islamaphobic, conservative, evil, or whatever label the next hired gun comes up with to describe U.S. citizens who recognize that the country is at war and secure borders are no laughing matter.  I want a President who will not demean me, his fellow citizens, the other elected officials chosen to lead at the State and Federal level, and those who disagree with him.  That is beneath the office of the President and it shows contempt for the very people who elected him.

So as Obama announces yet another outreach to the world’s Muslims, I await my disgust at listening to him offer carrots to a people who feel nothing but disdain for America and its President.  And I have no expectation that he will call a spade a spade and denounce Islamic jihadists.  I fully expect to hear Obama throw out yet another euphemism to describe the state of the Mideast’s turmoil rather than use the absurd phrases “overseas contingency operation” and “man-caused disaster” to describe the war and the terrorist acts committed by members of the population to whom he will be speaking (the majority of whom either support such acts or remain silent in their face).

And since Obama has a pattern of denouncing American’s ally, Israel, I cannot help but wonder what part of the Muslim speech will resemble the alligators in the moat phrase — for Israel too needs secure borders and sadly, a moat filled with alligators will not suffice when she is surrounded by enemies with sophisticated weaponry that can reach all of her major cities.  But I am sure Obama will have some sort of castigating remark about Israeli settlements causing the lack of peace in the Mideast and questioning Israelis’ expectation of secure borders at the expense of the Palestinian people who terrorize her innocent civilians.

And so, as we watch video clips of 6 year old girls getting felt up and 7 month old babies getting felt down by TSA agents who are being trained to turn off their brains and stop using common sense, we are being led from behind by a man who makes jokes about our national security.  Will it take terrorist attacks in southern U.S. towns before this administration stops campaigning, stops making jokes, and takes their job seriously?  From a President who labels the rapper Common as a “socially conscious” poet; who befriended terrorist Bill Ayers and anti-Semites Rashid Khalidi and Reverend Wright; and whose administration labels the Muslim Brotherhood and Syrian dictator Bashir al Assad as moderate, we can only hope that in 2012, the American people build a moat around the White House, fill it with hungry Republicans, and hang signs that say Obamas Keep Out.

64 Comments on “Yes Mr. President, I Do Want Alligators in My Moat

Great Idea Obama… Thought Katie M from AsAMom

I created this design.  I think that the alligator infested moat is a really good idea for the following reasons:

1. digging the moat = jobs

2. Pouring cement and filling moat with water =jobs

3. transporting alligators from Florida = more jobs

4 Alligators would even have jobs!!!!

5. maintenance of moat = jobs

6. veterinarians taking care of alligators =jobs

7. Tourists going to see moat = jobs!

8. Swimming through alligator infested water wins you Amnesty.

This is the Best Idea Obama EVER had!!!!

Comment by (my friend) Sue Hooper

Katie, you don’t have to go to Florida, there are plenty in Louisiana. In fact, I’ve got $5.00 that says there are gators swimming along the gulf coast right now.


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