On the O’Reilly Factor Thursday, Charles Krauthammer said that the message President Obama’s executive order sent was “very clear”: those who enter the country illegally will ultimately be legalized, while those trying to attain citizenship the legal way are all “chumps.” As for Obama’s timing on the order, Krauthammer slammed the president for his transparent politicking and egregious overreach of executive authority.
Krauthammer: I think on the policy, it is very clear that he is making an announcement to all those people around the world waiting to get into the U.S. legally that they are chumps, and that if you want to get into this country, you want to stay in this country, the way to do it is to come across illegally and ultimately you will be legalized.
I find the president’s audacity here rather remarkable. He tells us at the end in that little oration that we heard that I have to explain why I feel so strongly about this issue. So strongly, in fact, that he invokes scripture to support his executive order. Well, if he felt so strongly about the issue, why did he delay announcing this until after he got the past the election?
Because he knew that had he announced it earlier — and after all, it’s supposed to be so urgent — it would have damaged the Democrats’ chances in the election. Why did he not do this before the 2012 election? Because he didn’t want to jeopardize his own re-election.
But most important, if he feels so strongly about this, and scripture dictates that this ought to be be done, why did he do nothing about this in 2009 and 2010 when he had control of the White House, the House, and the Senate, and he could actually have done this constitutionally by passing legislation. He wants the issue, and he wants to use it, and that’s what he has got.