Michael van der Galien

Gov. Brewer: “Obama is a Comic-in-Chief”

Posted on May 16 2010 8:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has had enough with the left-wing attacks on her state after its legislature passed a now controversial law to curb illegal immigration. She was especially irritated by a joke President Obama made about this law at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Back then Obama said, once again proving he has sense of humor: “We all know what happens in Arizona when you don’t have ID — adios, amigos.”

“It’s fair to ask whether he intends to be the Commander-in-Chief or the Comic-in-Chief,” Brewer shot back yesterday when announcing the launch of a website aimed at educating the United States about her state’s new law. “Since the president’s joke was so inappropriate, I suppose, if I wanted to join in the comedian game, I could suggest that he should not give up his day job.”

Although the above made perfectly clear what she thinks of Obama, Brewer wasn’t quite done yet. “Unfortunately, though, he isn’t doing very well at that one, either,” she added as a punchline.

Governor Brewer certainly made jokes, but it’s perfectly clear from the video (see below) that she has it with the criticism directed at her state. She wants the Obama administration to either do something about the illegal immigration problem or to let individual states deal with it and get out of the way.

Additionally, the governor was clearly angry with Obama (and the Left in general) for pretending that border security has something to do with racism. The president, Gov. Brewer said, apparently sees this all as “a wonderful opportunity to divide people along racial lines for his personal political gain.” It goes without saying that she – rightly – considers this a terrible tactic. “This isn’t an immigration crisis but a border security crisis,” she said to loud applause from those present.

Although she’s certainly right that the Obama’s use of the race card is contemptible, I wonder what else she expected from a disciple of the infamous Saul Alinsky. Obama’s simply doing what his teacher taught him. He’s using Alinsky’s rules for radicals against his opponents, including the governor of Arizona. Is it despicable? Sure. Is it surprising though? Certainly not.

In any case, it’s interesting to see that Obama’s becoming increasingly less popular among (mostly conservative) governors. Normally presidents do everything in their power to create somewhat of a healthy relationship with individual governors. Obama, however, seems to believe that he doesn’t need them. Brewer is now making clear that he couldn’t be more wrong. Governors can put up a terrible fight when they want to.

Lastly, I wonder how long it will be before the race card will be useless altogether. There certainly are racists out there, but the Left is accusing its opponents so often of racism that it can’t be long before it loses its strength as a tactic. What will Obama and his friends do then to prevent the borders from being secured?

Watch it:

Gov. Brewer: Obama ‘Comic-in-Chief’?
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