President Obama stopped by Univision yesterday, an Hispanic televison station, and answered some tough questions about his re-election and presidency at a forum held at the University of Miami.
The televised forum began with questions about his decision to label the attacks on the US embassies in the Middle East as a form of terrorism, and why the US wasn’t better prepared for the attacks which occured on the 9/11 anniversary.
In his response, he talked about the anti-Islamic film that was used by terrorists as a ploy to attack American interest.
“This is obviously something that is used as excuse by some to carry out inexcusable violent acts on westerners or Americans and my number one priority is to keep our diplomats safe and our embassies safe.”
“We’re still doing an investigation. What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by the extremists to see if they could directly harm U.S. interests.”
The President said that he considers his inability to pass comprehensive immigration reform as his biggest failure.
“My biggest failure so far is we haven’t gotten comprehensive immigration reform done yet. What I confess I did not expect, and so I’m happy to take responsibility for being naive here, is that Republicans who had previously supported comprehensive immigration reform — my opponent in 2008, who had been a champion of it and who attended these meetings — suddenly would walk away. That’s what I did not anticipate.”
Obama also spoke about the touchy subject of change and his promise to change the direction of Washington politics that he campaigned on in 2008.
“I think that I’ve learned some lessons over the last four years and the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside. You can only change it from the outside. That’s how I got elected. And that’s how the big accomplishments like health care got done.”
Obama spoke openly and candidly about the ups and downs of his presidency, but we’re confident that with four more years, all the change he promised can be fulfilled!
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