Katrina picked out Obama’s take on Ayn Rand yesterday, and Reihan Salam has a delightfully dry dissection on the Agenda, but there’s really a lot more to love in the president’s surreal interview with Douglas Brinkley. Take this answer, for instance, about his application of deferred action to millions of illegal immigrants:
If you have a chance to meet these Dream Act kids, some of whom were brought here when they were two or three or five, and are American in every sense, except for their papers – love this country, have pledged allegiance to this flag, want to contribute – then you would reject the idea that somehow they should be deported to some country where they’ve never been.
That is, President Obama’s stance on U.S. immigration law is based on, well, having a chance to meet some immigrants — why can’t the residents of Arizona just try that? To him, it’s no non sequitur that the qualification of “having been found inspiring by the president” is now considered a sufficient qualification for U.S. permanent residency. And these are immigrants who apparently were brought to the U.S. at a young age (in reality up to 18, not “two or three or five”), but who the president claims “have never been” to their own country — nonocthons, I guess.
In Brinkley’s soaring introduction, he also recalls a line from the president’s 2011 State of the Union: “I will not walk away from the promise of clean energy. I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China or Germany because we refuse to make the same commitment here.” That’s all well and good, except that those two countries’ green-energy industries are all collapsing; Siemens and the Chinese government, in fact, might be quite happy to cede those industries to us.