Obama’s biggest failure is immigration reform, US president admits during Univision interview (Video)

By on Sep 22, 2012 in International, Politics, United States Comments

US President Barack Obama‘s biggest failure so far is on comprehensive immigration reform issue. This is according to him, during an interview sponsored by Univision News, which was held in Florida on Thursday, September 20, 2012, as shown in the video below.

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President Obama, during the Univision interview
Image Credit: Univision video

As noted at US news sites that day, President Obama was interviewed at the BankUnited Center Field House on the University of Miami campus as part of his re-election campaign for the presidential election this coming November 6, or two months from now.

During the interview, Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas asked the president on what he thinks was his biggest failure. Mr. Obama admitted that it was inability to enact the comprehensive immigration reform, which Ramos said Obama promised to him back in 2008.

Jorge, as you remind me, my biggest failure so far is we haven’t gotten comprehensive immigration reform done yet…but it’s not for lacking of trying or desire.” President Obama replied, adding that he will continue working on that, as the audience went into laughter.

“When we talked about immigration reform in the first year, that was before the economy was on the verge of collapse. Lehman Brothers had collapsed, the stock market was collapsing. So my first priority was making sure we didn’t fall into a depression.” Mr. Obama added.

“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 meeting suddenly would walk away,” Obama explained further.

Apparently, Ramos went back to him saying, “You promised. And a promise is a promise. With all due respect, you didn’t keep that promise,” who switched briefly from Spanish to English, noting that he did want to get lost in the translation.

“I didn’t make a promise that I would get everything done 100 percent when I was elected as president. What I promised was that I would work every single day, as hard as I can…I haven’t gotten everything done that I want to get done. That’s why I’m running for a second term.” Obama said, defending himself.

US President Barack Obama, revealing his biggest failure
Video Credit: AmericasVoiceTV/YouTube/Univision

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