|Neil Munro, of The Daily Caller, interrupted Obama's immigration announcement|
Update: Listen to the Voice's exclusive audio of what White House heckler Neil Munro actually said.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama's Rose Garden announcement of a kind of DREAM Act-like executive branch workaround was hijacked by a "journalist" named Neil Munro of the conservative website the Daily Caller. (You know, Tucker Carlson's totally legit publication, which recently took traffic trolling to the level of giving a real gun away every day.)
As Obama tried to talk about creating what he called a "stopgap" (pointedly neither "amnesty" nor a "pathway to citizenship") for the undocumented children of immigrants brought to the United States as young children, Obama was interrupted twice by Munro.
This was our first time to the White House and the first Voice appearance in awhile. Little did we know, as we stressed about adhering to White House press protocol, this guy was going to blow up next to us!
Without the exchange, Obama's news would have created enough fireworks on its own. As he acknowledged in his speech, the latest version of the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors) Act has been stalled in Congress for the past couple of years. Its basic tenets -- that minors who have never broken the law and are undocumented by no fault of their own should have a way to stay legally in the United States, if they go to college or join the military -- have been supported at one time or another by politicians as varied as John McCain, George W. Bush, and the late Ted Kennedy. Still, more than a decade after it was first introduced by Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Orin Hatch, it's always died in the Senate, despite being quite popular with voters and among the least controversial proposed immigration reforms. More »