A Tale of Two Presidents: Moats & Alligators

May 11, 2011

Back in the day when we had a President who was intelligent enough to make an actual joke, Obama lightly dragged xenophobic Republicans and their concern over border security by saying maybe we need a moat.

“They said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they’re going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.”

Republicans couldn’t believe Obama would dare make a joke like that. And every Conservative media outlet flipped out.

https://www.mediamatters.org/fox-friends/they-dont-get-it-unable-take-joke-right-wing-media-attack-obama-over-moat-comment


October 1, 2019

Michael D. Shear, White House Correspondent for the New York Times, announced he has a book coming out next week called Border Wars, about the weeks leading up to Kirstjen Nielsen’s firing. WAY BACK IN MARCH, Donald Trump said they needed a moat at the border. With alligators and snakes. And electrified spikes at the top. And that they should shoot border-crossers in the legs to slow them down.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-suggested-shooting-migrants-in-legs-border-moat-2019-10

This was way back in March and this garbage journalist sat on it for months so he could write a book about it to make more money, but that’s not the point. It’s an important aside, but it’s not the point.

I’m just so annoyed that THIS is where we are now. Just eight short years ago, Republicans were offended that the sitting President would suggest moats and alligators in jest as a little dig at the GOP. The idea was so preposterous that Conservative outlets took great offense that the President would even jokingly suggest that Republicans would go for that.

Their President suggested it in earnest. Not as a joke, not as an exaggeration, but as a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. How much outrage do you think there will be?

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