President Obama was interrupted as he delivered a speech announcing the relaxation of immigration laws on Friday at the Rose Garden. The new immigration policy apparently is in place without congressional approval, although it has elements from the "DREAM Act," which has repeatedly failed in Congress. It gives some illegal immigrants under 30 years of age a reprieve from possible deportation.
During the speech, a reporter, Neil Munro, from the Daily Caller challenged the president about how unemployed Americans could be affected by the new policy. The president was clearly irritated by the interruption and stated, "It's not time for questions, not while I'm speaking," as reported by US News. Sadly, Mr. Munro certainly was out of line, as the president should not be interrupted during a press conference. However, it would also be helpful if the president himself would stick around to answer questions from reporters when he decides to make impactful policy decisions, particularly without approval from Congress.
The president continued his speech and rebuked Munro, by saying, "And the answer to your question, sir, and the next time I prefer you let me finish my statements before you ask that question, is this is the right thing to do for the American people." The reporter dared to question Obama at that point, when Obama continued, with his finger in the air, "I didn't ask for an argument, I'm answering your question." He continued to say that the illegal immigrants are already making contributions to our society. He said that they should not be treated as "expendable." The president has repeatedly found ways around those pesky checks and balances.
Whether or not one agrees with amnesty for illegal immigrants, the issue at stake here is clearly President Obama's willingness to exploit his presidential authority by enacting a policy that has not been passed through the proper constitutional channels.
Mr. Munro stated that he thought the speech was over and thought that he may have the opportunity to squeeze in a question at the end. He made the case for his interruption by saying that Obama usually turns away quickly after making a speech at the Rose Garden and does not allow questions from reporters, which he did in this case, as well, even after two reporters called out questions. It seems that Mr. Obama would prefer to use his bully pulpit than to collaborate with those who have been elected to represent the will of the people.
Watch Neil Munro discuss his perspective:
Watch Neil Munro's exchange with the president: