Obama Played PR Word Games On Immigration Order


A commentator caught the Obama White House playing public relations word games regarding the president's so-called "Executive Order" changing immigration law last month.

Barack Obama speaks on immigration Nov. 20, 2014 White House video screen shotAuthor and World Net Daily (WND) senior reporter Jerome R. Corsi reported Dec. 3 that the White House never issued an "order" despite widespread news coverage repeating the term that President Obama had used Nov. 20 to announce his plan.

Jerome Corsi

The president's legal advisers and many reporters who seek friendly access to the White House have avoided the story. Why? To shield the Obama White House from embarrassment and legal and political accountability, according to Corsi, right, a best-selling author with conservative viewpoints.

The situation is worth exploring. It exemplifies the public relations shenanigans, constitutional brinkmanship, secretive decision-making, and lapdog reporting that pervade Washington.

These factors were especially apparent this month. Major issues have been crammed into a lame-duck, post-election period. Elected officials are thus avoiding much of the accountability to the public that the lawmakers should face for their last-minute decision-making and do-nothing performance much of the rest of the year.

This week the House rapidly approved of the nation's one trillion dollar budget. The House cobbled together the bill in secret for the most part. The budget kowtows to bankers, militarists and multi-million-dollar campaign donors. The bill reinstates in advance a federal bailout if large banks return to speculation and face ruin if their bets fail. Among those hurt by the budget, at least in the short term, are pension recipients who had more than one employer during their working years and college students dependent on Pell grants. Dec. 13 Update: Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, Joining House.

The bill does not make a major financial issue out of the president's immigration initiative. That battle was postponed for another day.

Corsi described his views to me in a meeting Tuesday at the National Press Club after Rush Limbaugh and the Drudge Report had echoed his scoop earlier this week.

We spoke also about how independent reporters, as in this instance, frequently scoop the "beat reporters" from mainstream news organizations regarding information embarrassing to officials on sensitive topics. For example, Corsi is the author of a bold and insightful new e-book on President Kennedy's assassination, Who Killed John F. Kennedy?

Regarding the immigration order, my check of White House websites and clippings confirmed the basics of Corsi's allegation. The White House site contains separately an Obama "memorandum" on immigration Nov. 21,"Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century."

The Executive 'Order'

President Haider Al Abadi Sept. 8, 2014A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report from 1999 on a similar topic says little practical difference exists between a presidential "order" and "memorandum." The U.S. Constitution mentions neither concept. Over time, presidents have expanded their powers with both kinds of documents. An "order" tends to convey a more authoritative tone and imply a standard method of legal sourcing and publication, according to commentators in the field.

Corsi obtained the following confirmation from a National Archives and Records Administration librarian, Jeffrey Hartley:

“As I indicated, it would appear that there is not an Executive Order stemming from the President’s remarks on November 20 on immigration,” Hartley wrote. Hartley said that neither of the executive orders Obama signed in Las Vegas the day after his announcement fulfill his plan to defer deportations and grant work permits to up to 5 million illegal aliens.

“The only two documents that I have located are two Presidential Memoranda, which are available from the White House site,” continued Hartley’s email to Corsi. “They can also be found in the November 26, 2014 issue of the Federal Register.”

Anyone visiting the White House website in the section marked Executive Orders will see (as of this writing) that there is no order on immigration in late November even though nearly all news and opinion columns carried by the mainstream media described Obama's action with that term. A few are now starting to describe it as an "executive action," perhaps in response to Corsi's discovery.

The larger issue is that the president's action on immigration, like many from recent presidents of both parties, appears to avoid the standard legislative process taught in civics classes as required by the U.S. Constitution whereby congress passes legislation and the president either signs it or vetoes it. Instead, President Obama seems to be expanding executive power in domestic and foreign policy, much like his predecessors have done.

Update: Corsi described the situation in a four-minute video interview Dec. 10 by Black & Blond Media's Bob Parks and Laura Erickson:

Corsi received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality and the co-author of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry, which was also a #1 New York Times bestseller.

He told me and broadcast interviewer, Black and Blond Media's Bob Parks and Laura Erickson, that the Obama White House appeared to be setting up the new Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to take the heat for implementing amnesty without either congressional approval or other procedures required before federal rule-making.

Additionally, Corsi expressed surprise that the well-funded mainstream media would be either caught unaware of the deception or remain too timid to report it.

This is, of course, the pattern that we and many others have seen also on other current stories, including retrospectives this fall on the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission's report on Kennedy's murder.

The Warren report on the murder is filled with obvious irregularities, including its claims that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy with three shots from the rear and that Oswald's murderer, Jack Ruby, had no ties to organized crime.

Phil Mikan ShowI described this week's evidence of such arbitrary conduct during an hour-long interview Dec. 11 on "The Phil Mikan Show" simulcast on Connecticut stations WLIS-AM and WMRD-AM. The longtime host, a student of American history and current affairs, is appalled at similar trends, and urged listeners to learn more from my recent study, Presidential Puppetry, which he described on air as "an absolutely astounding book. Fascinating."

Corsi, visiting Washington for research meetings, had invited me to meet at the Press Club to discuss one of his latest books, a e-book Who Killed John F. Kennedy? It is available at www.CorsiOnJFK.com.

Corsi's admirable but challenging goal is to show young people especially that the latest research on the ongoing murder cover-up directly affects their lives. 3.

I applaud that goal, but know from our 22-part "JFK Assassination Readers Guide" published on the Justice Integrity Project site that debunking conventional wisdom with fact requires attention to detail not easy for readers to provide when fiction, fun and escapism hold inherently greater attraction.

One promising route, however, is for all of us who share these concerns to be willing to put aside party and ideological blinders at least on occasion, and examine evidence of public relations manipulation, particularly on important issues.

Beyond the immigration issue, here is Corsi's description of his JFK work and its importance: "I strongly believe that our nation knows collectively what happened on this 22nd of November 1963 and I would like to serve as the catalyst to uncover the truth."
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Executive Order Controversy

President Obama delivers an address to the nation on his immigration actions Nov. 20, 2014, as portrayed in a screenshot from White House video.

World Net Daily, Amnesty shocker! The secret behind Obama's 'order,' President accused of 'sleight of hand' to protect self from impeachment, Jerome R. Corsi, Dec. 3, 2014. Jerome Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is a WND senior staff reporter. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers "The Obama Nation" and "Unfit for Command." Corsi's latest book is "Who Really Killed Kennedy?"  Did President Obama just set up Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to be a candidate for impeachment instead of himself if conservatives convince the Republican majorities in the House and the Senate that his “executive actions” on immigration are unconstitutional? The inquiry begins with the question: Where are the executive orders Obama supposedly signed to permit up to 5 million parents of young illegal aliens to remain in the United States for three years? The White House appears to have engaged in administrative sleight of hand, changing U.S. immigration law not by executive order but by a memorandum “exercising prosecutorial discretion” Johnson signed the day of Obama’s Nov. 20 nationwide address that so far has not been filed in the Federal Register. Tom Fitton, president of Washington-based watchdog institution Judicial Watch, told WND in an interview the legal status of Johnson’s memo is a serious constitutional question that deserves to be adjudicated. “The entire implementing authority involves a memorandum published by DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson that changes the immigration law, directing federal money to be spent that has not been appropriated by Congress,” he said. “In my view, there is a serious question whether Jeh Johnson should be impeached for taking this action, and a criminal investigation should be initiated to determine how and why federal funds are being misappropriated,” he declared.

World Net Daily, Head fake? Obama never signed amnesty order, Jerome R. Corsi, Dec. 9, 2014. It’s common knowledge President Obama signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to forgive millions of illegal aliens for their past violations of immigration law, right? Wrong.

WND, Limbaugh: There is no executive order on amnesty, Joe Kovacs, Dec. 9, 2014. 'This is even more corrupt than anyone conceived!' Radio host Rush Limbaugh is now broadcasting the fact that President Obama never personally signed any executive order in connection with his recent move providing amnesty for up to 5 million illegal immigrants. “Do you know that Obama has not signed any executive action or order for this?” Limbaugh stated on his top-rated national program Tuesday. “Folks, this is even more corrupt than anybody conceived! “He just wrote a memo instructing Homeland Security not to deport 5 million people. There is no actual executive order.” The news that Obama had not signed an executive order to carry out the policy he announced to the nation in a televised address Nov. 20 was broken last week by WND Senior Staff Writer Jerome Corsi.

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New York Times, Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill, Joining House, Ashley Parker and Robert Pear, Dec. 13, 2014. After moments of high drama, dry process and acrimony, the Senate passed a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending package Saturday night, abruptly ending several days of chaotic legislative maneuvers and clearing the bill for President Obama to sign. The legislation, which will fund most of the government through the fiscal year that ends in September, passed in a bipartisan vote, 56 to 40, after a turbulent process — a fitting coda for a governing body that has often failed to govern. The vote concluded a long day of brinkmanship, spurred by a legislative challenge to Mr. Obama’s executive action on immigration by Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, who helped force the Senate into a weekend session. By the end of the day, Mr. Cruz found himself isolated even from members of his own party.

Gallup, Hispanics' Support for Obama Climbs After Executive Order, Justin McCarthy, Dec. 10, 2014. Hispanic Americans' approval of President Barack Obama's job performance is up 12 points, to 64%, since he issued an executive order protecting some immigrants who are living in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Whites' and blacks' ratings of the president did not change meaningfully during this time. Obama's executive order, issued Nov. 20, will create a program that allows immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to apply to work legally -- as long as they have no criminal record, have lived in the U.S. for at least five years and have children. The 4 to 5 million immigrants that qualify could also become eligible for Medicare and Social Security. Obama has said that his efforts to overhaul the immigration system could be supplanted by congressional action. Since that announcement, his job approval ratings among all Americans have climbed two points. Given no change in approval rating among whites, and a small but not statistically meaningful decline among blacks, the increase in his overall job approval rating appears to be largely driven by

Washington Post, They thought Obama’s action would allow travel. They were wrong, Pam Constable, Dec. 11, 2014. Many illegal immigrants are discovering that the president’s action doesn’t let families divided between the U.S. and their homelands to be reunited. Two years ago, when Obama announced a similar executive action granting temporary deportation relief to about 700,000 illegal immigrant youths, known as dreamers, the issue of family reunification was not as dire. Some dreamers grew up in the United States without their parents, but many came to the United States as children with older family members. This time, though, many of the families who qualify for the president’s protection are the same kinds of families whose children, left behind in El Salvador or Honduras, surged across the U.S.-Mexico border this year after their parents — anxious to save them from gang violence or just longing to be with them — paid smugglers to bring them north. The government has not yet published the final rules for Obama’s plan, but immigration experts expect they will be almost identical to those issued with the 2012 executive action that established the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program, or DACA.


Catching Our Attention on other Justice, Media & Integrity Issues

Washington Post, Deal reached to allow pension plans to cut benefits, Michael A. Fletcher, The move, affecting current retirees, is an effort to save the nation’s most distressed plans.

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Gruber is shown in a file photo promoting a book he wrote on health care reform.

Washington Post, The Jonathan Gruber hearing was a zany coda to Darrell Issa’s tumultuous tenure, Dana Milbank, Dec. 9, 2014. A gaffe, under the oft-cited Michael Kinsley rule, is when somebody in Washington accidentally speaks the truth. But what happens when frankness leads you to say something so monumentally stupid — the verbal equivalent of a pratfall, a face-plant into a mud pit — that “gaffe” doesn’t cover it? In that case, you have Grubered yourself.

OpEd News, Another Fabricated Jobs Report, Paul Craig Roberts (shown in photo), Dec. 8, 2014. If we are sufficiently gullible to believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report Dec. 5 of 321,000 new jobs in November, we should be disturbed that Paul Craig Robertsthe vast bulk of the jobs are third world domestic service jobs that do not produce exports to offset the massive trade deficit of the US offshored economy. Moreover, the majority of these jobs do not produce sufficient income for a person to establish a household or qualify for a car loan. America is bleeding herself dry so that corporate executives and shareholders can live the high life on bonuses and capital gains resulting from exploited foreign labor and the destruction of the American middle class. Let's move on to other conclusions. What this means is that the US is short 2.4 million jobs from seven years ago. So how is there an ongoing recovery? In the meantime the population has grown. Remember, the official unemployment rate is low because discouraged workers are not counted as unemployed.

Reuters, At America’s court of last resort, a handful of lawyers now dominates the docket, Joan Biskupic, Janet Roberts and John Shiffman, Dec. 8, 2014. Although the U.S. Supreme Court is the most diverse it has ever been – three of the nine justices are women and two are minorities – the elite bar that comes before it is strikingly homogeneous: Of the 66 top lawyers, 63 are white. Only eight are women. Part 1: A cadre of well-connected attorneys has honed the art of getting the Supreme Court to take up cases - and business is capitalizing on their expertise. A Reuters examination of nine years of cases shows that 66 of the 17,000 lawyers who petitioned the Supreme Court succeeded at getting their clients’ appeals heard at a remarkable rate. Their appeals were at least six times more likely to be accepted by the court than were all others filed by private lawyers during that period. The lawyers are the most influential members of one of the most powerful specialties in America: the business of practicing before the Supreme Court. None of these lawyers is a household name. But many are familiar to the nine justices. That’s because about half worked for justices past or present, and some socialize with them.

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Huffington Post, New Republic Exodus: Dozens Of Editors Resign Over Management Changes, Michael Calderone, Dec. 5, 2014. Dozens of New Republic staff members and contributing editors resigned en masse Friday morning, less than 24 hours after top editors Frank Foer and Leon Wieseltier quit over a dispute with management over the magazine's direction. New Republic owner Chris Hughes and newly installed CEO Guy Vidra announced Thursday they were repositioning the 100-year-old magazine to become a "vertically integrated digital media company." They hired Gabriel Snyder, who previously ran Gawker and The Wire, and was most recently at Bloomberg Media, to be its new editor-in-chief. Many of the magazine's contributing editors have resigned, too: Paul Berman, Jonathan Chait, William Deresiewicz, TA Frank, Ruth Franklin, Anthony Samantha Power and Cass Sunstein White House PhotoGrafton, Robert Kagan (husband to US Ambassador to the United Nations Victoria Nuland), Enrique Krauze, Ryan Lizza, Sacha Z. Scoblic, Helen Vendler, Sean Wilentz, David Grann, Damon Linker and Cass Sunstein.

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