Obama Official Says White House in Complete Control of Gang of 8

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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If you were looking for another reason to feel completely confident about the Gang of 8′s amnesty bill. Here it is. The 9th member of the gang is Obama. And he’s the senior ranking member.

The White House is playing a larger role in developing the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill than its supporters publicly admit, according to a forthcoming article in The New Yorker.

“‘No decisions are being made without talking to us about it,’ the official said of the Gang of Eight negotiations … ‘This does not fly if we’re not O.K. with it,’” a senior Obama official told author Ryan Lizza for the pending article.

White House officials also believe the emerging bill will be a huge success for President Barack Obama.

“If a Gang of Eight-style bill is signed into law by the President, it will probably be one of the top five legislative accomplishments in the last twenty years,” the official said. “It’s a huge piece of business.”

A White House spokesman said earlier that White House lawyers are participating in the drafting of the bill. But Obama and White House officials have kept a low profile to avoid deterring GOP cooperation.

However, they expect to seize the credit from Latinos once a bill is signed, the New Yorker article said. “We’re not worried about short-term political credit. We’ll get plenty of it if it gets signed,” the official told The New Yorker.

Any Republican who backs amnesty is getting played like a fiddle by Obama.

  • Patscholar

    Obama has his tentacles around and imbedded in everything, including the Supreme Court with its ruling that people can vote who are not citizens. Every day another revelation about his corrupt bid for power shocks and amazes. Thanks for keeping us posted about all of this, Daniel.

  • frodo

    Of course it wouldn’t fly if the Administration weren’t okay with it. The President would veto the bill. This seems to me a nonstory, or, if anything, a story about the reluctance of the Gang of Eight to talk about it. It’s surely not some illegitimate power grab, despite the first comment here.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Frito,
      of course two thirds of Congress can override a presidential veto and of course Osama Obama is incontrovertibly trying to take credit for the amnesty invasion.
      Troll attempt denied.

      • frodo

        In other words, the normal legislative process. What’s the issue? It is one thing to disagree with the bill and quite another to make claims about some kind of power grab. That is my only point here.

  • GSR

    The DC Elite are frankly “electing a new people” through mass, non-Judeo-Christian immigration.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “If a Gang of Eight-style bill is signed into law by the President, it will probably be one of the top five legislative accomplishments in the last twenty years,” the official said. “It’s a huge piece of business.”

    Said the communist.

  • Azsteve53

    I disagree, Republicans are not being played like a fiddle, they are being played for the fools they are for even considering this travesty

  • Anamah

    Machiavelli is in the WH, infatuated to carry out his evil dismantling, obsessed to disrupt the American system, keep putting sticks in the wheel…
    Dear Leader came under thousand disguises to thwart our indispensable Nation, to overwhelm and squash our values and success… and still we stand!
    And we will prevail because they have lost the trust, we must prevail to save our country and the whole society from this heinous plague!
    Is the time to clean all our Institution and restore dignity.

  • CowboyUp

    I believe it. It seems fairly obvious the dp has something on many congresscritters in the GOP, including their leadership, and Chief Justice Roberts, at the least, on the Supreme Court. The congresscritters apparently aren’t willing to step aside and let someone that the dp might not have leverage on in to represent their constituents, instead of themselves and the dp/left.

  • cathy

    Food for Thought

    JANUARY, 2013

    Rubio-Obama immigration plan? Senator’s proposal looks like White House policy
    Wednesday, 01.16.13

    Not only do Rubio and Obama’s plans create a similar type of amnesty for the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, the two politicians have used similar language.

    Here’s Obama unveiling his plan in May 2011, relatively little-reported at the time:

    “Those who are here illegally, they have a responsibility as well. So they broke the law, and that means they’ve got to pay their taxes, they’ve got to pay a fine, they’ve got to learn English. And they’ve got to undergo background checks and a lengthy process before they get in line for legalization. That’s not too much to ask.”

    Here’s Rubio in the Wall Street Journal on the undocumented:

    “They would have to come forward. They would have to undergo a background check…They would have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, maybe even do community service. They would have to prove they’ve been here for an extended period of time. They understand some English and are assimilated. Then most of them would get legal status and be allowed to stay in this country.”

    http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/16/3185077/rubio-obama-immigration-plan-senators.html