For some reason, when Barack Obama promised the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials that he would push for comprehensive immigration reform, the not only believed him, they rose to their feet and applauded.
No, this is not a repeat from the last campagin:
Barack Obama won a standing ovation Friday at a Latino conference inFlorida Friday in which he promised to press for wholescale immigration reform and described his temporary measure last week to help undocumented youth as simply right thing to do.
He said that his move, giving a temporary two-year visa to an estimated 800,000 young people whose parents moved to the US illegally, was aimed at “lifting the shadow of deportation and giving them a reason to hope”.
He added: “That was the right thing to do.”
The president also used the speech to make repeated digs at his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, who spoke the previous day to the same audience, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (Naleo), near Orlando. He reminded the audience of things Romney has said over the last year about immigration.
By contrast with Obama, Romney received only intermittent and tepid applause.
Meanwhile, back in 2008:
Promises, promises, Mr. President.