First Jon Stewart lets Obama have it for acting like an emperor, now Saturday Night Live takes a turn. A pretty funny one, too:
Maybe I’m inferring what I want to infer, but I see in this a subtle acknowledgement on the part of some of Obama’s lefty fans that they’re getting a wee bit wary of Obama’s power-grabbing ways. The entertainment culture loves the idea of a liberal president who makes everything equal and fair. That’s a complete fantasy, but it’s no surprise people who live in a fantasy world would buy into it. But they do not like the idea of a president - even the one they supported - acting like a dictator and completely disregarding both the constitutional limits on his power and the expressed will of the electorate.
Welcome aboard, guys, to the idea of constitutionally limited government. There’s a reason the founders designed it that way, and we’re now seeing what happens when a president simply decides to do what he wants to do and dares Congress (and everyone else) to do something about it.
But if the Daily Show and SNL are getting skittish about Obama’s abuses, the mainstream media are still apparently willing to bend over backwards to make excuses for him - at least the so-called “Wonkblog” at the Washington Post, which (I am not making this up), “fact-checked” the SNL sketch. Seriously:
This skit got a couple of things right, and a couple of things wrong. For starters, Obama didn’t sign an executive order. He is taking executive action, in particular by directing the Department of Homeland Security to expand programs that defer deportation for classes of undocumented immigrants—parents of U.S. citizens or permanent-resident children, as well as undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.
See a handy flow chart to determine who qualifies.
Obama’s action on Thursday adds 4 million new eligible immigrants, on top of the 1 million young immigrants who became eligible for deferred deportation under Obama’s original 2012 program.
The cold open got the basic explanation of what the difference is between a law and executive order right. And SNL also is correct that more Americans, even if they support comprehensive immigration reform, don’t believe Obama should do it by fiat.
The good news, I guess, is that Saturday Night Live is getting a bit funnier again. The bad but entirely unsurprising news is that the mainstream media is getting even more self-important. Fact-checking a Saturday Night Live sketch? Seriously?
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