We’ve seen Jan Brewer point a finger in his face and another politician yell “you lie” during one of his State of the Union speeches.
Have we ever seen this level of disrespect towards anyone else?
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Essence writer Daniella Gibbs Leger tackles the topic. Here’s an excerpt from her piece:
I was having a conversation with a friend of mine last weekend. As often happens with us, the conversation moved from gossip to politics and we discussed the announcement President Obama made on Friday granting reprieve to hundreds of thousands of undocumented youths facing possible deportation. These are kids – DREAMers – who came here through no fault of their own and are often excelling in school but have the threat of deportation constantly hanging over their heads. Because Republicans wouldn’t support a bill many of them previously supported, President Obama took action on Friday and directed DHS to use prosecutorial discretion to stop deporting these young kids and allow them to stay and go to school and/or work.
It’s not a permanent solution; it offers no pathway to citizenship. But it lifts the big boulders off their shoulders for the moment. It was a huge deal to those who care about the fate of these young people and immigration reform. My friend and I were commenting that coming on the heels of President Obama’s gay marriage announcement, this has been a pretty historic and exciting few months.