Quote of the day: Obama's biggest failure

The President assesses his first term

By Jillian Rayfield

Published September 20, 2012 10:38PM (EDT)

The President was courting the Hispanic vote at a Univision News forum on Thursday, and during the interview he agreed with anchor Jorge Ramos that his biggest failure so far has been his inability to enact immigration reform:

"Jorge, as you remind me, my biggest failure so far is we haven't gotten comprehensive immigration reform done yet," Obama said, adding: "What I confess I did not expect, and so I'm happy to take responsibility for being naive here, is that Republicans who had previously supported comprehensive immigration reform -- my opponent in 2008, who had been a champion of it and who attended these meetings -- suddenly would walk away. That's what I did not anticipate."

 


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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