Whew. Although we respect the office of the President, and find this one likable as an individual, we must admit that the Obama Administration has not given us many chances to agree with the President on any major issue of domestic policy. However...
At least the first of the two paragraphs quoted directly from the President is absolutely fine by me (PK), and well put:
" Look, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. This country has a strong tradition of gun ownership that's been handed down from generation to generation. Obviously across the country there are regional differences. There are differences between how people feel in urban areas and rural areas. And the fact is the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible -- they buy their guns legally and they use them safely, whether for hunting or sport shooting, collection or protection.
Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/01/10/Piers-Morgan-deportation-petition-White-House-responds/7141357830406/#ixzz2Hbd3pP3P " (Hey, I have no problem with posting the same link twice if that's what UPI wants, and apparently it is, because the second link automatically pastes with the quote.)
And I also completely agree with the official statement posted on the White House blog by Jay Carney:
" "The Constitution not only guarantees an individual right to bear arms, but also enshrines the freedom of speech and the freedom of the press -- fundamental principles that are essential to our democracy," wrote Press Secretary Jay Carney. "Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment -- or any other matter of public concern."
Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/01/10/Piers-Morgan-deportation-petition-White-House-responds/7141357830406/#ixzz2HbdxQXRs " (Oh, right, they have a separate web address for each paragraph so you can check it out without scrolling. Cute!)
Well put, gentlemen. I thought the performance that annoyed all those people was the one where Morgan self-identified as other than American, but anybody who's lived in Washington knows that diplomats have to do much more than making "undiplomatic" remarks in public before anyone considers sending them home.
Actually, I think the petition to deport Morgan was started as a "statement," or even a snap-back joke...I'm just surprised that it got enough support to be taken this seriously!