Jon Kyl is the junior Senator from the state of Arizona and is now serving his third term. Recently he and President Obama had an Oval Office meeting on immigration, legal and otherwise. It appears that there are different perspectives on the substance of that sit down.
Senator Kyl was asked an immigration related question at an event last Friday in Tempe. The question basically asked if Obama was in fact going to challenge the controversial Arizona law. Senator Kyl said this:
“…… the problem is, he said ( he being the President) if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform. In other words, they’re holding it hostage. They don’t want to secure the border unless and until it combined with comprehensive immigration reform.”
That was Sen Kyl’s statement. The White House wasted little time in responding. Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton plainly said that Kyl lied about what was said at the meeting. Going still further on Monday, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told ABC’S Jake Tapper that Obama didn’t say that and Kyl knows it.
So, there you have it, two quite different points of view. The thing I find a bit interesting is that neither White House official actually stated what Obama did say. They only said what he didn’t say. Confused yet, so am I. Guess one must speculate on what was actually said, huh? Perhaps this tidbit can be a guide. Yesterday, I posted about Secretary Clinton’s assertion that a lawsuit was definitely going to be filed against the Arizona law. She said that and then was backed in what she said. Today we learn from Justice that no decision has been made. To paraphrase Casey Stengel from his time managing the woeful Mets teams of the early 1960′s, can’t anybody here play this game?
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