White House says #Obama is aware if Merkel’s past and East Germany’s past.
Fact that White House won’t explicitly say the US has not listened to German Chancellor Merkel’a cell phone in the past is telling.
#Obama emphasizes that predecessor George W Bush was in favor of immigration reform, says good policy is good politics in this instance
#Obama says now is the time to get immigration reform done
WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) – As the White House struggles
to fix the problem-plagued rollout of its healthcare reform law,
President Barack Obama on Thursday will try to focus attention
on another policy priority – immigration reform – with a call
for congressional action.
The president, who listed immigration as one of three
priorities for this year after the 16-day government shutdown
concluded, will make a statement at 10:35 a.m. (1435 GMT) at the
White House urging lawmakers to finish work on measures to
strengthen U.S. borders and provide a pathway toward citizenship
for millions of people who are in the United States illegally.