“My administration has dedicated unprecedented resources and personnel to combating the transnational criminal organizations that traffic in drugs, weapons, and money, and smuggle people across the border with Mexico,” Barack Obama said, describing problems he perceives from the Hispanic population.1
With Obama increasingly revealing how out of touch he is with the economy, criticizing the economic policies of President George W. Bush while at the same time emulating both Presidents Bush with a supply-side solution to his perceived problem with Mexico – the nation visited first and most often by the younger Bush while serving in the White House – it’s no surprise that 59% of Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy.2
1. Barack Obama, “Statement by the President on the Passage of the Southwest Border Security Bill,” The White House, http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/12/statement-president-passage-southwest-border-security-bill.
2. Jeffrey Davidow, The U.S. and Mexico: The Bear and the Porcupine – Testimony of the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, 1998-2002 (Princeton: Markus Wiener, 2004), 195-206. Jeffrey M. Jones, “On the Issues, Obama Finds Majority Approval Elusive,” Gallup, August 11, 2010.