This morning I was watching the fawning and obsequious photo op held in the White House Rose Garden for the visiting President of Mexico. There was President Obama bending over backwards praising our Mexican neighbor and making political points against the recent Arizona immigration legislation.
During his welcoming remarks Obama said, “I’m told there is a Mexican expression…Tell me who you walk with and it will tell me who you are.” I know that it was meant to be a warm olive leaf establishing Obama’s desire to soothe relations, but it certainly could and should backfire on Obama himself.
When you consider the individuals who are closely associated with our president, one could certainly question the integrity and ethics of the company he keeps. (Think Rod Blagojevich, Tony Rezko, Richard Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, George Siros, Rahm Emanuel, etc, etc).
Which speechwriter found that Mexican saying? If I were Obama I would be very sorry I didn’t edit that out of my remarks. I think the words will ultimately come back to haunt Obama and may cause serious harm to his presidency and administration.