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Durbin Says Illegal Alien Could Be President, Official Site Omits Comment

June 30, 2011 by  

Durbin Says Illegal Alien Could Be President, Official Site Omits CommentSenate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), in his opening remarks at the Senate hearing on the controversial DREAM Act, asked all the “DREAMers” — adolescents who would be eligible for citizenship under the Act — attending the hearing to stand. Then, he made the following statement:

“When I look around this room, I see America’s future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our Congressman, our Senators and maybe our President.”

The statement was caught on video, which can be viewed below. However, the transcript for Durbin’s opening remarks, which is available on his website, reads:

“When I look around this room, I see the future doctors, nurses, scientists, and soldiers who will make this country stronger.”

As noted on Real Clear Politics, which broke the original story, Article II, Section 1, clause five of the Constitution reads: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

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  • s c

    No one can refute the idea that ‘Dems’ include quite a cast of characters. Some are almost funny, some are spectacularly stupid, some should have been put in front of a firing squad and some are in a league of their own [horny, mentally defective, greedy, power-mad, etc.].
    And then there’s The Dick. If he really thinks that America would be better off or that we deserve an illegal alien as a prez, then it’s time for The Dick to disappear. Given enough time, even Illinois won’t take him back. A Wiener may be a wiener, but The Dick is something else.

    • granny mae

      we may already have an illegal alein as pres. His name is Obama !

    • Kinetic1

      Your description of “Dems” could easily cover all politicians, and I would argue that it does.
      You know, I would have given Durbin a pass on this if they hadn’t corrected the transcript or had at least noted where a correction was made. Given the tone of the speech and the common use of “even a President” when describing the future of young people, it would make it understandable that he slipped it in by mistake, but not when there are so many people still in doubt about President Obama’s nationality. Of course this “transcript” may just be a copy of the speech as he was supposed to have presented it, in which case they may not have thought to cross check, but that doesn’t excuse ignoring such a touchy subject. When will they learn that everything ends up on the internet?

  • Raggs

    Isn’t one Alein enough? I was hoping that 2012 would we rid ourselves of IT.

  • Dan az

    This explains to me why obumer is still not been arrested for impersonating a president.Apparently he and all the rest of the democraps have never read the constitution and why would we expect them to uphold their oath if they don’t understand what it is that they gave an oath to?Is this not proof why we should not just fire them all?

  • WardMD

    If this ERRONEOUS statement had been made by Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell or Michele Bachmann, the Liberals would run that clip for WEEKS, asking them if they were “flakes”!

    BUT, it comes as NO SURPRISE when a Liberal Democrat (who, obviously doesn’t care about the CITIZENSHIP of their President) makes such an IGNORANT comment (and the Main Stream Media is silent)!

  • Thinking About

    So Billy did you look into your Crystal ball and determine every one in the room was illegal or not born in USA. It is a shame only liberal media jumps onto other victims but the right never does, guess this is an example. What about the I’ll informed who still post here that even after Obama bc was released still can’t get it right. Oh the righteous wrong.

    • Kinetic1

      Thinking,
      To be fair, Durbin asked only the DREAM kids to stand, so even if there were qualified young Americans in the room the remarks do not appear to have been directed towards them. I think it was just a reflex mistake. Almost all speeches about tomorrow’s youth builds up to the possibility of one in the room becoming President. Any other time it would have been no big deal, but now that people like many of those on this site believe that President Obama is a Muslim, Marxist, Communist, Socialist, Kenyan, Indian, Pakistani , Sodomite we need to be extra careful not to make any mistakes like this. Shoot, now that he said that there are probably people on this site who will get the names of all those in attendance and watch for their American Political progress!

  • Cawmun Cents

    PEOPLE ACTUALLY ELECT WORTHLESS MEN LIKE THIS TO OFFICE….!That is what kills me.The guy lives up to the name Dick.In fact I think he should be a Richard which is just a bigger name for Dick.Just a wrinkled,wizened ol’ Dick thats all he is.Lots of Dicks in politics.-CC……HAW!

  • Kinetic1

    Ms. Bonebright,
    “the best way to combat bias in the press is to publish the truth.” And then give it some spin. Look at the headline of your article. “Durbin Says Illegal Alien Could Be President, Official Site Omits Comment” Now let’s think about what happened. Senator Durbin said in his prepared opening remarks

    “When I look around this room, I see America’s future. Our doctors, our teachers, our nurses, our engineers, our scientists, our soldiers, our Congressman, our Senators and maybe our President.”

    Technically, since this speech was about the Dream Act and children raised in this country illegally you could say that he was suggesting that anyone of them could become President, but your headline says that he said an “Illegal Alien Could Be President”. Let’s be honest here, “President” was just part of a list of great things that one might achieve if given a chance, but it should have been dropped under the circumstances. To read your headline (which is as much as some people bother to read) you would think that he was giving his legal opinion in direct opposition to our Constitution.

    In keeping with this level of journalistic integrity, I would like to suggest the following headline for Michele Bachmann’s gaffe the other day;

    “Bachamann Declares Same Values as John Wayne Gacy”

    • Bleh

      “To read your headline (which is as much as some people bother to read) you would think that he was giving his legal opinion in direct opposition to our Constitution.”

      That is because he did. The people he referenced when he looked around the room are Illegal Aliens under law.

  • William E.M. Cunningham

    Half truth & half lies. And a little fate that you’re right. Save the fate for your religion and not your politics. And this is not OLD Nazi Germany where the big lie worked so well. If any of the stories you purport to be true, were true, there would have been a host of Lawyer Politicians filing papers and getting injunctions. I am sorry you are lazy and cannot or will not find the truth. And I bet the Republicans are glad you are allowed to vote.

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