President Barack Obama, Basketball and Immigration Reform

The New Yorker, THE TALK OF THE TOWN, July 26, 2010



“During the Presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised to pursue comprehensive immigration reform… This spring, Obama, after getting health-care legislation passed, looked to be in a strong position to move forward with immigration reform.  After meeting with Republican senators, he made a characteristic move–suddenly ordering twelve hundred National Guard troops to the southern border.  He was faking right, it seemed, before making his drive on the basket.”

President Obama is a basketball player.  The writer of the July 26th “Talk of the Town” article used a basketball term, faking right, to emphasize that troop placement on borders was a preliminary political move before pursuing (making his drive on) “comprehensive immigration reform.”


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