It’s not referred to in internet search engines as the “Moat Speech,” though it should be. It was the Barack Obama’s bitterly derisive disquisition on comprehensive immigration reform, delivered in El Paso in August 2013. In those remarks, a video of which appears below, the president excoriates the GOP over its “phony” claims about the need for strengthening border security.
The more he spoke, the more exercised he became until he finally went full bore on the sarcasm, eliciting titters from the crowd of supporters with this bit of comedic gold:
[E]ven though we’ve answered these concerns [about border security], I suspect there are some who will try to move the goalposts on us — again. They said we needed to triple the border patrol. Now they’ll say we need to quadruple the border patrol. Or they’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat. [Emphasis added]
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