Obama Mentions Rupert Murdoch in Immigration Speech

Yesterday President Obama gave a speech in El Paso, Texas on immigration reform. He made the obligatory “everything is bigger in Texas” joke – which everyone laughed at because he’s the President, so he’s funny all the time – but then he did something odd: He gave some love to Rupert Murdoch. As evidence that everyone wants a better immigration policy, Obama explained:

I mean, one CEO had this to say about reform: ‘American ingenuity is a product of the openness and diversity of this society. Immigrants have made America great as the world leader in business, in science, higher education and innovation.’ You know who that leader was? Rupert Murdoch, who owns Fox News, and is an immigrant himself. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Rupert Murdoch’s views, but let’s just say he doesn’t have an Obama sticker on his car. But he agrees with me on this.

Now that’s funny. We’re not sure if Murdoch is happy about having Obama mention him in a speech, but Obama has to do what he’s got to do. As the saying goes, keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.