President Obama Returns to Nashville Next Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—As the “It City,” Nashville continually finds itself attracting attention from all corners of the globe. On Tuesday, President Barack Obamawill once again bring the national spotlight to Music City as he attempts to explain his recent unprecedented executive overreach on immigration.
Returning to Tennessee seems to be an odd choice for a President who, after saying his policies were on the ballot last month, saw overwhelming Republican enthusiasm reject those policies and re-elect Governor Bill Haslam, Senator Lamar Alexander, the state’s entire Republican congressional delegation by overwhelming margins, and make Tennessee one of only two states to actually expand its Republican supermajorities.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney hopes the President takes the opportunity to listen to Tennessee’s Republican leaders, but figures the visit will instead be used as a political ploy to dig Republicans.
“In Nashville some acts are hard to follow, while others just don’t know when to quit. President Obama’s return to the Music City plays like the latter. His song and dance for bigger government and broad overreach isn’t a show Tennesseans want a ticket for. Voters made that clear last month on Election Day. But like a reunion tour no one asked for, he’s back,” stated Devaney.
He continued, “Unfortunately for the President, we have a pretty good ear for authenticity here in Tennessee and we know he doesn’t have it. Despite pledging to work with all sides, since he took office President Obama has pursued an agenda of more expansive government and a more emboldened Washington. His recent actions on immigration are more of the same. And Tennesseans will do as they always have and kindly ask him to exit stage left.”
- A Washington Post editorial recently called Obama’s immigration actions “unprecedented.”
- The U.S. House today approved H.R. 5759, the Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act by a 219-197 vote.
- Recent reports show Americans are opposed to Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
- When President Obama visited Chattanooga in 2013, Chairman Devaney released an op-ed about Tennessee being a model for the rest of the nation.