Smart to leak this while Obama is giving Biden a medal; journalists might be crying so hard they miss it. https://t.co/c6q5l5UI44
— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) January 12, 2017
Awwww … isn’t this special? This afternoon, soon-to-be-ex-President Obama surprised his best pal Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom:
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 12, 2017
"I don’t deserve this," says Biden of the Presidential Medal, "but I know it came from the president’s heart." pic.twitter.com/vrS2YDPqJK
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 12, 2017
But our beloved POTUS had one other trick up his sleeve, one he was maybe hoping wouldn’t get nearly as much attention:
BREAKING: Administration official: Obama ending policy granting residency to Cubans entering US without visas.
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 12, 2017
— Matt Lee (@APDiploWriter) January 12, 2017
SAO says repeal of "wet foot, dry foot" is effective immediately. Joint statement from US and Cuba expected today.
— Julie Pace (@jpaceDC) January 12, 2017
More from the AP:
The Obama administration is ending the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that granted residency to Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas.
That’s according to a senior administration official, who said the policy change was effective immediately.
The official said the U.S. and Cuba have spent several months negotiating the change, including an agreement from Cuba to allow those turned away from the U.S. to return.
Barack Obama just surprised Joe Biden with a Presidential Medal of Freedom https://t.co/SK79HuZi1V
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 12, 2017
And fleeing Cubans, with the finger. https://t.co/lWhhf5vZXr
— The Mainstream Media (@JCred) January 12, 2017
Just when you think Obama’s flipped his last bird, he goes and pulls something like this.
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) January 12, 2017
Dude. WHAT. https://t.co/pJTYnTtwN2
— Lyndsey Fifield (@lyndseyfifield) January 12, 2017
— shansmith (@shansmith) January 12, 2017
Wow. Unbelievable. https://t.co/MgqFb6DjKL
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) January 12, 2017
Hope and change much? https://t.co/4saoT6whiY
— Seth (@dcseth) January 12, 2017
Propping up Cuba's evil regime. Punishing those who flee it. https://t.co/1SoWSzXBGe
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) January 12, 2017
— Fred Piccolo Jr (@FredPiccoloJr) January 12, 2017
@AP I guess Cubans don't dream.
— K Ham (@keithfhamilton) January 12, 2017
Wow. The slobbery embrace of Castro regime continues. https://t.co/DRI0ZDGhzF
— Ellen L. Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) January 12, 2017
bears repeating: "wiping your ass on the toilet seat before getting up" https://t.co/p1754JXh6D
— Nino (@baldingschemer) January 12, 2017
We’ll leave you with this from Commentary’s Noah Rothman:
Seems a good time to re-up this one: Obama's legacy of legitimizing illiberal regimes https://t.co/nv1zmhVVqv
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) January 12, 2017
Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional tweets.
Here’s President Obama’s official statement:
JUST IN: Pres. Obama: Cuban nationals who attempt to enter US illegally and don't qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal pic.twitter.com/Jve0Zrk5Jd
— ABC News (@ABC) January 12, 2017
We found immigrants Obama doesn't want. https://t.co/Go8NLlYUyh
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 12, 2017
Editor’s note: With the White House releasing President Obama’s statement, we have removed “Report” from the headline.