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dent talks in gen­er­al­i­ties rather than de­tail­ing spe­cific plans for bor­der se­cu­rity or guest worker pro­grams, then blames Repub­li­cans for prob­lems. Pres­i­dent Obama needs to en­gage Repub­li­can lead­er­ship, he needs to work on con­sen­sus build­ing,” Al­fonso Aguilar, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Latino Part­ner­ship for Con­ser­va­tive Prin­ci­ples, tells In­side the Belt­way.

“The pres­i­dent knows Lati­nos are an­gry at him. His pop­u­lar­ity is plum­met­ing, down to 47 per­cent among Lati­nos, a Gallup poll said at the end of April. They just don’t be­lieve him. What we’re see­ing here is the of­fi­cial start of Pres­i­dent Obama’s re­elec­tion cam­paign in the Latino com­mu­nity,” Mr. Aguilar says.

“The pres­i­dent has again called for amnesty for il­le­gal im­mi­grants with­out of­fer­ing a sin­gle pro­posal to ac­tu­ally im­prove the se­cu­rity of our borders,” ob­serves Rep. Peter T. King, New York Repub­li­can and chair­man of the House Com­mit­tee on Home­land Se­cu­rity. “Af­ter nearly two-and-a-half years in of­fice, Pres­i­dent Obama has yet to present the Amer­i­can peo­ple with a com­pre­hen­sive plan for se­cur­ing the bor­der against il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion. Im­ply­ing that ‘we’ve done enough, the bor­der is se­cure,’ does not make it so.”

Mean­while, he said Mr. Obama has “en­dan­gered U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity” and “staged a po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated cha­rade to kill bin Laden be­cause he wanted the ‘bonus’ of the kill with­out the ‘onus’ of hav­ing to han­dle a live Osama bin Laden af­ter­wards,” all with an eye on the 2012 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. Phys­i­cal fit­ness = fis­cal fit­ness. So says Rep. Aaron Schock, dubbed “Amer­ica’s Fittest Con­gress­man” and the “ripped rep­re­sen­ta­tive” by Men’s Heath mag­a­zine. The Illi­nois Repub­li­can — age 29 and a fan of form­fit­ting Zegna suits — is a reg­u­lar in the House gym, and a devo­tee of “P90X,” the video workout se­ries cre­ated by Tony Hor­ton. Mr. Schock also is push­ing his own sum­mer fit­ness chal­lenge (www.men­shealth.com/schock), with po­lit­i­cal frills. He’s im­plor­ing couch-lov­ing cit­i­zens to drop 30 pounds by La­bor Day.

“How does that help Amer­ica? Health care may be the sin­gle big­gest fac­tor in our nation’s on­go­ing bud­get cri­sis. Yet eight out of ev­ery $10 we spend on health care is spent on dis­eases that are pre­ventable, if only we took bet­ter care of our­selves. Think of the bil­lions of dol­lars we could use for bet­ter in­fra­struc­ture, re­new­able en­ergy and job cre­ation,” Mr. Schock ad­vises.

“Rep. Schock: Who needs Medi­care when you’ve got abs like these?” coun­ters the Demo­cratic Con­gres­sional Cam­paign Com­mit­tee, which con­fab­u­lated its own par­ody cover, adding that the law­maker “em­ployed an un­usual tac­tic to dis­tract from his vote. Schock took to the cover of Men’s Health where he ex­posed ev­ery­thing but his dras­tic plans to end Medi­care.”

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