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From the White House

President Bush has made his call to the American people and to the Congress on the issue of border security and illegal immigration. While I'm sure that Steve will have more to say shortly - I'll share a couple of thoughts.

First - no surprises in the speech.

Second - the National Guard deployment is most likely going to be received negatively by those who prefer our current open borders and negatively by those who are ready for a real border. As he does so often, the President has decided to take the middle ground and in doing so will please few of those with a strong take on the issue. And unlike his post-9/11 days when his moral clarity was at a high point - he has chosen pragmatism over principle or perhaps been unable to determine which of his principles should have priority.

As to the other issues - Steve and I'll have more to say soon.