Rep. Lungren blasts Obama's joke about moats and alligators for border security

Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) on Wednesday night said he is "disappointed" that President Obama chose to mock those who are demanding tighter border security in his Tuesday speech in El Paso.

Obama angered many by ridiculing demands for beefed up border protection, at a time when law officers and citizens in southwestern states have been injured or killed by drug violence that has leaked over the border from Mexico. 

"Maybe they'll need a moat," Obama said. "Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They'll never be satisfied."



"Let me register my disappointment at the demonization of those who might have a disagreement with the president that was expressed by him in his speech yesterday," Lungren said on the House floor Wednesday night.


"Talking about moats and talking about alligators and talking about intransigents on the others side of the aisle is not the way to attract bipartisan support to deal with one of the most difficult and important questions of our nation," he said.

"I wouldn't say I'm outraged. I would say I'm disappointed at the tone of those remarks of the president yesterday. If in fact we're going to work together on issues as important as that, it would seem to me to be important for us to in some way at least accept the fact that there may be legitimate reason for differences, and try and bridge those differences rather than expand them."