But the president came under intense pressure from Democrats facing tough re-election battles who feared a stiff Republican backlash come November if the president made his announcement before then. Among their chief concerns was a plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a move largely supported by immigration advocates but reviled as "amnesty" by many Republicans.What happened to the president's pen? Did it run out of ink?
"The president's latest broken promise is another slap in the face of the Latino and immigrant community," said Cristina Jimenez, managing director for United We Dream, a group of young undocumented immigrants pushing for an end to deportations.
"Where we have demanded leadership and courage from both Democrats and the president, we've received nothing but broken promises and a lack of a political backbone."
Navigating the tension between patriotic inspiration and historical thinking, between respectful veneration and critical engagement, is an especially difficult task, made even more complicated by a marked shift in the very composition of “we the people.” This fall, whites will constitute a minority of public-school students in the United States. “Our” past is now more diverse than we once thought, whether we like it or not.
It turns out that some Americans don’t like it. A member of the Texas State Board of Education has accused the College Board of “promoting among our students a disdain for American principles and a lack of knowledge of major American achievements,” like those of the founding fathers and of the generals who fought in the Civil War and World War II. The Republican National Committee says the framework offers “a radically revisionist view” that “emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history.” Stanley Kurtz, in National Review, called it “an attempt to hijack the teaching of U.S. history on behalf of a leftist political and ideological perspective.”