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"I think if he could have those words back..."

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney talks to President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 12, 2014, during a meeting with Australian Prime MinisterTony Abbott. Obama said that Iraq will need additional assistance from the U.S. to push back an Islamic insurgency. The president did not specify in a brief question-and-answer session what type of assistance he is willing to provide. But Obama did say the White House has not ruled anything out. He said he is watching the situation in Iraq with concern and wants to ensure that jihadists don't get a foothold. Iraq has been beset by violence since the last American forces withdrew in late 2011. The violence escalated this week with an al-Qaida-inspired group capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities this week and vowing to march on to Baghdad. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Former White House press secretary Jay Carney said President Barack Obama is "literally" doing the opposite of what he once said he couldn't with his executive action to halt deportations of some 5 million illegal immigrants.

Appearing on CNN after Obama’s prime-time address Thursday, Carney said he thought Obama would like to "have those words back" when he said he does not have the authority to halt deportations unless Congress passes a law.

“I think if he could have those words back, especially the first clip where he specifically talked about suspending deportations — that is literally what he is doing today,” Carney said. “In later instances, including when I was there, he would speak carefully about what he could not do as president. He can't change the law. He can't provide a path to citizenship.”

The White House and proponents of Obama’s executive action say it does not bestow legal status but rather prioritizes who — like felons — will be deported.

(H/T: Weekly Standard)

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