Obama’s media allies getting nervous over his casual approach to border crisis

posted at 12:41 pm on July 7, 2014 by Noah Rothman

President Barack Obama will head to Texas later this week for Democratic fundraising events in Austin and Dallas, but he will not visit the southern border where unaccompanied minors are streaming across that frontier in record numbers.

“Schedules sometimes change and if they do we’ll let you know, but right now there is no plan to visit the border while he’s in Texas,” said White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest last week, bristling over the impertinence of the suggestion that Obama should take time out of his fundraising schedule to see the scale of this emerging refugee crisis for himself.

“The reason that some people are suggesting the president should go to [the] border when he’s in Texas is because they’d rather play politics than actually trying to address some of these challenges,” Earnest added.

Not so, according to one House Democrat who savaged the administration over its lackadaisical manner of dealing with the recent influx of migrant women and children. “With all due respect to the administration, they’re one step behind,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). “They should have seen this coming a long time ago.”

The media, too, is becoming less amendable to the president’s causal approach to the crisis on the border while voices criticizing the White House’s stance on this issue proliferate. As Gabriel Malor observed, both CBS and NBC’s evening newscasts noted Obama’s refusal to amend his schedule in order to take a tour of the Texas border.

NBC News laid out the political crisis the president faces in perhaps the starkest terms. “President Obama can’t afford the perception that his policies have encouraged an uncontrolled flow of young people across the border,” NBC reporter John Harwood said. “He’s got to do something to stem that tide.”

“There are increasing calls for the president to visit the border,” NBC’s White House Correspondent Kristen Welker added. “There is a lot of speculation that he will have to directly address the crisis in some way while he’s down there, especially given all the political pressure that he’s under.”

MSNBC was no kinder to the president, as evidenced by the ominous use of the word “optics” to describe the president’s decision to ignore the border. “What do you think the optics are going to be on the backend of the president’s trip,” MSNBC host Thomas Roberts asked Random House Executive Vice President Jon Meacham on Monday.

“I think the president should probably address it more forthrightly,” Meacham said after conceding that the politics of the border crisis are “becoming uglier.”

Chuck Todd’s panel of Beltway reporters expressed shock over the White House’s insistence that the president would not visit the border this week. USA Today reporter Susan Page described Obama’s conundrum as a potential “Katrina moment” for Obama.

“This is unacceptable to more than Republicans on immigration, the situation we have there,” she said on Monday. “And boy, is that going to anger some of his core constituents who have wanted him to do more on immigration, not less.”

The New York Times examined the options available to Obama to deal with this crisis and determined that few of them are good. “The administration can look too nice or too mean, and finding the middle ground is going to be very, very difficult,” National Immigration Forum Executive Director Ali Noorani told The Times.

“He doesn’t want to go and sort of stand there with his hands on his hips saying, ‘Don’t come in,’” Immigration WorksUSA President Tamar Jacoby added.

The Times concluded by noting that Obama is in a perilous political position, an observation shared by Associated Press reporters.

“The White House also wants to keep the focus of the debate in this midterm election year on Republican lawmakers whom the president has accused of blocking progress on a comprehensive overhaul of America’s immigration laws,” the AP reported last week. “Obama announced this week that, due to a lack of progress on Capitol Hill, he was moving forward to seek out ways to adjust U.S. immigration policy without congressional approval.”

These otherwise sympathetic voices raising concerns about Obama’s method of dealing with the border crisis, both substantively and superficially, are more likely to get him to reverse course in a contested midterm election year than admonitions from figures like Rick Perry.

“The border crisis has put him in the difficult position of asking Congress for more money and authority to send the children back home at the same time he’s seeking ways to allow millions of other people already in the U.S. illegally to stay,” the AP report continued. Obama will seek an additional $2 billion to speed up processing and deportation of illegal border crossers.

That request may reinforce a sticky narrative on the right that the president is prone to throwing money at problems without a full understanding of their scope if Obama does not amend his schedule in order to fit in a visit to the border.


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The media sees what’s left of their thin credibility slipping away.

Marcus Traianus on July 7, 2014 at 12:50 PM

This is because there is nothing “left” of the media…

landlines on July 7, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Obama hates brown, black, and white people. However, he is very fond of himself.

jukin3 on July 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Yes, this media handwringing is a bunch of garbage.

Obama wants us overrun, pure and simple. So do most of the Democrats, and probably more than a few Republicans.

Alana on July 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

NBC News laid out the political crisis the president faces in perhaps the starkest terms.

The president faces no political crisis whatsoever. He will never run for office again. And he has laid it out as plainly as anyone could: he intends to simply use his executive power to bring about the changes he wants to effect in the country, both through acts of commission and omission. And he has absolutely nothing to lose in doing so.
There is no mystery to any of this – unless you’re so wound up in politics that you can’t see the obvious truth when it’s looking you squarely in the face.

jbspry on July 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Are any groups planning on protesting Obama when he is in Austin?

bitsy on July 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Comrades! If ever there were proof that our glorious Dear Leader Obama is a prodigy of inestimable genius and magnificence, it would be that he knew ahead of time of the crisis-opportunity of the present illegal invasion.

Dateline: January 29, 2014

Government Hiring Escorts For 65,000 Unaccompanied Illegal Alien Children

- See more at: http://thepeoplescube.com/peoples-blog/illegal-invasion-foretold-by-obama-the-seer-months-ago-t14408.html

We should all bow down that we have such a clairvoyance as our Leader.

Comrade Sterpin on July 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Obama hates brown, black, and white people. However, he is very fond of himself.

jukin3 on July 7, 2014 at 3:03 PM

He’s never alone, he has no less than two people with him at all times even if he’s the only one in the room.

ConstantineXI on July 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

“The administration can look too nice or too mean, and finding the middle ground is going to be very, very difficult,” National Immigration Forum Executive Director Ali Noorani told The Times.

How about doing the right thing! Rather than trying to figure out how it might look.

Does that evah occur to this man or his suck-ups?

IndieDogg on July 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

So liberals, who’s winning the debate now on immigration?

Tater Salad on July 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Are any groups planning on protesting Obama when he is in Austin?

bitsy on July 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Austin is where we keep our liberals corralled. The place is a liberal sewer. The rest of Texas protests the rat eared, dog eating rat bass turd 24/7…

He won’t venture into hostile territory. Because he’s a coward.

bimmcorp on July 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

So liberals, who’s winning the debate now on immigration?

Tater Salad on July 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

If my border policy were implemented it would be John Moses Browning both winning AND solving the immigration debate…

ConstantineXI on July 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Are any groups planning on protesting Obama when he is in Austin?

bitsy on July 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Austin is where we keep our liberals corralled. The place is a liberal sewer. The rest of Texas protests the rat eared, dog eating rat bass turd 24/7…

He won’t venture into hostile territory. Because he’s a coward.

bimmcorp on July 7, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Send in the Texas Rangers and have him arrested for recklessly endangering the citizens of Texas by pulling all protection from the border.

ConstantineXI on July 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

“There are increasing calls for the president to visit the border,”

The retarded, third-world Sukarno wannabe ought to be dumped right over the border, himself.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Obama wants us overrun, pure and simple. So do most of the Democrats, and probably more than a few Republicans.

Alana on July 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM

As much as I loathe Obama, I loathe establishment Republicans like McCain, Graham, Flake, Rubio, Ayotte, Corker, Boehner, Ryan, etc. who sold our country out to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Sheldon Adelson even more.

bw222 on July 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Send in the Texas Rangers and have him arrested for recklessly endangering the citizens of Texas by pulling all protection from the border.

ConstantineXI on July 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Seriously…wouldn’t that be a sweeeeeet perp walk??? I can just see his floppy ears and purple lips quivering as he’s frog marched behind a couple of mounted Rangers, forced to step in the droppings as they herd him into a smelly cell with some of Austin’s most notorious meth-heads.

One can only dream, I suppose…..

bimmcorp on July 7, 2014 at 4:19 PM

“We’ve got top men working on it now.”
“Who?”
“Top. Men.”

segesta on July 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Be careful Noah… Murrieta is about to turn into the Bundy Ranch stand-off, we know that nobody here at Hot Air wants to touch that kind of story with a 1000 mile long pole.

oscarwilde on July 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Kind of like Mississippi for the past 10 days?

bw222 on July 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

President Obama doesn’t go to the Texas border for the same reason he avoids Chicago… It ain’t safe.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 7, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Send in the Texas Rangers and have him arrested for recklessly endangering the citizens of Texas by pulling all protection from the border.

ConstantineXI on July 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

best idea I have heard this year!

8 weight on July 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

CASUAL APPROACH TO BORDER CRISIS

You got that right. It’s as if US troops on 6-6-44 landed on the Normandy Beaches in bathing suits, wearing sun glasses and carrying sun tan oil and sun reflectors. Actually failure at Normandy probably meant a year’s extension of the war. Failure at our southern border is most likely a country ticket canceler.

MaiDee on July 7, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Send in the Texas Rangers and have him arrested for recklessly endangering the citizens of Texas by pulling all protection from the border.

ConstantineXI on July 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

best idea I have heard this year!

8 weight on July 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

I’d love to see that…..over and over again. :)

hawkeye54 on July 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

So liberals, who’s winning the debate now on immigration?

Tater Salad on July 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

There never was a debate, just a leftist stalling tactic until they can get all their numbers over the border.

Laura in Maryland on July 7, 2014 at 5:53 PM

“Obama announced this week that, due to a lack of progress on Capitol Hill, he was moving forward to seek out ways to adjust U.S. immigration policy without congressional approval.”

Yes, and everyone can see the result so clearly that he can’t run away from it and blame it on Republicans. I guess Americans have just let Obama down once again… this time by not being as stupid as his ham-handed moves assume them to be.

Ray Van Dune on July 7, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Typical leftist media.

They’re more concerned with how this will affect Obama’s poll numbers and stature rather than the illegal alien children and the US citizens who have to subsidize these cretins.

Brian in Titletown on July 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Dear leader has no plans period.

Kissmygrits on July 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Dear leader has no plans period.

Kissmygrits on July 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Sure he does. Plans to overwhelm the Republic with hundreds of thousands of destitute, ill-educated, unhygienic, physically and psychologically traumatized and disease riddled minor invaders spreading what they carry infecting our citizens, and livestock as well. And while ICE and the BP are busy distributing these minors throughout our nation, some of which are older teens less like innocent children and rather appearing very much like gang members, the border is left poorly attended while jihadists, the Mexican drug cartel and Chinese nationals cross unimpeded in places.

Oh, he has a plan for us…..and it isn’t a good one.

hawkeye54 on July 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

You know what would make a great shelter for diseased illegals?

The Grey Lady Headquarters!

It’s not like they’re doing anything useful with it now.

talkingpoints on July 7, 2014 at 8:43 PM

How about doing the right thing! Rather than trying to figure out how it might look.

Does that evah occur to this man or his suck-ups?

IndieDogg on July 7, 2014 at 3:25 PM

No.

talkingpoints on July 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

This game is a joke. They MSM is ‘concerned’ Obama has not visited the border.

Why hasnt the MSM moved to the border to cover the buses waiting for the next load? Because of course, they are in on the game

Is one person writing ALL the copy on this scam?

“The border crisis has put him in the difficult position of asking Congress for more money and authority to send the children back home at the same time he’s seeking ways to allow millions of other people already in the U.S. illegally to stay,” the AP report continued

So Obama asked for money to send them home? I dont think so. And I dont think the person who put their name on the AP report believes it either.

The press is treating the public the public is a bunch of jackasses.

They are all in on the scam the WH, the MSM, the RINOs, the puppetmasters

entagor on July 7, 2014 at 10:22 PM

A liberal friend of mine is furious. Seems that about 2000 of these people are being shipped to within feet of her home here in Grand Prairie Texas. She’s worried about them spreading disease in her neighborhood. I wanted so desperately to tell her off but I bit my tongue. I did tell her that elections have consequences and walked away. I would laugh but honestly she and millions like her have allowed my country to become a cesspool and I don’t have the heart. Obama is using these Texas fundraisers as a way to shove his flouting of the law up our noses. He’s also too weak to meet at the border and see what he has done. I loathe him and all Democrats.

neyney on July 7, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The occasional “arf-arf” coming from Obarky’s media lap dogs would be funny were it not for all the damage they have already enabled Prezident smart creases and his puppet masters to inflict on our great country.

Luthier on July 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Enemy Media.

- Pat Caddell

ama on July 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

The stories picture says it all – “Please Don’t come back.”

MSGTAS on July 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Obama is not facing a political crisis. In fact, I don’t think that he gives a rat’s flying potato what anyone thinks any more.

Further more, I think every thing is playing out the way wants.

He is an extreme leftist progressive. As such, he hates everyone and every thing that doesn’t fit his world view.

Additionally, he is vindictive. I honestly believe that continuing to allow the unrestricted tsunami of illegals to flood across our borders is punishment for the governors and the people of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. California is just necessary collateral damage.

I think he sees the dumping illegals into unsuspecting communities around the country is another justified distribution of America’s wealth to unskilled, illiterate, future Democrats.

He believes that the military is best used to provide housing, food, clothing, and medical care rather than to assist the States in stemming the tide of illegals.

I could go on for pages.

Obama is not in crisis. He’s having the White House chef cook up some more popcorn so he can enjoy the chaos he is creating.

BMF on July 8, 2014 at 2:34 PM

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