Brutal: Dem Rep. practically begs Obama to visit the border

posted at 6:41 pm on July 8, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar has become the face of opposition within President Barack Obama’s party to his approach to the worsening crisis on the southern border. He joined fellow border state Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) who both recently called for Obama to take time out of his Texas fundraiser schedule to see the US-Mexico border first hand, but Cuellar went further by calling Obama’s approach to the border crisis reactionary.

Cuellar has called the crisis on the border, as unaccompanied children and women flood the country and overwhelm its processing facilities, Obama’s potential “Katrina moment.” He said that the president has been a “step behind” on this crisis. “We should have been ready for this surge,” Cuellar said on Sunday. “The administration should have been ready.”

Today, in an appearance on CNN’s The Lead, Cuellar appeared to step back his criticism of the White House and adopted an even more affecting tone that communicated his desperation. To the point of pleading, Cuellar said that Obama could, if he chose, take the opportunity to see the border after he had attended to more important matters – like raising funds for Democratic candidates.

“If he wants to do the fundraisers first and then after that stop by the border, it’s not too far away,” Cuellar pleaded. “I think it would be good for him to put a face to it, but, again, it looks like he’s dug in, not wanting to come, and not going by what the critics are saying.”

The tide of Democratic opinion on how the president has handed the border crisis is turning. In an unusually tense moment on MSNBC, host Alex Wagner gave White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz a methodical grilling over why Obama was refusing to see the border crisis for himself.

“A lot of folks on both sides of the aisle think it is imperative that the president visit the border,” Wagner said. “Why is the president not visiting the border?”

Muñoz’s unsatisfactory reply was that the full weight of the executive branch, not merely the president, was fully engaged in the crisis at the border. Wagner was not having it. “The president visits crises all over this country,” she observed. “Why is he not going to the border to look at this one?”

Wagner is good for one of these internecine squabbles every now and again when she senses real damage is being done to either the Obama or the Democratic brands. A most recent example of this was an adversarial questioning of Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes over the White House’s hands-off approach to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The crisis on the border is another such moment.

Her apprehensions are likely based in the truth of the matter: Obama’s inaction is based entirely on his belief that his political position will suffer more from acting and being accountable for the response to a crisis than from disassociating himself from it and distancing his administration from culpability for failure.

The National Journal summed Obama’s predicament up best:

It’s certainly in part a political decision, one meant to avoid taking ownership of a difficult issue on which the White House would prefer to share blame. But it’s also one that will inflame Obama’s critics on both the right and left who say the administration has been too passive in response to the thousands of young border-crossers swamping U.S. detention facilities.

In other words, if Obama goes to the border, he owns the problem. If he doesn’t, he’s blasted for a lack of leadership.

The White House surely hopes that this crisis, like the crisis in Ukraine, will work itself out with only minimal damage done to the status quo. It might, but the increasingly frantic tone of the president’s allies is growing ever more difficult to ignore.


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Of course so was Ruth Mclung, but a white chick can’t win South Tucson.

wolly4321 on July 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Lib birther:

Asked what he thought of President Barack Obama’s promise to deport children arriving illegally, [Not Ted] Cruz said: “I think he should search deep inside his heart, and look at what he’s saying and what he’s doing. He’d be sending them back, possibly, to a death sentence.

“Would President Obama do that to his own children? Would he do that to his father’s family from Africa? Would he send his nieces and nephews back to Kenya?”

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-California/2014/07/08/Pro-Amnesty-Protest-Would-Obama-Send-His-Kids-Back-to-Kenya

davidk on July 8, 2014 at 8:10 PM

What the…..?????? We let people carrying deadly diseases cross into our nation because we cannot damage the environment of these species?

How These Rare Species Are Making It Impossible To Keep The Border Secure

lineholder on July 8, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Why yes, we apparently are not an endangered species\ This whole mess us unspeakably vile and makes m think that 0 really is a “light bringer”

clnurnberg on July 8, 2014 at 8:11 PM

I forgot meow.

wolly4321 on July 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM

meow to you too

clnurnberg on July 8, 2014 at 8:13 PM

Munoz is an exact replica of a crazy person that used to accost me on my way to work…

mjbrooks3 on July 8, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Honestly Allah. I don’t see what appeals to you about this guy. What am I missing?

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Beck is getting pummeled right now. Absolutely pummeled.

One of those “means well” moments…but dumber than dirt!!!

lineholder on July 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

I forgot meow.

wolly4321 on July 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM

You did fine. Lolz! Thanks! ; )

lineholder on July 8, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Not the Beck guy, the Drew guy, Allah has been re-tweeting his stuff all day.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Not the Beck guy, the Drew guy, Allah has been re-tweeting his stuff all day.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Heh. Sorry, Bmore. ;-)

lineholder on July 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Does anyone really believe obama gives a rat’s behind about America disintegrating? For obama it’s all part of the “transformation”, by design as intended. Overload, overwhelm, collapse America.

lel2007 on July 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

lineholder on July 8, 2014 at 8:29 PM

All I can figure is Allah has picked this Drew guy as the typical leftist idiot. Maybe there is sarc I am unaware of.

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Obama admin official compares illegal immigrant minors flooding border to Jesus

(Something about Jesus being a refugee!!!!)Seriously desperate spin going on!

lineholder on July 8, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Citizen militias going into TX?

lineholder on July 8, 2014 at 8:41 PM

The Democrat Party is trying to save the Teachers Unions by importing children from ….

There’s no other answer at this point.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2014 at 8:41 PM

The White House surely hopes that this crisis, like the crisis in Ukraine, will work itself out with only minimal damage done to the status quo. It might, but the increasingly frantic tone of the president’s allies is growing ever more difficult to ignore.

Just a teensy bit harder to ignore a crisis going on in your backyard compared to one on the other side of the world.

Ukiah on July 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

This administration is allegedly hamstrung by 30,000 CHILDREN crossing our border. They can’t seem to get anything done, but GOSH, they’re trying; “Oh, the Presisdent is focused on this, he appointed a task force”.

And you wonder why the Chinese think that they can defeat us?

I wonder how they came to that opinion.

EA_MAN on July 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Maybe this is why Allah keeps re-tweeting him.

Retweeted by Allahpundit
drew ‏@FigDrewton 1h

An AllahPundit retweet will put your mentions in shambles

Bmore on July 8, 2014 at 10:11 PM

The President’s lack of leadership on everything should not come as a surprise. The next time he actually leads on anything will be the first time he’s led anything. This was known by anyone paying attention prior to his being elected. This country is reaping what it sowed.

He is cool though. And has a nice smile. And is African American. How that actually helps any of these poor people coming across the border or those actually forced to deal with the problem I’m not sure.

He likes being President. He just doesn’t want to do the job of President. And it shows….everyday.

jjjdad on July 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

It is clear to all but the most in-the-tank Obama supporter that the President has caused this crisis in order to use demographics to steal future elections. He is flooding the country with future Democratic voters, and is using innocent children as a wedge to split open our Southern Border.

It has to stop. These newcomers have to be deported immediately, and it has to made clear, as a matter of policy, that nobody will gain access to our country by abusing children. If we reward the abuse of children, we will get more abuse of children.

But beyond that, I am over the notion that we can’t do anything about the 20 Million illegal aliens that are already here. This is an existential threat to the United States of America. If this flood is not reversed, the country as it currently constituted will cease to exist.

This is why they can’t have nice things. The Democrats have abused the situation, and it is time to swing the pendulum the other way.

Haiku Guy on July 9, 2014 at 7:35 AM

He can’t go…he already made, months ago, the statement that the border is more secure than ever, that their is no problem with illegal immigration, and that deportation is up in his administration.

If he went, he would have to answer his critics, respond to his past comments, and admit that he was wrong…that ain’t going to happen.

right2bright on July 9, 2014 at 7:46 AM

Oh now the American left wants to start pressuring the guy they elected to make good on promises? Well better late than never Dems.

libfreeordie on July 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

It is clear to all but the most in-the-tank Obama supporter that the President has caused this crisis in order to use demographics to steal future elections. He is flooding the country with future Democratic voters, and is using innocent children as a wedge to split open our Southern Border.

And then you have utter idiocy like this. Google the word Honduras, and then try again moron.

libfreeordie on July 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Oh now the American left wants to start pressuring the guy they elected to make good on promises? Well better late than never Dems.

libfreeordie on July 9, 2014 at 8:30 AM

His promise to destroy America? You bet. Get on the stick Obama!

darwin on July 9, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Hello, Latinos.
Welcome to the Purple Tunnel Of Doom.

Galtian on July 9, 2014 at 8:44 AM

This gentleman was on Fox and said he had been taken to the wood shed. Would not specify but also said he wouldn’t stop talking. I will dispute one thing he said. How is this going to be like Katrina when there is a ban on news coverage? No Shep Smith crying, no brave reporters to the rescue.

Cindy Munford on July 9, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Obama will take one look at Henry Cuellar and think ‘white Hispanic’, just like George Zimmerman.

If he was a loyal Democrat, he would just shut up and do whatever Pelosi tells him to do.

No need to listen to a guy like that.

s1im on July 9, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Very poor leadership on Barry’s part. Exactly why American is in a free fall on every level in the federal government. Ya, that golf and fund raising is so important. What a horrible administration!!

karlinsync on July 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Her apprehensions are likely based in the truth of the matter: Obama’s inaction is based entirely on his belief that his political position will suffer more from acting and being accountable for the response to a crisis than from disassociating himself from it and distancing his administration from culpability for failure.

Obama’s voting record in his short Senate membership was something like 157 times he voted “present”. Maybe Valerie should inform him that his job has changed from voter to………….Decider! GWB we really miss you.

Herb on July 9, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 5m

It insults intelligence to argue that the border is secure because border crossers are being captured, and yet I’ve heard it 3 times today.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Obama’s potential “Katrina moment.”

Bush didn’t create Katrina.
Obama created this immigration crisis.

itsnotaboutme on July 9, 2014 at 8:48 PM

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