Andrea Mitchell’s crisis of confidence in Obama

posted at 3:21 pm on July 9, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) has become the face of Democratic opposition to President Barack Obama’s lackadaisical approach to the crisis on the southern border. All this week, Cuellar has suggested that the president should, while visiting Texas today and tomorrow, take a break from his fundraising schedule to see the crisis with his own eyes. On Tuesday, he humbly beseeched the president to come to the border. It seems Cuellar has finally lost his patience.

In a display of contempt for the press, his party, and anyone else demanding Obama observe good “optics” by visiting the border, the president allowed himself to be filmed last night enjoying a beer and playing billiards with Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. This was the final straw for Cuellar.

“He can drink a beer, he can play pool but he can’t go 240 miles to visit the border?” Cuellar remarked in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

“It just really floored me,” he continued. “The appearance means that he’s not paying attention to this humanitarian crisis.”

And MSNBC did not lift a finger to protect the president. While a member of Obama’s party was calling him “aloof” and “detached,” they featured a split screen image of the president dismissively entertaining himself in a bar.

MSNBC optics

How about them “optics?”

Minutes later, Mitchell invited Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, on her program to defend the president. It was brutal.

“With all due respect, the reality on the ground is that the administration did not stay ahead of this,” Mitchell observed. “The impression – the reality is – that the White House has been slow to react.” She noted that “optics” is a stand-in phrase synonymous with leadership, and implied that Obama had declined to display any.

“Leadership does involve showing the concern,” Mitchell later added after playing a portion of Cuellar’s veritable denunciation of Obama.

“So far, the politics aren’t working and the substance isn’t working,” she concluded. “Somebody’s got to revisit this.”

Muñoz’s responses were canned and unconvincing. She is doing her best to clean up her boss’s mess, even while he is still making it. She did nothing to satisfy a visibly unsettled Mitchell.

This is what a crisis of confidence looks like. This is what an imploding presidency looks like.


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Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Wow, front page has pics of Andreary Mitchell and Loiser Lerner side by side.

Twins separated at birth, with the only difference their hair dye preference?

Marcola on July 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Perry should meet with this guy and get him to change parties. That would get noticed.

monalisa on July 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Even the Lefties are starting to see the disaster of a true sociopath in the White House.

Problem is, the last Democrat POTUS was also a sociopath and probably most of the ones in Congress are since they have no problem with this or the death panels, so it’s going to be a tough sell for the media to convince everybody that it’s not the face of the Democrat Party

formwiz on July 9, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Whitehouse next talking points:
This is all Dinesh D’souza’s fault with his movie. Making America look attractive to all of Mexico & Central America.

tommer74 on July 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Let me guess – it was a youtube video that is making all these people come here expecting sanctuary and amnesty. Yes, that’s it. It nothing to do with obama’s years-long leitmotif of open borders.

paul1149 on July 9, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Don’t you all miss terryannonline?

Her bullshit on the illegal invasion w/b glorious.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Banned??

BOT…That nasty old spokesHole from the White House sure does use her hands when she’s lying…

I was waiting for the good old Bubba “Thumbs Up” maneuver, she did get her fist up there a few times, but alas…no thumb…

BigWyo on July 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

What do you think of the Socialist you put in the WH now Andrea?

Whitey Ford on July 9, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Banned??

BigWyo on July 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

No. Mortified. Embarrassed. Well at least we can all hope she has remorse over yesterdays incident.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 5:53 PM

So, how many Obummer cronies specialize in building “Repatriation Centers”???

Wait “Solar Powered Repatriation Centers”?

3 billion…That’s like 6 Solyndras….

BigWyo on July 9, 2014 at 5:56 PM

…I think you’re lying…
JugEarsButtHurt on July 9, 2014 at 5:14 PM

You are the reportedly banned commenter KoolAid2, and I would ask you to please try to stay on topic, unless you are trying to cause problems using another a new name now.

bluegill on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Too bad Andrea will never get that taste of Øbama’s butt out of her mouth.

DimsdalePiranha on July 9, 2014 at 6:01 PM

This is so dumb. Obviously Democrats want as many Central Americans in the US as possible because it’s assumed (correctly) that they’ll become Dem voters.

And if that b**ch talking to AM waved her hand in my face like she was doing to AM, she’d get a serious smack down. I’m not even kidding.

She needs a serious smack down anyway.

WhatSlushfund on July 9, 2014 at 6:18 PM

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 5:07 PM

And the RCC.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/07/08/stunning_california_couple_says_they_were_asked_to_house_immigrant_children

mankai on July 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Keep Obama in preznit, you know?

He gave us a phone!

He gonna do more!

Galtian on July 9, 2014 at 6:49 PM

This is so dumb. Obviously Democrats want as many Central Americans in the US as possible because it’s assumed (correctly) that they’ll become Dem voters.

And if that b**ch talking to AM waved her hand in my face like she was doing to AM, she’d get a serious smack down. I’m not even kidding.

She needs a serious smack down anyway.

WhatSlushfund on July 9, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Lots of RHINOS want the cheap labor too.

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 6:50 PM

The WH message is, “See? Because he looks so detached, it’s not our problem. It’s a problem with these Red States.”

I might have missed it, but I haven’t seen much in the way of a humanitarian crisis in New Mexico.
Oh wait, they get to house a big 700 niños y niñas.

OccamsRazor on July 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Good point. What a weird confluence.

WhatSlushfund on July 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM

This is Obama voting present, and the left want him to put on his walking shoes, go down to the border and welcome those new Democrat voters.

ezspirit on July 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Heard on a grocery store’s intercom: “Cleanup on the salsa isle, but wait until that kid quits knocking jars off the shelf”

So, we wait for The One to quit making a mess so we can begin the cleanup. If anyone wants to know, it’s 926 days ’till 01/20/2017.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 9, 2014 at 7:35 PM

As a voter in Colorado, I sure do hope that the picture taken with Hickenlooper gets posted too. Should be used in ads for the governor’s race. Obama is poison. Even Mark Udall doesn’t want to be photographed with him.

COgirl on July 9, 2014 at 8:09 PM

You know, it is hard polishing a turd.

Another Drew on July 9, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Can we do a countdown timer like in Fahrenheit 911? I see some irony there.

Wood Dragon on July 9, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Andrea Mitchell you gullible uncritical thinking fool. A Sheep dog could corral you into a tiny dunce circle.

Parmenides on July 9, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Ahhh…the smell of a desperate politician and his party.

ronco on July 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Last term (hopefully), but the MSM will be back gleefully promoting the first woman President in 2015.

Decoski on July 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Andrea Mitchell’s crisis of confidence in Obama

It will pass.

Love of Dear Leader is never-ending.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM

This is the thing they finally acknowledge Obama’s failure about?

It has been such a long long long eternity, since the Bush administration, when we knew that whatever Bush was up to, it was in the best interest of the nation, as he saw the best interest of the nation.

Andrea Mitchell should acknowledge her part in this disaster. If she had paid attention, she would have seen that this man had no business being in the Whitehouse. And she promoted him unceasingly. And she will do it again.

It is only a matter of time before the press falls in line and Obama is God once again.

It is hard to believe this is America.

petunia on July 9, 2014 at 11:39 PM

Obama could safely go to NJ after Sandy because doing so would make it look like he was helping after an event that he had no hand in.

The situation on the border points directly at this farce of an Administration. Even the most dimwitted lemming might look at the situation on the border and see Obama there and finally make the connection.

This would be like Carter showing up at the embassy in Iran wearing a yellow ribbon.

SittingDeadRed on July 10, 2014 at 12:59 AM

You have to accept the man doesn’t care. He’s done the job he was set up to do. Unravel our nation.

He won. we lost. All that is left is to witness the collapse.

The worst part his when he leaves, he’ll make enough money from one speech to feed what is left of a middle American family for ten years.

archer52 on July 10, 2014 at 1:03 AM

The zipperheads are starting to figure out that their messiah is just another fast-talking bullshit artist.

Surprise!

mojo on July 10, 2014 at 1:31 AM

Don’t you all miss terryannonline? Her bullshit on the illegal invasion w/b glorious.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Banned??

BigWyo on July 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

No. Mortified. Embarrassed.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Heh. When your misconceptions are drowning in a flood of reality, there is much learning.

Jaibones on July 10, 2014 at 4:35 AM

Last night Noah Rothman retweeted this article attacking the HotAir comment section and said the article is “valuable commentary.” The article suggests that “racism” is common in the comment section:

http://politicalomnivore.blogspot.com/2014/07/brand-damage-at-border.html?m=1

Noah Rothman and people like the author of the above article love to lecture others on the need to be compassionate, but where is THEIR compassion for the Americans who are being hurt by the ongoing illegal alien invasion?

bluegill on July 10, 2014 at 5:33 AM

Here is where the author says Noah retweeted it:
https://twitter.com/omnivoreblog/status/487059275311624192

bluegill on July 10, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Looks like Noah might not have retweeted, but instead just responded to it approvingly.

bluegill on July 10, 2014 at 5:37 AM

Here’s Noah’s response:
https://twitter.com/noahcrothman/status/487057831821320192

bluegill on July 10, 2014 at 5:45 AM

No more swallowing for Lefty Andrea?

RdLake on July 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

“So far, the politics aren’t working and the substance isn’t working,” she concluded. “Somebody’s got to revisit this.”

“Substance”? “Substance”! We ain’t got no stinkin’ “substance”!

earlgrey on July 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

When these media fools begin to look as incompetent and inept as Obama they may decide something is not quite right.

rplat on July 10, 2014 at 10:27 AM

“Showing the concern”. Is that like “blue steel” or “magnum”?

stout77 on July 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM

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