NBC News: Obama can’t ‘deal with crisis,’ but neither can we

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

The summer of 2014 has looked a lot like the summer of 2013 for President Barack Obama. In quick succession, the scandals which plagued his administration in the summer of last year – the IRS’s targeting and the White House’s response to the Benghazi attacks – were augmented by the addition of a couple of international crises, the abuses at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and flood of immigrant children across the southern border.

The president appears paralyzed, but that is not the case. The administration has made the conscious decision in the case of the immigration crisis not to attempt to resolve it with vigor, preferring instead to allow the Congress to act in tandem with the White House in order to both effect a comprehensive solution and to prevent the president from being personally linked to the border crisis.

To the press, which has always been enamored with the robust executive, Obama’s White House seems stunned and unable to manage crisis communications. That was the subject of Tuesday’s First Read Minute, hosted by NBC News Senior Political Editor Mark Murray and National Political Writer Carrie Dann: “Why can’t the Obama administration deal with crisis?”

At least, that was the purported topic of conversation. But this segment went bizarrely off the rails rather fast.

Murray began by observing that the Summer of Scandals II is even worse for the White House than Summer of Scandals I. From the Ukraine, to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban Five, to the VA, to immigration; the White House has their hands full. Dann noted that the immigration crisis has been particularly poorly handled.

“This has been a growing problem, but it’s really ballooned in the last couple weeks as there’s been more press around these kids who are coming unaccompanied, and it’s really just dominating the narrative for the White House,” Dann said. “And it seems like something that the White House could have seen coming. This wasn’t a problem that suddenly exploded overnight. It’s been growing since 2009.”

She observed that the White House seems to be reactive to crises rather than proactive. “And that reaction, always kind of being controlled by events rather than controlling events, has been a problem for this White House when it comes to this crisis management story,” Murray agreed.

So far, so good, right? It would be hard to disagree with any of this analysis. But, then, the familiar reflexes began to kick and you could literally see the gears grinding as the hosts groped for the president’s source of absolution.

The first equally culpable party in the immigration crisis, Murray alleged, was Congress who had failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. “But this is also a media story,” he self-flagellated. “We keep going from one crisis to the next, to the next, to the next. And, like, ‘Oh, you remember Ukraine? How did that end up? Who’s the new VA secretary? Totally forgot about that guy.’”

Dann agreed, noting that the Bergdahl episode which dominated the headlines for weeks in the late spring “seems like an afterthought” today. Even the Affordable Care Act, a source of endless consternation for the White House, has fallen off the front pages.

Murray and Dann’s assessment is more of an indictment of the media than a successful effort to absolve the White House of fault for terrible crisis management. The natural inclination of journalists and editors alike is to favor the fresh, the new, the breaking. This creates disincentives to follow up on any of last week’s big stories in spite of the fact that they remain rich sources of both titillating and captivating news.

That practice may serve the readership, and it definitely serve the bottom line, but it doesn’t serve the public.

The pair closed by happily noting that they are “eight crises in” and they will be moving on to “the ninth one soon.” That is a confession, not a signoff.

This was a bizarre segment which evolved from an intentional indictment of the White House’s political acumen to an inadvertent condemnation of the press as a whole. Then again, those two parties really are two halves of the same whole.


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Never let a crisis go to waist..

Electrongod on July 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM

or waste…..

Electrongod on July 9, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Simple answer: Barack Obama and his administration are incapable of governing. All they can do is campaign against (read: whine) evil Republicans. That’s IT.

dpduq on July 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM

It’s hard to be objective when you’re in the middle of something.

The MSM is so fully invested in the Obama Presidency, they can’t honestly deal with any failures or criticisms.

s1im on July 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM

She observed that the White House seems to be reactive to crises rather than proactive.

When you don’t know how to lead, you follow.

rhombus on July 9, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Here’s an idea for them: Pretend this is the Bush administration. What the F45K would they be doing THEN? HMMM?

MistyLane on July 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

I don’t see how they can not call him proactive, he is the reason for the influx of these people.

Cindy Munford on July 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The administration has made the conscious decision in the case of the immigration crisis not to attempt to resolve it with vigor, preferring instead to allow the Congress to act in tandem with the White House in order to both effect a comprehensive solution and to prevent the president from being personally linked to the border crisis.

Yeah because this administration is noted for its willingness to work in tandem with Congress.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 9:32 AM

The media, even the responsible ones, and there aren’t many, have the attention span of a 2-year-old.

The thing to do is lump the scandals all together and talk about the regime’s criminal and incompetent behavior but they won’t. They have to protect the marxists.

crankyoldlady on July 9, 2014 at 9:32 AM

“We keep going from one crisis to the next, to the next, to the next. And, like, ‘Oh, you remember Ukraine? How did that end up? Who’s the new VA secretary? Totally forgot about that guy.’”

In fairness, they do a boffo job of following whatever fashion the Princess of Wales is sporting, the wedding plans of Kim Kardashian and her rap star fiance Grandmaster Snooze, the murder trial of some dude without legs in South Africa, etc. I mean there just isn’t enough time in the day to get to the 2nd, nay 3rd tier stories like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Crimea, Ukraine, the debt, the highly suspect inflation rate, the highly suspect unemployment rate, a burgeoning stock market bubble, the human wave of scum and villainy at the border, the wait time at VA hospitals, lost e-mails at the IRS, the death of an ambassador in Libya, etc.

dreadnought62 on July 9, 2014 at 9:33 AM

The first equally culpable party in the immigration crisis, Murray alleged, was Congress who had failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. “But this is also a media story,” he self-flagellated. “We keep going from one crisis to the next, to the next, to the next. And, like, ‘Oh, you remember Ukraine? How did that end up? Who’s the new VA secretary? Totally forgot about that guy.’”

Uh, the VA scandal is very much still ongoing. There was testimony just last night on Capitol Hill. Did any of these “journalists” cover it? Are they even aware of it? And here’s a crazy suggestion. If you don’t want a story to get buried or forgotten, THEN KEEP F’ING REPORTING ON IT!!!

I get that some stuff is inconsequential and doesn’t warrant constant front page coverage(unless we’re talking Abu Ghraib which apparently was the most important event in the world for a month and a half), but it’s not like the VA scandal is much ado about nothing. There is a ton of material there for the media to focus on provided they actually want to.

Doughboy on July 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

We didn’t have a crisis until the Media stopped doing their job – NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and now to some extent even FOX is has been caught reporting only what suits them.

If they had done their job this moron would never have gotten out of the primary process.

Nat George on July 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

There is a point to this post, I’m sure, but I can’t figure out what it is.

MTF on July 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

That practice may serve the readership, and it definitely serve the bottom line, but it doesn’t serve the public.

More fluff.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 9:35 AM

I don’t see how they can not call him proactive, he is the reason for the influx of these people.

Cindy Munford on July 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

They can’t call him proactive, because that would allude to culpability on Obama’s part.

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Live by the media spasm, die by the media spasm.

Ben Hur on July 9, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Simple answer: Barack Obama and his administration are incapable of governing. All they can do is campaign against (read: whine) evil Republicans. That’s IT.

dpduq on July 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM

+1

EA_MAN on July 9, 2014 at 9:38 AM

+1mistylane

cmsinaz on July 9, 2014 at 9:38 AM

The president appears paralyzed, but that is not the case. The administration has made the conscious decision in the case of the immigration crisis not to attempt to resolve it with vigor, preferring instead to allow the Congress to act in tandem with the White House in order to both effect a comprehensive solution and to prevent the president from being personally linked to the border crisis.

I presume Noah meant this sarcastically, but he lacks the writing ability to use sarcasm effectively.

If he meant this sincerely, I wish him well in his new career as hack apologist for the Left.

Dolce Far Niente on July 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

I think the MSM is finally getting just a little taste of buyers remorse, not much yet, but they are starting to actually ask some real questions.

Johnnyreb on July 9, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I think the MSM is finally getting just a little taste of buyers remorse, not much yet, but they are starting to actually ask some real questions.

Johnnyreb on July 9, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Actually, I think it’s more a case of, they are starting to realize that when the torches and pitchforks come out for the Obamanation Administration, that they are considered a part of the Obamanation Administration by the vast majority of those carrying torches and pitchforks.

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Oh how the dems are spinning dear leader doesn’t need to go to the border too much security and it would disrupt progress
Lsm happily goes along with the spin

Just what W said for Katrina and he was crucified

cmsinaz on July 9, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Simple answer: Barack Obama and his administration are incapable of governing. All they can do is campaign against (read: whine) evil Republicans. That’s IT.

dpduq on July 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Street agitators make poor leaders. The only thing they know how to do is agitate.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 9:47 AM

The first equally culpable party in the immigration crisis, Murray alleged, was Congress who had failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

We did have comprehensive immigration reform under Reagan. Deal with it. I’m not going to give citizenship to a whole bunch of people the Fascist-Democrats are counting on as reliable voters.

rbj on July 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

One reason Obama can’t deal with crisis is that he can’t deal with governing.

We will never be able to measure the resources WASTED by Obama to fix shite he’s created. Consider Obamacare and all its lawsuits. The VA. Fast & Furious. The IRS. Crippling energy through the EPA, no pipeline, and few leases. Immigration non-enforcement. Beer summits. Trayvon nonsense. NRLB circus. And on and on and on.

When you can’t handle the simple stuff, how are you going to handle the hard stuff?

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Obozo has so many scandals and international crises, the media and American people cannot keep up and each just fades, unresolved, into dim public memory.

That is his legacy.

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Actually, I think it’s more a case of, they are starting to realize that when the torches and pitchforks come out for the Obamanation Administration, that they are considered a part of the Obamanation Administration by the vast majority of those carrying torches and pitchforks.

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

That is a valid point, but I think what distancing from Obama that is happening has more to do with the fact that liberals will NEVER admit that their ideas are at fault, so they blame their failures on implementation.

If they don’t start putting the blame on Obama, then the liberal agenda is the failure, not Obama.

They cannot allow that. So, under the bus Hussein shall go. Except that they CANT really throw Obama under the bus, because “first black President”. Basically they are painted into a corner…

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

“I have a gift”

yeah…like gonorrhea

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 9:51 AM

The Floodgate administration has always been been supported by the dam media.

Flange on July 9, 2014 at 9:52 AM

“I have a gift”

yeah…like gonorrhea

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 9:51 AM

More like Herpes.

The one night stand that keeps on giving…

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Say, what was that Alinsky thing about fomenting crisis after crisis and always having one in reserve?

rogerb on July 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

When you can’t handle the simple stuff, how are you going to handle the hard stuff?

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Honduras laid the foundation of the Obama doctrine, and he’s been true to it ever since. Its like a North Korean hi-rise building. Looks great on the drawing, but collapses of its own weight.

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Johnnyreb on July 9, 2014 at 9:41 AM
oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I disagree. The media don’t care about this country, and they don’t fear the folks. And with the first amendment, they shouldn’t.

Until most people reject them as wholly unreliable and stop subscribing to their product–however it’s purchased–they’ll use this as an opportunity to shove Obama aside so that they can cheer on Hillary who will be the country’s real savior because Obama couldn’t overcome mean old Republicans.

What I find outrageous is that these media shiteheads are standing toothless while the Obama administration refuses them access to the sites where these illegals are being housed and, in turn, herded.

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

In fairness, they do a boffo job of following whatever fashion the Princess of Wales is sporting, the wedding plans of Kim Kardashian and her rap star fiance Grandmaster Snooze, the murder trial of some dude without legs in South Africa, etc. I mean there just isn’t enough time in the day to get to the 2nd, nay 3rd tier stories like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Crimea, Ukraine, the debt, the highly suspect inflation rate, the highly suspect unemployment rate, a burgeoning stock market bubble, the human wave of scum and villainy at the border, the wait time at VA hospitals, lost e-mails at the IRS, the death of an ambassador in Libya, etc.

dreadnought62 on July 9, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Exactly, on ABC at least you can’t go a day without a story about the royal family. They’ll show it on GMA and again on the nightly news and usually again the next day on GMA. The dude that got chomped by the shark in Cali..was on no less than 4 different news shows across 2 days.

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Funny NBC’s sister station covered one lane on a bridge being closed for 6 months and have devoted hours every night for the past 5 years explaining what racists republicans are. Yet, not enough time to devote to crisis created by obama. Weird.

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

That is a valid point, but I think what distancing from Obama that is happening has more to do with the fact that liberals will NEVER admit that their ideas are at fault, so they blame their failures on implementation.

If they don’t start putting the blame on Obama, then the liberal agenda is the failure, not Obama.

They cannot allow that. So, under the bus Hussein shall go. Except that they CANT really throw Obama under the bus, because “first black President”. Basically they are painted into a corner…

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Yes, they have definitely painted themselves into a corner. The question now is, what are the consequences of having done so. That seems to be the question that they are asking themselves.

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 14m

The White House’s handling of the border crisis summed up in one photo http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-white-houses-handling-of-the-border-crisis-summed-up-in-one-photo/article/2550637?custom_click=rss

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

What I find outrageous is that these media shiteheads are standing toothless while the Obama administration refuses them access to the sites where these illegals are being housed and, in turn, herded.

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Who cares about that…their real issue is when obama locks them in a closet and refuses them access to his greatness. That’s the only source of concern for the 5th column.

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The problem is when you’re a community organizer, you don’t actually solve any problems in any real and meaningful way. All you do is get people riled up.

If community organizers did actually fix things, Chicago would be a paradise for even the poorest resident.

RobertInAustin on July 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Øbama could change these problems if he was more of a president than a politician with an agenda.

The only immigration reform that is necessary is enforcement and border security. Send home the illegals and the message will go out that the trip is futile. Keep being feckless, and the problem will increase.

Someone needs to tell Øbama what we all know: he is imcompetent, and someone needs to put the right words in his teleprompter.

DimsdalePiranha on July 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Yes, they have definitely painted themselves into a corner. The question now is, what are the consequences of having done so. That seems to be the question that they are asking themselves.

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 9:57 AM

They could always commit mass suicide like the Jim Jones cult did.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 14m

The White House’s handling of the border crisis summed up in one photo http://washingtonexaminer.com/the-white-houses-handling-of-the-border-crisis-summed-up-in-one-photo/article/2550637?custom_click=rss

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 9:58 AM

2 things:

1. He shoots pool left-handed. Good lord. Does he do everything backwards?

2. Check out what appears to be a bong by the window on the far left background.

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

I presume Noah meant this sarcastically, but he lacks the writing ability to use sarcasm effectively.

If he meant this sincerely, I wish him well in his new career as hack apologist for the Left.

Dolce Far Niente on July 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

You new around here? Noah outed himself quicker than most of the recycled trolls have.

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Someone needs to tell Øbama what we all know: he is imcompetent, and someone needs to put the right words in his teleprompter.

DimsdalePiranha on July 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

No one close to him has ever dared tell him that his entire life.

Which is why this ignorant incompetent thought he could be President.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

LIBERAL/RINOS are trying to act like Obama is a bystander in all of this crap when he is the perpetrator along with the AMNESTY SHILL RINOS!!!!

Realdemocrat1 on July 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

It’s due to global warming.

Galtian on July 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Dolce Far Niente on July 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

You new around here? Noah outed himself quicker than most of the recycled trolls have.

HumpBot Salvation on July 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

True dat, his love of the protections afforded by Roe v Wade… Pretty much said it all.

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM

One reason Obama can’t deal with crisis is that he can’t deal with governing.

BuckeyeSam on July 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

The Obama library is going to be an interesting display of propaganda. It will have to be. Because there is no way that the truth will be told.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Someone needs to tell Øbama what we all know: he is imcompetent, and someone needs to put the right words in his teleprompter.

DimsdalePiranha on July 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM

No one close to him has ever dared tell him that his entire life.

Which is why this ignorant incompetent thought he could be President.

ConstantineXI on July 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

The two of you conclude that Obama is incompetent based on the fallacious assumption that he actually wants to help the United States, there is absolutely no evidence to support that assumption. Once you realize that he has no such intention you must conclude that he has been one of America’s most successful presidents, successful at achieving his agenda of degrading The United states of America to third world status so that it can be “Fundamentally Transformed” into a Marxist Utopia.

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Press coverage…

Republican President: Everything is bad and it’s the result of bad governance.

Democrat President: Everything is really good, just as you’d expect from such an awesome president, but the White House is messing up the “messaging”, or the public is too stupid to understand the awesome “messaging”, or the press is not doing its part to properly explain the awesomeness of the White House “messaging”. This is always followed by tips from the press on how the White House should change the “optics” and the “messaging” so as to help the press explain to the stupid masses how everything is really good.

ROCnPhilly on July 9, 2014 at 10:09 AM

They’re releasing illegal criminals with records and multiple deportations into AZ…and our federal taxpayer funded coyotes are allowing these irresponsible “parents” to come into the US to argue their children’s cases in the immigration courts…

Hokum!

Time to Impeach this mofo occupying the oval and blockade the southern half of the continent.

God Bless Texas!

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Press coverage…

Republican President: Everything is bad and it’s the result of bad governance.

And letters written 40 years ago using a technology that didn’t exist then. This is called “proof” to libtards.

BobMbx on July 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM

LIVE NOW:

Unaccompanied minors at US southern border
LIVE
Live video: Senate committee holds hearing on the overflow of undocumented migrants crossing the border – @NBCNews
see original on msnbc.com

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc2/watch/live-video-senate-border-hearing-300312643521
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Now on C-SPAN 3
Challenges at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The heads of FEMA and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee about the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

http://www.c-span.org/live/?channel=c-span-3

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 10:13 AM

The only solution is the acquisition of territories from Mexico down through South America. Take the lands, the resources, the oil, the dollars sent back there, the tax base, and the tourism. Fair trade since they:

1. Already live here
2. Already vote here

The last states were added not even 70 years ago. Time for some more.

antisense on July 9, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Slightly OT-
Marine held in Mexico goes to court today

Patriot Vet on July 9, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The Obama library is going to be an interesting display of propaganda. It will have to be. Because there is no way that the truth will be told.

Happy Nomad on July 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

They’ll probably have trouble finding somewhere to put it.

crankyoldlady on July 9, 2014 at 10:16 AM

“Murrieta protest leader and radio host DOuglas Gibbs told Sean Hannity tonight that he found out about the influx of illegal immigrants when his granddaughter caught foot and mouth disease.

“For eight months they’ve been bringing in immigrants but they’ve been doing it in the middle of the night… Basically, they come in with shipments every 72 hours. I became aware of it and started really researching it when my granddaughter, three years-old, was diagnosed with hand and foot disease and the doctor made the comment, ‘Hey, I don’t understand this. We got this sudden spike in disease here lately. So, I started researching and found out it was a direct result of the illegal immigration coming in.”

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/07/murrieta-protest-leader-my-granddaughter-caught-hand-and-foot-disease-video/

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 10:18 AM

“This is Obama’s amnesty plan of 11 to 20 million illegals…There is no law…” – AZ Sheriff

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2014/07/08/Sheriff-Feds-Releasing-Criminals-Deported-10-15-Times-into-Arizona

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 10:23 AM

“This has been a growing problem, but it’s really ballooned in the last couple weeks as there’s been more press around these kids who are coming unaccompanied,

When I first read this I couldn’t determine whether it was referring to the kids coming across the border or the kids who are giving the administration briefings these days.

PackerBronco on July 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM

These progressives attack Christianity on a regular basis….Now this Liberation Theology idiocy…

Hypocrites!

““Jesus was a refugee, and that’s a very good reminder to all of us,” Eskinder Negash, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), said at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) 2014 Migration Conference in Washington, D.C.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/07/08/HHS-Official-Jesus-Was-a-Refugee

workingclass artist on July 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Amnesty begets more illegal immigration.

Comprehensive immigration reform will not solve this problem… IT WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE OF THE SAME.

aniptofar on July 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

The first equally culpable party in the immigration crisis, Murray alleged, was Congress who had failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

There would be no crisis if Obama had been vigorously enforcing our existing immigration laws.

myiq2xu on July 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

oscarwilde on July 9, 2014 at 10:09 AM

He can be incompetent while succeeding in destroying the nation. Destroying things is easier than building things. He really isn’t the problem, but a symptom of what’s wrong with the country. There are a lot of people involved with destroying the country that were in place before obozo was ever President. We’re lucky a better liar/politician wasn’t foisted upon us. I think someone with Bill Clinton’s abilities would have been much smoother in destroying the country, at this point in time.

Flange on July 9, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Unaccompanied minors at US southern border
23s
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he will wait to pass judgment on President Obama’s $3.7 billion border request; says he wants emphasis on enforcement – @Reuters

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 10:31 AM

immigration
31m
House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans in a closed meeting that the House should act on a supplemental spending bill that deals with the border crisis before it leaves for the August recess, according to multiple sources – @politico
Read more on politico.com

https://twitter.com/politico

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Who’s more narcissistic?

Barack Obama or NBC News? (or any of the MSM, for that matter)

Tough call.

dissent555 on July 9, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Missing the big picture here…far from being overwhelmed by these crises, Obama consciously created them and doesn’t particularly care about the fallout. That’s what Harry Reid, congressional Democrats, and their loyal media, academia and Hollywood sycophants are for. Obama is just a Community Organizer (or, if you prefer the original nomenclature, Communist Agitator).

In his hierarchy, it’s not Obama’s job to clean up the resulting mess. That’s for his minions.

Mike from NC on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Had Obama been president during WWII, we’d all be speaking German . . . as it is, we’ll all be speaking Spanish.

rplat on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Bizzare

=

The Mask Slips.

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

My God, what drivel.

All he has to do is enforce the law.

Not hard.

Had Obama been president during WWII, we’d all be speaking German . . . as it is, we’ll all be speaking Spanish.

rplat on July 9, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Almost. Anybody on the Left Coast and HI would be speaking Japanese.

formwiz on July 9, 2014 at 11:08 AM

The president appears paralyzed, but that is not the case. The administration has made the conscious decision in the case of the immigration crisis not to attempt to resolve it with vigor, preferring instead to allow the Congress to act in tandem with the White House in order to both effect a comprehensive solution and to prevent the president from being personally linked to the border crisis.

I presume Noah meant this sarcastically, but he lacks the writing ability to use sarcasm effectively.

If he meant this sincerely, I wish him well in his new career as hack apologist for the Left.

Dolce Far Niente on July 9, 2014 at 9:39 AM

If there ever was a code word of note on this topic, “comprehensive” is it. I wonder what this writer thinks it means.

Lolo on July 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

immigration
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Justice Department says it will re-allocate immigration judges, shift docket priority to southwest border cases – via @Phil_Mattingly
Read more on justice.gov
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Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Department of Justice Announces New Priorities to Address Surge of Migrants Crossing into the U.S.

Justice Department Proposes Establishing Legal and Law Enforcement Advisors to Aid in Disrupting and Dismantling Immigrant Smuggling Operations

Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today that the Justice Department will implement a series of steps to help address the influx of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States. These include refocusing immigration court resources to adjudicate the cases of recent migrants; providing support and training to help address violence in Central America; and redoubling efforts to work with other federal agencies and the Mexican government to investigate and prosecute those who smuggle migrants to the United States.

“Individuals who embark on the perilous journey from Central America to the United States are subject to violent crime, abuse, and extortion as they rely on dangerous human smuggling networks to transport them through Central America and Mexico,” Deputy Attorney General Cole said. “We have an obligation to provide humanitarian care for children and adults with children who are apprehended on our borders, but we also must do whatever we can to stem the tide of this dangerous migration pattern. The efforts we are announcing today are intended to address the challenges of this influx in a humane, efficient and timely way.”

Cole announced that the department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) will refocus its resources to prioritize cases involving migrants who have recently crossed the southwest border and whom DHS has placed into removal proceedings — so that these cases are processed both quickly and fairly to enable prompt removal in appropriate cases, while ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and others.

“This refocusing of resources will allow EOIR to prioritize the adjudication of the cases of those individuals involved in the evolving situation at the southwest border,” said EOIR Director Juan P. Osuna. “Although our case management priorities are shifting, our immigration judges will continue to evaluate and rule upon cases consistent with all substantive and procedural rights and safeguards applicable to immigration proceedings.”

To augment its capacity to adjudicate cases as promptly as possible, EOIR is committed to hiring more immigration judges. EOIR this week will also publish a regulation allowing for the appointment of temporary immigration judges. Further, EOIR plans both to expand its existing legal access programs, and enhance access to legal resources and assistance for persons in removal proceedings.

Cole also announced that the Department is seeking new funding, as a part of the President’s emergency supplemental appropriations request, to assist Central American countries in combatting transnational crime and the threat posed by criminal gangs. This regional strategy for law enforcement capacity building would be aimed at addressing the issues that have been a factor in forcing many migrants to flee Central America for the United States.

The department will also redouble its efforts to work with Mexican authorities to identify and apprehend smugglers who are aiding unaccompanied children in crossing the U.S. border. Later this week, the Deputy Attorney General will also be meeting with the five U.S. Attorneys who represent the southwest border districts to strategize on ways to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations on the border that are facilitating the transportation of unaccompanied minors and others.

Today, Deputy Attorney General Cole will go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s McAllen Station and processing facility to see the urgent situation at the border. EOIR Director Osuna will be testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to highlight the Justice Department’s efforts to aid in the administration-wide response to the migrant influx.
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http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/July/14-dag-711.html

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

canopfor on July 9, 2014 at 11:13 AM

From the Ukraine, to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban Five, to the VA, to immigration; the White House has their hands full.

These aren’t things that happened to Obama and the Nation by accident, they are the direct result of Obama’s policies. And where were the Press while those policies were introduced and implemented? Why, they were cheering these wonderful new ideas all along and savaging anyone who dared to criticize them. The Press hasn’t been negligent, they’ve been co-conspirators.

Socratease on July 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM

“We keep going from one crisis to the next, to the next, to the next. And, like, ‘Oh, you remember Ukraine? How did that end up? Who’s the new VA secretary? Totally forgot about that guy.’”

The joke here is that they expect us to believe they have actually covered these stories. Mere mention of something, without exploration or follow-up, is not coverage. By the same token, self-flagellation with feathers is not very painful.

ricoliv on July 9, 2014 at 11:15 AM

This wasn’t a problem that suddenly exploded overnight. It’s been growing since 2009.”

…and the press…has been sleeping through everything…since then!

JugEarsButtHurt on July 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Department of Justice Announces New Priorities to Address Surge of Migrants Crossing into the U.S.

Migrants?

You mean they intend to go back home?

Man, the doublespeak newspeak is gettin’ deep and thick around here.

PS Thank you, canopfor, for that comic relief moment.

formwiz on July 9, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I don’t watch NBC News, so I never heard of Carrie Dann.

Se looks and talks like a junior high school girl in a soccer jersey.

UltimateBob on July 9, 2014 at 12:06 PM

In reality, the American people ARE rejecting the MSM.

Liberal newspapers and magazines are shrinking at an alarming or hilarious rate depending on your viewpoint, and unfair liberal TV coverage has the lowest viewership of all time.

Somehow, the lofo voters just keep voting Democrat.

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Hate to mix metaphors, but, the lapdogs are falling on their swords for Teh One?

socalcon on July 9, 2014 at 1:08 PM

“And it seems like something that the White House could have seen coming.

Something to do with that advertisement they ran back in January for child-care transportation for 65,000 children…?

bofh on July 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM

The Affirmative Action President can’t handle the job because Affirmative Action is the new Peter Principle.

DimsdalePiranha on July 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

The administration has made the conscious decision in the case of the its own planned and skillfully executed immigration crisis not to attempt to resolve it with vigor pour gasoline on the fire by bullding more accommodations for even more illegal aliens

FIFY, Noah.

fred5678 on July 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM