Obama’s pathetic border crisis blame shifting

posted at 9:21 am on July 10, 2014 by Noah Rothman

President Barack Obama really wants you to know that Republicans share the blame for the ongoing crisis at the border. In fact, he spent the majority of his address on the border crisis on Wednesday not discussing the border crisis, per se, but the variety of ways in which his administration should not be faulted for this disaster.

After noting that he did take the time out of his fundraising schedule for a closed-door meeting with Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a concession of regal magnanimity upon which we must reflect in gratitude, Obama noted that he is at least open to taking emergency steps to stem the wave of illegal, unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border. But not, however, until Congress shares some responsibility for this crisis and passes a supplemental $3.7 billion request.

“Yesterday, I asked Congress…” “Congress has the capacity right now…” “The challenge is, is Congress prepared to act?”

No, the challenge is not Congress. The challenge is on the border, where the president has steadfastly refused to go so as not to be too intimately associated with this crisis.

“Are folks more interested in politics or are they more interested in solving the problem?” Obama said he asked the Texas governor. “If they are interested in solving the problem then this can be solved. If the preference is for politics then it won’t be solved.”

What a tired act. Obama is the honest broker, and all his opponents are cynical and self-interested. It would be laughable but for the fact that so few in the political press seem find it funny.

Of course, a supplemental spending package will have to be passed in order to fund augmented processing, deportations, and, as Obama said he might consider, National Guard deployments. If it is a crisis, and it is, then the executive branch does not wait for Congress to pass funding before it acts. It is beyond insulting to suggest that emergency supplemental funding is a precondition for a response to an emergency.

When the political concerns merit it, as they did in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in October of an election year, 2,800 National Guard troops were immediately dispatched to the affected areas in the Northeast. The contentious issue of funding for that effort came later, as it always has and always should.

When the president was not haranguing Congress to pass his requested supplemental package to deal with this crisis last night, he was berating them for not passing the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill.

“It would be useful for my Republican friends to rediscover the concept of negotiation and compromise,” the president later said. “If I sponsored a bill declaring apple pie American, it might fall victim to partisan politics.”

If you were even a little unclear on the fact that Obama wants as much political distance from this crisis as possible, he made in precisely clear when asked a question about whether he objected to any of Perry’s emergency proposals. Beyond the fact that Perry wanted him to act “without Congress doing anything,” the president said he did not.

How is this language in any way distinct from Obama’s stump speeches, like the one he delivered in Colorado just hours before this presser? “These days, basic common sense ideas cannot get through Congress,” the president told an audience of supporters in Colorado on Tuesday. “If Congress won’t act, I will.”

Obama happily revs up his supporters by touting his omnipotence when it is convenient, but plays the constitutionally constrained republican consul when a politically inconvenient crisis demands his attention. What theater.

“This isn’t theater,” Obama scolded me. “This is a problem.”

“I’m not interested in photo ops,” the president vamped near the conclusion of his news conference. “I’m interested in solving a problem.”

This statement coming from a president who is anything but camera shy earned Obama deserved mockery from the commentariat, but the substance of Obama’s statement last night – that Congress is as much to blame as his administration’s negligence – was not dismissed by the members of the political press as it should have been.

“I think that the problem here is not that it’s a political question, it’s also a moral question,” oozed Bloomberg News’ Lisa Lerner on CNN. “I think you really saw that come out in the president’s remarks yesterday. He looked tired. He looked stressed. And that’s because he’s sort of caught between what he can do politically – which is basically, he has to send these kids home – and what he is thinking morally.”

Amazing how this weighty moral conundrum has not compelled our most sympathetic figure to see the humanity on the border for himself. Perhaps we should be thankful he did not. We can’t have our commander-in-chief succumbing to the depth of his emotional response to this crisis.

New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin noted accurately that the president was “shrewd” to meet with Perry and use him as a tool to pressure Republicans in Washington to act on this border crisis as well. That he did not then observe that this is an obvious attempt by Obama to create some political distance between him and the situation on the Rio Grande was vexing.

Even CNN’s John King let the veil slip a bit when he remarked that at least one Republican, Glenn Beck, has responded to the crisis at the border by launching a charity initiative. “We can laugh about that, but they are children,” he said. Why on earth would you “laugh” at giving parentless refugee minors food and toys? Why would that thought even enter your head?

The media’s reaction to this crisis in general has been irksome. Democratic members of Congress, from Rep. Louis Gutierrez (D-IL) to the House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), have been more critical of Obama in this whole process than the political press. For Obama, this is all politics – and treacherous politics at that.

The press is satisfied when Obama plays the game well and scores a point for the home team. For the border state residents, the tireless border guards and immigration processing facility managers, and the children fleeing violence at home in the mistaken impression that they can find sanctuary in the United States, none of this is a game.


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Embarrassing.

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Without shame and totally planned.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 9:23 AM

“The current crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children flooding illegally across the border has produced problems for border security and has angered Obama’s opponents, who blame his 2012 executive order granting prosecutorial discretion in handling cases of illegal immigrants who arrived as children.

Perry told host Sean Hannity that officials in Texas have known the border was a “real issue” since 2005, and warned Obama in 2009 of the massive problems that could occur if the border wasn’t secured.

“I would suggest to you that had the money been spent back in those days to put the National Guard troops on the border to bolster the Border Patrol, we wouldn’t be seeing the issues that we have today,” Perry said.

Some in Obama’s own party, including Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas, have warned that Obama might be facing a “Katrina moment” if he doesn’t visit the border for himself while in Texas this week to attend high-dollar Democratic fundraisers.

Perry, who became governor after George W. Bush was elected president in 2000, agreed.

“I think about the criticism that George W. Bush got when he didn’t go to New Orleans at Katrina,” Perry said. “This is no different.”

Perry said politics should have nothing to do with the crisis, noting that two other Democrats have joined Cuellar in asking Obama to see the border.

“This is a bipartisan ‘ask,’ and it ought to be a bipartisan fix,” Perry said.

The governor initially refused to greet Obama at the airport, but relented when Obama promised to meet with him on the border crisis.

Perry said that what he said to Obama once aboard Air Force One was, “I really want you to come and see this . . . because this is important for you to absorb as a father, but more importantly as the president of the United States.”

Obama “needs to understand instinctively and intuitively – and with his own two eyes – what’s going on on that border,” Perry said.

Though Obama told the press he had heard Perry’s words and agreed with them, Perry wasn’t convinced.

“I don’t know whether he heard what I said,” Perry said. “Because a leader acts, and what I haven’t seen out of this president are actions that make me think he understands what’s going on.

“You can’t talk about it,” Perry said. “You have to act, Mr. President. That’s what leadership is.”

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workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Neighbor’s kid has stolen your kid’s bike five times.

Solution: you remove your gate.

Conclusion: you want your kid’s bike stolen some more.

Akzed on July 10, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Obama don’t care…

JoeHanson on July 10, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Well I hate to say it, but he is right. The illegal immigration mess and crisis blame should be shared by both parties. We talk all the time about how the establishment wants amnesty. When has the GOP Congress passed a bill to finish securing the border? When have they passed a bill to hold employers responsible for hiring illegals? Sure, the rhetoric used by Dems has encouraged more illegals but let’s not pretend the establishment on our side has actually done anything meaningful. They’re just as guilty in this.

bucsox79 on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

“Margaret Althoff-Olivas, Director of Public Affairs for University Medical Center (UMC) of El Paso, told Breitbart Texas, “The U.S. Border Patrol (BP) has established a rotating schedule for area hospitals to medically evaluate detainees associated with the recent influx of Central American immigrants. According to the BP, all must be medically cleared before being transferred to detention centers.”
UMC El Paso Public Affairs Coordinator Renee Saavedra added that “five El Paso hospitals are currently treating [the] immigrants.”

Most illegal immigrants are captured in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley (RGV) and it is unclear if they are being screened prior to being sent to El Paso and other U.S. cities for processing and further screening, or if the secondary location screening is the first medical treatment the illegal immigrants are receiving. If the illegal immigrants are being transported via chartered commercial airliners prior to being screened, any U.S. citizen who flies on the aircraft afterwards could potentially face health risks…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/09/Feds-Using-Texas-Hospitals-to-Evaluate-Illegal-Immigrants

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

“Yesterday, I asked Congress…” “Congress has the capacity right now…” “The challenge is, is Congress prepared to act?”

Obama reminds me of the bully who talks tough but hides behind a group when he runs into trouble. You can’t mock Congressional action pretty much all the time and expect them to climb onboard when your backside is in the fire.

This isn’t theater it is a growing crisis on the border and the Americans on that border deserved more than mocking words between fundraisers.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Good lapdogs

He did enough by meeting perry he doesn’t need to go to the border
-mika

cmsinaz on July 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

BTW-

Why isn’t FEMA involved?

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

That he did not then observe that this is an obvious attempt by Obama to create some political distance between him and the situation on the Rio Grande was vexing.

what is that he didn’t observe the president’s equanimity? or is it something more sinister? you note yourself:

Democratic members of Congress, from Rep. Louis Gutierrez (D-IL) to the House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), have been more critical of Obama in this whole process than the political press.

for the press, too, it’s all politics — the politics of establishing a permanent majority of state-obliged democrat voters. if even andrea mitchell has noticed the presidents lack of “optics”, sure his pusillanimity hasn’t gone unobserved.

just unremarked upon.

i retweeted your “inspirational” tweet. i found it delightfully pithy.

jaxisaneurophysicist on July 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Most polls favor some form of reform. But the key in these polls is that people want the border secured and employers held accountable. Knowing this, the GOP still has done next to nothing. Probably because they don’t really care all that much about securing the border any more than Dems do. The establishment certainly doesnt want to hold employers responsible for hiring illegals.

Our party sucks. They should’ve attempted to do something a long time ago. They should’ve stood for what we think they once stood for, passed a bill and got the message to Americans that they ARE TRYING. Let the Dems be the ones who vote against it.

bucsox79 on July 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Border checkpoints are 40 miles inland from the actual border…Gov. Perry wants to increase National Guard patrols in that zone.

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Congress needs to pass a law ASAP eliminating special treatment for OTM illegal aliens and tightening up the refugee/asylum laws. We don’t need to give Obama more money that he can use to facilitate even more human trafficking.

Wigglesworth on July 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

If you listen to Barack HUSSEIN Obama whine, he is the first perfect being in history, he is infallible. The problem is, EVERYONE ELSE is out to get him or fails him. Nothing is ever his fault, it’s all a grand conspiracy.

ConstantineXI on July 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Yes, Republicans are to blame too. There are Republican fingerprints all over the Rubio-Schumer immigration bill.

Did anyone seriously believe that one could publicly announce that another mass amnesty will be given, without inspiring a new wave of illegals to come here, in the hope that they might secure themselves legalization?

But its all Obamas fault and Rubio gets the suck-up treatment from HotAir.

Red Widow on July 10, 2014 at 9:35 AM

For the border state residents, the tireless border guards and immigration processing facility managers, and the children fleeing violence at home in the mistaken impression that they can find sanctuary in the United States, none of this is a game.

Really, Noah?

Naturally Curly on July 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

I am sorry to say that the people of this country elected him twice. Thankfully, I can say I did not vote for him once.

SC.Charlie on July 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Why isn’t FEMA involved?

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

and create FEMA camps?

Electrongod on July 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

The more money you give Obama to deal with the crisis, the longer he’ll be able to drag it out. I’d give him enough money to buy bus tickets and meals for the kids in transit. Maybe one million bucks, tops.

Buddahpundit on July 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 11m

Think we’re stretching the definition of the word crisis to include bugaboo and minor vexation.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

“Deputy Cameron Coleman, who works his regular job as a Hidalgo County Deputy Sheriff, was on his way to sign in and begin his volunteer shift with the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office when he stopped at the rest area, a known illegal alien pickup point. The rest area is located several miles north of the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 281 south of the town of Falfurrias. A group of three Hispanic males approached him and the other volunteer who was riding along with him and asked for a ride to Houston. They had failed to notice the word “sheriff” on his shirt.

He questioned them and quickly determined they were illegal immigrants who had just come in from several days hiking through the hot, dry ranch lands after being dropped off miles below the checkpoint. Two of the immigrants were adult males from Honduras and Guatemala. The third was a 16-year-old male from Honduras. They were all headed to Houston.
Breitbart Texas was riding with another volunteer deputy, Daniel Walden, who quickly responded to the call from Deputy Coleman for assistance. In his regular duty, Walden serves as acting police chief of the Donna Independent School District Police Department.

Upon arriving at the scene, Breitbart Texas leaned the two men and the boy had been dropped off three days prior and had been wandering without food and water. One of the immigrants admitted he had paid $3,000 to coyotes for transportation. They had become separated from their group and had been left behind to make their own way of die in the heat that had been in the high nineties during that period.

Border Patrol was called to the scene and arrived a few minutes later from the checkpoint area. After documenting the immigrants, Border Patrol requested assistance in transporting two of the three prisoners to the Border Patrol processing center in Falfurrias.
Later that evening Chief Walden and this reporter, while continuing the patrol, encountered another illegal alien on Highway 285 west of Falfurrias. He was wearing all black and walking westbound on the dark road. Walden said he barely noticed him on the side of the road. “He was just a dark shadow that blurred past us as we drove by,” Walden said.

Walden turned his patrol vehicle around and returned to find the immigrant carrying a gallon jug of water that contained a very small amount of brownish water. He looked very weak and exhausted. Walden is, in addition to being a Master Texas Peace Officer, a medic trained to save lives. He gave the immigrant some clean water to drink and some food he had just purchased a little earlier for himself.

The young man was determined to be a 24-year-old Honduran. He has a wife and 5-year-old daughter at home in Honduras and was headed to Houston to find work to support them. He admitted he had previously been in America and had been deported. The deportation occurred five years ago. He begged Walden not to contact Border Patrol because he feared being sent home. He vowed to return again if he was deported because of the desperate conditions in his country.

During his journey, the immigrant said he had lots of problems with Mexican gangs. “It is much more dangerous in Mexico than it is in Honduras,” he told Walden. He said he had been beaten and robbed by the Mexican gangs but if he could make it to Houston, it would be worth it because he would be able to work and send money back home to his wife and daughter. He fought back tears several times as he talked about his daughter and what he wanted for her.

He became separated from the group he was walking with and had not eaten in three days. He managed to find some water on a ranch, probably from a cattle tank.

Border Patrol arrived about twenty minutes later and took him to the processing center. He smiled and said, “I will be back.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/10/Illegals-Busted-after-Unwittingly-Asking-Texas-Sheriff-for-Ride

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Obama noted that he is at least open to taking emergency steps to stem the wave of illegal, unaccompanied migrant children crossing the border. But not, however, until Congress shares some responsibility for this crisis and passes a supplemental $3.7 billion request.

A failure as a leader, an utter disasterous failure as a President of the USA. He can’t take a decisive action to benefit the USA without making a condition *before* he can — meaning, he’s not going to take a decisive action to benefit the USA, he’ll always place conditions on what he regards as hypothetical activity (“only if you do…for me first”).

A coward, a miserable person, an utter disasterous failure as a US President, that’s Barack Obama.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

B

TW-

Why isn’t FEMA involved?

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

FEMA is geared for natural disasters, not dumb ass political disasters.

SC.Charlie on July 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

“It would be useful for my Republican friends to rediscover the concept of negotiation and compromise,” the president later said. “If I sponsored a bill declaring apple pie American, it might fall victim to partisan politics.”

Compromise does not mean that Dear Liar gets his way 100%. And he’d do well to discover, for the first time that calling for negotiations in one sentence and then immediately insult the other side does not engender an atmosphere for negotiations.

rbj on July 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Well I hate to say it, but he is right. The illegal immigration mess and crisis blame should be shared by both parties. We talk all the time about how the establishment wants amnesty. When has the GOP Congress passed a bill to finish securing the border? When have they passed a bill to hold employers responsible for hiring illegals? Sure, the rhetoric used by Dems has encouraged more illegals but let’s not pretend the establishment on our side has actually done anything meaningful. They’re just as guilty in this.

bucsox79 on July 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

The GOP is NOT Congress; they control the House. The Dems control the Senate, where almost every House initiated Bill goes to die.

vnvet on July 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

F-ck Obama and all his bullsh!t. Perry should have kicked his a$$ when he had the chance.

Ward Cleaver on July 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

With this much criticism of Dear Leader, this post borders on racism…

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

If you listen to Barack HUSSEIN Obama whine, he is the first perfect being in history, he is infallible. The problem is, EVERYONE ELSE is out to get him or fails him. Nothing is ever his fault, it’s all a grand conspiracy.

ConstantineXI on July 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

If he were an airline pilot, he’d get in an Airbus A380 with 500+ passengers, take it up to F/L 40, then beat the co-pilot unconscious, smash up the controls, and bail out.

Then claim the passengers crashed the plane. While secretly delighting in the death, destruction and sheer chaos he had created.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Off to Martha’s vineyard….

Job well done Obama…

Here’s a doobie for the trip…

Electrongod on July 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

“HOUSTON, Texas–As the crisis continues on the border, lawmakers have been offering their opinions on what to do to cut down on the number of people coming across the U.S./Mexico border. Republican Congressman Randy Neugebauer of Lubbock suggested economic sanctions may be the answer.

Neugebauer appeared on KFYO-AM in Lubbock for his weekly interview on Lubbock’s First News when he was asked about the situation on the border. Neugebauer was explaining that there needed to be pressure put on Mexico to secure their southern border.

“What I think we’re going to have to do to Mexico is get them involved in this and the way you get Mexico involved in this is maybe at some point you impose some economic sanctions on them until they do a better job of helping us control this problem. They’re a facilitator here, and if any other country was facilitating this kind of activity I think we’d be taking some actions.” Neugebauer went on to say that no matter happens going forward nothing will change until the law is enforced.

Neugebauer isn’t the only one who believes that Mexico has to do something about its southern border. Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida introduced a resolution in June that in part called on Mexico to secure its border. As Breitbart News previously reported, the resolution called on the President to take five steps to reduce the number of children crossing the border. The fifth step outlined in the resolution calls for the United States to “work with Mexican and Central American officials to improve security at the Southern Border of Mexico.” In a press statement, Cornyn said that he believes if the President took the five steps he and Rubio outlined, it would to end the current crisis and help prevent a future crisis…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/08/Texas-Congressman-Calls-for-Sanctions-on-Mexico

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

??? What does that mean?

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

You need to get around the political press if they are going to continue to aid and abet the President in lying to the American People. So make an Ad with lots of pictures of people crossing the border illegally, like the jet ski guy ferrying illegals easy-peasy to a Texas Park where people have picnics. Show the kids on the floors, the ones who look like grown men and the MS13 grafitti from the bathrooms in the holding center and use Obama’s speech Rubio referred to in his Hot Air interview. The one where he mocks the Republicans for wanting more security. Then mention how much money each illegal is costing us, $60,000 isn’t it, if we go with Obama’s idea. A lot of people don’t make that in a year working. Its cheaper to fly them home first class. And make sure you mention the communicable diseases some are carrying.

And congress needs to pass its own law that focuses entirely on returning these kids immediately to their home countries without a hearing and securing the border.

magicbeans on July 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

“Deputy Cameron Coleman, who works his regular job as a Hidalgo County Deputy Sheriff, was on his way to sign in and begin his volunteer shift with the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office when he stopped at the rest area, a known illegal alien pickup point. The rest area is located several miles north of the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 281 south of the town of Falfurrias. A group of three Hispanic males approached him and the other volunteer who was riding along with him and asked for a ride to Houston. They had failed to notice the word “sheriff” on his shirt.

He questioned them and quickly determined they were illegal immigrants who had just come in from several days hiking through the hot, dry ranch lands after being dropped off miles below the checkpoint. Two of the immigrants were adult males from Honduras and Guatemala. The third was a 16-year-old male from Honduras. They were all headed to Houston.

I’ve been through that checkpoint a few times. If they were going through there, “headed to Houston”, they were going the wrong damn way.

Ward Cleaver on July 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

So the ‘sure’ is being removed from President Cocksure.

HopeHeFails on July 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

If Obama cannot convince Congress to spend $3.7 B on this crisis his presidency is by all intents and purposes finished.

(I’m not saying the 3.7 is a good bill just that a leader would get it passed.)

mjbrooks3 on July 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

“On Monday, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan president Otto Perez Molina held a joint press conference in Playas de Catazaja, Mexico, to officially announce an agreement to make it easier for those making the illegal journey to the United States from Central America, to cross into Mexico.

The Southern Border Program to Improve Passage, will provide for more border checkpoints along Mexico’s border with Guatemala, and offer more protection and even emergency medical care to those making their way north. The illegal aliens will receive a so-called Regional Visitor’s Card, according to El Universal.

The program will also give special protection and even financial assistance to unaccompanied minors now pouring across our border. Of course, these efforts, chiefly by the Mexican government, will only increase the number of illegal aliens coming to this country by the thousands, now on a daily basis.

The official announcement only confirms what many of us have known all along…the current chaos on the border which the Obama administration has sympathetically (and dishonestly) characterized as a “humanitarian crisis,” only exists due to collusion between the governments of Mexico, Guatemala and likely the United States….”

http://www.examiner.com/article/mexico-made-deal-to-send-more-illegal-aliens-to-the-u-s

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

“Are folks more interested in politics or are they more interested in solving the problem?”

This “problem” is not new and is of the president’s own making.

But then, Congress isn’t the one playing pool, quaffing beers and doing political fundraising.

They are also not the one’s playing hide and seek by placing illegal immigrants in communities across our nation. “You want to deport them? Go find them.”

Perhaps the first thing the president should do is tell Harry Reid to stop holding funds for the border fence hostage. Let’s start there.

This is not a president that congress and the American people can trust. You’ll have to remind me when he has ever kept a deal made with congress and did not usurp their powers to undermine them.

Marcus Traianus on July 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Why isn’t FEMA involved?

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Isn’t it enough that illegal invaders take your jobs and your tax money so you also want them to take your cots and food in the concentration camp? Racists, all of you…

Rix on July 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

I’ll bet that $3.7b has hidden in it free, unlimited birth control for Sandra Fluke.

Ward Cleaver on July 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

The more money you give Obama to deal with the crisis, the longer he’ll be able to drag it out. I’d give him enough money to buy bus tickets and meals for the kids in transit. Maybe one million bucks, tops.

Buddahpundit on July 10, 2014 at 9:38 AM

It doesn’t take a canary to tell nearly everyone paying attention that the nearly FOUR BILLION DOLLARS Obama is “asking for” (and this is only his first round) would go to benefit cartels in other nations and in the USA — along with one of his biggest campaign donors, the American Trial Lawyers.

Read what Michelle Malkin writes about this wretched circle:

Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act

Handing over four-billion hard-earned US dollars to Obama will only EXTEND AND ENRICH this problem of illegal aliens.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I’ve been through that checkpoint a few times. If they were going through there, “headed to Houston”, they were going the wrong damn way.

Ward Cleaver on July 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Best and brightest or something…

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

What’s up with this?
http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/09/are-illegal-immigrants-wearing-obama-shoes-now-photos/

katy the mean old lady on July 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

“If I sponsored a bill declaring apple pie American, it might fall victim to partisan politics.”

Except he would never do this because nothing he has done in his entire life has been in support of America and our way of life.

Lance Corvette on July 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Obama’s pathetic border crisis blame shifting

Fixed it for you. You’re welcome.

drewwerd on July 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

If Obama cannot convince Congress to spend $3.7 B on this crisis his presidency is by all intents and purposes finished.

(I’m not saying the 3.7 is a good bill just that a leader would get it passed.)

mjbrooks3 on July 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

He can always bypass the Congress by requesting the funds directly from the printing press. That’s called “leadership” as Obama sees it.

Rix on July 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

I’ll bet that $3.7b has hidden in it free, unlimited birth control for Sandra Fluke.

Ward Cleaver on July 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

I would think that she is on the border……

giving speeches….

with her mouth taped up…..

Electrongod on July 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

i found it delightfully pithy.

jaxisaneurophysicist on July 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

*Buzz*

Contestant: What is something that no one has ever said about one of Jax’s posts?

Alex: Correct. Pick again.

DisneyFan on July 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

children fleeing violence at home in the mistaken impression that they can find sanctuary in the United States

They aren’t mistaken. Flying them home immediately is the only way to stop the insanity.

Maybe Glenn Beck could start raising money for airfare.

Valiant on July 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

What’s up with this?
http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/09/are-illegal-immigrants-wearing-obama-shoes-now-photos/

katy the mean old lady on July 10, 2014 at 9:51 AM

If only Obama walked a mile in their shoes…

Electrongod on July 10, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I needed a shower after watching Dear Leader’s little newser yesterday….

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Obama: This is not supposed to be a political issue…..but the full blame rest on John Boehner and the Republicans in the House.

Got any more non-political “revelations” Mr. Obama?

Rovin on July 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/10/Illegals-Busted-after-Unwittingly-Asking-Texas-Sheriff-for-Ride

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:40 AM

The guy had $3,000 to hand over to a smuggler in Honduras but says he’s worried about supporting his wife and daughter in Honduras.

That simply makes no sense.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

The Monroe Doctrine is dead – November, 2014 Sec. of State John Kerry

coupled with policies of catch and release and the push for immigration reform by both parties this seems like we give permission to come on over illegally…

Republicans like to criticize Obama for “telegraphing” the wrong message in foreign policy that emboldens our enemies…

Boehner emboldens Obama to act lawlessly when he states No Impeachment.

Same damn thing.

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

We don’t need to give Obama more money that he can use to facilitate even more human trafficking.

Wigglesworth on July 10, 2014 at 9:31 AM

If the posotus needs more money he can take it from the foreign aid given to the countries the illegals come from.

wifarmboy on July 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Obama’s mission statement: “The buck stops over there, and over there… but not here!”

sadatoni on July 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Why isn’t FEMA involved?

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:30 AM

and create FEMA camps?

Electrongod on July 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM

No camps. FEMA can hand out bottles of water and solar blankets while the invaders play with their empathy bears and wait for the bus back over the border.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

“If I sponsored a bill declaring apple pie American, it might fall victim to partisan politics.”

Behold the slayer of straw men strikes again! He has knocked down so many it is a fire hazard.

dentalque on July 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I’ve been through that checkpoint a few times. If they were going through there, “headed to Houston”, they were going the wrong damn way.

Ward Cleaver on July 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Best and brightest or something…

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Best and brightest who have thousands of dollars to hand over to smugglers in Central America but somehow “can’t support their fahhmahhlees” in Central America. So worried about them, in fact, they go off and leave them in what they claim is the worst violence ever. ~Because they’re worried about them.~

None of this makes any sense.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM

“If I sponsored a bill declaring apple pie American, it might fall victim to partisan politics.”

No, it would fall victim to your Wife’s insane Eating regulations
Azzwipe.

ToddPA on July 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

??? What does that mean?

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

I presume you mean Noah’s tweet and not my reason for posting it. Frankly I’m not sure anymore. I generally have thought it is Noah’s way of being sarcastic. Lately, with all of the complaining about him from the “peanut gallery” (his words, not mine) I am starting to think people here either are not getting him. His comments being too segmented to get when viewed isolated. Or in fact he is being quite serious and is a moderate. At any rate I am just a casual observer in this. When I see a tweet from Noah that is on topic pertaining to a thread here at HA I will be posting it on thread in hopes that it may assist folks in determining which it is. Here is his tweety page.Judge for yourself once you have seen his train of thought in context. For what its worth Noah does not have the abrasive quality on me that others here at HA seem to be experiencing.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

The guy had $3,000 to hand over to a smuggler in Honduras but says he’s worried about supporting his wife and daughter in Honduras.

That simply makes no sense.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 9:56 AM

Two different groups.

The last illegal probably paid a cartel coyote as well but the amount wasn’t in the article…he also said he’d be back.

These illegals aren’t escaping violence and they don’t want to be citizens…They’re too lazy to reform their own countries and just want to exploit ours.

Their governments make money dumping them here…they also avoid any responsibility to their own citizens and hope to influence our politics both regional and national with their planted migrations…

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Here’s an idea: how about we use Air Force One to fly these “refugee riders” all over the USA? Obama and his family can deal with the bugs and diseases afterward — he has no problems with US citizens suffering those harms, so why isn’t he and his family? Get a few of those “minor” gang members to drive Obama’s golf cart around for him, serve Michelle her vodka, drive the Grandma’s limo around.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

As I posted on another thread.

Why are we more concerned with children supposedly running from gang violence in El Salvador than with children who live every day with gang violence in Compton, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, or any other major American city?

Nobody is suggesting we hand out empathy bears to American children. Nor is anybody trying to make their lives better by removing them from the violence.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Obama’s mission: Destabilize America.

albill on July 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I would think that she is on the border……

giving speeches….

with her mouth taped up…..

Electrongod on July 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Someone mentioned gangbangers to her.

katy the mean old lady on July 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

This guy is worthless. The voters would have been better off electing a stick man. Pathetic!

rplat on July 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

How could Obama be the fault of this latest border crisis, he was playing golf and fund raising when it started. It just has to be the House Republicans fault.

savage24 on July 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

For the record.
I do not have a complete understanding of the nature of tweety yet.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

For the record.
I do not have a complete understanding of the nature of tweety yet.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Neither does Sylvester.

katy the mean old lady on July 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Obama and LIBERAL/RINOS have been very clear, CHRYSTAL CLEAR in fact, they support this and want WE AMERICANS to foot the bill so they can come here ILLEGALLY quicker and in better facilities.

Dump the homeless in there as well…..Unfortunately Obama will send our Veterans from the VA.

Realdemocrat1 on July 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

The last illegal probably paid a cartel coyote as well but the amount wasn’t in the article…he also said he’d be back.

These illegals aren’t escaping violence and they don’t want to be citizens…They’re too lazy to reform their own countries and just want to exploit ours.

Their governments make money dumping them here…they also avoid any responsibility to their own citizens and hope to influence our politics both regional and national with their planted migrations…

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

I read another article a few days ago that quoted a female illegal alien admitting she’d “paid a coyote ten thousand dollars” to hike her out of Central America…

My point is, so much cash available to these people, so why aren’t they using it to enrich their lives where they are? Obviously, as you say there, there are organized efforts to get a lot of these countries’ populations into the US without care or consideration for the US they’re exploiting.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

“I think you really saw that come out in the president’s remarks yesterday. He looked tired. He looked stressed. And that’s because he’s sort of caught between what he can do politically – which is basically, he has to send these kids home – and what he is thinking morally.”

But not too stressed or tired to go to two DNC fundraisers.

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

I am starting to think people here either are not getting him

Wow. Terrible sentence structure. My apologies. Lots of typing is not my strong suit. Amongst other things. Probably should have read.

I am starting to think people here either are not getting him or…..

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

For the record.
I do not have a complete understanding of the nature of tweety yet.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

8th grade

hope that helps in understanding the nature of Twitter

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Love it how BO boasts that he can take unilateral action with his “pen and phone” any time he wants, but when he needs a political sideshow, he acts like he can’t do anything without those meanies in Congress letting him.

He can find money to send goon squads to the WWII memorial during a government “shutdown”, but his hands are tied on the border anarchy he created with his bragging because he needs congress to approve another pot of money?

forest on July 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Neither does Sylvester.

katy the mean old lady on July 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Lolz! Tweety always outsmarts that cat. You are undoubtedly a Sylvester fan aren’t you? ; )

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Obama’s mission: Destabilize America.

albill on July 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

I’ve long maintained that Obama has a plan to ruin the USA and that’s what his vow to “transform” the nation was/is all about.

Lately, however, I am wondering if he is just totally insane and amoral. Maybe he is just a completely crazy person creating by irresponsibility and irrationality one disaster after another of neglect or otherwise. He seems to not be even moderately sane.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

8th grade

hope that helps in understanding the nature of Twitter

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Oh I don’t know about that. I have seen some very witty and insightful commentary done there. Particularly when you consider the character limitations.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Why on earth would you “laugh” at giving parentless refugee minors food and toys?

Wonder if machetes and AR-15s are toys….
Illegal Immigrant “Children” Include MS-13 Gang Members

whatcat on July 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

He can find money to send goon squads to the WWII memorial during a government “shutdown”, but his hands are tied on the border anarchy he created with his bragging because he needs congress to approve another pot of money?

forest on July 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

And he’s repeated that activity time and time again upon US citizens, one big attack on the public after another. But his “hands are tied” somehow when he’s asked to explain his irresponsibility and maliciousness.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Lolz! Tweety always outsmarts that cat. You are undoubtedly a Sylvester fan aren’t you? ; )

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Not too swift feline vs. passive aggressive canary. Of course I root for the underd.. er, cat.

katy the mean old lady on July 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

What dear leader meant to say was this is not the kind photo op I want. This whole out west fund raising/pool playing/pizza eating trip was a poke in the eye to all Americans. We the people tax payers are paying for a politician to go collect checks to support politicians who want to take away more of our liberties. What a great country!

Kissmygrits on July 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Nothing is ever his fault, but he always wants all the credit.

He voted “Present” all his life and was praised for it.

Obama reminds me of the bully who talks tough but hides behind a group when he runs into trouble. You can’t mock Congressional action pretty much all the time and expect them to climb onboard when your backside is in the fire.

This isn’t theater it is a growing crisis on the border and the Americans on that border deserved more than mocking words between fundraisers.

Happy Nomad on July 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

You broke the code.

formwiz on July 10, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I read another article a few days ago that quoted a female illegal alien admitting she’d “paid a coyote ten thousand dollars” to hike her out of Central America…

My point is, so much cash available to these people, so why aren’t they using it to enrich their lives where they are? Obviously, as you say there, there are organized efforts to get a lot of these countries’ populations into the US without care or consideration for the US they’re exploiting.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Or, for that matter, ten grand should easily cover getting a passport and plane fare. Maybe she wanted an adventure.

whatcat on July 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM

“We can laugh about that, but they are children,” he said. Why on earth would you “laugh” at giving parentless refugee minors food and toys? Why would that thought even enter your head?

Noah… you mean how some here on HA has laughed at Becks suggestions?

Walter L. Newton on July 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM

If you listen to Barack HUSSEIN Obama whine, he is the first perfect being in history, he is infallible. The problem is, EVERYONE ELSE is out to get him or fails him. Nothing is ever his fault, it’s all a grand conspiracy.

ConstantineXI on July 10, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Pathological Narcissism, that’s what the issue is about Obama. If you listen to the pros explain what that is and what the clinical issues are as to how it’s diagnosed, Barack Obama fits those issues to a ‘t’. He’s paranoid, he thinks he’s a martyr, that his grandness is just not being noticed by too many other people (“Congress”…”Republicans”…”the Tea Party”…), he acts out forcefully or explosively, is antisocial and even cruel with those he deems under his influence…I mean, Obama is a textbook case of Pathological Narcissism.

Our problem, as a nation, is that that condition in someone is not treatable. It’s not something that can be expected to be cured.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

My take is that Obama’s premature amnesty announcements were done DELIBERATELY to encourage a mass influx of illegals into this country.

1 Children are the perfect tool. It is “cruel and heartless” to send “innocent”, bubbly faces children back home (even though the Democrats have killed 55 million of them through abortions and many of the current crop of illegal “children” are vicious, torturing, murdering members of the Mara Salvatrucha–the infamous MS13 Gang.)

2 The UN is already in Obama’s corner by calling these MS13 infested “children” “refugees”.

3 Little wonder Obama steers clear of the border. Then he would be forced to change a status quo which is very favorable to his party. Every day thousands of new Democratic voters illegally enter the country.

4 The illegals will eventually vote for the political party which will give them the most for doing the least. The party most apt to develop writer’s cramp writing out welfare checks is the Democratic Party.

Therefore no visit to the border. Nothing done to mend a currently broken system. What a surprise!

MaiDee on July 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

bucsox79

Republicans have drafted many bills to secure the border. Duncan Hunter was active on the issue. Look up the border sovereignty and protection act of 2009. The dems, as they always do, let this die in committee. It’s just not true that the blame is equal here, and we should push back on this false narrative.

LASue on July 10, 2014 at 10:19 AM

All on purpose…..

crosshugger on July 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM

I read another article a few days ago that quoted a female illegal alien admitting she’d “paid a coyote ten thousand dollars” to hike her out of Central America…

My point is, so much cash available to these people, so why aren’t they using it to enrich their lives where they are? Obviously, as you say there, there are organized efforts to get a lot of these countries’ populations into the US without care or consideration for the US they’re exploiting.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I’ve asked and always ask Latinos about the “corrupt system” in the countries they come from and Why they don’t stay and reform their own countries…

I work in construction in Texas, and currently working on a job in Colorado…so I have ample opportunity to have these chats.

The response is always the same.

They smile and shrug and say nothing can be done. Rich families run everything…bla…bla…bla…

It’s Lazy….imho

It’s easier to come here…make money…get your kids educated and have medical care…join a cultural grievance group to b*tch and whine about being treated prejudicially…

yada…yada…yada…

Some Latinos come here legally (usually sponsored) and work to become American citizens because they want to be Americans.

Many just want to exploit America and enjoy benefits of our culture without the commitment of citizenry…They want to make quick money; although many underestimate how many years that takes…or they want to “retire” as a big person with payola back home.

Most illegals I’ve talked to don’t give a chit about breaking laws or committing fraud as a matter of principle because that’s how a person gets ahead back home…Most illegals assume everyone here is on the take of some sort…

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Who is he going to blame for not enforcing existing law (his job) and telling the Border Patrol to stand down (not his job)?

DimsdalePiranha on July 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Thanks. I read Noah’s tweets occasionally. You just have to understand his background. The unwashed peanut gallery is hard to manage. Like herding cats.

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Thanks. I read Noah’s tweets occasionally. You just have to understand his background. The unwashed peanut gallery is hard to manage. Like herding cats.

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Hell, I never found APs tweets as insulting as I find Noah’s. But maybe that’s just me. I dunno.

gryphon202 on July 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM

What’s amazing here, from a guy who’s accusing others of “playing politics” is that he’s in Texas for political fundraising. Doing “photo ops” with Democrat donors was his whole purpose for being there.

Barack Obama’s blame-shifting has become pathological. It doesn’t even make sense anymore.

Murf76 on July 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Or, for that matter, ten grand should easily cover getting a passport and plane fare. Maybe she wanted an adventure.

whatcat on July 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Yes, and it’s why I say that none of these stories told us here in the USA make any sense as to these alleged “refugees.”

When I read weeks ago that there are “men dressed in black (whatever) going around the (Central American countries of recent mention) telling people to leave or suffer violence”…I wondered why these “men” haven’t been identified and stopped.

Then we have this female President or whatever her title is from I think it is Nicaragua and she said the so-called “refugees” were her nation’s “cherished children” (“best and brightest”) and yet she’s going on like that while not offering much to anything to help them since we’re also told they’re “suffering” crime, violence, etc. in their own countries.

None of this makes any sense.

Lourdes on July 10, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Oh I don’t know about that. I have seen some very witty and insightful commentary done there. Particularly when you consider the character limitations.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Maybe…

Hashtag governing policy & selfies is what it is…

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Noah… you mean how some here on HA has laughed at Becks suggestions?

Walter L. Newton on July 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Several here pointed out that children here might enjoy and need Beck’s munificence. That’s laughing?

katy the mean old lady on July 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Noah… you mean how some here on HA has laughed at Becks suggestions?

Walter L. Newton on July 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Several here pointed out that children here might enjoy and need Beck’s munificence. That’s laughing?

katy the mean old lady on July 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I think Glenn Beck is a self-aggrandizing carnival barker, but I never laughed.

gryphon202 on July 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

For the record.
I do not have a complete understanding of the nature of tweety yet.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Who does? I think it is a good idea to bring his Tweets over here for all to see….

d1carter on July 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Who is he going to blame for not enforcing existing law (his job) and telling the Border Patrol to stand down (not his job)?

DimsdalePiranha on July 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Don’t forget he also sues states to keep his authority…then fails to act on it.

This is just more political games for Obama,Jarrett,Holder and Reid.

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

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