Perry: Border crisis is Obama’s Katrina

posted at 12:01 pm on July 10, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Rick Perry and Barack Obama finally had a face-to-face meeting as the border crisis continued, but it left the Texas governor unimpressed. Obama told Perry to get Republicans to back his $3.7 billion funding request, but again declined to make the trip to the border for himself to see the situation for himself. Perry told CBS News’ Major Garrett that Obama attempted to shrug off the trip by stressing that he’s sent aides to see the situation, a claim that Perry says does not demonstrate leadership, especially in a crisis. Americans expect their President to show up — and cites the Hurricane Katrina example that many have come to use as a measuring stick:

Perry told CBS News that Americans need to see their president on the border.

“The first thing I asked him when I sat on Marine One was, ‘I hope you’ll come to the border.’ And he responded and said, ‘Hey, listen, my guys have been down there six times.’ Your guys are one thing, but you’re another,” Perry said.

He said if the president visited the border, Americans would feel like he cared about what was going on there.

“That’s what presidents do. That’s what leaders do. They show up,” he said. “They interact and they see for themselves what’s going on so I think it is very important for him.” …

Perry warned the border situation could spin out of control, and evoked memories of federal mismanagement after Hurricane Katrina.

“As I recall President Bush got chastised greatly for not showing up in New Orleans when Katrina occurred,” Perry said.

“The parallel for me is that when we know a hurricane is coming, we put things into place so that we can deal with it,” he said. “I have told this administration and others have told this administration for years that this was exactly what was going to happen.”

On the funding request, Perry hasn’t taken the bait from Obama, and so far neither have Republicans on Capitol Hill. They are working on their own emergency funding bill to address the situation, but Senator Marco Rubio’s comments to me yesterday show that they are taking Obama’s request with a significant amount of skepticism. “Very little of it is for actual improvements on the border,” Rubio explained. “There’s even money in there to deal with wildfires, things of that nature.” Some of the money that is earmarked for short-term care of the children will likely remain, but expect Republicans to offer a bill that shows up at the border in a figurative sense more than Obama has in any sense. 

Perry also finds some agreement on CNN this morning, as Noah noted earlier, but it’s worth another look. Noting the substantial symbolic nature of the presidency, John King’s panel also expects to see the President show up in a crisis. They also scoffed at Obama’s sudden disdain for photo ops:

“I’m not interested in photo-ops” should qualify as a fact-check highlight for 2014, if not a finalist for Lie of the Year.

Update: Well, maybe Obama should have embargoed the photo op here:

Well, sure. Most of the rest of us laughed at that too.


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Pouty boy doesn’t look so good in the picture, either.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The only lady in the photo seems to disagree…

monalisa on July 10, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I’m sure she has a great personality.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Miss Lamar

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

It is pretty amazing that according to the U.S. media, we have had two perfect presidents in a row.

Bush was never right about anything and Obama has never been wrong. A 100% accuracy rating for both.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 10, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 5m

The “blame Obama” argument would be more convincing if GOP leaders hadn’t just spent 18 months calling for “reform” http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/boehner-goes-off-on-obama-over-immigration-crisis-20140710

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Totally right. I blame the Rs way more than the Ds.

The Ds are marxist thugs, but say and do the same.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Boehner rips obama

ConservativePartyNow on July 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

“I’m not interested in photo-ops”

His presidency has been nothing but one big ‘photo-op’ since Day One.

GarandFan on July 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Flake, the other fool form AZ, yesterday, all about “pass the sen. 8 bill”.

Thank you stupid Rubio, may you burn in Hell.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

There are at least two fundamental differences between the illegal immigration fiasco and Katrina. First, the response to Hurricane Katrina was actually the largest and the fastest response to any natural disaster in history, as Popular Mechanics, as I recall, later documented. Second, President Bush didn’t cause the hurricane.

The current disaster is entirely attributable to Barack Obama’s willful refusal to enforce the immigration laws, in violation of his oath of office.

http://www.powerlineblog.com

AcronisF on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Boehner rips obama

ConservativePartyNow on July 10, 2014 at 12:51 PM

He should start with himself, the treasonous swine.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

A little OT…

Levin calls him ‘Milhous’, again we are being told of something that could be Obama’s ‘Katrina’…and and a favored jab is ‘heckofajob’…
Just often amusing what you guys look to for references of folly.
And there’s his ‘Reaganesqe’ higher taxes and ‘Amnesty’ to attack…right?

Ha.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

That photo says it all: Obama flashes his pearly whites about how overjoyed he is about all those Democrats coming over the border…and Gov. Perry is not at all impressed.

Obama: We’re turning Texas blue, at hundreds of Mexicans per day!

Steve Z on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Obama’s afraid if he goes to the border, he’ll be put on a bus to Murrieta.

Undocumented child.

MichaelGabriel on July 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Some of the money that is earmarked for short-term care of the children will likely remain, but expect Republicans to offer a bill that shows up at the border in a figurative sense more than Obama has in any sense.

How about using some of the money for fences along the border?

Steve Z on July 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 5m

The “blame Obama” argument would be more convincing if GOP leaders hadn’t just spent 18 months calling for “reform” http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/boehner-goes-off-on-obama-over-immigration-crisis-20140710

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 12:49 PM

I confess, I’m not following AP’s point…

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Which land will take the US poor?

The USA is loaded with debt and is not rich any more.

This NO longer applies. The rest of the world is free to develop or take them in.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM

I confess, I’m not following AP’s point…

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Say what? You need more coffee.

Boner has been for amnesty and the passage of the sen. immigration bill all along. Now he mopes at obama.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Ha.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

verbaluce, do you ever blame 0 for anything? Is he at all culpable for anything that is wrong with this Nation?

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

“Calling for ‘reform’” is one thing, actively ceasing deportations, granting waivers so people can stay, and openly encouraging more illegals to come seems to be… different (not excusing the GOP push for ‘reform’, mind you).

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Telling that Perry is relegated to a side seat rather than across from Obama and right in Obama’s face?

BuckeyeSam on July 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Considering the topic discussed and the person I’d have to sit across from, I’d request to sit at the opposite end of the table myself, because I’d want to wipe that smirk of his face and it wouldn’t be with a napkin.

31giddyup on July 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Photo op in chief

cmsinaz on July 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I think obama is losing this, especially when you have African-Americans protesting what is going on.CAUTION: parts of the language gets colorful

ConservativePartyNow on July 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Say what? You need more coffee.

Boner has been for amnesty and the passage of the sen. immigration bill all along. Now he mopes at obama.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Ok so it’s another ‘Katrina’ comparison, then. You’re equating the push for ‘amnesty’ (yes, I’m against that, and am on record here as heatedly being against it) with the *active* refusal to enforce immigration law, reducing deportations, and active encouragement of tens of thousands of illegals to come here (eg: the advertisements in January for people to accompany an expected – hmmm, expected – wave of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children).

Both ‘bad’, but they’re simply not comparable.

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

I confess, I’m not following AP’s point…

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

The point being that it isn’t just Obama’s “immigration” blather that caused all these Central Americans to ship their kids up here. The GOP wanting to do “immigration reform” helped send the muddled message that amnesty was a done deal.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

“The Monroe Doctrine is dead” – Sec. of State John Kerry. Nov. 2014

“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.

Officially, the program will grant the cards to only illegal aliens from Guatemala and Belize, allowing them to remain in Mexico’s southern states for 72 hours (more than enough time to reach the U.S./Mexican border by train). While, those two countries share a border with Mexico, the program will undoubtedly benefit anyone who makes it to the border, which would explain why our Border Patrol stations are currently overflowing with illegal aliens from El Salvador and Honduras as well.

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

Reconquista Baby!

We’ll have our own “Gaza” Colonias coming to your neighborhood…

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Do you ever read your drivel before you hit “submit”?

“Heck of a job, Brownie” — GWB, to his idiot, fired a couple of days later, btw.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

The point being that it isn’t just Obama’s “immigration” blather that caused all these Central Americans to ship their kids up here. The GOP wanting to do “immigration reform” helped send the muddled message that amnesty was a done deal.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Ah, well that certainly absolves Obama.

Great point, AP. Carry on.

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

It’s all bad and Boner has been complicit in enabling obama. Period. It’s really this simple and complex.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

verbaluce, do you ever blame 0 for anything? Is he at all culpable for anything that is wrong with this Nation?

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Her sole complaint is that O isn’t fascist enough….

Athos on July 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Give me your tired, your poor…

The USA is loaded with debt and is not rich any more.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 12:56 PM

More to the point, you can’t have a welfare state and open borders. One or the other is workable, together it’s a disaster.

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I think it is the format of the tweety thing. I have some trouble as well. Things seem sometimes cut off in mid thought. As if they are intended sometimes to be just random thought balloons. I wouldn’t worry about it. I just have been posting the links to the tweets when I feel they have a remote relationship to the thread. I’m still trying to figure the tweety thing out. ; )

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The open border security and slave-labor child-abuse crisis is NOT Katrina, it’s at least 10 times worse, and never-ending.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Ah, well that certainly absolves Obama.

Great point, AP. Carry on.

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:02 PM

It doesn’t absolve Obama and he bears far more blame, but it comes across as hypocritcal for Boehner to blame Obama solely when he himself has been banging the amnesty drum loudly.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

I confess, I’m not following AP’s point…

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

The point being that it isn’t just Obama’s “immigration” blather that caused all these Central Americans to ship their kids up here. The GOP wanting to do “immigration reform” helped send the muddled message that amnesty was a done deal.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Yep!

Using their entrenched colonists allover the US…Mexico and their Latino Brother nations is influencing our politics…both regional and national….and officially collaborating on migration dumping designed to displace our citizenry politically and economically.

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

More to the point, you can’t have a welfare state and open borders. One or the other is workable, together it’s a disaster.

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Absolutely…when those poor came through Ellis Island there was NO welfare.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

The media is just upset that their chosen one doesn’t look good. All he has to do is go to the border and shake a few hands and they will be right back on board. As for the race hustlers. All the White House gang has to do is give them something shiny and they will be happy.

crankyoldlady on July 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

It doesn’t absolve Obama and he bears far more blame, but it comes across as hypocritcal for Boehner to blame Obama solely when he himself has been banging the amnesty drum loudly.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

+ 200 million sane people

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

You know, you guys are right – the GOP has no standing whatsoever now to bleat about this being Obama’s fault, or to stand in the way of any funding requests made to handle the situation.

I was entirely wrong to put this at Obama’s feet, as the direct result of his refusal to enforce immigration law, to actively encourage illegals to come (not simply by talking about amnesty, but by actively working to *make* them come here, including preparing months in advance to have people ready to accompany them when they got here), and wrong to take exception to the funding requests.

After all, the GOP (wrongly) *talked* about something that we correctly see as ‘amnesty’, which is just as bad.

OMGZ, how could I have been so blind?

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

It doesn’t absolve Obama and he bears far more blame, but it comes across as hypocritical for Boehner to blame Obama solely when he himself has been banging the amnesty drum loudly.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Flake made the case for amnesty just last night. McCain does too.

Boner wanted to pass it this year, in the dark, after the Nov. elections, after the primaries…the Cantor loss and the border disaster put the cabash on both sides.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

OMGZ, how could I have been so blind?

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Before you give yourself a medal, you’re right on all things, except the Rs, the RINOs, are guilty too.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:08 PM

It doesn’t absolve Obama and he bears far more blame, but it comes across as hypocritical for Boehner to blame Obama solely when he himself has been banging the amnesty drum loudly.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

True – and it *really* helps now for conservatives and Republicans to ease the pressure on Obama by proactively throwing ‘hypocrite!’ poop at the GOP at this precise moment.

Great timing! What else can be done to lessen the pressure on Obama and paint the GOP as hypocrites some more, right now – at this precise moment in time?

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

The D-rats and the RINOs want to destroy you, equally, with amnesty and unending illegal influxes of slave-labor.

It’s just that the Ds tell you so up front.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Oh, f*ck it, I hate the GOP too, I’m just not sure how trying to yoke the GOP to this mostly-Obama-caused-situation actually, you know, helps anyone but Obama. And I hate him more, so that pisses me off a bit.

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

More to the point, you can’t have a welfare state and open borders. One or the other is workable, together it’s a disaster.

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Absolutely…when those poor came through Ellis Island there was NO welfare.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Actually I misspoke, the welfare state isn’t workable either, it just takes awhile to drain the coffers when you’re as rich as the US was. (I’m not saying you would disagree).

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

…Great timing! What else can be done to lessen the pressure on Obama and paint the GOP as hypocrites some more, right now – at this precise moment in time?

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

You would have a point if the GOPe had any intention at all of enforcing our borders. Unfortunately, the substance of the issue is that they want open borders just as much as the Democrats.

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

And I hate him more, so that pisses me off a bit.

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

All true. It’s really pathetic that he gets cover from the Rs, who all along should have followed their oaths, and protect the land from him.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

…Great timing! What else can be done to lessen the pressure on Obama and paint the GOP as hypocrites some more, right now – at this precise moment in time?

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Always count on the Rs to be stupid, I mean the ones in DC.

You would have a point if the GOPe had any intention at all of enforcing our borders. Unfortunately, the substance of the issue is that they want open borders just as much as the Democrats.

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Perfect

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:16 PM

All true. It’s really pathetic that he gets cover from the Rs, who all along should have followed their oaths, and protect the land from him.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

It doesn’t help that W signed the 2008 law which was unanimously passed by Congress. That law seems to be the most significant contributing factor to the current problem.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Oh, f*ck it, I hate the GOP too, I’m just not sure how trying to yoke the GOP to this mostly-Obama-caused-situation actually, you know, helps anyone but Obama. And I hate him more, so that pisses me off a bit.

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Unlike Democrats, some of us like to try and dabble in the truth, even if the truth is ugly for us.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

It doesn’t help that W signed the 2008 law which was unanimously passed by Congress. That law seems to be the most significant contributing factor to the current problem.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

What prevents obama and the congress, Harry too, to change it now?

Yes, I blame all who signed it, believing that they ended the “turn loose and disappear”.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM

It doesn’t help that W signed the 2008 law which was unanimously passed by Congress. That law seems to be the most significant contributing factor to the current problem.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Oh, you mean O found a law he *wants* to enforce? I mean, whatever most helps illegals while harming citizens – is that the decision point in any given situation?

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM

About the third black on tape I’ve seen dissing the Messiah.

If I were a Demo, I’d be getting scared.

A little OT…

Levin calls him ‘Milhous’, again we are being told of something that could be Obama’s ‘Katrina’…and and a favored jab is ‘heckofajob’…
Just often amusing what you guys look to for references of folly.
And there’s his ‘Reaganesqe’ higher taxes and ‘Amnesty’ to attack…right?

Ha.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Wrong, those refer to the Leftist lies about good men.

We could call him Clintonesque if he went after women instead of men.

formwiz on July 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

It doesn’t help that W signed the 2008 law which was unanimously passed by Congress. That law seems to be the most significant contributing factor to the current problem.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

No, the Putter In Chief is.

formwiz on July 10, 2014 at 1:24 PM

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 1:01 PM

Congress should slap a 100% tax on all money transfers from the U.S. to Mexico until the Mexicans stop assisting central Americans from illegally entering the U.S. Remittances from all the Mexicans living in the U.S. (legally and illegally) are one of Mexico’s biggest sources of income. We should also stop giving Mexico any form of government aid until they stop assisting this invasion. A few years ago, we gave them billions to improve their security on their southern border; now they’re inviting illegals to enter Mexico through that very same border, and assisting them in getting illegally into the U.S.

It is an outrage, and we should respond in kind.

AZCoyote on July 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Clinton signed the religious act which enables Hobby Lobby but you leftists forgot that. He had the senate vote with him 97/3, including all the most vociferous leftists, incl. Reid. It’s hilarious.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

It doesn’t help that W signed the 2008 law which was unanimously passed by Congress. That law seems to be the most significant contributing factor to the current problem.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

“Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush set off a firestorm when he said people who come to America illegally to provide a better life for their families are committing “an act of love.”

In an interview early in April, Bush said: “Someone who comes to our country because they couldn’t come legally, and they crossed the border because they had no other means to work, to be able to provide for their family, yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony, it’s an act of love, it’s an act of commitment to your family….”

Read Latest Breaking News from Newsmax.com http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Jeb-Bush-illegal-immigration-Republicans/2014/04/24/id/567494#ixzz375TA0Fzo
Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!

+ higher fertility rates or something…

“Higher immigrant birth rates equals more taxpayers equals a reprieve of a few decades or more on the Social Security/Medicare fiscal implosion. If you like entitlements, the more amnesty the better. That’s not an argument that’ll win him any conservative votes in a 2016 primary, but less conservative Republicans and everyone to their left — which is most of the electorate — love entitlements and will listen very carefully to proposals on how to preserve the status quo. “Worried about Medicare being there? Let the immigrants pay for it!” is a shrewd way to appeal to a country that’s gotten used to not paying its own bills. Imagine how far down the road we could kick the entitlement crisis if we opened the borders entirely and handed out citizenship to people on their way in….”

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/14/jeb-bush-immigrants-are-more-fertile/

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

The guy on the left looks like he wants to slap some sense into somebody.

PattyJ on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Unlike Democrats, some of us like to try and dabble in the truth, even if the truth is ugly for us.

Bitter Clinger on July 10, 2014 at 1:21 PM

You bet.

Out of the 100 jelly beans in question, the GOP talked about stealing some, and Obama actually stole them. By all means, flex that truth to mitigate Obama’s contribution to the mess. Well done.

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

It doesn’t help that W signed the 2008 law which was unanimously passed by Congress. That law seems to be the most significant contributing factor to the current problem.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

This law does NOT prevent the Guard from going to the border.

Your king wants to be king only when he feels like it. He is a treasonous azz.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Ha.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

verbaluce, do you ever blame 0 for anything? Is he at all culpable for anything that is wrong with this Nation?

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Well I wouldn’t blame the Red Sox for no game if the other team never showed up…or if when they did they sat in the bleachers with the arms folded shouting profanities.
So there’s that.
But sure…
His too-cool detached style is both annoying and it contributes to his isolation from those that might work with him on many of these issues. I think he has been sadly ineffective on many fronts.
But as shown daily at HA, the Repubs/Cons have done everything they can to make that the case. It’s what they strive and pine for.That fact will be remembered as the single most significant factor in any assessment of his Presidency.
To wit, there is far more animus felt towards Obama by the right/cons that there is any genuine concern for these kids at the border. Why do you blame him for this situation? Because he’s not ‘sending troops to the border’ or following some other idiotic false policy line from the other side? Or is it one of the more conspiratorial concerns – that this is just ‘what he wants!’.
I’m just calling b.s. – that’s all.
I don’t blame Bush for all that that went badly on his watch – because with him you actually had a Congress participating.
The very last thing Obama’s critics want is for him to succeed. They’d rather see a TB epidemic take root so they could write blog posts blaming him for it than actually step up and govern with him.
(Too strong? Spot on?)

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

The very last thing Obama’s critics want is for him to succeed. They’d rather see a TB epidemic take root so they could write blog posts blaming him for it than actually step up and govern with him.
(Too strong? Spot on?)

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Truth, because any time he succeeds, America and you lose.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

It doesn’t help that W signed the 2008 law which was unanimously passed by Congress. That law seems to be the most significant contributing factor to the current problem.

jim56 on July 10, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Since when does the dog eater give a damn about laws, Pea Brain? He’s got a pen and a phone. Just a little executive order and poof!! Problem solved. Right, Jimmy?? RIGHT???

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 5m

Add to WaPo, NatJourn RT @verumserum: So @TheAtlantic says Obama is smart to avoid the border because he’d look bad: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/the-case-against-obama-visiting-the-border/374232/

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM

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 1:01 PM

Congress should slap a 100% tax on all money transfers from the U.S. to Mexico until the Mexicans stop assisting central Americans from illegally entering the U.S. Remittances from all the Mexicans living in the U.S. (legally and illegally) are one of Mexico’s biggest sources of income. We should also stop giving Mexico any form of government aid until they stop assisting this invasion. A few years ago, we gave them billions to improve their security on their southern border; now they’re inviting illegals to enter Mexico through that very same border, and assisting them in getting illegally into the U.S.

It is an outrage, and we should respond in kind.

AZCoyote on July 10, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Have to say this is as blatant as it gets.

The formalization of a process we all knew existed but is now formal policy by two nations.

We should respond with a blockade….Hurt them where it counts!

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None of these countries can process their own oil.

Prevent them from shipping it as well.

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Telling that Perry is relegated to a side seat rather than across from Obama and right in Obama’s face?

BuckeyeSam on July 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

perry wasn’t “relegated” anywhere. he took the seat he wanted. if he had felt being across from 0bama was where he needed to be than that’s where he would’ve been.

chasdal on July 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

verbaluce, do you ever blame 0 for anything? Is he at all culpable for anything that is wrong with this Nation?

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

So the answer is no, you don’t blame Obama for anything. Except you’ll take away a few points on style, nothing on substance.

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

(Too strong? Spot on?)

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

(Hog Wash)

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Problem solved. Right, Jimmy?? RIGHT???

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Jimmy is working on the problem. Do NOT disturb.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

My comment was eaten.

Blockade the Southern Half.

Prevent them from shipping their Oil.

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

You guys are right again.

When Obama is on his heels and his own sycophants in the media are wondering ‘WTF’ about this border dilemma, when his own African American constituents are even wondering ‘WTF’ aloud, conservatives really should take this moment to socialize some thoughts about why it’s not all his fault.

All of that sage advice to not interrupt if your opponent insists on destroying himself? Nah, let’s throw the guy a lifeline, shall we?

Brilliant!

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Telling that Perry is relegated to a side seat rather than across from Obama and right in Obama’s face?

BuckeyeSam on July 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I wouldn’t wish to be in the path of his sulpher breath either, Sam…

bimmcorp on July 10, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Telling that Perry is relegated to a side seat rather than across from Obama and right in Obama’s face?

BuckeyeSam on July 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

perry wasn’t “relegated” anywhere. he took the seat he wanted. if he had felt being across from 0bama was where he needed to be than that’s where he would’ve been.

chasdal on July 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Agreed.

Perry had his chat in the helicopter and likely let the DFW locals have their turn across from Obama.

Obama was probably high on Denver weed.

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

The very last thing Obama’s critics want is for him to succeed. They’d rather see a TB epidemic take root so they could write blog posts blaming him for it than actually step up and govern with him.
(Too strong? Spot on?)

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Truth, because any time he succeeds, America and you lose.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Solid admission there.
How saddened and frustrated you must’ve been the unemployment rate coming down.
How happy you’d be to see the crisis at the TX border double.
God forbid Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity efforts bring any positive results.
There is so much for you to root against, Schad.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

(Too strong? Spot on?)

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Neither.

Why do you blame him for this situation?

How can one not? He invited this to happen. He rejoices in this. Can you not read a tell? Do you understand he is not a liberal. He is far worse than that. The actions he has taken surely must reveal this to you. I merely observe him. His actions or lack there of. He and his have lied so much to you. Many are starting to realize they have been played by him. I find it remarkable or unremarkable if you prefer so many think well of him. The damage done to generations on his account will be measured through the eyes of history. It does not bode well for him.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Hey, Jimbo03…

Operating within the limitations of the Posse Comitatus Act, and as acknowledged by the Obama administration, National Guard troops deployed to the Mexican Border States will, as directed by the states’ governors, support the Border Patrol and state and local law enforcement agencies by providing surveillance, intelligence gathering and reconnaissance support. In addition, the troops will assist with “counternarcotics enforcement” duties until additional Border Patrol agents are trained and in place. The Guard troops may also assist in the construction of roads, fences, surveillance towers and vehicle barriers necessary to prevent illegal border crossings.

Under the Defense Authorization Act for FY2007 (H.R. 5122), the Secretary of Defense, upon a request from the Secretary of Homeland Security, can also assist in preventing terrorists, drug traffickers, and illegal aliens from entering the United States.

kingsjester on July 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Agreed.

Perry had his chat in the helicopter and likely let the DFW locals have their turn across from Obama.

This is the most likely explanation.

Obama was probably high on Denver weed.

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

This was most likely true as well.

Midas on July 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

This law does NOT prevent the Guard from going to the border.

Your king wants to be king only when he feels like it. He is a treasonous azz.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

True…But it complicates returning minors to countries of origin.

It’s a mess.

The National Guard can assist in rounding them up but then the ICE lets em’ go.

ICE is federal and under Obama and Homeland Security.

Holder sues.

Divide & Conquer using our own system against us.

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:28 PM

So the answer is no, you don’t blame Obama for anything. Except you’ll take away a few points on style, nothing on substance.

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:34 PM

That wasn’t the answer.
But for sure by the standards presented here, I am way too kind.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

He rejoices in this.

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 1:38 PM

For sure he can’t compete at all with those really do rejoice at this.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Best read on the border fiasco.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Well, he asked if you blamed Obama for anything, and the only thing you named was style. Are you saying you deliberately gave a non-responsive answer? Or maybe you did name something of substance that you blame Obama for, could you please point it out for me, just quote the relevant phrase. Thank you in advance.

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:46 PM

workingclass artist on July 10, 2014 at 1:41 PM

The Guard and Border patrol should never let them in.

Oaf and his would change the law, if they wanted to. They don’t, and that incl. the Rs.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM

But for sure by the standards presented here, I am way too kind.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

You think way too highly of yourself.

You “misoverestimate” yourself, as “chimpey” used to say.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Is it possible that the POTUS doesn’t actually know there’s a tidal wave of illegal immigrants swarming across his southern border? Maybe he hasn’t has time to check out the news lately, due to his hectic schedule of fundraising, beer and pool.

I would think Gov. Perry mentioned it, if the Prez’ staff fan club hasn’t.

IndieDogg on July 10, 2014 at 1:47 PM

How saddened and frustrated you must’ve been the unemployment rate coming down.
How happy you’d be to see the crisis at the TX border double.
God forbid Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity efforts bring any positive results.
There is so much for you to root against, Schad.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM

In case you haven’t noticed, genius, unemplyment is NOT coming down. the number of people out of the workforce continues to go UP.

(and, even if it is going down, it’s the Republican insistence on curtailing the length of unemployment benefits (y’know, the one the Demos resisted with their usual demagoguery) that gets the credit)

Define double. They want 30 million slaves coming across. Last I looked, that’s a hundredfold.

And nobody like Moochelle’s food fascism

formwiz on July 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

This law does NOT prevent the Guard from going to the border.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

To do what?
This just shows how un-serious you are.
What do you think the Natl Guard will do when they find a group of migrant children?

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I know of not one Conservative anywhere who takes pleasure in what is occurring. Are you suggesting the left does?

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

This is the way to fight Obama.

Well done, Gov Perry

faraway on July 10, 2014 at 1:49 PM

If looks could kill in that second picture. Perry looks pissed.

gophergirl on July 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

obama is a joke. his wife is a joke (look at how barry eats when he gets away from her). All he does is run around crying about how mean the Republicans are. he can act unilaterally, except when he thinks he can use a situation to attack his opponents. I am no longer worried about what he does/says. This country is on life support, and the left is trying to yank out the plug. Gird yer loins fellas.

JAGonzo on July 10, 2014 at 1:50 PM

What do you think the Natl Guard will do when they find a group of migrant children?

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

You are not serious. If the national guard is there, and the border is patrolled by copters and other vehicles, the bad ones don’t even think of getting close to it, children or not.

YOU remove the incentives, the open sieve being one of the, turkey.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM

In case you haven’t noticed, genius, unemplyment is NOT coming down. the number of people out of the workforce continues to go UP.

(and, even if it is going down, it’s the Republican insistence on curtailing the length of unemployment benefits (y’know, the one the Demos resisted with their usual demagoguery) that gets the credit)

formwiz on July 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

A great distillation of Obama criticism.
‘I’s not down!’.
‘It’s down because of Repubs!’

Thanks for this.
A perfect illustration.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

one of them, among all the handouts, at the cost of your kids.

Bleeders, you take them in.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

For sure he can’t compete at all with those really do rejoice at this.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Who’s smiling in this picture and who’s not? It’s right here on hotair for goodness sake, do you not even get how easily you are rebutted?

Fenris on July 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM

What a stupid question. If the law was being followed, they would be bused to the nearest border crossing and back into Mexico. Thanks to bleeding hearts such as yourself, we must allow them to enter and continue bleeding the system dry.

JAGonzo on July 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Thanks for this.
A perfect illustration.

verbaluce on July 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

You’re very welcome. All the blacks hate you.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Just for you, verbie.

Schadenfreude on July 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 14m

The irony: those who attacked Beck for helping advance a Dem narrative are now the focus of a new Dem narrative about hardhearted GOPers

Bmore on July 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

What a stupid question. If the law constitution was being followed, they would be bused to the nearest border crossing and back into Mexico. Thanks to bleeding hearts such as yourself, we must allow them to enter and continue bleeding the system dry.

JAGonzo on July 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

FIFM

JAGonzo on July 10, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Yup…..just wait until these kids become the anchors to bring in the rest of their extended families.

hawkeye54 on July 10, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Yep, the first day one of these little illegal f’ers walks into a school they become one of Barry’s “dreamers”, and they are never leaving.

slickwillie2001 on July 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

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