The border crisis isn’t Obama’s Katrina – it’s worse

posted at 3:31 pm on July 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Many have parsed what President Barack Obama’s critics mean when they charge that the handling of the crisis on America’s southern border is “Obama’s Katrina.”

The president’s supporters are quick to note that this comparison is misleading and unfair. Hurricane Katrina drowned an entire urban center. American citizens died waiting for federal and state aid. Thousands of Americans, mostly of meager means, were trapped in a dying city. Some of them did not make it out alive waiting for their countrymen to save them. In that sobering moment, much of the promise of the United States was betrayed.

It is impossible to know how many children crossing the American border have died as a result of their trek across forsaken deserts. At least one 15-year-old Guatemalan boy lost his life as the result of dehydration, but there has not been a death toll comparable to Katrina. In terms of body count, these two crises are not comparable.

But this is all Obama’s supporters have going for them. The president’s approach to this crisis is distinct from George W. Bush’s approach to Katrina insofar as the current president is comfortable campaigning on, rather than addressing, an ongoing disaster.

Real Clear Politics columnist Carl Cannon published a dispassionate column on Sunday comparing Bush’s reaction to Katrina, and the garment-rending, hyperbolic outrage his response to that crisis inspired among his liberal opponents, and Obama’s response to the nightmare on the border. Cannon found that there has been little seriousness in Obama’s approach to this crisis whereas Bush’s approach to Katrina, while imperfect, was at least empirically measurable.

Cannon recalled how Bush’s critics erupted in indignation when the White House published a photograph of the president surveying the devastation from Air Force One. Entertainers like Michael Moore and Kanye West accused the president of racism and callousness. Bush’s Democratic adversaries in Congress, including then Senator Obama, were no kinder.

In hindsight, little of this seems fair. What Bush saw as he flew over the battered region shocked him. The next day, he publicly pledged $10.5 billion in federal aid, enlisted his father and Bill Clinton to help in recovery efforts, and spoke about the tragedy from the Rose Garden. The next day, he headed down there, where he literally put his arms around shell-shocked survivors, many of them black people. Bush returned again in mid-September and made a nationally televised address from Jackson Square in New Orleans.

When he ran for president, then-Sen. Barack Obama seemed to forget all that. All he cared to recall was the flyover, which is more than he’s done on the Texas border this year.

The president has used this crisis to push for a $4 billion supplemental funding request, but has stipulated on several occasions that these funds had to be passed by Congress before there would be any emergency response to the flood of unaccompanied children crossing the border. That does not even resemble a “response” to an acute crisis. In all past disasters of this scale, the response comes first and without hesitation. The petty bickering over how to pay for it is a secondary concern.

Obama’s galling and politicized response to the border crisis does not stop there.

When he’s not berating Congress for not passing his ballooning supplemental request fast enough, Obama harangues Republicans in the House for not passing the Senate’s immigration reform bill – a legacy initiative Obama promised would be one of his accomplishments in his first year in office.

He has ignored Democratic lawmakers who demanded the president see the border for himself, preferring instead to maintain his distance from the crisis so as not to be too closely associated with it.

The president and his administration are happy to blame the current crisis on a Bush-era anti-human trafficking law which treats children coming into the country from non-contiguous nations differently from Mexican immigrants, but they have not demonstrated that they think changing this law to address the calamity it has supposedly precipitated should be a congressional priority.

All this paints a picture of a commander-in-chief who views this “humanitarian crisis,” as Obama called it, to be more of a political problem than a genuine source of apprehension and fear for America’s border state residents, border enforcement agents, and the immigrant children trafficked into the United States.

Obama’s adversaries and allies agree that, quite unlike Bush, the president sees this crisis as a political opportunity.

“There is every sign he let the crisis on the border build to put heat on Republicans and make them pass his idea of good immigration reform,” The Wall Street Journal‘s Peggy Noonan submitted. “It would be “comprehensive,” meaning huge, impenetrable and probably full of mischief. His base wants it. It would no doubt benefit the Democratic Party in the long term.”

Francis Wilkinson, a liberal Bloomberg View columnist, concurred.

“I think he wants this to be a big problem,” Wilkinson told MSNBC’s hosts on Thursday. “I think he wants this to be such big problem right now that Congress has to deal with it, and that the media’s focused on it, and that the American public is focused on it.”

Bush’s approach to Katrina was criticized by his allies and opponents alike, and some of that criticism was deserved, but he never treated the situation in New Orleans as though it was a political opportunity. That is a grotesque abuse of the public trust, but this seems to be the calculation the president and his advisors made.

“Although Obama probably doesn’t have to go to the border personally to be an effective leader, he may owe George W. Bush an apology,” Cannon concluded.

Like Katrina, Obama’s successors will likely study his response to the situation on the border as a case study in how not to address a crisis. The border disaster is, however, not Obama’s Katrina. The president’s refusal to perform the responsibilities associated with his role as the nation’s chief executive makes this episode far worse.

An earlier version of this post claimed the Guatemalan boy who died of dehydration while crossing the border was 11-years-old.


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By about 100 times worse!

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

All who remain silent on the travesty are Hitlarian shills for the destruction of the USA.

See the media, on top of obama.

See obama.

See all the D/R rats who enable obama.

You all own the travesty.

Blacks and other legal minorities, taxpayers, the middle and poor classes, unite against them all.

Cantorize all in November.

They exploit you and your children and are all traitors and for the Land of Men, soon to be the US of Zimbabwe.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

By about 100 times worse!

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

+1000000000000

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

By about 100 times worse!

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:34 PM

And Bush did not create the disaster that was Katrina. Big difference….

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Katrina was a natural unanticipated disaster, on TV, for all to see, looters and all. The world was disgusted by the uncivilized USA on display.

This intentional operation is hidden, by the Hitlarian brownshirts of obama.

All who don’t speak up are complicit, to the last border agent and all the sheriffs who remain quiet.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM

This is on-going, never-ending, with deep pockets, against the taxpayers. Katrina was very cheap and ended…with the biggest thug now in prison, for 10 years. Yes, Nagyn, looking at you, the covered up thug, by all the media.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Speak up or be shackled, forever.

YOU don’t deserve to live freely if you don’t defend the Land of Laws.

YOU, the DIABLOs are way more culpable. YOU enable the marxist fascist thugs. They just do what they say they will. YOU are the real charlatans of the land, here too.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

It isn’t only border states that are being stuck with this crisis now. The feds are airlifting these illegals all over the country, and they’re being allowed to fly commercial without proper ID or any health screening. Next time you get on a plane, look around and see if any teenage TB victims are on your plane.

RebeccaH on July 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Nixon resigned over a misdemeanor break burglary, Obama needs to be impeached and not just over this immigration crisis that he manufactured. No other President in American history has ever been as corrupt or as embroiled in as many scandals.

oscarwilde on July 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The border crisis isn’t Obama’s Katrina – it’s worse

Agreed. The border crisis is Obama’s 9/11/01 attack. The difference is that, when the 9/11/01 atrocities occurred, GWB stood at Ground Zero and rallied Americans. The filthy stupid lazy bastard refused to go to the new ground zero and lectures taxpayers that they have to bring these disease-ridden invaders in as new Americans.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

YOU destroy your own children’s future and don’t deserve to live and work freely any more. YOU know who you are, you traitors.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:43 PM

terryannonline, come out and defend the usurpers and those who enable them, you traitorous hussie.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

All this paints a picture of a commander-in-chief who views this “humanitarian crisis,” as Obama called it, to be more of a political problem than a genuine source of apprehension and fear for America’s border state residents, border enforcement agents, and the immigrant children trafficked into the United States.

Obama’s adversaries and allies agree that, quite unlike Bush, the president sees this crisis as a political opportunity.

Obama orchestrated, calculated and planned the invasion, and yes for political purposes. If he cannot get his way, the American people, including Black Americans and Latino’s here legally must suffer. He is King. He will punish us if he does not get what he wants, when he wants it.

Scroll down to see all the “poor children” with moustaches & beards, flashing gang signs

Obama must be removed from office. Congress needs to make immediate arrangements for funding private/chartered flights for these people back to their nations of origin.

Do not forget, that this whole thing was orchestrated by Diane Feinstein, who slipped this legislation into an unrelated law in December 2008, right before Bush left office. SHE is also to blame.

Key West Reader on July 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Its all about using children as political pawns and desensitizing adults to this… it is part and parcel with breaking up families and destabilizing multiple nations, not just the US. The Elites love this as it removes accountability, destroys Nations and gives them reasons to take even more power. Whenever something horrendous ‘has’ to be done it is ‘all about the children’, this is what that sort of reasoning leads to.

You would think that people worried about missing and exploited children would be on the President’s case, and hard. We will soon be at the point where children will be so often used for politics that it will be seen as OK to use them for anything. Already they are put into a position of being close to the cartels and gangs like MS-13, and all of it, every single piece, is done ‘for the children’.

Barbarism will not stop at gated communities and all the money in the world will not save your life once the decadence and debauchery turn into barbarism.

ajacksonian on July 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

if any teenage TB victims are on your plane sitting next to you.

RebeccaH on July 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

All plagues of the world happened due to major migrations. The USA will end up no better, and shouldn’t. Such self-made idiocy must and will be punished. But, the worst of it will be that the terrorists will use the open borders. They are way smarter than obama and his traitorous minions in DC.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

The media really has to stop saying ‘the children’ or stop showing pictures of 35 year old hardened gang bangers.

Tard on July 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

he may owe George W. Bush an apology,” Cannon concluded.

Understatement of the day. He owes a multitude of apologies.

jazzuscounty on July 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

And Bush did not create the disaster that was Katrina. Big difference….

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 3:38 PM

So you don’t think he ordered blowing up the levees to get the blacks out of the Lower Ninth Ward?

More seriously. Americans are lazy and use shorthand. What is called Hurricane Katrina is, in reality, the aftermath of both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It left the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas with massive problems. The needs were overwhelming.

Everybody remembers the “dramatic” pictures of rescuing people who had been told to evacuate, the inadequacy of a corrupt city government, and a FEMA response mired in partisan politics as Kathleen Blanco refused to request federal assistance since she thought that would give GWB all the credit for the response (a year out from her aspirations of getting a second term).

I can only imagine how a lazy stupid idiot like Obama would have dealt with a real natural disaster on the scale of Katrina/Rita. He did have to deal with a marginal Cat One storm hitting New Jersey and all he did was turn it into a partisan campaign event (beyond whining that Congress wasn’t paying out quick enough).

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Next time you get on a plane, look around and see if any teenage TB victims are on your plane.

RebeccaH on July 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Can’t the planes captain ground a flight he doesn’t feel is safe? And even if he can’t shouldnt he?

MrsGsBoyTommy on July 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM

terryannonline, come out and defend the usurpers and those who enable them, you traitorous hussie.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 3:44 PM

There are few in the HA pantheon of trolls that I’d love to hear from these days. AnninCA comes to mind.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children – Senator Feinstein authored legislation to reform the treatment of unaccompanied immigrant children who are in federal immigration custody. The bill gives unaccompanied minors access to pro bono legal counsel and requires family reunification whenever possible. Signed into law as part of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 on December 23, 2008 (P.L. 110-457).

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Key West Reader on July 13, 2014 at 3:59 PM

The media really has to stop saying ‘the children’ or stop showing pictures of 35 year old hardened gang bangers.

Tard on July 13, 2014 at 3:48 PM

The pictures I’m seeing on MSM are of lots of children and some mothers, all of whom are spotlessly clean aliens despite their trek.
Not hearing much about “illegal” or “alien”, but lots of “pain” and “suffering”.
Twenty or thirty years ago, either Asimov or Heinlein wrote a story about using words and phrases to shape public opinion. Am I the only person other than the media that read that story?

hertfordkc on July 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Just imagine what would happen if the New Madrid Fault Zone acted up like it did the last time with Obama as President.

Or Cascadia slipping for a nice 5 minute magnitude 9 quake in the pacific northwest along the coast and THEN a tsunami larger than the one in the Indian Ocean or in Japan hitting right after that.

A full slip of the San Andreas from LA to SF giving a mag 9 for a minute and a half, wouldn’t that be swell under Obama?

The Cumbre Vieja letting lose… just how do you evacuate the entire eastern seaboard and all of FL in 6 hours, anyways? When the wave overtops the ESB when it arrives in NYC, you know you got a real problem…

To any of those all I can picture is: another round of golf.

Yellowstone… now THAT would get his attention as it would be PERSONAL.

ajacksonian on July 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I think the photo says it all…

oldleprechaun on July 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Can we PLEASE stop playing on the Left’s turf with this “Bush’s Katrina” talk? It was a natural disaster compounded by the incompetence of the Chocolate Mayor and Blanco. It’s “Bush’s Katrina” only in the sense that he got blamed by the Left for an absolute failure at the (Democratic) local and state level.

pandelume on July 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

What are you complaining about? Reuters and Yahoo News said he DID go down to the border.

The Rogue Tomato on July 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Do not forget, that this whole thing was orchestrated by Diane Feinstein, who slipped this legislation into an unrelated law in December 2008, right before Bush left office. SHE is also to blame.

Key West Reader on July 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

The elements of the plan seem to be coming clear.

Step One: Operation Fast and Furious. Eric Holder engages in arms trafficking and money laundering to create a crisis in Mexico that requires curtailing or suspending the Second Amendment in this nation. This failed and the Plan B launched when a bunch of disgusting activists pretending to care about the Sandy Hook children attempted again.

Step Two: Expand amnesty. This too failed but was mitigated by Executive Order to make it so millions were semi-legal despite the fact they are filthy invaders.

Step Three: Was just launched. Open the Southern border and refuse to take any action to stop the invasion.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Once governors requested assistance after katrina the federal government mobilized in an amazingly effective manner after such horrific destruction caused by a natural event.

In this case Obama willfully continues to ignore governors regarding enforcement of the law in order to protect our national security and sovereignty. He has created this crisis.

Frankly I don’t follow his political calculations, I think destroying the middle class will haunt democrats for generations to come.

Ellis on July 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

What are you complaining about? Reuters and Yahoo News said he DID go down to the border.

The Rogue Tomato on July 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

They are working on a technicality. The real Southern border of Texas is along the Rio Grande. Austin is closer to the actual place where America stops.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Obama is today’s Typhoid Mary.

VorDaj on July 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

What are you complaining about? Reuters and Yahoo News said he DID go down to the border.

The Rogue Tomato on July 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Well, he was on the Texas/Oklahoma border and that’s in the south so……………………………rooters/yoohoo newsies…..

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Some of them did not make it out alive waiting for their countrymen to save them. In that sobering moment, much of the promise of the United States was betrayed.

Noah, Noah, Noah….. That is not America’s promise, one half of America waiting for the other half to come bail them out. Yes, that is one of the things that makes America great, our generosity. But it makes us great because America has been a country of individuals who just want a fair shake at making their own way, and then CHOOSING to give and sacrifice for countrymen in need, not because they obliged to do so by some “promise”.

Scopper on July 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

“…a grotesque abuse of the public trust…”

Which is exactly what is meant in Art-II, Sec-4, of the Constitution by “…other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

Another Drew on July 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

This is not a humanitarian crisis. This is a constitutional crisis. The President of the United States has refused to enforce existing immigration laws and has aided and encouraged foreign nationals to enter this country illegally without any fear of deportation or arrest.

Let’s call it what it is. Treason.

DeweyWins on July 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

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Key West Reader on July 13, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Bad link.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

To any of those all I can picture is: another round of golf.

Yellowstone… now THAT would get his attention as it would be PERSONAL.

ajacksonian on July 13, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Oh ajacksonian, you’re being unfair! A full slip of the San Andreas from LA to SF giving a mag 9 for a minute and a half would garner his attention since so many of his billions raised for partisan political activities come from that area.

Personally, I can think of nothing that would help this nation more than the coast of California dropping into the ocean along with the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (aka as LA and SF).

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

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Key West Reader on July 13, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

And why are Mexican and Canadian children treated differently under Wilberforce than the children from Central America and elsewhere?
That would seem to be a basic 14th-A violation.

Another Drew on July 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

DeweyWins on July 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

No, it’s not….but it is a “high Crime”.

Another Drew on July 13, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Obama is today’s Typhoid MaryFairy.

VorDaj on July 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Heh

Key West Reader on July 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

This is yet another example of the Chicago donkey way: engineer a “crisis,” then come up with a cynically self-serving “solution” to it.

Check of proof 1: Operation Fast-n-furious was intended to gin up “evidence” that weapons smuggled from America were causing a bloodbath in Mexico, so the “solution” — restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans to own firearms — could be pushed.

Check of proof 2: BarryCare is a purpose-built disaster to cause the disintegration of the system of private healthcare insurance, so the “solution” of single-payer, nationalized healthcare can be presented as the feds riding to the rescue.

Check of proof 3: Leading people from Central America to believe that it’s “Ollie-Ollie-in-come-free” to ship their children wholesale to the USA is a purpose-designed immigration disaster meant to facilitate one of two “solutions”: either a stampede to a broad-based amnesty, of if that doesn’t pan out then for King Barry to declare that he simply must do something on his own to alleviate the “humanitarian crisis” on the border by executive order.

Anyone else see a pattern here?

Spurius Ligustinus on July 13, 2014 at 4:18 PM

+1000000000000

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 3:37 PM

If only it would punish the oaf by about X 100 too.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

That’s because Bush didn’t create Katrina, but this crisis on the border is entirely of Obama’s making. It isn’t apples to oranges; it’s Girl Scout cookies to cyanide.

DHS advertised for contractors to bring these “children” across the border, and there is no reason they should be flown into the U.S. instead of *anywhere” outside of our borders. Tell them, “You can either go back to your family that paid $7,000 to a coyote, or we’ll dump you in Mexico.”

It is not a Katrina moment, but an impeachable moment.

ezspirit on July 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Donna Brazile, DNC vice chairwoman: “Bush came through on Katrina.” April 25, 2013 at CNN.com.

Ed Driscoll on July 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

How can it be worse? America, in the eyes of Obama, its a worthless Christian nation that deserves to have its teeth kicked in. The good news, from Obama’s perspective, it that evil America, will more than have its teeth kicked in, it will, thanks to Amnesty, be trampled to deeth by MS13 gangsters masquerading as children with a supporting cast of millions of drug dealers, prostitutes, junkies and food stamp collectors. The destruction of an evil Satan by the man whom 72% of American Muslims approve of!! How can you call this ‘Katrina’ or worse? And we were there to witness this proud moment. I am choked up with emotion.

MaiDee on July 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Impeach both Obama and Holder. Two bird with one stone.

gracie on July 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

There are few in the HA pantheon of trolls that I’d love to hear from these days. AnninCA comes to mind.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Yep, I’d love to see what she’d have to say about this…

OmahaConservative on July 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Can we PLEASE stop playing on the Left’s turf with this “Bush’s Katrina” talk? It was a natural disaster compounded by the incompetence of the Chocolate Mayor and Blanco. It’s “Bush’s Katrina” only in the sense that he got blamed by the Left for an absolute failure at the (Democratic) local and state level.

pandelume on July 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Both were caused by Acts of God (Messiah, God — same thing, right?) … so they’re comparable!

/Sarc aside — agree 100%

ShainS on July 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

“Although Obama probably doesn’t have to go to the border personally to be an effective leader, he may owe George W. Bush an apology,” Cannon concluded.

Presidential visits are about rallying national and international support. It’s not about the visit itself. Lincoln at Gettysburg makes this case in compelling fashion.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

That’s the case in any of these visits. Lincoln traveled hours to give the Gettysburg address. Why didn’t he just send his speech to be read at the ceremony?

Winston Churchill didn’t have to go into bombed out neighborhoods of London. He didn’t even have to keep the government of the UK in London. Doing so sent a message to Britons and the world.

JFK and Reagan didn’t have to be at the Berlin Wall to give their speeches. They did so to send a message to Germans and the world.

Obama met with folks concerned about the Southern Invasion in a aircraft hangar in Dallas. Not the same message. And the ones most taking notice are the filthy invaders.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

When a conservative blogger says body count is immaterial when comparing a crisis, he better not also come out as pro- life.

libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

A little humor goes a long way in spreading the truth.

http://youtu.be/igzmVvdn7n8

starboard on July 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Um Mr. Rothman, sir…

Even the link you provided corrects that the 11 year old was really 15.

C’mon man, I have been defending you. Get better, real soon.

cozmo on July 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

The comments at Yahoo these days are most all against obama.

Schadenfreude on July 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Heck, I was reading something in the WaPo earlier (I think) where 0bama defenders were few, far between and harassed mercilessly.

It was kind of nice.

cozmo on July 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

obama couldn’t carry Bushs jock strap. obama wouldn’t know what it is because he has no reason to wear one.

crosshugger on July 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

When a conservative blogger says body count is immaterial when comparing a crisis, he better not also come out as pro- life.

libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Who the F are you to make any demands. GFY.

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

When a conservative blogger says body count is immaterial when comparing a crisis, he better not also come out as pro- life.

libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

You losing streak continues — factually wrong on both counts in this case …

[But, a fair point nonetheless.]

ShainS on July 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

When a conservative blogger says body count is immaterial when comparing a crisis, he better not also come out as pro- life.

libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Oh good lord! I knew it was a mistake to bring up the pantheon of HA trolls. The junior varsity comes out.

Getting out of the womb is far more of an accomplishment than anything that happens afterward.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Who the F are you to make any demands. GFY.

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

He is an ignorant idiot narcissistic attention whore parasitic drain on resources.

But you already knew that.

cozmo on July 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Why is it always a tragic event when brown and black people are involved, but when white people in the northeast part of the country suffer a devastating hurricane all we hear is crickets? Why does Obama hate white people?

HiJack on July 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Why does Obama hate white people?

HiJack on July 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Self loathing against his white heritage.

cozmo on July 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Um Mr. Rothman, sir…

Even the link you provided corrects that the 11 year old was really 15.

C’mon man, I have been defending you. Get better, real soon.

cozmo on July 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

I’ve been less critical than many with the recognition that this is a new gig and all. But what is killing me is not the clear RINO/Libertarian views on some issues but the factual errors. I don’t always agree with AP’s views but I can’t disagree with his facts.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Like Iraq, A-stan, his treatment of vets – especially wounded vets or the families of dead servicemen – the Messiah is nothing like Dubya.

As has been noted, this was fomented by the Choom Gang.

And we know a lot of the “relatives” to whom these kids are delivered are human traffickers.

When a conservative blogger says body count is immaterial when comparing a crisis, he better not also come out as pro- life.

libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

You mean like A-stan, where 3/4 of the dead Americans are on the Choom Gang’s watch?

Or do you mean Iraq, where the Choom Gang has created a blood bath?

Or Katrina, where most of the dead can be laid at the feet of the mayor now doing time?

formwiz on July 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

When a conservative blogger says body count is immaterial when comparing a crisis, he better not also come out as pro- life.

Of course, what was actually said is that the border mess is worse because of the higher “body count”, but don’t let a couple sentences of clear English get in the way of your obsequiousness to your “progressive” masters.

F X Muldoon on July 13, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Why does Obama hate white people?

HiJack on July 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Because he wants to be one and can’t.

He does, however, ape the mannerisms of the polished class.

formwiz on July 13, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Why is it always a tragic event when brown and black people are involved, but when white people in the northeast part of the country suffer a devastating hurricane all we hear is crickets? Why does Obama hate white people?

HiJack on July 13, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Sorry….. Are you talking about rich white people who suffered the loss of a second home on the beach in NJ as a humanitarian crisis?

Obama hates white people but this isn’t the cause. Let’s devote this thread to the ways that Obama hates whites.

[Thanks for the opening you troll]

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

He doesn’t give a crap about anything. Sure sign of too much chooming.

jaywemm on July 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Lazy.

CW on July 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Men who imbibe semen rot their brain. Exhibit A: libfree. Deviancy and perversion kills people and brain cells.

CW on July 13, 2014 at 4:57 PM

libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

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BTW Noah supports Roe. One of yours scumbag.

CW on July 13, 2014 at 4:58 PM

When a conservative blogger says body count is immaterial when comparing a crisis, he better not also come out as pro- life.
libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Relax. Noah is as disgustingly pro-abortion as you are .

Maddie on July 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Fewer people are illegally crossing America’s southwest border with Mexico, but the region saw a big increase in immigrant deaths in 2012, according to a report set to be released Tuesday.

U.S. Border Patrol identified 477 deaths along the southwest border, up from 375 the year before, according to the report from the National Foundation for American Policy, an Arlington, Va.-based group that researches immigration issues. That 27% increase in deaths comes even as total migration from Mexico has slowed in recent years.

Acceptable in Libfrees phucked up world.

CW on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

When a conservative blogger says body count is immaterial when comparing a crisis, he better not also come out as pro- life.

libfreeordie on July 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Gosh, you’re adorable when you’ve totally screwed the pooch.

Rothman (AKA the blogger) is a pro-abort, just like you.

Rothman is also waaayyyyy to the left of conservative, just like you- not teetering on the edge of lunacy as you so frequently do, but hardly a fellow-traveler with the bulk of the commentors here.

Oh, heavens. Did you fail again?

Dolce Far Niente on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Liberals invited death. It’s what they do best.

CW on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Did you fail again?

Dolce Far Niente on July 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Comprehension and reading are not our dear professor’s strengths.

CW on July 13, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Crittenton Foster Care recently placed an advertisement in the Penny Saver Newspaper in Murrieta, California asking for “loving, compassionate parents to provide a loving home” for illegal immigrant minors. It said, “Help heal the wounds … for children in foster care programs including survivors of human trafficking and unaccompanied refugee minors. Reimbursements up to $6,054 monthly tax free.”

Breitbart Texas spoke with a spokeswoman from Crittenton, who made it clear that almost anyone can become a foster parent and start collecting benefits.

The amount of monthly payments, administered by the federal government, depends on how old the immigrant child is. The older the child, the higher the payment, according to the Crittenton spokeswoman–but the average payment per illegal immigrant is $1,009.

She also told Breitbart Texas that the migrants’ healthcare is “already taken care of” by the federal government.

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/07/13/Feds-Dole-Out-Health-Care-and-Child-Support-Payments-for-Foreign-Minors

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Hurricane Katrina– border crisis
Hurricane Sandy– IRS targeting
Hurricane Ike– Prisoner/Gitmo swap
Hurricane Andrew–Obamacare
Hurricane Gilbert– Benghazi
Hurricane Camille– Middle East ablaze
Hurricane Hazel– VA scandal
Hurricane Wilma– Fast/Furious
Hurricane Hugo– Solyndra…
…………………………

Pres. Hurricane…

hillsoftx on July 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Thanks Noah for calling out The Empty Suit. And as others have pointed out, Katrina was a natural disaster. This one was man made and planned.

cat_owner on July 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

Three-hundred community leaders and activists (pictured above) gathered together in Vassar, Michigan last night to voice their opinions about a potential contract between Wolverine Human Services and the United States government to house a group of teenage illegal immigrants in their community.

Last night’s meeting became quite heated as most residents do not want these teens in their community.

Wolverine and the Federal Government claim that these teens will only be here temporarily. But why should the residents of Vassar trust the Obama administration? Recall that President Obama once said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.” And, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”

That turned out to be one of many lies that have been told by President Obama during his entire administration.

http://watchdogwire.com/michigan/2014/07/10/mi-vassar-citizens-voice-opinions-on-illegal-immigrants-video/

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM

But ABC-7 wanted to get these new citizens’ point of view on the current immigration in the Borderland. Most said these immigrants should be given a chance to prove themselves, but wait in line like everybody else.

“If they can prove that they are working and they are helping this country with their work,” one said. “yes, I think they should be, immediately.”

“I think they should wait in line just like we did,” another said. “I don’t think they should just be granted the citizenship.”

http://www.kvia.com/news/legal-immigrants-respond-to-recent-immigration-influx/26917200

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

All that being said, he’s not impeachable though, right Noah?

portlandon on July 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM

Wolverines!

Flange on July 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Relax. Noah is as disgustingly pro-abortion as you are .

Maddie on July 13, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Hot Air needs to introduce these folks up front. Where they are coming from and where they are on the issues. Noah, IMO, was dealt a disservice when he started posting at HA without any sort of introduction. He’s clearly left of center on social issues but we really don’t know anything about him the way we know where other HA moderators stand on issues.

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Thousands of Americans, mostly of meager means, were trapped in a dying city.

That could actually be any American city.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Wolverine and the Federal Government claim that these teens will only be here temporarily. But why should the residents of Vassar trust the Obama administration? Recall that President Obama once said, “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. Period.” And, “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”

That turned out to be one of many lies that have been told by President Obama during his entire administration.

http://watchdogwire.com/michigan/2014/07/10/mi-vassar-citizens-voice-opinions-on-illegal-immigrants-video/

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM

That is the reason why the filthy bastard obaME! and his rotten band of scumbags try to keep it secret where the invaders are being placed. everyone will know as soon as the scabies outbreaks start occurring. Oh, and that will be another phony scandal according the the POS.

VegasRick on July 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

In that sobering moment, much of the promise of the United States was betrayed.

Yes I agree. The footage of the local PD confiscate law-abiding citizens’ guns and tackling an elderly lady in her own home were quite sobering.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Kevin Williamson gets it:

Finally, we might consider that an administration that can find the time and resources to illegally quiz unwelcome political groups about the contents of their prayers under penalty of federal prosecution but not the time and resources to see to basic questions of public order is either comprehensively incompetent or acting in service of something other than the national interest.

AesopFan on July 13, 2014 at 5:22 PM

If you don’t want to impeach Obama then STHU!

We don’t want to hear your bitching when there is a way to get rid of this jerk.

If you don’t want to impeach it means the Republicans are complicit.

Jayrae on July 13, 2014 at 5:22 PM

ESCAPED PREGNANT TARANTULA RUNNING AROUND STREETS OF BROOKLYN NY

A pet Red Rumped Tarantula, named Penelope, reportedly pregnant, has escaped custody and is running around the streets of Park Slope, Brooklyn. This escape brings up some important questions for “rule of law” aficionados.

. Like the illegal alien “children” Red Rumped Tarantulas live in Central America.
. Like the illegal alien children, Penelope entered the country (or at least the city) illegally since it is illegal to own pet tarantulas in NYC.
. In the absence on any known request, on Penelope’s part, to abort the children (possibly as many as 400), would they automatically become US citizens and will they act as “anchor babies” paving the way for Penelope’s eventual citizenship?
. which welfare agencies will be responsible for the care and possible deportation of Penelope and her children?
. If granted citizenship must all signs and books now be written in two languages “English” and “Tarantula”

I propose that congress hold a joint session to resolve this problem. The solution is simple. DUMP PENELOPE AND HER CHILDREN ONTO OBAMA’S LAP.

.

MaiDee on July 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Wow, even moonbat Eleanor Clift agrees this is not looking good for Barry.

cat_owner on July 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Loopholes and flexibility:

Feinstein says the law has an “exceptional circumstances” loophole that could give the administration more flexibility to remove children.

http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Feinstein-Child-trafficking-law-is-flexible-in-5616012.php

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:32 PM

[Thanks for the opening you troll]

Happy Nomad on July 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I’m hoping that was snark and that you forgot the tag.

HiJack on July 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Instead of pursuing summary deportation, Mr Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion for taxpayer-funded goodies, from clothing, food and shelter to medical and legal support. Obama wants the money to resettle them, rather than repatriate these foreign national invaders.

The illegals should be turned away at the border, not welcomed with a gift basket!

We welcome more than 1.1 million LEGAL immigrants per year (MORE THAN ANY COUNTRY ON EARTH) in addition to granting 700,000 temporary permits, and 500,000 student visas.

Obama already admitted his deferred deportation DACA program is illegal and unconstitutional. And I quote, “With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just NOT the case. Congress passes the laws.”

azpatriotsdotcom on July 13, 2014 at 5:36 PM

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Wow, even moonbat Eleanor Clift agrees this is not looking good for Barry.

cat_owner on July 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

She isn’t the only one he’s losing:

Teachers unions have turned on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Obama administration, creating a major divide in the Democratic Party coalition.

The largest teachers union in the country, the National Education Association (NEA), called for Duncan to resign at its convention on July 4, arguing his policies on testing have failed the nation’s schools.

Tensions between Duncan and the unions had been building for some time.

The administration’s Race to the Top program, which has provided $4.35 billion to states, incentivized changes that unions strongly oppose. One of the most controversial policies backed by Duncan is using students’ improvement on standardized tests to help evaluate teachers and make pay and tenure decisions.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/212034-teachers-unions-turn-on-obama

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

He’s not berating Congress, he’s berating Republicans.

Cindy Munford on July 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM

In that sobering moment, much of the promise of the United States was betrayed.

And everyone remembers Bush.

NO ONE blames an incompetent city mayor or state governor who waited and waited before requesting federal aid. Mention Kathleen Blanco and Ray Nagin………all you get are crickets.

GarandFan on July 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Is this even legal?:

The Obama administration issued an expedited regulation Thursday empowering the Justice Department to appoint a number of temporary immigration judges, as officials struggle to address the torrent of young immigrants pouring over the southwest border.

The DOJ’s interim rule will take effect immediately after it is published Friday in the Federal Register. The regulation delegates to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), a branch of the DOJ, the authority to name an unspecified number of temporary judges to renewable, six-month terms.

The reinforcements are necessary to handle the fast-growing workload for the nation’s roughly 250 federal immigration judges, the agency said.

“EOIR is currently managing the largest caseload the immigration court system has ever seen,” the agency said.

There were more than 350,000 cases pending in the immigration courts at the end of the last fiscal year. And that was before an estimated 52,000 children crossed the border illegally this year.

http://thehill.com/regulation/administration/211847-doj-exerts-authority-to-install-temp-immigration-judges

davidk on July 13, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Ramirez gets it.

AesopFan on July 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Whoa! Even Rothman is chiding the dog eater! Times are a changin’!

SouthernGent on July 13, 2014 at 5:50 PM

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