Is the border crisis Obama's 'Katrina moment'?
A Democratic congressman from Texas wonders if President Obama isn't making a huge mistake by not visiting the border area while he is in Texas this week.
Rep. Henry Cuellar thinks that it could become Obama's "Katrina" moment if he fails to visit the detention centers in Texas.
“I’m sure that President Bush thought the same thing, that he could just look at everything from up in the sky, and then he owned it after a long time,” Cuellar said Monday in a Fox News interview with Neil Cavuto. “So I hope this doesn’t become the Katrina moment for President Obama, saying that he doesn’t need to come to the border. He should come down.”
George W. Bush was widely criticized for his administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005. Among other things, Bush was slammed for praising then-FEMA director Michael Brown by saying “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” and for a photograph taken from Air Force One in which he was seen peering at the wreckage.
In 2010, Bush told Matt Lauer of NBC that the photo was a “huge mistake” and that he should have had his plane land in Baton Rouge, La., so he could meet with the governor and state officials about the hurricane.
Obama will head to Texas on Wednesday for a fundraiser in Dallas for House Democrats and then travel to Austin on Thursday for a Democratic National Committee event and a speech on the economy. He has been criticized by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others for not scheduling a visit to the border and for his response to the immigration crisis.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that the president is “not worried about those optics.” The Obama administration is expected to provide details on a new budget request to address the immigration crisis on Tuesday.
“The president is well aware of what is happening along the Southwest border, that is why you have seen a wide range of steps to enforce the law,” Earnest said.
The administration is in cloud cuckoo land if they think anyone believes them when they claim they are enforcing the law. In fact, they are flouting the law and there's no sign that's going to change anytime soon.
But in order for this crisis to be Obama's "Katrina moment," the media would have to pile on in criticizing his government's policies at the border. That's just not going to happen. Alreadd, the media is distancing Obama from the crisis by failing to report most of the bad news about what's happening in those camps. They aren't even reporting that the illegal alien kids are being let go after processing.
It would be nice to think that the incompetence and cynicism being displayed by the administration would be punished. But most of the media is still on Obama's pocket and it's likely that this story will go away soon - just like every other scandal in this administration.