President Obama has put Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry in the spotlight in way Perry could never do…
He was able to jump ALL OVER Obama yesterday on immigration….
The President then did a presser in which he seemed contrite ….
Furthermore, Obama is now back begging the Republicans for money and Immigration reform, while refusing to go to see a problem of large humanitarian failure’s…..
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican who has seen thousands of unaccompanied children flood across his state’s border, has seized the spotlight in recent days to become the national face of opposition to President Obama’s immigration policies.
Perry, Texas’s governor for the last 14 years and a politician with his eye on the White House, has helped Republicans rally around calls for the National Guard to be sent to the border.
He has also stoked pressure on Obama to visit the border during his trip to Texas on Wednesday.
Perry’s persistent cries led the White House to invite him to an immigration-specific meeting in Dallas on Wednesday. It has also positioned the governor as a foil of sorts to Obama, helping to secure a spot for the governor should he choose to make a second run for the presidency in 2016.
“This gives Gov. Perry an opportunity to take very legitimate and timely shots at the White House and the president’s failed leadership and philosophy to tour his expertise in border security and get to the heart of the immigration issue,” said Raymond Sullivan, a former adviser to Perry.
“I think it positions himself as someone who is fighting the president,” added Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist based in Austin, Texas. “That’s what Republicans want, and more importantly, what Republican voters want.”
“He really had the president on defense,” Mackowiak continued. “I think he outflanked him strategically.”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that President Obama’s refusal to visit the border in Texas was “no different” than former President George W. Bush’s initial reaction to Hurricane Katrina.
“I think about the criticism that George W. Bush got when he didn’t go to New Orleans at Katrina,” Perry told Fox News Wednesday night, just hours after meeting with Obama in Dallas. “This is no different.”
Perry isn’t the first politician to compare Obama’s reaction to the flood of migrant children crossing the border to Bush’s handling of the devastating hurricane, which left hundreds dead. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) made the comparison in another interview with Fox News.
“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. “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.”
The President’s continual request for more money for the immigration problems is NOT any more of a sure thing than it was in the past….
Republicans are sharply divided over how to handle President Obama’s $3.7 billion border request.
Conservatives on Wednesday balked at the administration’s price tag for providing relief to authorities overwhelmed by the tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the border.
“I think it’s a charade,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), a Tea Party favorite who suggested the administration can tackle the crisis without new funding from Congress.
Yet with the crisis escalating and Obama passing the ball into Congress’s court by asking for legislation, there’s an emerging concern that Republicans could suffer a political backlash if they fail to act.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a longtime supporter of an immigration overhaul, said failure to provide new funds will exacerbate the crisis while handing Obama and the Democrats a political victory heading into the midterm elections.
“If we do that, then we’re going to get blamed for perpetuating the problem,” Graham told reporters Wednesday.
Obama sought to raise the pressure on Congress by calling for lawmakers to make quick work of his request.
In public comments in Dallas, Obama called on Congress to “fast track” the legislation.
Republicans will likely mark up their own legislation in response to the crisis, and it will almost certainly focus more heavily on efforts to bolster border security.
President Obama HAS mentioned that he has ordered ALL of the federal agencies involved in the border situation to brief him and do the best they can to elevate the situation…