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July 8, 2014 - 1:19 pm

NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell peppered White House spokesman Josh Earnest during Tuesday’s press briefing with questions about the border. Specifically, O’Donnell wanted to know why President Obama refuses to visit the crisis-stricken border when he visits Texas this week for fundraisers.

Earnest repeatedly calls the crisis an “emergent humanitarian situation” and an “emerging humanitarian situation.” The latter phrases, he uses so often and in such a programmed way that he ends up stumbling over them.

“Emergent” implies that it took the administration by surprise. It didn’t.

“Humanitarian” downplays the very real security threat that the porous border poses.

That’s why the administration is using those words to describe what’s happening on the border.

O’Donnell persists: What’s the downside of Obama visiting the border?

Earnest refuses to answer. At one point he plays dumb.

O’DONNELL: “Members of both parties are asking the president to visit those who reside in the border area, and clearly Governor Perry, I’m sure, will extend an invitation for him to go again. Is there a downside to the president being there personally?”

EARNEST: “Downside for being where personally?”

One possible downside is that President Obama just can’t help himself. The last time he visited the border was just over three years ago. Cartel violence was on the rise, and bullets were literally flying into El Paso from Ciudad Juarez. Against that backdrop, President Obama stood up near the border and mocked everyone who wants more security.

Three years later the security situation is worse. But Obama has two modes lately — taunt and insult. Neither will do him any good if he uses them on the border during the current situation, which he has described as a “humanitarian crisis.”

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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I think focusing on this particular topic, the visit, is a distraction.

The traitorous progs are playing conquer the world.

They obviously set this up, which also means they set the timing.

Is it timed to distract? (IRS, Benghazi) Or is this the strategic move that begins to physically enable the "fundamental transformation" and the true onset of Cloward-Piven, and timed to begin gaining traction as the Obamacare regulations finally cement into place early next year. I think the latter.

I don't give a damn about his visit. I'm thinking we need to focus on (1) addressing it a la Murrieta, California, and (2) What is coming next, and (3) the best persons/organizations to support in resisting what is coming next.

BTW, I am in the first third of Ian Mihai Pacepa’s book “Disinformation”, and I can already tell it is one of the most important books I will ever read. I will be passing it around to as many people as I can, and buying a few additional copies as well. Strongly recommend you get it, and to do so immediately.
15 weeks ago
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If I was President I wouldn't visit. My presence there will not help anyone; in fact, it will only be to the detriment of the people who are actually trying to do their jobs. (no, I don't think this is Obama's reason, but it would be mine). The President is simply not helping when he shows up to disaster areas.
15 weeks ago
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Cuts into golf time?

Frivolous, for sure, but he's that kind of guy.

If he sees what's going on, it will be harder for him to claim in the future that he didn't know anything about it. Recall all the things he says he didn't know about until he saw them in the news. And there's no strong evidence that he ever watches the news.

Even if he goes to the border, what's he going to do which might be of any use to anybody? He's most likely to make another pitch for amnesty.

Whatever Obama doesn't do, we have to stop going along with that "humanitarian crisis" rubbish. When a swarm of yoots rush into a store and steal everything they can grab, we don't call that a humanitarian crisis.

Same deal here. This isn't a humanitarian crisis, it isn't immigration, it's a crime wave. Let's call it what it is.
15 weeks ago
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Plausible Deniability. It's been the hallmark of his administration. If he goes down there, then he has to act on the situation.
15 weeks ago
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Tell you a little something about Michelle: he owes his job to HER. As risible as she is. She was the one with the connection to Valerie Jarret and he was a community organizer hanging with the down low club. He rode her coat tails to the White House and now she'll use HIM to become a senator. One dirty hand washes the other and the Iranian calls the shots.
15 weeks ago
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Jeff Sessions continues to impress.

This is a must read. (Via Powerline)

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/07/jeff-sessions-on-the-border-.php
15 weeks ago
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I'll tell you why he won't go: optics. Obama is all about what things look like. If he steps a foot near that border even his lackeys will have to associate him with his latest created crisis. This man is a Wahabbi jackass.
15 weeks ago
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Obama is a humanitarian crisis.
15 weeks ago
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Well I think the answer is obvious. It's not a safe place for a President to be. It's not a safe place for Americans to be either, which would normally be enough to cause a US President to act, but we aren't living in Normalville any more.

That and the "optics" are bad.
15 weeks ago
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It should be no surprise he doesn't want to go see the border. He's doing everything to keep this as quiet as he can, even making it a felony for the border patrol to discuss the situation. The last thing he wants is to have cameras following him, showing the conditions, and finding it impossible not to call for closing the borders.
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