Obama Warns Fellow Democrat to Pipe Down
In an interview with Fox & Friends Wednesday, Representative Henry Cuellar (D., Texas) told the hosts that the White House isn’t happy about his outspoken criticism of the President. Cuellar has had little choice but to criticize the administration over its lackadaisical approach to border control, but it appears the White House wants him to keep his mouth shut. The hosts asked him if he’d received a tongue-lashing from the Obama camp.
“Yes, I have,” Cuellar said. “But let me just say that I’m more concerned not about who gets angry at me at the White House; I’m more concerned about my constituents who want to find a practical solution to this question that we’re facing down there at the border.”
Cuellar declined to tell the program who it was that had called and didn’t elaborate on the message he received, but the point was made. It didn’t have an effect on the Democratic House member’s criticism of the situation, however – a crisis that is threatening to have an indelible impact on Obama’s second-term legacy.
Speaking to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, Cuellar maintained his message that Obama was shirking his duties in not paying a visit to the Texas/Mexico border. “Let me say this: when I saw, and I hate to use the word bizarre, but under the circumstances, when he is shown playing pool in Colorado, drinking a beer, and he can’t even go 242 miles to the Texas border, and plus, if he doesn’t want to go down to the border, there’s the Air Force Base where HHS is holding some of the young kids from the border. He could at least make that trip to San Antonio, but again, border community leaders wants to see him down there on the border, and I think the optics and the substance of it is that he should show up at the border.”
Obama’s trip to Colorado got plenty of mainstream coverage yesterday with several news outlets reporting that he was offered a hit of marijuana at one of the local bars he visited. Of course, this story is a lightweight one, aimed at painting the picture of the fun man-of-the-people that Obama has had a more difficult time living up to then many predicted. Meanwhile, though, it can’t be ignored that there is a serious problem with the administration’s take on illegal immigration and border control, and all of the pot in Denver isn’t going to make people forget Obama’s failures.
Henry Cuellar may be reprimanded for speaking out against the president, but a small tide of growing concern is going to develop into a full-blown controversy if he doesn’t get a handle on the problem in the next couple of weeks. Immigration isn’t something that can be solved overnight, but the President’s plan of action seems to be headed in the wrong direction. Hispanic communities have already reached out to the administration, encouraging him to grant temporary legal status to more than 10 million undocumented aliens. If he should take their advice, we can expect to see the situation at the border worsen in the coming months.