Just having a little fun here. During a 30-some-odd second meeting with the president at the staircase of Air Force One, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) tried to hand President Obama a letter concerning border security, which was sort-of, kind-of ignored by the president. Remember that book Obama took from Hugo Chavez?
I know, I know, Chavez practically shoved the book – which was written in Spanish, a languange the president can not read – into Obama’s hand during a photo op, but it’s worth noting the president seems to have refused acceptance of the letter from Perry, directing adviser Valerie Jarrett to take the letter from Perry.
I think this might be one of those amature mistakes the president has frequently made that will simply ensure conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians and even few whack-jobs will go into the voting booth and press down on that voting lever just a bit harder come November.
From the Houston Chronical…
Gov. Rick Perry’s meeting at the Austin airport with President Barack Obama on border security lasted a mere 34 seconds, and Perry had to hand a letter on the issue to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett because Obama declined to personally accept it.
That did not dissuade the governor from inviting Obama to come back to Texas and tour the border with him to get a first hand look at what Perry describes as the threat from Mexican drug cartels.
“Look, he’s got the letter. I suspect he’ll read it. I hope he responds to it,” Perry said. “This is way past partisanship or politics.”
So the president refuses a letter from a sitting governor – one from the United States of America – yet accepts a book handed directly to him from a dictator? Why didn’t he wave off Chavez’s offer and have an aid accept the book from Chavez? Would that have been bad protocol?
If it is, then why can’t the president take a simple letter from Perry?
Again, I’m having a bit of fun here, but I’m on the record thinking the president is not doing nearly enough to secure the border. I’m pretty certain if you asked the commander of the 10th Mountain Division – or some other division – to “secure the southern border within 60 days” without giving them unreasonable rules of engagement I think they could do it. Hell, I know they could do it.
Sending 1,200 unarmed troops without the authority to actually do anything other than point out issues to the Border Patrol and count the number of aliens entering the country is a total fail in my book.
More from the Dallas News, with my emphasis in bold.
Gov. Rick Perry wants the White House to make a better offer on talking with Texas about border security.
Perry said Tuesday that he declined what a White House official described as a top-level briefing from the National Security Council – which is chaired by President Barack Obama and includes key Cabinet members – because he “doesn’t need to meet with some more down-level staff people.”
He mocked the invitation a day after greeting Obama in Austin, where he hand-delivered the president a letter about the “dire threat” from drug violence along the U.S.-Mexico border. Perry has previously invited Obama to Texas to discuss border security.
The two exchanged pleasantries for barely a half-minute when Obama arrived in Texas on Monday for fundraisers and a speech on higher education at the University of Texas at Austin.
Enough time for fundraisers and college speeches, but little for border security…