Rich Galen

The IRS, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Middle East? you name it and the President is ignoring it.

The last time there was an issue like the Battle of the Border, was the British Petroleum oil spill.

The White House made a big deal of sending the Secretary of Energy who, as it happened, was a nuclear physicist not a chemist, a oceanographer, nor a geologist.

It took James Carville - JAMES CARVILLE - to light a fire under the White House to get the President to go to Louisiana.

Carville said, on ABC News:

"Man, you got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this moving. We're about to die down here."

According to the Los Angeles Times, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz did his James Carville imitation saying,

"Apparently there's no time [for Obama] to look at the devastation that's being caused by his policies."

Which is another example of one of my favorite sayings: No matter how good your cause, there is always someone who agrees with you that you wish didn't

Remember the agony that George W. Bush went through when he had Air Force One fly over the damage done by Hurricane Katrina? He never fully recovered from that decision.

Obama made that same mistake in 2010 with the BP oil spill and he's making it again in 2014 with the Bebé Border Crisis.

There is a growing suspicion in our Nation's Capital that President Obama is more-or-less playing out the string. His administration has until January 20, 2017 to go.

He is likely to spend the majority of that time with a House and Senate in control of Republicans. His attempt to reinvent American foreign policy is a failure. And his signature domestic accomplishment - the ACA - is limping along costing far more to insure far fewer people than promised.

Kudos to Henry Cuellar for calling BS on the President's refusal to do a side trip to, at a minimum, show the American people he at least pretends to care about the Battle of the Border.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at