Ironically, as Byers points out in his piece, "the admonition came just before a White House sanctioned background briefing with -- you guessed it -- anonymous 'senior administration officials.'"
I understand that not every warning from every First Lady of every Central American country goes directly into the Oval Office. But, it would appear that there have been a string of flashing red lights that someone in the White House should have taken seriously.
Remember, 2012 was a what? Election year. And who was running for election? Barack Obama. No Drama Obama. His team didn't want to give the Romney camp any ammunition to use to distract the nation from the evils that had been perpetrated upon it by Bain Capital.
Monday marks the 100-days-to-go mark before the mid-term elections on November 4.
The nation does not appear to have any appetite for foreign military adventures. Benghazi is too complicated for most of us to be able to follow closely. Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Ukraine and Russian natural gas are not our problems.
The danger for the President and for Democrats running for election in November is that this story is easy to understand and may become a metaphor for what many people already believe about this President: That he is detached, disinterested, and bored with the whole President thing.
The President's approval ratings are stuck in the low 40s and don't appear to be moving any time soon.
The danger for the President and for Democrats running for election in November is that this story is easy to understand and may become a metaphor for what people believe about this President: That he is detached, disinterested, and bored with the whole President thing.
Whether there were anonymous sources in the Post's story or not, the question of "What did the President know and when did he know it" or "when should he have known it" is now on the record.
Two years have come and gone and the President has done nothing to avoid, or at least mitigate, this exploding humanitarian crisis.