Rick Perry: Obama’s Latest Trip ‘No Different’ From Hurricane Katrina (VIDEO)

Rick Perry discusses his meeting with President Barack Obama on the immigration crisis at the Texas border.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Wednesday equated President Barack Obama’s decision not to visit the Texas border to former President George W. Bush’s much-maligned response to Hurricane Katrina.

“It is a humanitarian crisis, and that I will suggest is the reason the President needs to come to the border, to see it himself,” Perry said in an interview on Fox News’ “Hannity.” “I think about the criticism George W. Bush received when he didn’t go to New Orleans in Katrina. This is no different.”

The governor suggested it wasn’t enough for Obama to send Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on multiple trips to the border to coordinate the administration’s response to the influx of migrants.

“I’m pretty sure if George Bush had said, ‘Well, I sent my FEMA director down multiple times,’ that he would have still been criticized greatly because you need to go,” he said. “That’s what governors do, that’s what presidents do when there are natural disasters, when there’s crises like this. A president needs to be there to show the American people, number one, that he understands.”

Perry’s comments came after he met with Obama in Austin for a roundtable discussion on border issues. In a statement on the border crisis, the President called their meeting “constructive” and said he had no “philosophical objections” to any of the actions Perry suggested could mitigate the crisis.

“I’m glad the president thinks what I said makes sense because we have been saying it for many years now,” Perry told host Sean Hannity.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) had previously invoked Katrina in an interview with Fox News, referring to Bush’s flyover to survey the hurricane damage.

“I’m sure that President Bush thought the same thing, that he could just look at everything from up in the sky, and then he owned it after for a long time,” Cuellar said. “So I hope this doesn’t become the Katrina moment for President Obama, saying that he doesn’t need to come to the border. He should come down.”

Watch below, courtesy of Fox News:

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  1. Apples and oranges, but then what should we have expected? Governor Oops is just trying to advance the “Obama’s Katrina” meme.

  2. I really do have a hard time accepting that the reality I live in has room for the opposite of the reality I live in.

  3. I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to fail as completely as George Bush and the RNC did, unless they succeeded. Which they did. Every moment of Katrina was deliberate, and nothing about Mexicans has anything in common with a slow-moving hurricane the entire scientific community warned about for a month.

    Lying pieces of shit, I wish your days were numbered. Unfortunately, because you believe the end is going to come, there will never be such a thing,

  4. Avatar for lio lio says:

    The Katrina comparison must be the official Republican talking point on this issue because Libs just used it on another thread.

  5. I think after six years of this crap, the president knows well enough not to care what the Republicans say or do what they demand he do. I think he also understands that everyone already knows which party wants to treat immigrants decently and which doesn’t. People with a stake in this, or who are paying attention, won’t be swayed by a news cycle’s worth of talking points.

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