Governor Rick Perry rejected an opportunity to greet President Obama with a handshake on a visit to Texas. Perry said he would, however, be interested in meeting with the President about the crisis at Texas’ southern border. More than 50K unaccompanied minors have crossed the border this year seeking residence in the US.
Perry has let us all know, for some time now, how dissatisfied he is with the President’s handling of the situation. Or the President’s lack of handling the situation.
Sometimes it seems to me that Perry is more interested in making Obama look bad than in actually making progress on issues. (Insert here all your opinions about how Obama doesn’t need help looking bad as President. That’s another post)
If the children in South Texas are more the issue than grandstanding against Obama, though, wouldn’t it have made sense for Perry to accept the invitation to meet Obama with a handshake, and then lead him into a discussion about the issue?
I have found that a “Yes, and…” almost always gets a discussion further than a No, but….”
On the other hand, it may not be a fair assumption for me to make that any politician is actually interested in discussing things with a view to make progress on any particular issue.
On this matter, at least, shouldn’t it be more about the children than about who is right and who does what?