(NBC News) President Obama is in Austin today, raising money for Democrats, speaking about the economy, and fighting critics who say he should be at the border.
“He is shown playing pool in Colorado. Drinking a beer. And he can’t even go 242 miles to the Texas border?” asked Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D) Texas.
“How can you have a humanitarian crisis and not want to go see it for yourself?” asked Sen. John Cornyn, (R) Texas.
The president responded that a trip to the border would accomplish nothing and distract from the real issue.
“I’m not interested in photo ops I’m interested in the problem,” said President Barack Obama.
The President and Texas Governor Rick Perry had two short conversations in Dallas Wednesday. Perry wants drones, a thousand National Guard troops at the border, and policy changes to deport immigrants, including children, faster.