The following ad appeared next to a recipe on a cooking website:
I hadn’t looked up anything about racial discrimination or any related subject, nor have I read anything that touched on the topic recently (except perhaps tangentially on a news site or blog), etc., and even if I had, it’s not like it’s a product you go purchase. WTF?
This is what presidents do. They go to places where a crisis has erupted and they assure the victims that they still have a stake in the country and that the country still has a stake in them. No, LBJ probably couldn’t get that woman a boat* — although, knowing Johnson, you can’t really be sure on that. The point was that the president — that woman’s president — was there to be asked. Right now, and very soon, a child that has gone through hell and back to get here is going to look up one morning, and the face of America, the face of charity and, yes, the face of Hope and of Change in their lives, is not going to be Barack Obama. It’s going to be Glenn Beck.** I am not comfortable with that at all.
Well, except the kids in question aren’t Americans, so Obama is not their president, and under current policy, they’ll soon be sent back to the hellholes from whence they came.
I don’t know what the answer is to the larger issue, except the House Republicans need to fund the goddamn emergency aid. But yeah, a border photo op sounds like a stunt to me too, and Obama is probably doing the right thing to avoid it. What say you?
* Refers to an incident recounted in Pierce’s post in which LBJ visited a hurricane disaster zone and a woman asked him if he could get her a boat to look for her sons
** Beck is allegedly bringing the refugee kids soccer balls and food. If he has decided to suddenly act like a Christian for a change, good for him.