Air Force One landed on Biggs Army Airfield yesterday for what seemed to be a well timed photo opportunity for President Obama. He shook hands with the troops and thanked them at a dinning hall on Ft. Bliss. He also took time to talk to the widows of some fallen soldiers. That's not exactly an easy task especially when you are the guy who says when and where the troops go.
But it's not the good things the President did that most people have a problem with. It's the timing of his visit(right before a nationally telivised address to the nation) and not talking about the issues that affect the border region that bothered most people. His excuse was that he had to go back to Washington to address the nation. Comeon, you telling me the President of the United States of America could not schedule time to speak to our leaders about the issues of our community. Of coarse not, he only wanted the camaras to get him shaking hands with the troops. He could care less about El Paso or Texas for that mattter. The President would not meet with Rick Perry to talk about border security yet he flew in with Congressman Sylvestre Reyes and met with Congressman Ciro Rodriguez and Congressman Harry Teague once in El Paso. He knew they were friendlys so he agreed to meet with him.
But I have to be honest, I'm glad to see the Border Network for Certain Human Rights once again protesting against the President. After all, he is the one who lied to the Latino community and promised to address Comprehensive Immigration Reform in his first term in office. His second term is rounding third base just about now and no reform in sight. Sometimes groups who are not supposed to be affiliated with any political party loose focus of their true mission and jump on the political band wagon. That is when they start to loose the respect of certain people.