TIME magazine senior political analyst Mark Halperin does not agree with President Barack Obama’s border decision.
In a conversation on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Halperin expressed his views on the president’s decision to go to Texas for a fundraiser and not visit the border. “It’s a humanitarian crisis involving kids and I think governance matters here, and the president needs to rise above the politics, the back and forth with Rick Perry, any talk of photo-ops. Really just needs to get hands on I think and solve it,” he said.
In regards to this being declared the president’s “Katrina moment,” Halperin pointed out that “Katrina was a shared responsibility of the federal government, state and local government. This is really a federal issue.”
“If he’s in the state and isn’t being hands on, not just the optics are bad but he’s not, he’s not, doing the job we hired him to do. Part of which is to manage a crisis like this, that again is not uniquely a federal responsibility, but mostly it’s his job.”
The segment continued with Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski directing the conversation elsewhere.
“Um, let’s move on we have a lot of news to get to,” she said.