Texas Governor Rick Perry Not Interested In Photo Op With President Obama


Texas Governor Rick Perry declined President Barack Obama’s offer to meet on the tarmac in Austin this week for a photo op. The president is visiting Texas for some fundraising, but doesn’t currently have plans to visit the border or address the immigration crisis his policies have fueled. Perry did say he would be happy to meet with Obama to discuss the crisis, but something tells me Obama isn’t interested.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has reportedly rejected President Barack Obama’s offer to briefly shake hands when Air Force One lands in Austin on Wednesday. Instead, the governor came back with a counteroffer.

“I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas,” Perry wrote in a letter to Obama. “I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue.” (Read More)

The other day Perry commented on the president’s handling of this mess, saying on ABC’s “This Week,” “I have to believe that when you do not respond in any way, that you are either inept, or you have some ulterior motive of which you are functioning from.” Could it be that he has an ulterior motive and he’s inept?

Update: This morning I heard that Obama has now offered to meet with Perry to discuss the issues, as if it was his idea.