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Texas Guv Spokesperson: Border Briefing Declined Because ‘We’re Living it Every Day’

By Doug Powers  •  May 11, 2011 01:54 PM

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Translation: We don’t need people who live 1500 miles away telling us what’s going on under our noses:

Gov. Rick Perry (who had plans with a friend today) wasn’t willing to travel all the way to El Paso to meet President Obama on the tarmac, his spokeswoman said after the White House noted the governor declined a meeting.

Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger said the governor asked whether he could instead meet the president on the Austin tarmac.

She said the White House nixed that idea and also refused a wildfire tour, saying the president’s schedule was too busy.

As for Perry declining a past National Security Council briefing on the border, the governor’s staff said that’s right on target.

”The last thing the governor needs is a briefing about what is happening on the border,” Cesinger said. “We know exactly what is happening. It’s not secure, and we need more federal resources. …. We’re living it every day. It’s in our backyard.”

What do Republicans want, a moat filled with alligators? In any case, by refusing to be briefed by the administration’s border security team, Rick Perry’s totally blowing his chance to meet Eva Longoria (update: or meet her again, I should say).

Speaking of President Obama’s visit to the border, the flag of a particular country provided a symbolic backdrop to his visit.

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