At 3:30 p.m. ET, President Obama, on his first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border as president, “Delivers a speech on importance of fixing the broken immigration system for our nation’s 21st century economic and security needs so that America can win the future [author's note: arrggghhh!] at Chamizal National Memorial” in El Paso, Texas, according to White House guidance. After pushing this campaign agenda, he then flies to Austin for a $1,000 per head DNC fundraiser on the Austin City Limits sound stage, followed by a DNC hobknob at a private residence. He flies out directly afterward. (Obama also held a fundraiser in Austin last summer.) “POTUS will apparently ignore viewing devastation caused by wildfires and extreme drought in favor of an Austin fundraiser, despite our entreaties,” Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) wrote on his Facebook page.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was also in Texas on Tuesday. He tweeted that he was visiting the Texas National Guard (yesterday he stopped in Atlanta to thank the Georgia National Guard; he also visited injured service members at Bethesda on Sunday). He then was going to speak and answer audience questions at a free event at the LBJ Library on his four-city tour that saw him mark Victory in Europe Day at the National World War II Memorial and took him to meet wounded troops, students, and civic groups to honor our service members and reinforce the importance of the NATO alliance.
Come back and visit our country anytime, Secretary General. Really.