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Dem. Congressman: ‘Floored Me’ to See Obama Shoot Pool Rather than Visit Border

At least one Democratic congressman is “very very upset” with the idea that President Obama was shooting pool in Denver with Colorado governor John Hickenlooper today rather than visiting the southwestern border.

“When I saw that, it just really floored me,” said Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas, who has been quite vocal in his criticism of the administration’s handling of the issue. “If he’s saying he’s too busy to go down to the border, but you have time to drink a beer, play pool, the optics and the appearance just mean he’s not paying attention to this humanitarian crisis.”

He said people living on border communities who are upset with the president’s attitude toward the situation — the president heads to Texas later on Wednesday for a fundraiser, but won’t be visiting the border while he’s in the state.

“He’s the president — he can decide not to go — but he really should go down there,” Cuellar said.

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