NBC Laments: ‘With terrorism now part of debate, key Obama agenda item faces new questions’

Posted by on Apr 23, 2013 at 8:49 am

So what if they’re still burying victims in Boston? Can we just get back to how this all affects poor Obama?

Why, he’s almost a victim here.

With the defeat of gun control legislation in the Senate and prospects for a grand bargain on the budget an iffy prospect at best, President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda is facing an inflection point on another of his top priorities — immigration reform.

The carefully choreographed, broad bipartisan agreement by the Senate’s so-called “Gang of Eight” has been months in the making, and there are fresh concerns about its course forward in the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Boston.

Nothing like one terror attack and now another just averted to disrupt the “carefully choreographed” Obama agenda. Geez, maybe he can tie Newtown to Boston and trot out some of his props again. Where’s Gabby Giffords when you really need her?

The marathon bombings have at least partly refocused the debate on the risk of would-be terrorists entering the United States. On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on border security, with fresh questions being asked about who is allowed into the country and why.

Well, she can just blame Bush since those monsters arrived here as kids a decade ago.

Senate aides say privately that it’s too early to tell how the aftermath of the bombings will affect pending legislation on Capitol Hill.

There’s likely to be some focus on why the FBI didn’t more carefully track bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev after he returned from a trip to Russia.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called for hearings on the subject — but he said the problem could be with the law, not with the actions the FBI took.

White House spokesman Jay Carney emphasizes that the Obama administration supports immigration reform as it relates to strengthening America’s national security.

On Tuesday, Napolitano is likely to face some questions that she wouldn’t have fielded prior to the attacks which killed three people and injured more than 200.

Perhaps some day Obama and his crew can answer some questions about Benghazi. It’s been over eight months and we still haven’t gotten the truth from them.

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