President Obama’s Incomplete Analogy

Last night when questioned about closing the border with Mexico President Obama responded in part:

“I’ve consulted with our public health officials extensively on a day-to-day basis, in some cases an hour-to-hour basis. At this point they have not recommended a border closing. From their perspective it would be akin to closing the barn door after the horses are out, because we already have cases here in the United States.”

This analogy accurately acknowledges that the Obama Administration failed to act to prevent a potential pandemic while it misleadingly suggests that the border could be closed. A full analogy of the situation might be “akin to closing the gate when the fence is not built“.


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