USA Today reporter Susan Page called Obama's decision not to visit the border during his trip to Texas "a Katrina moment."
Several other panelists on MSNBC's Daily Rundown expressed surprise that Obama has announced he will not visit the border, despite the growing crisis as migrant children flood the border.
"This is unacceptable to more than Republicans on immigration, the situation we have there," Page said. "And boy, is that going to anger some of his core constituents who have wanted him to do more on immigration, not less."
Carolyn Ryan of the New York Times argued that the "national funk that we're in" is "partly due to a sense that things aren't working," and suggested the border crisis adds to questions about the Obama adminsitraiton's competence.
"You can see that 30-second tv ad," Chuck Todd remarked. "You start with the health care rollout. You go to the VA. You go to Syria. You go to Iraq. And you can go to the border. And you can draw a straight line."