Mitchell: Why Does the White House Have Its 'Feet in Cement?'

MSNBC host asks how Obama didn't see border crisis coming

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell's exasperation with the Obama administration continued Thursday, asking reporter Peter Alexander why the White House had its "feet in cement" on the border crisis.

Alexander acknowledged the White House was being "stubborn" on the topic, although he added aides have told them their approach is about "problem-solving" rather than optics. Obama himself made the humorous claim that he's "not interested in photo ops" during a Wednesday press conference.

Mitchell then asked Bloomberg's Jeanne Cummings whether the administration had underestimated the political significance of the issue, accusing Obama of a reactive nature to every scandal and problem. Colleague Chuck Todd made a near-verbatim argument on Morning Joe Wednesday, and Cummings agreed with Mitchell's assessment.

"It seems as though they are always reacting to the VA, to this crisis, to that crisis, rather than anticipating that this was developing along the border," Mitchell said.

Wednesday, Mitchell asked Rep. Henry Cuellar (D., Texas), who has also been critical of the White House on this issue, how Obama could be photographed shooting pool and drinking beer in Colorado in the midst of the crisis.

Even left-wing afternoon Alex Wagner seemed frustrated while interviewing White House official Cecelia Munoz Tuesday, asking why Obama "refuses" to go to the actual site of the crisis.