For President Obama, standing up against deportation of 800,000-plus young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children with their parents was damn good politics.
Coming out a few days later and invoking executive privilege? Not so much.
For most of the non-Fox viewing portion of the American electorate, the gun-smuggling operation gone bad called Operation Fast and Furious was obviously a story, but for critics of President Obama it has seemed more like an obsession.
The operation was intended to flush out gun smugglers and track the movement of guns, but instead it allowed thousands of weapons to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Two such weapons were found at the murder scene of a U.S. border patrol agent killed in 2010.
Conservatives aren't keen on Attorney General Eric Holder, citing him for any number of perceived transgressions. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has raked Holder over the coals numerous times.
That Committee voted (on a partisan basis) to hold the attorney general in contempt because he would not hand over Department of Justice documents requested by the committee.
That was big enough news. And then the Obama White House made it even bigger by invoking executive privilege in refusing to release the documents, getting directly involved in the case.