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Slain Border Agent's Family Gives Napolitano a Tongue Lashing: 'Empty Words


"I said you gotta wake your man up in the White House."

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano may have spoke at the funeral of slain border patrol agent Brian Terry, but her family is far from happy, honored, or impressed. According to news reports, some family members exchanged words with Napolitano over the administration's position on border security.

"'I said you gotta wake your man up in the White House,'" Brian's father Kent Terry told Arizona's KGUN-TV. "And she said, ‘He's done more in the last two years than any other president.'"

That wasn't good enough for Kent and other members of the family. "She spoke with us and they were empty words today when she spoke," said step-mom Carolyn Terry.

When the reporter asked "Why?" the family let loose:

"They had no meaning to them."

"She'll have Christmas."

"She'll forget about it tomorrow."

KGUN and reporter Joel Waldman confronted Napolitano about the family's accusations. She responded by characterizing them as the media trying pick a fight:

"They said the words you said to them yesterday in their opinion were hollow words.... What can you do to ensure that the border will be more secure?"

Napolitano answered, "Listen , I don't know who you spoke with --"

Waldman clarified: "I spoke with the mother and the stepmother and the father."

Napolitano continued, "Listen, we are here today, the commissioner is here and the chief and this is not a time for the media to pick a fight. It's time to remember a fallen agent."

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