NYT editorial: Obama should have acted sooner on the oil spill

posted at 2:29 pm on May 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

First Bill Maher wonders aloud why The One isn’t getting more crap about the spill, and now this. Why must these darned wingnuts forever find fault with our president?

Seriously, though, Bush would have been torn to shreds for reacting the same way and everyone, from the Times on down, knows it. (Maher, to his credit, explicitly acknowledged it.) I guess even lefty partisans can’t stomach a double standard that egregious. Grit those teeth, Times editor!

The company, BP, seems to have been slow to ask for help, and, on Friday, both federal and state officials accused it of not moving aggressively or swiftly enough. Yet the administration should not have waited, and should have intervened much more quickly on its own initiative…

Now we have another disaster in more or less the same neck of the woods [as Katrina], and it takes the administration more than a week to really get moving.

The timetable is damning. The blowout occurred on April 20. In short order, fire broke out on the rig, taking 11 lives, the rig collapsed and oil began leaking at a rate of 40,000 gallons a day. BP tried but failed to plug the well. Even so, BP appears to have remained confident that it could handle the situation with private resources (as did the administration) until Wednesday night, when, at a hastily called news conference, the Coast Guard quintupled its estimate of the leak to 5,000 barrels, or more than 200,000 gallons a day.

Only then did the administration move into high gear.

Doug Ross has an illustrated chronology of what The One did with his time over the past 10 days while up from the Gulf came a bubblin’ crude. In fact, so flat-footed was the White House caught by this disaster that today’s weekly YouTube message is devoted entirely to … campaign finance reform. Not a single word about the spill. Which means either they’re taping these things waaay earlier than they should be or they’re even more tone-deaf than we thought. But then, these are the people who spent eight months on health care in the middle of a national unemployment crisis.

Obama’s heading to the gulf (finally) tomorrow morning; let’s hope he’s not too tired after tonight’s Enchantment Under the Sea dance with the Washington glitterati. Meanwhile, since the Times and Maher were fair-minded enough to knock him for dragging his feet, let me repay the kindness by debunking a few rumors alleging left-wing foul play in the oil spill. First, per Tom Maguire, the “SWAT teams” being sent to the Gulf aren’t police; “SWAT team” is apparently a term of art used to describe mineral inspectors who are checking blow-out preventers on rigs across the region. And second, no, the explosion on the rig wasn’t caused by some sort of eco-terrorism. Listen to this interview by Mark Levin of an eyewitness who was on the platform when the thing ignited. The guy called in for the express purpose of putting the rumors of a bomb to rest.

I’ll leave you with a clip of Krauthammer from last night’s “Special Report” echoing the point I made yesterday. The worse this thing gets, the more fatal it is to “drill, baby, drill.” Politics is politics. Click the image to watch.


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Folks, it could take two months to plug this hole.

Obama getting his picture taken wearing boots and gloves holding an oily bird will not make it happen any faster.

Skandia Recluse on May 1, 2010 at 2:44 PM

My suggested NYT editorial title:

Heck of a Job, Bamy

Drained Brain on May 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM

The worse this thing gets, the more fatal it is to “drill, baby, drill.” Politics is politics.

And economics is economics. The far left will attempt to use this for political gain, but they risk a backlash because A) Obama already publicly endorsed an expansion of offshore drilling a month ago and B) gas prices are steadily rising back toward the $4/gallon tipping point.

Doughboy on May 1, 2010 at 2:46 PM

they’re even more tone-deaf than we thought.

indeed

cmsinaz on May 1, 2010 at 2:46 PM

Heck of a Job, Bamy

Drained Brain on May 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM

+1

cmsinaz on May 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

This is their MO, they’re doing it to the Central Valley as we speak. They don’t need to make a crisis, just let it fester til your political foes knuckle under. Forget all the “inside job” BS, it’s a war of attrition- plain and simple.

abobo on May 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

How about “Drill here, drill now” with an emphasis on land-based drilling? I’m assuming that any spills, etc. involving land wells are much easier to contain.

Rumor has it Alaska might have some oil …

BuzzCrutcher on May 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Why?

If they act before it’s a crises, then they can’t demonize, demagogue and bloviate.

catmman on May 1, 2010 at 2:47 PM

from my view, it looked like dear leader sent the doj before anyone else in the admin, why?….am i wrong?

cmsinaz on May 1, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Criticism of Teh Won by NYT editors is just a lame attempt to be “even-handed” when it’s been so obvious for so long that they are biased in favor of Øbummer, liberals, and Democrats (the party of slavery).
.
It won’t work.

ExpressoBold on May 1, 2010 at 2:49 PM

How about “Drill here, drill now” with an emphasis on land-based drilling?

There are huge oil feilds in the Gulf and Artic oceans

China is after the one in the Gulf and Russia and Europe is after the one in the artic.

America is voting Not Present in both those cases.

William Amos on May 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Also, don’t doubt their desire for high energy costs. It would give them all the reason in the world to cozy up to Chavez and let Iran slide. Prices above $4 on a national basis would make their bullsh** energy schemes cost competitive as well, building a “market” case for their green bills.

abobo on May 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

By “acting sooner” the Times doubtless means he should have immediately permanently banned offshore drilling and nationalized the petroleum industry.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on May 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

weekly address–it’s all about the o

campaign finance reform affects dear leader, oil spill not so much in his eyes…

cmsinaz on May 1, 2010 at 2:51 PM

He doesn’t have time today to visit the Gulf Coast. He had the U of Michigan this morning and an appointment to be adored this evening.

kingsjester on May 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Notice that Bambi won’t miss that dinner. Lord forbid he shuld miss the chance to preen infront of the press.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Bruno told us all that they did everything that could be done.

jukin on May 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Notice that Bambi won’t miss that dinner. Lord forbid he shuld miss the chance to preen infront of the press.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM

and if W did this….holy cow…

cmsinaz on May 1, 2010 at 2:53 PM

He was trying to figure out if he can get in 18 holes before he had to deal with this oil mess.
L

letget on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Why is the President of the United States required to do anything in a situation like this anyway? Wouldn’t it be more efficient for the governors of the coastal states to move into action?

Inanemergencydial on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM

It took Obama extra time to identify someone expendable to take the blame for his own inaction.

But now he’s ordered the military to stop the spill…so now he’s got both a scapegoat and a reason to further degrade our military.

The “SWAT Team” of lawyers Obama’s dispatched may be useful to stuff the leaking pipe…or, if you tie them all together…as an auxiliary boom to float around the spill.

Next Obama will probably order the INS to stop the oil from crossing our southern border…which will give him an excuse to further degrade the INS.

landlines on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Is NYT the only one decrying Barry’s Katrina?

bayview on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM

He doesn’t have time today to visit the Gulf Coast. He had the U of Michigan this morning and an appointment to be adored this evening.

kingsjester on May 1, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Wonder if he’s gonna stop and dig some of the sounds at JazzFest in New Orleans after his trip to the Gulf? Sunday’s the last day.

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Inanemergencydial on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM

don’t go there….w got blamed for a lot of unneccessary things during katrina, most of that blame should have fallen on nagin and blanco, but you didn’t hear that during the days that followed

cmsinaz on May 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM

NY Times is saying Obama acted stupidly ?

Beer Summit !

William Amos on May 1, 2010 at 2:57 PM

BP under the bus in 5….4….3…

PappyD61 on May 1, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Why is the President of the United States required to do anything in a situation like this anyway? Wouldn’t it be more efficient for the governors of the coastal states to move into action?

Inanemergencydial on May 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Well, they work together, supposedly. Before Katrina, for example, LA Governor Mee-Maw called Chimpy to ask him to declare a State of Emergency, which he promptly did. Of course, after the Frank Rich hit the fan in N’Orleans, that fact vanished down the rabbit hole.

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

The worse this thing gets, the more fatal it is to “drill, baby, drill.” Politics is politics. Click the image to watch.

True. However, our guys need to keep the rhetoric up. Don’t back down. One of the ways the Left is able to move narratives so quickly (besides the help of the MSM) is by continuing the same rhetoric regardless of failure or success. Examples: Holder says we are a nation of cowards after that nation votes in the first black President; Dems in congress still cry out against a “lack of regulation” in the financial market when in fact it’s heavily regulated. And when those regulations helped cause the housing crisis (CRA), they still clamor for more regulation. So let’s still shout “Drill baby drill!” Soon the economic realities will be such that the slogan will match a renewed desire to drill, and we won’t be caught flat footed. Drill baby drill! Actually, I think we need to modify that slogan by incorporating that we don’t want the government to drill but private industry. Something tells me we’ll need to make that distinction in the future.

Weight of Glory on May 1, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Yet the administration should not have waited, and should have intervened much more quickly on its own initiative…

“There. We said it. And we will never speak of it again.”

RadClown on May 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM

BP

Inanemergencydial on May 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM

AP and Krauthammer aren’t giving Americans enough credit, IMO. We know accidents happen, it sucks, and this one does suck; however, we also know that we need to have energy independence; and that won’t happen without drilling for more oil, inland or off shore. Also, wait until gas gets up to about 4-5 per gallon. There’s only so much people will take.

deidre on May 1, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Never let it be said that I’m a defender of the Obamai. But in fairness, we have to ask what the federal government, or any other government, should have gotten in high gear to do, either prior to now or now itself, in all its fierce urgency.

The industry is the entity with the means to deal with the physical problem. No level of government commands or operates such means. Yes, the government has submersibles, but they don’t have the hydraulic or lift power to shut the valve that BP has been unable to shut with its remotely-operated undersea vehicles. The incredible pressure preventing closure of that valve is almost certainly beyond the capability of anything the US Navy can put on the problem.

From what I’ve seen, the only way to slow the oil leak, other than letting time take care of it, is to lessen its pressure by drilling “relief” holes elsewhere. I don’t know that there has been any way to do that early enough to avert the shoreward approach of the leak. The Coast Guard, Navy, and BP’s contractors have been doing what they can to push the oil back, and I don’t think any sensible person would imagine that if only Obama had taken his suit jacket off earlier, and looked more frazzled while a bunch of federal civilians ran around making a lot of noise, it would somehow have been possible to do more than is being done.

If that’s a bad assessment, may we learn about what Obama’s FEMA could have been doing by sober and judicious means, and not through a hysterical witch hunt.

J.E. Dyer on May 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Nonsense. He needed the spill to be as large and uncontained as possible, the better to make his case for cap and trade.

Missy on May 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

America is voting Not Present in both those cases.

William Amos on May 1, 2010 at 2:50 PM

The more time America votes “not present” the sooner that will be the truth.

thomasaur on May 1, 2010 at 3:04 PM

I posted this info toward the end of the Palin thread, but it might get more readers here:

Below is a fairly technical and dispassionate analysis re the Gulf deepwater well accident and the safety features of the site. It includes diagrams and photos.

http://www.saltycajun.com/forum/showthread.php?p=145198

onlineanalyst on May 1, 2010 at 3:06 PM

How do you clean up an oil spill?

Inanemergencydial on May 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM

WASHINGTON – A historic environmental protection bill is in danger after a massive oil spill put a new focus on the perils of offshore drilling, a feature that was supposed to win wider support for the legislation.

The bill, supported by President Barack Obama, calls for new offshore drilling — a concession by environmentalists. But with the tragedy off the Gulf Coast growing daily, even conservationists who have waited a decade for the legislation are now saying it will fail if offshore drilling remains in the bill.

artist on May 1, 2010 at 3:11 PM

The radio clip was riveting.

Sure BP is at fault but how the F*** can government inspectors give them safety awards when they have an intrinsic fault in the rig?? This like like the government giving the gasoline-powered alarm clock an Energy Star rating!

Let the free market run itself.

PattyJ on May 1, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Maxine Waters is rubbing her hands together gleefully in anticipation of nationalizing the oil industry.

onlineanalyst on May 1, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Heckuva GLOB Berri

macncheez on May 1, 2010 at 3:19 PM

About a week after this happened I was amazed the feds hadn’t at least gone down there to assess the damages for themselves and offer up whatever assistance they could, ESPECIALLY due to the fact it was Louisiana the oil was heading for. Good Lord, Mr. President deserves every ounce of criticism coming his way over what could turn out to be years of cleanup efforts.

Go lavish yourself in a grand manner Mr. President…don’t let the livelihoods of a few fisherman spoil your party. I expect they’ll love to see pics of you living it up while they wonder how they’ll survive this catastrophe.

scalleywag on May 1, 2010 at 3:19 PM

This story is more about the media’s reaction and less about Obama’s.

Bush took a beating over Katrina which was unfair. If Obama starts taking a beating over this, it will also be unfair.

The only story will be if the media is caught in it’s manipulations.

ButterflyDragon on May 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM

We quite often do risky things in life because the alternative is worse. Example: In the next ten years between 2-3000 people will die in airplane crashes (probably two or three major ones in the United States alone). And this is a conservative estimate. Yet the benefits accrued from flying far outweigh the lives, liability lawsuits and property damage which would be saved from a flying ban.

The same can be said for oil wells-be they offshore or otherwise. Of course we should take preventative measure, apply safeguards and study failures but we all know that where technology is concerned there will occasionally be an oil spill caused by explosion or some other reason we haven’t even thought of yet-be it due to machinery failure or human error-or even sabotage. Failure to explore and dig for oil in a competitive world will condemn us eventually to economic slavery.

MaiDee on May 1, 2010 at 3:21 PM

scalleywag,
This bho does not care about any American’s livelihood but the select few around him and whose who can see to it he gets what he wants to crater our Republic.
L

letget on May 1, 2010 at 3:22 PM

J.E. Dyer on May 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Actually, they could have done more. More than Bush could have done for Katrina efforts.

The scope and reaction of the government is pretty much identical in terms of the scale of the problems. Katrina resulted in a large number of human deaths, the only difference here so far. Nothing Bush could have done would have prevented any of those deaths. But there is plenty Obama can do to prevent a large scale ecological disaster from washing up on the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

I await the calls for hearings on Capitol Hill regarding the government response to this incident. I personally don’t think Obama should get a beating over this any more than I thought Bush should have got it over Katrina.

But the media will deserve a beating if they don’t hold the government to the same standards as they did when Bush was in office.

ButterflyDragon on May 1, 2010 at 3:30 PM

It’s called a natonal crisii. The governors have been on it for 10 days. Unlike Bambi.

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Obama’s heading to the gulf (finally)

Heh, will he be taking Vera Baker with him this trip?

petefrt on May 1, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Wilbur and Orville Wright didn’t give up and neither do the rest of Americans. Obama come early or come lately doesn’t matter to me but his excessive reliance on more government intrusion into everything only exacerbates the tragedy.

fourdeucer on May 1, 2010 at 3:34 PM

The worse this thing gets, the more fatal it is to “drill, baby, drill.” Politics is politics. Click the image to watch.

And fuel prices are fuel prices. When people who are already pinched black and blue have to start paying $4/gallon again, we’ll see “fatal”.

ddrintn on May 1, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Dry land drilling,shale oils,
“Nuk lear”
,and last but not least find the solution to the blowout valve and have a dome ready to drop on top of wells pre positioned!

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 1, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The Big Dummy didn’t even have a Governor or a Mayor to get in his way. AND, while this disaster shouldn’t have any real effect on oil supplies I anticipate someone using it as an excuse to jump the price of oil.

LarryG on May 1, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Though Maher did make sense (for once in his “career”), I think his overall message is that he is pissed Obama allows offshore drilling.

Ian on May 1, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Shutup Kraut.We need to be drilling anywhere we can.

ohiobabe on May 1, 2010 at 3:47 PM

My NYT headline:

Greasy Pol To Observe Gulf Goo

Obama’s Katrina sounds like a dance.

Something like the Macarena.

profitsbeard on May 1, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Perfect timing to keep the news off the Obama/Baker luv affair.
(Obama has reportedly called in Bill Clinton, Tiger Woods and John Edwards to be his political personal advisors on this current development….)

Meanwhile, Michelle was overheard commenting to Barack, “When they were saying ‘Drill Baby Drill’ they didn’t mean that Baker b—–, Barry!”

albill on May 1, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Meanwhile, Michelle was overheard commenting to Barack, “When they were saying ‘Drill Baby Drill’ they didn’t mean that Baker b—–, Barry!”

albill on May 1, 2010 at 3:55 PM

You owe me a free monitor clean and 1 depends.O)

katy the mean old lady on May 1, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Just a little reminder:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)Mission:

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

But first they have recognize a disaster when they see it.

SlaveDog on May 1, 2010 at 4:01 PM

But first they have recognize a disaster when they see it.

SlaveDog on May 1, 2010 at 4:01 PM

The NRT has been on top of this from the very beginning because of Coast Guard involvement in battling the fire. The NRT has been monitoring every little thing about this and to claim ignorance is ludicrous.

The whole purpose of the National Response Team’s existence is to manage the government’s response to incidents like this. If they allowed it to be managed by BP (via proxy) then that is a major problem. A problem that outweighs any government failure that occurred during Katrina.

ButterflyDragon on May 1, 2010 at 4:24 PM

San Fransisco Bay would be a perfect place for some oil rigs.

RustBelt on May 1, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Obama should have acted sooner on the oil spill

heck yea. i mean he can turn back waves and has the power to blow the wind doesn’t he? that’s what the lame media has been saying since 2008….

jbh45 on May 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Looks like Hawking was right!! It’s the 2010 version of the The Invasion of Body Snatchers and Maher is the first victim. Next in line is Chris Matthews…

I hear they are taking over the weakest minds first and are sharing whats left with the Lizard people.

AnthonyK on May 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Obama wants this crisis to worsen. He wants Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama to ask for federal monies and assistance. He wants more pictures of oil-soaked birds so that people who vote on emotion can be swayed against the oil industry.

Those are the only conclusions that I can draw until he actually does/says anything.

darclon on May 1, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Isn’t it obvious? ‘OBAMA HATES BLACK PEOPLE’. He wants the oil to wipeout NO.

Also: this is Obama’s pretext to declare martial law, activate his private Brownshirt Army and suspend elections in November blah, blah. No really, the CIA blew the well. The guy on Levin was a ‘spook’ (CIA agent- That’s a ‘Double Naught’ to us Southerners) giving disinformation. The FBI has the evidence etc, etc.

JimP on May 1, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Come on, now, give the Messiah a break. Central Planning doesn’t turn on a dime and refocus that quickly from destroying the economy to doing something to save it.

n0doz on May 1, 2010 at 5:04 PM

I don’t think any sensible person would imagine that if only Obama had taken his suit jacket off earlier, and looked more frazzled while a bunch of federal civilians ran around making a lot of noise, it would somehow have been possible to do more than is being done..

J.E. Dyer on May 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Yes, I think you’re right about this. This is as absurd as what Bush got irrationally slammed for.

But I wonder if, at least in President Obama’s case, the NYT editors’ coordinates might only be slightly off about where his looming political dark clouds might be gathering. While the shadow of Katrina might not be hanging over President Obama on the Gulf of Mexico, it certainly could be hanging over him further west on Arizona’s border with Mexico.

In fact, I’m beginning to suspect that his arrogantly tone-deaf, heckuvajob inaction in securing protection for the citizens there against violence committed by foreigners who’ve been granted unimpeded admittance to this country by his administration will ultimately turn out to be much more damaging to him politically, even among democratic voters in states far removed from Arizona, than whether or not he coptered down to the gulf in a timely manner for a quickie photo-op to document his furrowed brow about an oil spill there.

The spreading carnage in Arizona, and his administration’s callous indifference to the desperation of the people in that state who are only trying to protect themselves because he won’t, are beginning to resonate in a way with the wider public in a way that could really hurt him – and his party – politically.

But some slicks in the swamps? I agree with ya, I just don’t see it creating as much anger.

leilani on May 1, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Never let it be said that I’m a defender of the Obamai. But in fairness, we have to ask what the federal government, or any other government, should have gotten in high gear to do, either prior to now or now itself, in all its fierce urgency.

J.E. Dyer on May 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Well, it wasn’t until day 10 that Napolitano announced that the military would use aircraft to drop chemicals on the oil to break it up. That could have been done on day 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6 or…..

JohnInCA on May 1, 2010 at 5:08 PM

“Never let a crisis go to waste.”

My predictions:
1. Dept of Homeland Security will receive a generous bump in funding to create assets ready to deploy in the event of future “man-made disasters”
2. Large no-bid contracts will be signed for studies into how to handle oil spills in the future
3. A new job training program will be created to prepare new workers to addresses oil spills and other “eco-disasters”
4. Homeland Security will be given provisional control over DoD resources to address “eco-disasters”
5. Future off shore leases and new off shore drilling will be halted until new federal safety and environmental control studies are done. Estimated timeline – 5 years.
6. $50B of Federal disaster recovery grants will be given to businesses within 200 miles of the gulf coast from LA to FL. Preference will be given to minority owned businesses and minority individual applicants.
7. It is Bush’s fault for lax controls on the oil industry
8. Congressional hearings will be called and new regulations and taxes will be implemented.
9. Did I mention that it is Bush and the Republican’s fault – heck, it is an election year
10. Hearings will be convened to look into Republican fund raising within the oil industry. At least one Republican Congressman will resign.

I’m just sayin’

in_awe on May 1, 2010 at 5:22 PM

I didn’t realize having an accident alleviates our need to have energy. Who knew? Offshore drilling is mandatory, it is done all over the world and will continue to be done. We we need to do it here as we depend on oil for our very lives. There are no alternatives at this time and won’t be for decades. The only thing deadlier than oil spills is a lack of oil.

echosyst on May 1, 2010 at 5:31 PM

What some one needs to do is find all the reports that was filed about Bush and Katrina and change the name to BO and Katrina to oil spill and re-post them under the same bylines.
If the reporters say anything, tell them you were just helping them out.

BruceB on May 1, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Obama’s heading to the gulf Golf (finally) (Again)

Fixed

William Amos on May 1, 2010 at 5:36 PM

The worse this thing gets, the more fatal it is to “drill, baby, drill.”

Could it be that the response being slow is a feature, not a bug? Our Blessed Obama has most of the press pretty well house-trained and knew they wouldn’t give him nearly as much grief as Bush got.

JimC on May 1, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Instead of buckets Obama sent Justice dept. lawyers from the environmental division, while also fiddling with how much, er little, Americans should be happy earning…

Mr. Utopia is a Fool.

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2010 at 5:58 PM

He also sent his secretaries…in baseball caps, mind you.

Next, we’ll see Meeeechelll helping to clean birds, or vegetables, or something…

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2010 at 5:59 PM

He also sent his “environmental advisor” whoever the he*l that half male/female general is…

Schadenfreude on May 1, 2010 at 6:00 PM

J.E. Dyer on May 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Normally I would agree with you.

But the political Party Dear Leader belongs to engaged in a totally unethical propaganda campaign after Hurricane Katrina by enlisting their kneepads in the national media to dishonestly shift the blame for their own failures onto somebody they still were convinced had stolen the 2000 Presidential election.

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Our Blessed Obama has most of the press pretty well house-trained and knew they wouldn’t give him nearly as much grief as Bush got.

JimC on May 1, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Goebbels would be proud of them.

Del Dolemonte on May 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM

And second, no, the explosion on the rig wasn’t caused by some sort of eco-terrorism. Listen to this interview by Mark Levin of an eyewitness who was on the platform when the thing ignited. The guy called in for the express purpose of putting the rumors of a bomb to rest.

ok, cool ap. thanks for that info. chalk that off the list.

bomb

ted c on May 1, 2010 at 6:42 PM

AnthonyK on May 1, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Chris Matthews is probably crushed that The One may have dallied with another as the Enquirer is reporting.

I’ll bet that he will look depressed and tired tonight.

Heartbreak

Multiply unemployment percentage as a whole number (9.8?) times cost per gallon of gas ($5?) times the number of years since Dear Leader’s election for the midterms (2) and you have how many house seats the Republicans can gain.

IlikedAUH2O on May 1, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Obama’s Responce causes new question

CS Monitor “Why is the US military being asked to fight oil spills ?”

William Amos on May 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Because the US military is the only branch of government that can actually get anything done any more?

It’s the same reason the US military had to take over after Katrina.

funky chicken on May 1, 2010 at 7:08 PM

The spreading carnage in Arizona, and his administration’s callous indifference to the desperation of the people in that state who are only trying to protect themselves because he won’t, are beginning to resonate in a way with the wider public in a way that could really hurt him – and his party – politically.

But some slicks in the swamps? I agree with ya, I just don’t see it creating as much anger.

leilani on May 1, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I’d guess people will remember that the GOP under GW Bush wasn’t exactly eager to control the border either.

funky chicken on May 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Obama and his ilk have their noses in too many places they do not belong and not in places they do belong. He needs to pay attention to the Constitution, get the hell out of GM, Chrysler, Goldman and protect the shores and borders of this country…that is his job. And it doesn’t take any constitutional scholar to understand that.

Wade on May 1, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I’d guess people will remember that the GOP under GW Bush wasn’t exactly eager to control the border either.

funky chicken on May 1, 2010 at 7:15 PM

Seeing the thread has nothing to do with your post your point concerning Omaba and the oil spoil is ?

Wade on May 1, 2010 at 8:20 PM

CS Monitor “Why is the US military being asked to fight oil spills ?”

Because the Constitution says so.

Wade on May 1, 2010 at 8:27 PM

Never let it be said that I’m a defender of the Obamai. But in fairness, we have to ask what the federal government, or any other government, should have gotten in high gear to do, either prior to now or now itself, in all its fierce urgency.

J.E. Dyer on May 1, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Skimmers and dispersants are not something new. They were used during the Exxon Valdez accident. In fact, the industry and government learned quite a bit from that accident.

There are also private companies that specialize in this type of thing. Of course, I doubt any one company could handle such an enormous task as this spill, but nothing stops them from getting more than one company involved.

The decision to start burning the oil off could have been made sooner as well.

To be fair though, the problem I see is the government allowing BP to determine the scope of the problem when any mistake they make can have drastic results on the ecology and economy in the area.

Let the government begin cleanup and charge BP for it’s services. Now they’re behind the curve because they allowed BP to make the decisions early on.

ButterflyDragon on May 1, 2010 at 8:32 PM

There’s a difference between a hurricane, for which Mother Nature is responsible, and an oil leak, for which BP (or another private company) is responsible. Federal and state governments shouldn’t be expected to jump in when a private company is spending loads of money trying to fix the problem. That’s different than a situation where, in effect, no one’s at fault.

Jimbo3 on May 1, 2010 at 11:21 PM

There’s a difference between a hurricane, for which Mother Nature is responsible, and an oil leak, for which BP (or another private company) is responsible. Federal and state governments shouldn’t be expected to jump in when a private company is spending loads of money trying to fix the problem. That’s different than a situation where, in effect, no one’s at fault.

Jimbo3 on May 1, 2010 at 11:21 PM

For the sake of consistency, I’m assuming you’re against government regulation of the private market?

ButterflyDragon on May 1, 2010 at 11:26 PM

There’s a difference between a hurricane, for which Mother Nature is responsible, and an oil leak, for which BP (or another private company) is responsible. Federal and state governments shouldn’t be expected to jump in when a private company is spending loads of money trying to fix the problem. That’s different than a situation where, in effect, no one’s at fault.

Jimbo3 on May 1, 2010 at 11:21 PM
For the sake of consistency, I’m assuming you’re against government regulation of the private market?

ButterflyDragon on May 1, 2010 at 11:26 PM

–To me, that’s irrelevant at this point. Government and the Red Cross step in when there are hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, etc. (natural disasters). Few people would expect the government to step in when a refinery has a partial blow up, because that’s the responsibility of the company that owns the refinery. I consider oil rigs like refineries–the point is there is already a person who is primarily liable to fix the problem.

Jimbo3 on May 1, 2010 at 11:33 PM

–To me, that’s irrelevant at this point. Government and the Red Cross step in when there are hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, etc. (natural disasters). Few people would expect the government to step in when a refinery has a partial blow up, because that’s the responsibility of the company that owns the refinery. I consider oil rigs like refineries–the point is there is already a person who is primarily liable to fix the problem.

Jimbo3 on May 1, 2010 at 11:33 PM

That is exactly the point. It’s the exact same thing.

You really think the government should abrogate it’s primary responsibility of caring for it’s citizens and their livelihood because it’s a private businesses responsibility to clean up a disaster? Really?

Wouldn’t it actually be each private citizens responsibility to clean up their privately owned property if using the same standards for a natural disaster?

And if man-made disasters are an exception to government involvement, why send anyone out there to start with? Why not just keep everyone in DC and say it’s up to the business to take care of the problem? Where is the line that determines when the government does get involved? When it’s politically convenient for you? When the oil spill is 2 miles from shore? 1 mile? Washed up on the shore?

ButterflyDragon on May 1, 2010 at 11:47 PM

The Bamster better stop his dithering and do something about that oil spill or Haiti may tip over and capsize into the ocean.

petefrt on May 2, 2010 at 7:59 AM

In a press conference to be held this Sunday afternoon, it is reported that President Obama will say to Secretary Janet Napolitano: You’ve done a good job there Nappy.

Special Forces Grunt on May 2, 2010 at 8:30 AM

If the enviroloonies didn’t have such an iron grop on energy policy, we could have already sucked that damn well dry.

Inanemergencydial on May 2, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I think it is unfortunate that the media is starting to “Katrina-ize” Obama over his response to the BP spill. Like Bush, Obama responded according to the best information available. And like with Katrina, there was certainly nothing published in the NY Times that indicated the disaster would grow to be as devasting as it would become.

Of course the MSM won’t hit Obama the way they hit Bush, and there won’t be celebrities going on TV saying Obama doesn’t care for this type of person or that type of person, but so far I don’t see a convincing case being made that Obama should have reacted faster or, if he had, it would have made any substantial difference.

DarkKnight3565 on May 2, 2010 at 1:57 PM