Obama schedules awesome oil spill photo op in the gulf for Friday

posted at 4:45 pm on May 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Message: I care.

President Obama will travel back to the Gulf Coast this week — his second trip in a month — to assess firsthand the growing environmental damage from the spreading oil spill, White House officials said.

Mr. Obama will travel to Louisiana from Chicago, where he will be spending Memorial Day weekend, on Friday for a day trip, the officials said. As the oil spill enters its second month unabated, the administration is coming under increased criticism for its oversight of the oil leak.

Yeah, today actually ended up being an odd day for Byron York to run his piece on how Obama stonewalls the media because he knows they’re in his pocket. I’ve made that point before myself, but there’s a caveat to it: If the left turns on Obama, it’ll reassure the press that tougher coverage isn’t some betrayal of the Cause. And they are, in fact, turning on him over the spill:

The trouble began last week when Democratic stalwarts Chris Matthews and James Carville separately criticized Obama’s response, or lack thereof. Over the weekend both Donna Brazile and Cokie Roberts jumped on the bandwagon and last night all three networks ran with the story. ABC News was particularly focused on how the anger in LA appears “to be reserved for the government” noting that they’d seen a pickup truck bearing a sign reading ‘BP + The Feds = Another Katrina.’ Even HuffPo’s Senior Washington Correspondent Dan Froomkin noted yesterday that “the Katrina analogy isn’t completely off” and when you’ve lost HuffPo…well it’s not good.

Lefty political consultant Peter Daou laid into him last night at HuffPo too. Which may help explain why we’re suddenly seeing gratuitously cringeworthy anecdotes like this in reports on the spill:

Since the oil rig exploded, the White House has tried to project a posture that is unflappable and in command.

But to those tasked with keeping the president apprised of the disaster, Obama’s clenched jaw is becoming an increasingly familiar sight. During one of those sessions in the Oval Office the first week after the spill, a president who rarely vents his frustration cut his aides short, according to one who was there.

“Plug the damn hole,” Obama told them.

The hole continues to spew, however, in quantities now thought to be three to five times the 5,000 barrels a day originally estimated.

If Bush had uttered something as mindlessly self-evident as “plug the damn hole” during crisis management, there’d already be t-shirts on sale on lefty blogs with that phrase emblazoned over a picture of him looking like a baboon. What’s doubly bad for The One right now, of course, is that spill anxiety is reaching a crescendo just as the story of the White House trying to bribe Sestak to drop out of the race is taking off again. The left’s grudgingly turning on him over that too, first with Tim Kaine admitting over the weekend that, yeah, maybe the White House should come clean and today with Dick Durbin(!) piling on. Marc Ambinder on how the two narratives mesh:

One [the Sestak story] furthers the knife in the “open, honest, transparent” theme that has been on life support since health care, and the other [the spill] furthers the knife in the “neither big government nor small government but efficient government” theme that has been on life support since the stimulus. The administration will need to fight these two issues immediately, consistently, and relentlessly.

The irony? One of their big messages for November is to point to health care and financial reform and say “See? Democrats can govern!” And now voters are going to point to the spill and say … no, you really can’t. I wonder what message they’ll fall back on. Click the image to watch.


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All you need to know is how often GWB traveled to NO and how often Obama didn’t travel to the Gulf, nor to the recent floods.

He can plug his big damn hole.

Hot air is indignant. This is a charlatan.

Schadenfreude on May 26, 2010 at 12:47 AM

BO taking a Memorial Day vacation in Chicago…Will skip Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington Nat’l Cemetery..no placing wreith at the tomb of the unknown soldier…?

Badbrucskie on May 26, 2010 at 1:21 AM

Is this viable?

http://www.wimp.com/solutionoil“>

Republican Yogi on May 26, 2010 at 6:35 AM

Plenty of tarred feathers available.

maverick muse on May 26, 2010 at 8:08 AM

Obama’s Hole.

Obama didn’t travel to the Gulf, nor to the recent floods.

Having ordered the biggest offensive for HIS Afghan War, Obama won’t commemorate Memorial Day for fallen American veterans.

Who the hell goes to Chicago during the summer, OR WINTER, for a “vacation”? The devil himself would. There must be loose threads requiring his personal touch to knot. Rod Blagojevich’s behind closed doors lynching mock trial arrangements?

maverick muse on May 26, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Schadenfreude on May 26, 2010 at 12:47 AM

So are we allowed to officially call this “Obama’s Katrina” yet?

And if not…why the hell not?

Cylor on May 26, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Republican Yogi on May 26, 2010 at 6:35 AM

Wow. Way to go. The genius of the American people is amazing.

The volume of the problem would be increased but the appraoch is really intersting.

IlikedAUH2O on May 26, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Obama is employing the only strategy he has:

Run around and look busy until the problem gets fixed, then take credit.

cntrlfrk on May 26, 2010 at 8:46 AM

I wonder what message they’ll fall back on.

Fallback message:

Vote Democrat or else you are a mean ignorant clingy bitter poopy pants! Oh yeah, and you’re a …. RAAAAAAAAAACIST!!!

bitsy on May 26, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Message: I care.

= taqqiyah.

Lourdes on May 26, 2010 at 10:15 AM

While he’s down there, maybe he can poop rainbows and Skittles into the hole to plug it.

Abby Adams on May 25, 2010 at 4:51 PM

—————————————————-
maybe he can poop Audacity rainbows and Magic Skittles into the hole to plug it
—————————————————-

…fixed it for ya’.

Lourdes on May 26, 2010 at 10:18 AM

I have a great idea. We lump together a crate containing copies of the stimulus legislation, health care reform, and the current tax code, along with cap-and-trade and the new 2010-2011 “Not the Simulus Act” and drop it on top of the hole. That should do it!

Nethicus on May 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM

You might well stop the leak, but then you’ll have to deal with the tsunami that will result with displacing that much seawater with a huge pile of Congressional offal.

VelvetElvis on May 26, 2010 at 10:41 AM

Obama has yet to visit Tennessee since the flooding on May 2nd. One-half of the state was delcared a disaster; he has never even spoken publicly about the floods that have caused an estimated $1.5 Billion to Nashville area alone. West Tn was hit with record flooding surpassing the 1937 flood. Obama played golf… Held a fundraiser on Wall Street… Had a date-nite…

TN Mom on May 25, 2010 at 10:49 PM

I’m sure he’ll fly over Nashville on his way to the Gulf. Heckuva job, Barry.

ricetiger on May 26, 2010 at 10:44 AM

“Plug the damn_______________ hole,” Obama told them.

a. my
b. Barney Fwank’s
c. Axelrod’s
d. Biden’s
e. Pelosi’s
f. Reid’s
g. somebody else’s

NoFanofLibs on May 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM

“Plug the damn_______________ hole,” Obama told them.

When I first saw Drudge’s headline last night, my first impression was that it said:

“Plug my damn piehole.”

Seriously, that’s what I thought was written there.

THEN I read the headline…

Lourdes on May 26, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Obama schedules awesome oil spill photo op in the gulf for Friday

Because ineffectual is easy, but to work at cross-purposes takes preparation.

Doorgunner on May 26, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Why stop the leak. What is it anyway, a weak link in the pipe.

Now, let’s attach another, stronger pipe, around the leak and channel it to the surface for loading onto oil tankers for transport for proper refining.

Once the flow is re channeled, then work with mother nature to clean it up.

MSGTAS on May 26, 2010 at 11:24 AM

One Trick Pony Fail!

ronsfi on May 25, 2010 at 4:55 PM

BHO has turned into an “Oily Pony”.

kiakjones on May 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Btw.. I haven’t seen anyone answer this question… but why is the Obama administration sending the “Department of Justice” to the oil spill location? What the “you-know-what’ are they supposed to be doing there, and how does it help La/MS/AL/FL?

DaSaintFan on May 26, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Plug that d@mn hole. Yes We Can!

Remember? Yes We Can! Yes We Can! Yes We Can!

Hey, where is everybody?

Steve Z on May 26, 2010 at 2:43 PM

What a Doddering old fool. No wonder Dhims thought they were upgrading with Blumenthal.

Archimedes on May 26, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Is this viable?

http://www.wimp.com/solutionoil“>

Republican Yogi on May 26, 2010 at 6:35 AM

Yeah , I saw that yesterday, it certainly looks viable.

Archimedes on May 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Obowma: “Take the damn photo. I gotta go play some golf”.

dthorny on May 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Obowma’s crude remarks: “Plug the damn hole”?

Offered by “The smartest man on the planet”?

Maybe time to say that to the next federal budget, Obowma?

dthorny on May 26, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Maybe serve him some nice oily fish for lunch.

johnnyU on May 27, 2010 at 5:56 AM

What a genius!

Obama said for all the world to hear that his Government was directing BP’s actions. So, when they’re all in court many years from now, and BP’s international expert witnesses testify that Government direction made things worse, how much will that cost us?

olesparkie on May 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

The Incompetent, Inept and bootlicking Left-wing media is starting to wake up but still has a long way to go. Has anyone noticed besides me, that we have just passed the 1,000th brave soldier killed in Afghanistan. Didn’t hear that? I am not surprised, not many in the main stream media wanted to play up that milestone but during the bush years, every 10 deaths was a “Milestone for them to be met with great fanfare.

oped01 on May 28, 2010 at 2:39 AM

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