Palin: “Passing the buck doesn’t plug the d#*! hole”

posted at 8:48 am on May 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, Barack Obama held his first press conference in over 10 months in order to change the narrative of a passive and disinterested White House response to the Gulf oil spill.  Obama assured the press corps that “from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort.”  That claim caught the attention of Sarah Palin, who launched a series of questions regarding that claim and criticized the Obama administration’s response to the crisis:

Nearly 40 days in, our President finally addressed the American people’s growing concerns about the Gulf Coast oil spill. Listening to today’s press conference, you’d think the administration has been working with single-minded focus on the Gulf gusher since the start of the disaster. In reality, their focus has been anything but singular to help solve this monumental problem.

If the President really was fully focused on this issue from day one, why did it take nine whole days before the administration asked the Department of Defense for help in deploying equipment needed for the extreme depth spill site?

Why was the expert group assembled by Energy Commissioner Steven Chu only set up three weeks after the start of this disaster?

Why was Governor Jindal forced more than a month after the start of the disaster to go on national television to beg for materials needed to tackle the oil spill and for federal approval to build offshore sand barriers that are imperative to protect his state’s coastline?

Why was no mention of the spill made by our President for days on end while Americans waited to hear if he grasped the import of his leadership on this energy issue?

Why have several countries and competent organizations who offered help or expertise in dealing with the spill not even received a response back from the Unified Area Command to this day?

In my previous post, I warned about the danger of overstatement and hyperbole.  Obama would have been wise to claim ownership of the disaster response now — it was obvious that he owned it whether he acknowledged it or not — but owning the entire response leaves him vulnerable to exactly this kind of criticism.  If Obama seeks to reassure people that the White House will handle the crisis well from this point forward, defending the relative inaction of the first couple of weeks as an argument for confidence is very misguided.

And of course, that lack of inaction means people will wonder what had Obama’s attention at the time.   Palin reminds us, and also notes that Obama had authority from the beginning to take control of the response:

The 1990 Oil Pollution Act was drafted in response to the Exxon-Valdez spill in my home state. It created new procedures for offshore cleanups, specifically putting the federal government in charge of such operations. The President should have used the authority granted by the OPA – immediately – to take control of the situation. That is a big part of what the OPA is for – to designate who is in charge so finger-pointing won’t disrupt efforts to just “plug the d#*! hole.” But instead of immediately engaging with this crisis, our President chose to spend precious time on political pet causes like haranguing the state of Arizona for doing what he himself was supposed to do – secure the nation’s border. He also spent much time fundraising and politicking for liberal candidates and causes while we waited for him to grasp the enormity of the Gulf spill.

Arizona’s SB1070 was signed into law on April 23rd.  The Gulf disaster began on April 20th.  Until the last week or so, which of these got more public attention from Obama?  The campaigning for candidates is just part of political life, but the choice of issues for presidential outrage is rather telling.  Obama seemed much more exercised over Arizona’s efforts to enforce existing immigration law than with the oil spill that is entirely his jurisdiction — at least until the national media began howling over his apparent indifference.

Obama tried offering a “buck stops here” moment in his final answer to the press corps yesterday, but Palin isn’t buying it:

Now that the American people are calling him out on his lack of engagement with this disaster, the buck-passing is in full swing – and, unbelievably, his administration is still looking to blame his predecessor. Amazingly, even those of us who support energy independence for America are the brunt of some buck-passing.

He suggested today that a “culture of corruption” at the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) was solely the previous administration’s responsibility and that the failure of the inspection system was a failure of that administration. That is false. The MMS has been his responsibility since January 20, 2009.

The MMS director who resigned today, Elizabeth Birnbaum, was appointed by his administration. And the most recent inspection of the oil rig took place a mere 10 days before the explosion –also very much on his watch, not President Bush’s.

This is the point I made yesterday, and which at least one reporter questioned during the presser.  If the MMS was so corrupt, why did Obama authorize the expansion of off-shore drilling less than two months ago?  Didn’t Salazar and Birnbaum think to check whether MMS was up to the task?  They had fourteen months prior to that expansion to figure it out, but now suddenly have discovered alleged widespread corruption only after a disaster struck.

The entire response to the Gulf spill suggests a systemic level of incompetence, starting from the Oval Office and cascading downward through the executive branch.  These are questions that Obama should have answered yesterday, and which he should be pressed to answer every day until we get the transparency Obama promised.


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The entire response to the Gulf spill suggests a systemic level of incompetence, starting from the Oval Office and cascading downward through the executive branch.

And the sad thing is, I have to root for this administration’s incompetence. That’s about the only thing saving us from its malevolence.

In a way, I’m glad Dear Liar is president now. If He had another 15-20 years of experience, He would be much more dangerous and competent.

rbj on May 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

stacy on May 28, 2010 at 10:01 AM

The headline alone made me shudder.

BuckeyeSam on May 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM

His only concern (other than trying to look competent) is how to get the racism card thrown in this drilling disaster (but will settle on a lot of green propaganda, I’m sure)…

GREAT post, and YES! to Sarah as well for setting it up! :)

golfmann on May 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM

David Gregory on MorningJoe claimed it’s “the president’s ability to compartmentalize problems, so he doesn’t always focus on optics,” that’s his strong point. Chuck Todd thought it was so good he retweeted it.

Compartmentalizing vs multitasking. One is avoidance behavior…you pick which is suitable in a president.

debg on May 28, 2010 at 9:12 AM

During the 2008 campaign, ObaMao mocked McCain for the latter’s inability to multitask, as well as his weak understanding of technology.

onlineanalyst on May 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Obama, our Man of Change, marched into office with his chin held high and eyes gazing down. He had the answers and insisted that we understand that. A year and a half into his term, he’s still blaming Bush et al. for every mistake and previous infrastructure for every bump in the road. For someone so self-confident in his abilities, he seems not to be able to accomplish much except to outsource legislation to a Congress where his team controls all the levers.

So, since all these limitations still persist to stymie the man, it’s pretty fair to ask, “What the hell are you doing in the White House? Besides playing golf, I mean.” If all current policies are Bush’s fault, statistically Obama should be able to implement one or two things where Bush’s failures are corrected before an incident arises. Yet, according to Obama, this isn’t so since Bush is blamed for everything. So, Mr. Obama, what do you do all day?

AnonymousDrivel on May 28, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I can understand why BP might be in charge of working on the actual correction of the leak since it is their area of expertise but clean up should be on going and Mr. Obama’s responsibility. BP should pay for it but Mr. Obama should have been much more aggressive.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Mrs. Noonan can save her breath when coming to grips with what she perceives to be some kind of incompetence on the part of Obama and his minions.

Average Joes and Janes just like me without Ivy League educations and powerful friends in politics knew from the moment that he appeared on the stage that Obama was the culmination of everything that is evil about the entire premise of progressivism, or socialism, or Marxism or whatever moniker you want to put on that diseased philosophy, he is most assuredly much, much worse that Our Miss Peggy thinks he is today in her little mea culpa.

Sarah understood this from the very beginning, that Obama is the destroyer. If we wish to go forward and survive as a Republic we had best figure out a way to get this man out of the White House and fast, or at least neuter his influence with a Republican (read: Conservative) majority in Congress.

We are just one “crisis” away from slipping right off the edge. Iran, North Korea, China, debt and deficit, Euro… take your pick, but these people have all but succeeded in eviscerating Western Civilization as we now know it.

turfmann on May 28, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Sorta OT, but I’ve gotta do this…

10 reasons to root for the Flyers against the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals…

10. In Philly, Joey Vento (Geno’s Steaks) tells ‘em to speak English and pays for ads condemning illegal immigration.
9. Philly cops, such as our hero Wyatt Earp, take care of their own homicide business. In Chicago, the Machine needs the National Guard to do it.
8. You don’t eat pizza with a fork.
7. We’ve had to put up with Arlen Specter all these years. Ya gotta give us something good.
6. Dead Fish Emanuel.
5. We’ve had to put up with Fa(s)t Eddie Rendell the last eight years. Another reason to give us something to celebrate.
4. David Broken Axelrod.
3. Our stars don’t beat up cabbies over a 20-cent tip.
2. Barack Hussein Obama. Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.
1. Any owner with the guts to have Sarah Palin drop the first puck at a game, as Ed Snider did for the Flyers, deserves a championship.

either orr on May 28, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Yeah, BP should be held accountable. But shouldn’t the regulators who looked the other way while BP didn’t follow the rules go to jail?

rcw on May 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Sounds like a great area of defense for BP when they get sued. This trial is going to give a whole new meaning to government corruption if this true. Can the public become more disillusioned? Stay tuned.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 10:28 AM

I’m really loving the references to CNN and USA Today…

*snicker*…..

BigWyo on May 28, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Obama also tried to claim that BP was drilling far offshore in deep water because oil is becoming scares. But that’s not true.

BP is drilling where it is drilling because federal regulations prevent them from drilling in safer areas closer to shore, and from drilling in ANWR, and from drilling for shale oil in the western U.S.

hawksruleva on May 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Her statements are the best so far. The rest of the critics don’t make sense to me, anyway. She did.

AnninCA on May 28, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I would love it if Gov. Palin would give more information about the services that Mr. Obama is not taking advantage of.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM

turfmann on May 28, 2010 at 10:24 AM

+1000, sums it up perfectly

Missy on May 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

He has handled this to maximize the damage to the oil industry. He thought that the MSM would hold his oily water and they did for over 35 days. He just pushed it too far and now it has come to bite him in the ass.

Again, the GOP commercials make themselves but will they have the stones to use it.

jukin on May 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Ah, yes. The indignant anger at the right over lax government regulation and off short drilling.

Give. Me. A. Break.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Ah, yes. The indignant anger at the right over lax government regulation and off shorte drilling.

Fixed!

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 10:39 AM

I wonder how a McCain/Palin team would’ve responded to this spill? Palin has an expensive background in this, I’m thinking she could’ve helped organize a response much more quickly.

hawksruleva on May 28, 2010 at 10:41 AM

During the 2008 campaign, ObaMao mocked McCain for the latter’s inability to multitask, as well as his weak understanding of technology.

onlineanalyst on May 28, 2010 at 10:18 AM

It’s obvious he can’t multitask so the narrative is about compartmentalizing…

It was during the Lewinsky period that I kept hearing about Clinton and his ability to compartmentalize that was developed during his childhood to cope with unpleasant or difficult situations. Now with Obama it’s a virtue?

debg on May 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

You do not get efficiency and problem-solving with bureaucracy and red-tape. Big Government is NOT a panacea; it is part of the problem in avoidance of responsibility

onlineanalyst on May 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Palin has an expensive background in this, I’m thinking she could’ve helped organize a response much more quickly.

Yeah, she’s from Alaska, so she must have extensive experience in cleaning up oil spills.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I’m sure when Mr. President goes to Louisiana today that he’ll leave there without one drop of oil on his shoes or his clothes or his hands.

scalleywag on May 28, 2010 at 10:52 AM

I feel sick even thinking this, but I believe the lack of response is because these are Red states. Arizona, Nashville, TN, and the gulf states. Coincidences I don’t think so. You would have to believe everyone in the government is totally incompetent. I think this is some way out strategy to try destroy Republican leadership in these states.

huckleberryfriend on May 28, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Palin’s smack down was a thing of beauty. However, she didn’t mean it to be a smack down. It was more instructive than anything. Every day in every way she is instructing the POS we have in the WH how to be a decent president. We understand that he will never take any advice from anyone as long as they believe in freedom.

Note to TS: Limited government doesn’t mean no government.

BetseyRoss on May 28, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Wow. This was one hell of a Facebook note.

She destroyed him completely, with facts and the truth.

Did Obama even know about the 1990 law passed after the Exxon Valdez tanker spill? It does not seem that he did, or even his worthless Secretary of the Interior Salazar.

Palin’s credibility on this is unassailable.

In case anyone needs reminding, here goes from another response to an Obama crony who attacked her very stupidly:

Big Oil: Learning from Alaska’s Experience
Monday, May 24, 2010 at 3:10pm

Many Americans want a serious discussion about what can be done to finally tackle the Gulf Coast oil spill. Unfortunately, yesterday White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs used his appearance on “Face the Nation” to deflect from the needed discussion about solutions as he suggested that I should “get slightly more informed as to what’s going on in and around oil drilling in this country.”

Can you believe the arrogance of this jerk to say that?

Here comes the smackdown:

As for getting “informed” about oil drilling: I’m confident that in the course of my chairmanship of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) and the U.S.’s Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), and my work as governor of our nation’s huge oil producing state, I’ve learned enough to be able to say with some certainty that the White House’s response to this crisis leaves something to be desired. I also believe that the White House should spend all of its time finding solutions to the enormous oil gush problem.

Ouch! There is also the devastation being wrought upon the Gulf Coast fishing industry, which over time will be an expanding political problem for this President.

In case anyone needs reminding, the Palins have been commercial fishing for salmon in Bristol Bay Alaska for over 20 years, and still do to this day.

They lived through the Exxon Valdez up close and personal, from the perspective of the fishing industry.

More:

While the Administration watches from the sidelines, the Gulf Coast states face some potential disaster. This raises serious questions. Should it really take nine whole days before the Administration asked the Department of Defense for help in deploying equipment needed for the extreme depth spill site? Why is Governor Jindal still waiting, 35 days later, for material needed to tackle the oil spill to protect the coast’s environment and for federal approval to build offshore sand barriers to protect his state’s coast line? Is it correct that the Coast Guard was initially unwilling to burn off the oil for fear of causing air pollution (which would have been far less harmful than the current water pollution)?

These questions all require answers. In the meantime, let me make a constructive suggestion to help the White House out of its current impasse. They should reach out to the best oil and gas team in the nation and tap into its expertise. I know just the team: Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, led by Commissioner Tom Irwin. Having worked with Tom and his DNR team as Governor, I can vouch for their expertise and their integrity in dealing with Big Oil and overseeing its developments.

This team’s (and Alaska’s PSIO team’s) expertise on oil spill issues is particularly relevant. We all lived and worked through the Exxon oil spill, and we all committed to the principle that this would never happen again in Alaska’s waters, at least not on our watch. That’s why we created the Petroleum Systems Integrity Office (PSIO) when we saw proof of improper maintenance of oil infrastructure in our state. And that’s why we instituted new oversight and held BP and other oil companies financially accountable for poor maintenance practices. And that’s why we cracked down on unethical and unsound practices by oil companies and their contractors that operate in Alaska. And that’s why I filed a Friend-of-the-Court brief against Exxon’s interests for its decades-old responsibility to compensate victims adversely affected by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill. None of these actions made us popular with oil company management. (In fact, Commissioner Irwin received a message from a North Slope oil company employee that summed up their view of our efforts well: the message told him to “go to hell, but resign first.”) Our relationship with Big Oil may have been perceived as contentious because we always put the interests of Alaskans first.

The White House could do worse than emulate what Alaska did over the years. No, it doesn’t make you popular with Big Oil (my commissioners and I certainly learned that!), and you may see fewer campaign contributions flow your way – but so what? Dealing with the impacts of 35 days of uncontrolled oil flow into pristine waters is more than enough time for the White House to realize they need to tap into expertise, hold BP accountable, and not waste time politicking around such a grave situation.

Taking a tough stand to protect our environment while domestically drilling for much-needed energy sources is the only way the public can trust government and industry to safely work towards energy independence. We need to “Drill, baby, drill” responsibly, safely, and ethically. That’s the way Alaska’s DNR accomplishes its mission in America’s 49th state.

- Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin has been kicking Obama’s tail the last couple of weeks especially hard.

Keep it up!

Brian1972 on May 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

She broke out the heavy-duty nightstick for this one.

Boom.

irishspy on May 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Yeah, she’s from Alaska, so she must have extensive experience in cleaning up oil spills.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Oh, was that sarcasm? Read and learn, Tommy.

Brian1972 on May 28, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I don’t see why everyone keeps calling it a spill.

It’s a leak.

The earth is leaking.

The planet has a fever and a leak!

cntrlfrk on May 28, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Yeah, she’s from Alaska, so she must have extensive experience in cleaning up oil spills.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

She was involved in the Exxon Valdez clean up. She was part of a lawsuit, along with other citizens against Exxon for the clean up.

Every Alaskan was effected by that spill Tom. EVERY ALASKAN.

portlandon on May 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I thought that the MMS has been collecting about 50 Billion / year for disaster cleanup. Where has that gone and why has there not been tools, booms, etc stock piled for such an event as this. The total lack of preparedness cannot be laid completely at this buffoon’s feet, but he did apply for the job.

rgranger on May 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Yeah, she’s from Alaska, so she must have extensive experience in cleaning up oil spills.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Her administration dealt with the lingering legal issues from the Exxon Valdez.

VidOmnia on May 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

I really felt relieved to read her comments on this. I so agree.

Sometimes, the liberals are more dangerous than those who actually admit that we need oil and get into the topic beyond the campaign talking points.

AnninCA on May 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

This is from the post Ed is excerpting from, but he left this part out.
Yet another hammering of Obama that must irritate him to no end.
He just keeps on taking the bait, as well as his stupid ass Press Secretary. We’ll see what that jerk has to say at the next WH press briefing. Should be fun!

The President claimed that “this notion that somehow the federal government is somehow sitting on the sidelines and for the last three or four or five weeks we’ve just been letting BP make a whole bunch of decisions is simply not true.” But, in fact, that is how U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen described the Obama administration’s approach to this crisis: “We keep a close watch.”

Listening to the President, you get the impression he is continually surprised by the inability of various centralized government agencies to get more involved and help solve problems. His lack of executive experience might explain this because he is apparently unaware that it’s his job as a chief executive to make sure they do their jobs and help solve problems.

The fundamental problem at the core of this crisis is a lack of responsibility. (I risk the President taking my comments personally, but they’re not intended to be personal; my comments reflect what many others feel, and we just want to help him tackle this enormous spill problem.) There’s a culture of buck-passing at the heart of this administration that has caused the tragedy of a sunken oil rig to turn into a potential disaster.

Boom, right in the nads.

Brian1972 on May 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Two words, Tom Shi*ley… Exxon Valdez.
Location? Alaska.
STFU.

either orr on May 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Obama shutting down ongoing deepwater drilling operations is going to result in more lawsuits. Producers under contract with drilling companies will still have to pay up to $500K per day even if the rig is idle. The question will be whether the One’s demand is covered under the Force Majeure (Act of God) clause of the contracts. I would argue that it does.

Jocundus on May 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM

If the MMS was so corrupt, why did Obama authorize the expansion of off-shore drilling less than two months ago? Didn’t Salazar and Birnbaum think to check whether MMS was up to the task?

Hey, WE WON! Us political appointees don’t need no steenkin’ executive competence. It’s OUR turn at the trough now, and some lowly others had better get cracking and solve the problem. Maybe it’s time to ‘encourage the others’ by shooting a few BP executives on MSNBC. And Dick Cheney while we’re at it.

Insufficiently Sensitive on May 28, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Hand Tommy_boy_Shipley a bag of excrement, and he can’t help himself. He must place the sack of excrement in front of him and then proceed to step in it.

That’s my Tommy_boy_Shipley.

Inanemergencydial on May 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM

I stand by my assertion that what is happening is exactly what these clowns want to have happen. Until this happened “Drill Baby Drill” was a very strong and powerful campaign slogan because drilling for our oil would accomplish several VERY important goals at once having to do with our economy.

We need to start producing goods. Oil is one of the most valuable goods we can produce and we have LOTS of it. Our economy is running aground in large part because we are not wealthy enough for all the stuff we want to buy.

This President has done EVERYTHING wrong so far and folks attribute this to incompetence. How does an incompetent person make exactly the wrong decisions each time it comes along. How does an entire administration make the exact wrong decision every single time a decision comes along? How does an ENTIRE party make exactly the wrong decisions EVERY single time? Do you seriously want to believe that it is incompetence? Do you not want to at least consider the possibility that it is intentional?

What are the implications of that? Scary? Is that why you choose not to face it?

PierreLegrand on May 28, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Oh and by the way this spill is going to murder the economy. Absolutely drive it into a much darker place than we imagined just a few months ago and most of us that it was already going bad. Now it will plummet.

Tourism on the Gulf Coast…dead.
Fisheries…dead.
Oil exploration…dead.
Construction of rigs and refineries…dead.

This fits exactly into Obama’s other maneuvers to kill the economy. He WANTS it to get worse…

NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE…Corollary…make any crisis worse.

PierreLegrand on May 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Plus it can destroy 2 or 3 possible GOP contenders for the Presidential nomination.

huckleberryfriend on May 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The Dear Great Leader, Barrack Hussien Obama, was on his death bed, soon to succumb to a number of maladies that the best doctor’s in the world were unable to alleviate. Having been the leader of the Democratic Republic of America (the “D.R.A.” – formerly known as the U.S.A.) for just shy of 53 yrs, Dear Great Leader’s most trusted advisors and confidants had gathered in his luxurious private hospital suite for what looked to be the last time. The wailing and gnashing of the official mourners could be heard faintly coming from the carpeted hallway to which they had been temporarily banished. The succession had been carefully mapped out and the Dear Great Leader’s grandson, the Great Young Leader Barrack William Ayers, had been carefully groomed for his ascension to the position of the D.R.A.’s “Glorious Guiding Light”.
The grand processions had been carefully arranged, the months of official mourning had been decreed, the luminous histories had been written and the awe-inspiring monuments had been built. All that remained was to engrave upon those massive granite edifices, the words which the Dear Great Leader would finally choose to reflect and enshrine his reign. Words which all future generations would read, reflect and ponder upon. The unobtrusive recording devices, scattered around the suite, were operating at full capacity to ensure that not a single syllable was lost. Their lense and microphones carefully focused to capture the final expression of the adored, even worshiped, leader, the great “Hope” of the downtrodden, the protector of the weak, the awe-inspiring presence that had laid the rich and greedy, low, the people’s “One”.

A hush falls upon the listeners in that magnificent room, the various monitor’s of bodily functions, falling one by one into a fateful, shuddering silence. A gasp, a wheeze escapes from the ancient lips, the listener’s crowding forward, leaning over, pressed one upon the other to capture those fateful last words, words that would be required learning for the world’s schoolchildren for untold ages to come. Dear Great Leader grabs the arm of the designated heir, pulls himself ever so briefly up towards the circle of anxious, waiting faces, gasping out the words, words of fate, words of history, words of destiny: “It was Bush’s fault . . . . . “

Fatal on May 28, 2010 at 12:06 PM

–What does the inspection of the oil rig have to do with this disaster? The problems apparently were the decisions on how to conduct the final drilling and sealing operations and the confused decision-making process on the rig. All the inpections of the physical rig in the world wouldn’t have uncovered those problems.

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Let’s get clear on this. The leak occurred because the “blowout preventer” on the ocean floor failed, and BP and government regulators agreed to “waive” the safety regulations that normally apply to offshore drilling rigs IN 2009, under Ken Salazar in the Obama Administration.

Obama is now using this disaster as an excuse for banning new offshore drilling in the Gulf–the “evil” oil companies and the “drill baby drill” people are polluting our beautiful beaches, implying that this is George W. Bush’s fault, because he and Cheney used to work in the oil industry.

But everyone who wants us to “drill baby drill” (especially Sarah Palin, who served on a state regulatory commission and battled corruption in Big Oil) recognizes the need for Government regulation to ensure the safety and environmental protection of offshore drilling rigs. If the US Government does not allow American companies to drill under American regulations, foreign companies will drill under foreign regulations (or no regulations), and oil spills will become more frequent.

In 2005, four Category 5 hurricanes (Cindy, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma) swept through the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana and Texas, where over 3,000 offshore rigs were drilling for oil, and NOT ONE OF THEM LEAKED!!! This was under the Bush Administration–yes, Bush was a former oil man from Texas, but his Administration enforced the regulations and kept the Gulf oil-free throughout his 8 years in office.

The BP oil rig that leaked DID NOT EXIST and had not been approved by anyone in the Bush Administration, but the Obama Administration “bent the rules” for BP and gave them a safety award for this rig!

We need to drill for oil offshore AND the Government needs to enforce the regulations to ensure the safety of the environment. BP is obviously to blame for this spill, but so is the Obama Administration for deliberately failing to enforce existing regulations on this rig.

But no one should be allowed to demonize the entire oil industry for this accident–after all, those 3,000+ oil rigs that never leaked through Katrina and her three Cat 5 sisters are still NOT leaking, yet providing oil vital to America’s energy needs.

Steve Z on May 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Oh and by the way this spill is going to murder the economy. Absolutely drive it into a much darker place than we imagined just a few months ago and most of us that it was already going bad. Now it will plummet.

PierreLegrand on May 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

It certainly going to make recovery more difficult because a vibrant economy is dependent on cheap and plentiful energy. However there is still a lot of foreign oil which of course can only increase our dependance on it. As far as crisis go, the Obama administration is making them faster than they can utilize them for their advantage and sooner or later their house of cards is going to come crashing down on them.

docdave on May 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Cuda keeps pounding away at all of Obowmao’s incompetence and lies.

Love it. Absolutely love it.

GrannyDee on May 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

If He had another 15-20 years of experience, He would be much more dangerous and competent.

rbj on May 28, 2010 at 10:07 AM

I don’t think so.
Getting experience and competency would require that Maobama do some actual work.
Plainly, the man has made not doing work his life’s calling and that’s not going to change under any circumstances.

Jenfidel on May 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

It’s simple folks:

A competent response means this is less of a disaster, no coastlines are hurt, the issue is contained. The ocean eats up the spill. Jake Tapper pointed out all the things they didn’t do yesterday at the presser.

Then the American people would say “Hey, even with accidents we come out OK! Drill, baby, drill.”

That destroys the whole environmental agenda of this radical regime.

By not doing anything, while taking a big risk, they let this become bad for the coastline, cause damage, make drilling look like a risk too big to keep taking. The regime had to let it become a disaster.

The EPA, by neither approving nor disapproving the burms for LA looks like a slow moving bureaucracy, with no malice, but has the effect the liberals want.

The biggest reason this whole strategy is backfiring is that most liberals are good hearted enough to not want to put precious gaia in this predicament to score political points against drilling.

But I do really believe this machine politics regime got together and said, “Let’s demagogue BP and the other companies involved to the point people don’t notice we aren’t reacting very fast and make sure this becomes a big argument to end drilling . . . ”

These people are so “the end justifies the means” that I would not be surprised if they intentionally let things slide in the hope something would go wrong to further their “green” agenda.

They just miscalculated how their previously sycophantic followers would react. They shouldn’t have pissed off James Carville, because he WILL get to the bottom of this and may join his wife on our side after this . . . Liberal MSM reporters and commentators are ripping them. Choosing to win this battle may cost them even their own supporters, and WHEN gas hits $5 this summer, the regime will lose the drilling war too.

PastorJon on May 28, 2010 at 1:05 PM

What does the inspection of the oil rig have to do with this disaster? The problems apparently were the decisions on how to conduct the final drilling and sealing operations and the confused decision-making process on the rig. All the inpections of the physical rig in the world wouldn’t have uncovered those problems.

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 9:11 AM
Let’s get clear on this. The leak occurred because the “blowout preventer” on the ocean floor failed, and BP and government regulators agreed to “waive” the safety regulations that normally apply to offshore drilling rigs IN 2009, under Ken Salazar in the Obama Administration.

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Steve Z on May 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

–One of the things that caused the leak was the blowout preventer’s failure. But that’s presumably been on the ocean floor during all the time during the drilling, right? So no one inspecting the rig would have been able to inspect the blow out preventer.

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

So no one inspecting the rig would have been able to inspect the blow out preventer.

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I believe you’ve got it!!! No one inspected the rig!!!

docdave on May 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM

But I do really believe this machine politics regime got together and said, “Let’s demagogue BP and the other companies involved to the point people don’t notice we aren’t reacting very fast and make sure this becomes a big argument to end drilling . . . ”

These people are so “the end justifies the means” that I would not be surprised if they intentionally let things slide in the hope something would go wrong to further their “green” agenda.

They just miscalculated how their previously sycophantic followers would react. They shouldn’t have pissed off James Carville, because he WILL get to the bottom of this and may join his wife on our side after this . . . Liberal MSM reporters and commentators are ripping them. Choosing to win this battle may cost them even their own supporters, and WHEN gas hits $5 this summer, the regime will lose the drilling war too.

PastorJon on May 28, 2010 at 1:05 PM

–Right, because BP did nothing wrong here. Did you get your Doctor of Divinty degree by mail order?

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Docdave, this is what I’ve been able to pull together on the inspections:

1). Inspection of the rig:

Q This particular rig was inspected how many times, and did it pass?

DEPUTY SECRETARY HAYES: Yes, yes, it was. It was — this particular rig started drilling in this location in January of this year. Under the regulations, it’s subject to monthly inspections. It had monthly inspections, in fact, with the last inspection being less than two weeks before the incident.

Q I’m sorry, does that suggest that inspections are inadequate if they didn’t find something two weeks ago?

DEPUTY SECRETARY HAYES: No, we don’t think so.

2). Inspection of the blow out valve: (The BP chief said that the blow out valve was inspected 10 days before the accident, but that must have been by BP or Transocean staff, not the federal government)

In addition to periodic inspections by the U.S. Minerals Management Service, Deepwater Horizon’s flag state, Marshall Islands, hires its own inspection organization to audit activities and systems on the rig. The American Bureau of Shipping performs those surveys, and chief surveyor John David Forsyth testified that his agency last inspected the rig’s failed blowout preventer in 2005, before it was installed as the final fail-safe against a well blowout. Asked by BP’s lawyer if the fact that there were no further certifications of the blowout preventer came at Transocean’s request, Forsyth said, “Yes, it was.”

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I thought The Won was in charge?

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Only when it’s going well. When things go bad, it’s someone else’s responsibility.

tom on May 28, 2010 at 1:39 PM

–Right, because BP did nothing wrong here. Did you get your Doctor of Divinty degree by mail order?

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Um where did I say BP did nothing wrong? But BP did send all their resources they have to the task ASAP. They didn’t refuse or ignore EVERY offer of help while the Obama regime waited 9 days to get on scene.

And what does where I was ordained (a big Southern Baptist Church, btw) have to do with anything . . .

Did BP cut corners? Hmm, could Obama being their number one campaign money target be part of getting away with it?

How interesting that when the administration needed a scapegoat for financial reform, the company who’s CEO got 4 overnight stays at the White House is the one that gets the headlines (Goldman Sachs) and that the same company stands to make billions in this new cap and trade market if it gets passed . . .

How interesting that the number one oil friend of this regime is the one with the accident and that BP is the most active of all oil companies in diversifying to the green energy sector and stands to recover their losses with billions in green project grants when drilling is killed by cap and trade . . .

But go ahead, stand by your man. It will help you stay out of the camps if this administration goes as bad as some fear . . . (not me, btw, I still have hope our electorate will wake up and throw them out the American way)

And technically, BP did nothing wrong, it was their subcontractor, TransOcean, that cut corners. However, you don’t see BP trying to back out of paying for all this. I do see a regime trying to say that Bush is at fault. . .

PastorJon on May 28, 2010 at 1:47 PM

…until we get the transparency Obama promised.

That reminds me, weren’t we supposed to be hip-deep in skittles by now? And where are the unicorns?

cthulhu on May 28, 2010 at 1:54 PM

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704717004575268302434395796.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read.

Please read the article at the link above, PastorJon. It was BP that called the shots on what TransOcean did.

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 1:56 PM

That reminds me, weren’t we supposed to be hip-deep in skittles by now? And where are the unicorns?

cthulhu on May 28, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Skittles? Hell, I’m still working the Fry-o-later, buying my own gas, and paying my own mortgage!

Inanemergencydial on May 28, 2010 at 1:57 PM

BP has to run everything by the regime before acting as per Ogabe and Napolitano’s own words, “since day one.”

Inanemergencydial on May 28, 2010 at 2:05 PM

I understand an “Amber Alert” has been issued for Mitt Romney.

bw222 on May 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Keep it up Sarah!

ohiobabe on May 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 1:56 PM

There are two separate issues here.
You are focusing on the original blowout and platform explosion, which is where the the companies are to blame.

The response of the Federal Government to the ever expanding oil spill after the explosion is where Obama is culpable.

He is trying to have it both ways at once, and it won’t work.

His Administration was in charge from day one, he says.

What the hell were they doing when Gov Jindal was requesting help to protect the shorelines of Louisiana?

He can’t fight the narrative that he was AWOL by insisting they were there from day one, while at the same time blaming BP and Transocean for the slow clean up effort that he was supposedly thinking about every waking minute.

He cannot wiggle out of the fact that much of the mess on the coastline could ahve been prevented if they had acted according to the plan that was already on the shelf, and the 1990 law that Palin pointed out in her post.

Brian1972 on May 28, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Yeah, BP should be held accountable. But shouldn’t the regulators who looked the other way while BP didn’t follow the rules go to jail?

rcw on May 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM

Palin knows about this too. Sent more than a few oil and gas regulators to prison.

gary4205 on May 28, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Hey Obama

go get ya shine box

Sonosam on May 28, 2010 at 2:19 PM

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704717004575268302434395796.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read.

Please read the article at the link above, PastorJon. It was BP that called the shots on what TransOcean did.

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 1:56 PM

And BP hasn’t tried to dodge their responsibility. But the regime has dodged every offer of help and every opportunity to do something usefull besides talk and point fingers.

PastorJon on May 28, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Palin has an expensive background in this, I’m thinking she could’ve helped organize a response much more quickly.

Yeah, she’s from Alaska, so she must have extensive experience in cleaning up oil spills.

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I was going to pile on Tom_Shipley for that crack, but Brian1972 at 11:01 am covered it so well….

tom on May 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I was going to pile on Tom_Shipley for that crack, but Brian1972 at 11:01 am covered it so well….

tom on May 28, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Thanks. It’s all available for anyone who wants to know.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

Brian1972 on May 28, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The response of the Federal Government to the ever expanding oil spill after the explosion is where Obama is culpable.

He is trying to have it both ways at once, and it won’t work.

His Administration was in charge from day one, he says.

What the hell were they doing when Gov Jindal was requesting help to protect the shorelines of Louisiana?

He can’t fight the narrative that he was AWOL by insisting they were there from day one, while at the same time blaming BP and Transocean for the slow clean up effort that he was supposedly thinking about every waking minute.

He cannot wiggle out of the fact that much of the mess on the coastline could ahve been prevented if they had acted according to the plan that was already on the shelf, and the 1990 law that Palin pointed out in her post.

Brian1972 on May 28, 2010 at 2:11 PM

It looks like the decision was made to work with private parties, under the 1990 law, according to the Heritage website (see below). It’s sure not clear to me that there was another private party who was better positioned to try to fix the problem nor is it clear to me that the federal government, on its own, could have done much.

“The act authorizes the President to either federalize the spill or oversee the cleanup efforts of the responsible private party or parties. Spills in coastal waters are handled by the Coast Guard, while the Environmental Protection Agency handles inland spills. In the case of Deepwater Horizon, the President delegated authority to the Coast Guard, which in turn coordinates efforts with other federal agencies and state officials as well as BP and other private parties. The Coast Guard has at its disposal the resources to address spills.”

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Sarah Palin tells it like it is, the way a true leader should!

MCGIRV on May 28, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Slightly O/T but something that I’ve worried about during this disaster. Imagine instead of an oil spill, a terrorist had used a dirty bomb in a city and instead of oil leaking there was radiation leaking. Would the WH be playing the blame game or would they be prepared for and acting to solve the problem of the post disaster. Kinda worrisome.

txmomof6 on May 28, 2010 at 2:58 PM

Obama puts the mess in Messiah.

RobCon on May 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Whatever the decision was, the execution looks pretty incompetent on the part of the One & his administration.

cs89 on May 28, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Tom_Shipley on May 28, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Hey Gladys, a rat crawled in through the doggy door again. Go get the broom.

Extrafishy on May 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Sniveling Gibbsy claiming she knows nothing about energy policy, then BOOM! Taste my nightstick!

John the Libertarian on May 28, 2010 at 3:50 PM

And yet gas prices are steadily (if slowly) going down (in Washington state at least). I’m surprised that the cartel didn’t use the oil spill as a catalyst to drive up prices. Are things so bad in Europe that demand is going down?

Godzilla on May 28, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Hmmm.

justltl on May 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM

justltl on May 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM

lol!

Inanemergencydial on May 28, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Have a good Memorial Day weekend, all.

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Obama visits the Gulf.

justltl on May 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Or…

You make the call.

justltl on May 28, 2010 at 5:55 PM

BP oil disaster
Sestak “offer”

THE SLIME WILL CONTINUE TO OOZE UNTIL
Obama gets the impeachment he deserves.

Lockstein13 on May 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM

@ justltl

“Simple” or “total”?

I’d say BOTH!
(beautiful! bravo!)

Lockstein13 on May 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

President D#*!hole.

5u93rm4n on May 28, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Maybe even a useful idiot like you can stop your vacation, put down your 14th hotdog and actually pay attention to what this holiday is. Memorial Day exist to honor those who have fallen to protect this nation and allow even you post your mindless drivel on this blog.

So remember to thank a vet, troll.

Wolftech on May 29, 2010 at 8:44 AM

“Passing the buck doesn’t plug the d#*! hole”

The d#*! hole wouldn’t matter at all (to Dear Leader) if it weren’t for the negative poll numbers about it.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 29, 2010 at 11:16 AM

All these annoying interruptions to Barack’s vacations!

Can’t a post-racial dude get a break?

profitsbeard on May 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

BallisticBob on May 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

The People’s Cube is weapons grade awesome.

Brian1972 on May 29, 2010 at 12:49 PM

–What does the inspection of the oil rig have to do with this disaster? The problems apparently were the decisions on how to conduct the final drilling and sealing operations and the confused decision-making process on the rig. All the inpections of the physical rig in the world wouldn’t have uncovered those problems.

Jimbo3 on May 28, 2010 at 9:11 AM

The fatal decision was approved by ObaMao’s regulating agency.

Slowburn on May 30, 2010 at 2:27 AM

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