NBC anchor: Cameras are the only reason you’re responding, champ

posted at 12:15 pm on June 3, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Mediaite has an exclusive interview with NBC anchor Brian Williams on the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the administration’s response to the disaster. Steve Krakauer spoke with Williams about both the disaster and the media coverage, which Williams credited with getting Obama to finally start focusing on the disaster. When Obama told the press that the government would be there long after the cameras disappeared, Williams scoffed:

(1:55) Mediaite: You returned to the gulf region this week after about four weeks from the last time you were there.What do you see as one of the biggest changes in the time that you’ve been away?

Williams: It was May 3, I guess, when we arrived last time. I’m compelled by pride to point out I think this is something like our 16th trip to this region as a broadcast. And it seemed so innocent looking back on that trip. We didn’t know – the slick was much smaller, we knew this time bomb was coming, I never dreamed we’d still be talking about an even healthier flow of oil into the water, and I never dreamed that we’d be in Grand Isle, looking out at – I’m looking right now at the water line, a beautiful harbor surrounding by orange plastic booms. It is unbelievable to behold once you’re here.

(5:36) Mediaite: How do you look at the media now and what they can do about this tragedy?

Williams: …The night the rig exploded I went on the air, it was our lead story. I asked the question, ‘is this going to lead to one of the most catastrophic events of all time where the environment is concerned?’ I got a kick out of President Obama saying that even when the cameras go away we’ll still be there for you. That ain’t the way this is going to play out. If anything, the cameras being here have compelled outside interests – government, BP – to kick this into another gear. With all due respect, the President might have had his scenario off by 180 degrees. So we’ll keep coming back here, we won’t take our eyes off this region, we haven’t since we knew we had a Category 5 storm off the coastline five years ago.

I’m normally not inclined to say this, but the NBC anchor has this exactly right. As the OOTD timeline from this morning showed, Obama has been only occasionally engaged on the spill — and hardly at all until his press conference last week. His little sojourn on the shore was entirely for the benefit of the cameras that Obama dismissed in this claim. Without the national media training their gaze on the disaster and the botched response, Obama would be playing golf — er, playing golf more.

Krakauer says, “When you’ve lost BriWi …” I don’t know if Obama has lost Williams, who bowed to Obama last year during an interview. At least Williams has stopped genuflecting, and that’s a start.


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A broken clock…

tickleddragon on June 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

As Rush noted, Obama would be down there a lot more if his aides called it the Golf of Mexico.

John the Libertarian on June 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

At least Williams has stopped genuflecting, and that’s a start.

he’s moved to just a small head bow now…

cmsinaz on June 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

golf clap?

cmsinaz on June 3, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Could the media please direct their cameras at our national and state debts on a daily basis? That needs some serious attention.

WashJeff on June 3, 2010 at 12:22 PM

As Rush noted, Obama would be down there a lot more if his aides called it the Golf of Mexico.

John the Libertarian on June 3, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Hilarious.

Bee on June 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM

NBC anchor: Cameras are the only reason you’re responding, champ

I think Ed and Allah have finally merged into a single blogger.

fiatboomer on June 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Not even MSM can ignore the incompetence and the trend is growing.
“if you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later. ”
— Lewis Carroll

LarryG on June 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Brian Williams talks about the tragedy of Shrimpers left to put out booms, dragging them along with their outriggers.

YET. . . Just a short bit up the Mississippi, the Navy has vessels that are specially adapted to do this very work.

They’re tied to the dock.

Where’s the Navy?

Jason Coleman on June 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Somebody also made a handy little video timeline for YouTube which is making the rounds today. Looks like they may have used PolitiPage’s photos that Ed just mentioned (linked at the OOTD).

Catastrophic Crisis Management, Obama Style

leilani on June 3, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Come on guys, all that Presedentin stuff is hard work. Heck it is so hard that he has to take like 10 vacations a month just because of all that stress.

Johnnyreb on June 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

No bowing?? Makes you wonder.

Terrye on June 3, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Sounds like the FTC needs to investigate Brian Williams. . .

rbj on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I think Ed and Allah have finally merged into a single blogger.

fiatboomer on June 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM

The “champ” headline was a deliberate homage to my co-blogger. Plus, it just fits.

Ed Morrissey on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Would have been nice if Brian Williams et.al. had cared as much about the flood in Nashville. Obama STILL hasn’t gone there, and I don’t think Williams has either, and it’s the biggest weather-related disaster to hit a major American city since….Katrina.

rockmom on June 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Plus, it just fits.

Ed Morrissey on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

ya got that right

cmsinaz on June 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Oops, FUBAR’ed the link. Try again:

Catastrophic Crisis Management, Obama Style.

leilani on June 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I wonder if any of these folks who have had their eyes open spill a tear or two? Or do they have at least a bit of a guilty conscience about this myth they built and got elected?

Cindy Munford on June 3, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Well, if Obama cannot be the hero of this saga, it’s good that Brian Williams and the Media can take the title.

myrenovations on June 3, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Let Obama eat his Paul McCartney White House concert arugula salad!!!

With a fine oil dressing.

profitsbeard on June 3, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Death is the only thing that will keep Brian Williams from supporting Obama in 2012. Obama knows this this is true of all the MSM, so little tiffs like this are much ado about nothing. All will be forgiven in time for the campaign. Even Tapper will be in his corner then. Count on it.

Extrafishy on June 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM

OBAMA: “How could the oil still be flowing? We had a meeting, where I demanded that it stop flowing. I don’t understand….”

RBMN on June 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Broken clock indeed. Meanwhile, accountability is going to be a moving target for a LOT of people.

itzWicks on June 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Where’s the Navy?

Grounded on a red-tape sandbar.

This is just an epic, tragic example of how government “works”.

There are so many examples to go into – too many. It’s not just this oil spill, either. There are countless tales of assets loitering in place, supplies sitting in warehouses, regulations that prevent action from taking place, and on and on.

Yet, they’re going to fix healthcare and the financial sector and the housing market and student loans and auto manufacturing. Scary.

reaganaut on June 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Just more hate speech from that racist Brian Williams.

ornery_independent on June 3, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Extrafishy on June 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I dunno man, I see alot of liberal disillusionment going on. If we play it right, we could be in the middle of something big in terms of American political awakening. It’s our moment to loose, and there’s to rue.

abobo on June 3, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Every fawning media moron should have to publicly apologize in prime time and then resign in shame for what they helped inflict on this country.

WitchDoctor on June 3, 2010 at 12:36 PM

O/T
=============

Nut job on the Rush Show,about condemning Israel!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on June 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Gee, maybe Brian Williams will start doing his job … and finding out more about Obama. You know, the guy who commented after Obama was elected “WE DON’T KNOW VERY MUCH ABOUT HIM, DO WE?”

Yeah, because WE didn’t do our job Brian!

If you’re expecting a pat on the back now Brian; as the Brits say “BUGGER OFF!”

GarandFan on June 3, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Could this be Obama’s version vision of “securing the borders”?

Rovin on June 3, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Rush also called this Obama’s “Bay of Rigs.”

jjjdad on June 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Extrafishy on June 3, 2010 at 12:33 PM
abobo on June 3, 2010 at 12:36 PM

have to agree with EF…they may give him little nudges here and there, but they will continue to prop him….he’s ‘too big to fail’ in their eyes…

cmsinaz on June 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM

OBAMA: “How could the oil still be flowing? We had a meeting, where I demanded that it stop flowing. I don’t understand….”

RBMN on June 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

In fairness, he promised rising oceans, solar powered unicorns and skittles. He said nothing about protecting our country and its citizens.

Laura in Maryland on June 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

I think Ed and Allah have finally merged into a single blogger.

fiatboomer on June 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM
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The “champ” headline was a deliberate homage to my co-blogger. Plus, it just fits.

Ed Morrissey on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Ed Morrissey: Ahhhhh Kumbiyah in the USS Hot Air War-Room,

thats nice,now you two get back to your key
boards!!!

Ed,I’m kidding——————:)

canopfor on June 3, 2010 at 12:40 PM

BriWi says this off the air, and when he’s safely beyond NBC’s editorial control. Bret Baier would say it to the President’s face. There’s the difference between the two anchors.

MTF on June 3, 2010 at 12:41 PM

MTF on June 3, 2010 at 12:41 PM

very true

cmsinaz on June 3, 2010 at 12:41 PM

If you’re expecting a pat on the back now Brian; as the Brits say “BUGGER OFF!”

My take on the whole interview is that he was patting himself (and the media) on the back. He wasn’t really going after the world’s most famous amatuer golfer, it was more like collateral damage.

reaganaut on June 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

NBC anchor: Cameras are the only reason you’re responding, champ
=========================================================

Heres what Brian williams is conveying,

Iowa Class Battleship fires its 16 inch guns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsNlmiLJGIw

canopfor on June 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Obama is responsible for more and more broken clocks speaking out…

MadisonConservative on June 3, 2010 at 12:42 PM

amatuer

bleh.

reaganaut on June 3, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Rush also called this Obama’s “Bay of Rigs.”

jjjdad on June 3, 2010 at 12:39 PM

jjjdad: I heard that a few days ago,too funny!

canopfor on June 3, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Champ

CHUMP.

portlandon on June 3, 2010 at 12:44 PM

It’s too late BW, you led the charge to elect this moron. I’m sure when you’re back in the ONE’S presence, you’ll curtsy this time.

d1carter on June 3, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Hmmm, most I get from this is a lot of backpatting by Williams for Williams. Preening, even.

ProfessorMiao on June 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Has anyone else noticed, that since a few in the early stages, such as Carville, voiced their disapproval of Obama, and his handling of this crisis….more, and more, each day come forth and voice their own as well?

It’s as if…some were just waiting for others, or one to voice it first. Amazing. I think for a long while now, they’ve not been to happy with the way things are going. Probably not for the same reasons most of us are unhappy about things, but unhappy just the same. Now…they seem as if they can’t wait to make their voice heard about their anger, and discontent.

Doesn’t mean I trust any one of them though. They’re still socialists, and still want this nation to go that way.

capejasmine on June 3, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Here is a really good,from Day 1 DeepWater Rig Disaster
Website,Timeline and Team Obama Timelines.
============================================

Deepwater Horizon oil spill

http://www.eoearth.org/article/Deepwater_Horizon_oil_spill

canopfor on June 3, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Would have been nice if Brian Williams et.al. had cared as much about the flood in Nashville. Obama STILL hasn’t gone there, and I don’t think Williams has either, and it’s the biggest weather-related disaster to hit a major American city since….Katrina.

rockmom on June 3, 2010 at 12:30 PM

What’s this Nashville flood you speak of?

Oh, look ! Paul McCartney’s playing for Camelot !

BowHuntingTexas on June 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

At least Williams has stopped genuflecting, and that’s a start.

Yeah…now he curtsies.

But Brian’s cheeky report does inspire me to wonder — if it is easy for conservatives to hold the out-of-step-media-liberals in complete contempt, then why does O’Baama so despise them while they line up rub the magic lamp and wonder at his glory and world class temperament?

And make no mistake — he holds them in contempt.

Jaibones on June 3, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Where’s the Navy?

Grounded on a red-tape sandbar.

Then a Senator needs to drag the Secretary of the Navy in and have the Navy lay out A) all the possible ways they can assist with personnel and material and B) all of their options should they be given the direction to close/cap/seal or bring the well back to controllable status.

Seriously, the Navy has tens of thousands of personnel who have already been trained to work this problem and thousands who have actually done this work before. It hurts my heart to see that we aren’t using these near perfect resources when we easily could and instead are dragging booms behind SLOW AS SNAILS shrimpboats and playing with civilian ROV’s when the U.S. Navy could have human eyes on the pipe and the area within 24 hours.

The Navy has ships SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED to suck up seawater contaminated with oil and spit out fresh water. They are tied to the dock. They have ships ideally suited to transport and deploy booms very rapidly, they are tied to the docks below New Orleans. LCAC’s could be leading clean up and mitigation efforts by quickly moving response crews to affected areas without damaging the marshes, they are still sitting onshore, unused.

Cut the red tape.

Jason Coleman on June 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

What’s this Nashville flood you speak of?

Oh, look! Paul McCartney’s playing for Camelot!

BowHuntingTexas on June 3, 2010 at 12:47 PM

And speaking of contempt…nicely done.

Jaibones on June 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

Krakauer says, “When you’ve lost BriWi …” I don’t know if Obama has lost Williams, who bowed to Obama last year during an interview. At least Williams has stopped genuflecting, and that’s a start.

Maybe BriWi don’t like the taste of the chrome trailer hitch no mo’….

ted c on June 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM

The first PR visit was a disaster. I have to admit, I give him kudos for even trying it again, that was so bad.

Shipping in pretend workers?

Oh man.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Brian Williams was one of the people all teary eyed in the middle of the night when they announced that Gore had lost. In 2004, no tears, he just acted p*ssed off. So now I read that he bowed to Obama???? I wouldn’t take anything he says without triple checking.

And again, come November, he’ll be giving Obama a tongue bath.

Blake on June 3, 2010 at 12:52 PM

What I heard was a PO’d celebrity reporter being defensive about a comment that was directed at him and his colleagues. “Whaddya mean, when the cameras go away”? Williams is saying exactly what Obama said, except he had to throw in that he’s been involved since Katrina. So he just moved “day one” a little bit to make himself look good.

Jaynie59 on June 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Heavy duty, man.

More like pathetic. Pathetic self-serving Brian Williams boasting about how his standard-issue hysterics played out for once, and pathetic in his half-ass criticisms of Obama.

The media is a sick joke and a serial American farce.

rrpjr on June 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

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canopfor on June 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Daddy? Have you plugged that hole in Brian Willams yet?

andycanuck on June 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

The “champ” headline was a deliberate homage to my co-blogger. Plus, it just fits.

Ed Morrissey on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I love it when they call him…..champ…. it totally fits.

ted c on June 3, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Daddy? Have you plugged that hole in Brian Willams yet?

andycanuck on June 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

andycanuck: Ah..um….honey…Brian Williams is coming over
to supper tonight,and you can..ah..ask him to..
shut his h..o..,ah…I mean ask him later!!
(sarc):)

canopfor on June 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Daddy? Have you plugged that hole in Brian Willams yet?

andycanuck on June 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

bow chicka bow wow…

ted c on June 3, 2010 at 12:57 PM

I think the real news today isn’t how he’s handling the PR, it’s how he’s pushing for cap-and-trade.

That really does irritate me beyond anything else.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Jaibones on June 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

No kidding.

Cut the red tape.

Jason Coleman on June 3, 2010 at 12:49 PM

There was a former CEO of Shell Oil on Fox this morning that said that they could have oil tankers out there vacuuming up the oil (for processing).

Why in the hell hasn’t this been done?

When this hits shore it’s going to wipe out a large chunk of American tourism and fishing.

I’m with James Carville on this. I’m not near the shoreline but (They’re) “… gonna die down there !!!”.

BowHuntingTexas on June 3, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I’m sorry, I hear his name and all I can think of his is his stomach turning obsequious, “oooh what a gooood dooog!”

TheBigOldDog on June 3, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Oh, good. More input from Bison Dele.

Lanceman on June 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I’ve concluded that this is a situation where all of us are culpable. Those resisting change in how we live, based on oil, have a part to play. Those who are pseudo-enviornomentalists, pretending that they are smarter than the rest of us who drove drilling into overly-deep waters, have a part to play. Those who are actually in charge of the technology and know the limits but still took the risks, have a part to play.

There are no innocents in this disaster. That’s probably good.

It could actually lead to some intelligent debate.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Still trying to plug the Sestak hole.

seven on June 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM

There was a former CEO of Shell Oil on Fox this morning that said that they could have oil tankers out there vacuuming up the oil (for processing).

If the press hasn’t been on top of this for years, I seriously question their knowledge base right now.

Seriously.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Do you EVER shut up with your nonsense?

Lanceman on June 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM

OBAMA IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER

Mutnodjmet on June 3, 2010 at 1:15 PM

It could actually lead to some intelligent debate.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

Seriously.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Whatever you say, Dear.

Del Dolemonte on June 3, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Do you EVER shut up with your nonsense?

Lanceman on June 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Which part do you object to?

You should know that I don’t take general snark remarks remotely to heart.

It’s lazy, on your part, and you know it.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:16 PM

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM
Do you EVER shut up with your nonsense?

Lanceman on June 3, 2010 at 1:10 PM

C’mon man, the delusional belief that substantive discussion is coming out of Washington makes it postworthy.

di butler on June 3, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Those resisting change in how we live, based on oil, have a part to play.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

That’s one of the dumbest things you’ve ever said, and there have been some whoppers. Resisting change? In what way? Can you take an oil-free job, where the place you work doesn’t use any oil? Can you buy an automobile that doesn’t need oil? Hybrids still need gas, and they’re cost-prohibitive. Not being able to afford one isn’t “resistance to change”, unless you believe we should worsen our debt crisis in order to get off of oil. Have you come up with a more critical textile than plastic?

The banality and vapidity of your statement actually made my head hurt.

MadisonConservative on June 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM

You are an idiot concern troll Ann.

(Imitating Rush Limbaugh’s pansy child’s voice), “I have come to the conclusion that we’re all culpable…”

Can’t you go someplace else and ruin their threads? You are one tedious……

Lanceman on June 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Since we’re on “Daddy, why…..” comments.

“Daddy, why did Rep. Sestak turn down your offer of SecNav?”

GarandFan on June 3, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Can’t you go someplace else and ruin their threads? You are one tedious……

Lanceman on June 3, 2010 at 1:20 PM

It really is tiresome to read through all of her air-headed nonsense.

AsianGirlInTights on June 3, 2010 at 1:26 PM

“At least Williams has stopped genuflecting, and that’s a start.”

Sooo…

I guess the press corps standing when Obowma enters the room is on hold as well…?

Seven Percent Solution on June 3, 2010 at 1:32 PM

I thought Olby was the NBC news anchor. Who knew?

faraway on June 3, 2010 at 1:35 PM

The left will be disappointed with BO in the end — the mountain of facts showing how incompetent he has been will be impossible to ignore. The unfortunate thing is that they will blame him rather than their failed ideology. There is a significant relationship to BO’s ideology and the response of this government to all issues.

ClanDerson on June 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Oh, come on, Brian Williams. Cronkite was your guiding North Star? That was your first mistake. The later ones involve your not understanding the damage the man had done as the facts have become uncovered.

onlineanalyst on June 3, 2010 at 1:37 PM

I think Ed and Allah have finally merged into a single blogger.

fiatboomer on June 3, 2010 at 12:24 PM

The “champ” headline was a deliberate homage to my co-blogger. Plus, it just fits.

Ed Morrissey on June 3, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Heh… Wonder twin powers… activate? (duck)

Skywise on June 3, 2010 at 1:39 PM

There are no innocents in this disaster. That’s probably good.

It could actually lead to some intelligent debate.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I’m pretty certain the fish and birds are innocent.

ladyingray on June 3, 2010 at 1:40 PM

If Williams and the other pretty faces in the media would ask the more challenging questions re how is the government red tape and bureaucracy creating and exacerbating solving the problem…and then give plenty of examples such as those Navy ships mentioned above or the delays with EPA approval on the dredging, we might get somewhere.

onlineanalyst on June 3, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Is this “reporter” the same a$$hat that literally bowed to Obama?

visions on June 3, 2010 at 1:45 PM

The unfortunate thing is that they will blame him rather than their failed ideology.

ClanDerson on June 3, 2010 at 1:36 PM

They will never blame Obama. They will blame us.

We were too racist, redneck, or violent.

faraway on June 3, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Daddy? Have you plugged that had someone plug a hole in Brian Willams yet?
andycanuck on June 3, 2010 at 12:53 PM

FIFY -

TeresainFortWorth on June 3, 2010 at 1:47 PM

“We’ve lost Brian Williams!”

“The sky is falling!”

Khun Joe on June 3, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I think the real news today isn’t how he’s handling the PR, it’s how he’s pushing for cap-and-trade.

That really does irritate me beyond anything else.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Ann: Go over to http://www.spectator.org and learn how much Kerry’s Cap and Tax bill is tied to payoffs from big business. The O-administration and all of the congressional Greenies are using this disaster to line their own pockets and to pick the winners and losers in their Utopian command economy.

Here is just a sampling of the article:

* British Petroleum and Conoco Phillips opposed cap-and-trade legislation enacted by the House of Representatives because they thought it was insufficiently generous. In the Senate, they got a better deal. Senator Kerry said that he’s “been working very closely” with BP and C-P, and the lobbying has paid dividends. The refining industry receives twice as many free carbon credits under Kerry’s cap-and-trade scheme as the one established by the House. C-P CEO Jim Mulva even bragged in a statement that his company “is pleased with the attention that has been given our key issues.”

onlineanalyst on June 3, 2010 at 1:56 PM

ObaMao is more than complicit in allowing this blowout and resultant oil spill to continue in such damaging proportions. He and his foolish agencies have been dragging their feet and creating roadblocks to timely solutions for his own political purposes.

Is he pushing to create another “enemy of the State” to rile up Americans? Does he want to destroy and remake every economic sector into his vision for America?

onlineanalyst on June 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Let Obama eat his Paul McCartney White House concert arugula salad!!!

With a fine oil dressing.

profitsbeard on June 3, 2010 at 12:32 PM

If the right had any real balls, they’d make a short video, which starts out with the oil gushing, then shows either Barack or Michelle…doing something silly: golfing and the date, gardening and the date, vacation and the date, Michelle showing Harry Reed how to do yoga or some such, Barack and Michelle sitting in awe while McCartney belittles GWB about not knowing what a library is.

I venture to say that a man who’s married to Laura Bush and is the son of Barbara Bush, one of the most well read people in the world, knows better what a library is than the two dummies gawking at the even more stupid McCartney.

Shame on President Obama for not objecting to such emtiness. It diminished him.

Schadenfreude on June 3, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Those resisting change in how we live, based on oil, have a part to play.

No.

Those of us chosing to live in the world we have, have no part in this.

We need oil, we will need oil for decades. Oil has given us a standard of living beyond anything anyone could have imagined 100 years ago, even more so the further back you go in time. From power to plastic to defense. Oil powers the ships that bring aid to disaster areas, it power the trucks that keep the economy running, it gave us plastics for use in healthcare and computing.

I could literally go on for thousands of words.

It is the irrational enviro-nuts who want us to suddenly live off of future *unproven* technologies, or embrace suffering and misery by rolling back the clock (which will also slow or even stop any of those future discoveries).

reaganaut on June 3, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Obama has been only occasionally engaged on the spill — and hardly at all until his press conference last week.

True Dat – One Term President – Loses both Congressional Houses this November. November isn’t the only thing I can see from my house I can see constant footage of this oil spill disaster being mismanaged and under addressed by our Government.

Dr Evil on June 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM

And now the POS-in-Chief is going to turn the oil spill disaster into a prop for global warming and cap-n-tax.

How much more of this can we take?

petefrt on June 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I’ve concluded that this is a situation where all of us are culpable. … There are no innocents in this disaster. That’s probably good.
It could actually lead to some intelligent debate.
AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 1:07 PM

So long as you’re in the house, intelligent debate on anything is impossible. Peddle your sophomoric “we’re all guilty” strawman arguments somewhere else.

ya2daup on June 3, 2010 at 2:13 PM

The media is like a timid complacent deer caught in the headlights of reality and don’t know which way to run. Fools they were to support Obama and likely fools they will remain.

docdave on June 3, 2010 at 2:17 PM

How much more of this can we take?

petefrt on June 3, 2010 at 2:10 PM

It’s what a self-serving opportunist does…he’ll milk it for whatever he can get out of it. I see he’s going back to the Gulf tomorrow for another photo op. I don’t blame Mr. President for the spill, but I’m sure not impressed with ANYTHING he’s done about it.

scalleywag on June 3, 2010 at 2:33 PM

OBAMA: “How could the oil still be flowing? We had a meeting, where I demanded that it stop flowing. I don’t understand….”

RBMN on June 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Totally unfair, RBMN. They had two meetings. So…

Jaibones on June 3, 2010 at 2:43 PM

The right message right now will be one who poses a legitimate energy policy.

And it better not include deep-ocean off-shore drilling.

This has been too traumatic.

AnninCA on June 3, 2010 at 2:47 PM

♫♪ Bassaball jones,

Obama’s got a bassaball jones,

He’s got a bassaball jones

Woo–oooo-ooooooooooooo ♪♫

viking01 on June 3, 2010 at 2:50 PM

Now just a freeking minute. A couple of years ago it was, “We’re running out of oil,” now it’s, “If they don’t fix this, it will be gushing for the rest of our lives.”

- The Cat

MirCat on June 3, 2010 at 2:51 PM

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