Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on June 14, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama has tried hard in recent days to be seen as fully engaged in the Gulf oil spill disaster.  Unfortunately, his rhetoric doesn’t match his actions.  Rick Klein at ABC’s The Note reported yesterday on how Obama has gotten forced into sounding as though he’s providing some leadership after clearly miscalculating in his response for the first several weeks of the disaster:

President Obama is now reacting to theBP oil mess in precisely the way he said he didn’t need to. After weeks of insisting that bringing rhetorical heat on BPexecutives wouldn’t get anything done, that’s just what he’s starting to do. …

Nearly two months into the environmental calamity in the region, he’s making his fourth visit to the Gulf region – this time, spending an overnight and the better part of two days. …

Why the shift? The White House is beginning to realize that the political fallout of the oil spill is very real — and holding office for a year and a half makes it harder to blame the previous administration for evident shortcomings.

Just as the president and his top aides didn’t fully grasp the scale of environmental fallout, they didn’t comprehend the degree to which the response to the incident has evolved into a test of presidential leadership.

They’re starting to figure it out, but they’re leaping from casual detachment to panicked hyperbole in nothing flat:

Obama — facing mounting criticism of his handling of the BP gusher, even from longtime allies — vowed to make a “bold” push for a new energy law even as the calamity continues to unfold. And he said he will use the rest of his presidency to try to put the United States on a course toward a “new way of doing business when it comes to energy.”

“In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11,” the president said in an Oval Office interview on Friday, “I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.”

After comparing the Gulf spill to 9/11, which “shaped our psyche” mainly because of the 3,000 people who got murdered, how did Barack Obama signal his newfound commitment to responding to the national catastrophe?  Jim Hoft notices that Obama kicked some ass … on the golf course:

President Barack Obama spent four hours on the golf course Sunday in temperatures that peaked in the low 90s.

The White House pool reported that they left Andrews Air Force Base as it started to rain after 4 p.m.

Because after 9/11, this nation was inspired by a President who climbed on top of the hill on the 18th fairway and said, “Fore!”

If Obama wants to start impressing people, he needs to stop talking and start taking some action.

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He just confused going to the Gulf with going golfing.

Disturb the Universe on June 14, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Amateur and disgrace.

txag92 on June 14, 2010 at 8:11 AM

On the job training is working out really well, right captain ka?

cmsinaz on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

The Obama administration refused the skimmers from the Netherlands, the chemical dispersants from the UK, and the 90,000 feet perday of oil boom from the Maine manufacturer because they want to force “green energy” on us.

They were willing to sacrifice the gulf coast of the U.S. to further their expensive “green energy” agenda.

jaime on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Why the shift? The White House is beginning to realize that the political fallout of the oil spill is very real

That’s the only concern that gets this administration off the dime, in any situation.

JeffWeimer on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Disturb the Universe on June 14, 2010 at 8:10 AM

“Going golfing? I said I wanted to go Gulfing!”

Wouldn’t be his lamest explanation …

Ed Morrissey on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Because after 9/11, this nation was inspired by a President who climbed on top of the hill on the 18th fairway and said, “Fore!”

Putt-z.

Shy Guy on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I figure: Despite this impressive show of doing nothing, when the problem is finally abated, he’ll take all the ultimlate credit for the positive outcome. And the media will agree. And those of us with memories will be “uncooperative.”

apostic on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

I’m surprised he didn’t go to the gulf and golf there. A tar ball and birdies weekend.

Aviator on June 14, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Dear Mister Obama:

We are not impress.

Americans of The Gulf Region

P.S. More is going to come out on this and it does explain why Mister Obama and BP have fumbled and bumbled their way through this. Links were posted last night….

Key West Reader on June 14, 2010 at 8:13 AM

I felt from the beginning that they would drag this out to bankrupt British Petroleum –

wheels on June 14, 2010 at 8:14 AM

“Sunday June 13, 2010 is a golf day that will live in infamy!!”

Caper29 on June 14, 2010 at 8:15 AM

If Obama wants to start impressing people, he needs to stop talking and start taking some action.

He doesn’t even know what that means.

Cindy Munford on June 14, 2010 at 8:16 AM

I think the last thing in the world I want Obama to do is act.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on June 14, 2010 at 8:16 AM

Another Ivy=tower elitist with no clue about the rest of the country.

He is a 50% partner in killing the Gulf for decades.

Heckuva job, Barry…

rockbend on June 14, 2010 at 8:20 AM

What happened to the kick ass graphic?

beatcanvas on June 14, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Nobody could be that stupid. I smell a rat.

mr.blacksheep on June 14, 2010 at 8:21 AM

I’m starting to wonder if he is paranoid and uses golf outings to ensure that his conversations with his cohorts can’t be monitored in the confines of the White House.

deedledee on June 14, 2010 at 8:26 AM

If Obama wants to start impressing people, he needs to stop talking and start taking some action.

All his life all he’s ever done is talk. He doesn’t have a clue how to act because he has never before be in the position of being the place where the buck stops. And what’s truly scary about him is that after 17 months he still hasn’t figured out that his job is an executive one – he has to make decisions, act, and deal with the consequences of his decisions and actions. He is an utter disaster.

ProfessorMiao on June 14, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Finally, someone has found the journalistic vocabulary to start calling this underwater petroleum geyser “a gusher!” To call what is happening in the Gulf “a leak” is just career-saving understatement that shouldn’t fool anybody.
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It’s such a comfort that Øbummer is so predictable in his reaction to political pressure!
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Has anybody heard anything from Kanye West or Sean Penn, yet? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

ExpressoBold on June 14, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Next our craven little Community Agitator in Chief will try to use the oil spill to cram his cap-n-tax down our throats.

petefrt on June 14, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Those folks down in the Gulf are going to have to start asking forgiveness then permission. A lot of people are showing up on TV with things to soak up the oil that haven’t been tested by the EPA for their environmental impact. Since most I have seen don’t involve chemicals how much more damage can they do? Mr. Obama whines about regulations but continuing to allow this stuff to hit the coast is the real text book example of bureaucracy and regulations.

Cindy Munford on June 14, 2010 at 8:31 AM

I’m convinced he’s just in this job for the perks.

Maynard G. Krebs for the new millenium.

tru2tx on June 14, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Leadership.

Stupidity.

FIFY

NoFanofLibs on June 14, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Wow, he’s gonna address us from the Oval Office. Wow, this must really be important. Wow just wow.

Another kick me some ass speech.

Dhuka on June 14, 2010 at 8:34 AM

He hasn’t worked so much as a paper route. He does not understand leadership. All he understands is talk. For the most part, executives work their way up. Odamna started at the top. He’s like the boss’s son who spends his life as a playboy and suddenly has to run the whole show. He hasn’t got a clue how anything actually works. Wile E. Coyote could do a better job running the ACME Company than our poseur in chief has done with the country.

I weep for my nation and long for 2012.

Crusader Rabbit on June 14, 2010 at 8:36 AM

They’re starting to figure it out, but they’re leaping from casual detachment to panicked hyperbole in nothing flat:

Mark my words they’re doing this to justify an assault on our oil and energy business sector. They will destroy that or attempt to take it over.

Nothing will be left unscathed if this Administration and its policy to not let any crisis go to waste continues on its all too predictable path.

skatz51 on June 14, 2010 at 8:38 AM

We don’t need a new energy law, you stupid cow. We need you to fix a broken oil well.

Time for another lecture on TV. What an asshole.

GTR640 on June 14, 2010 at 8:38 AM

This may explain the delays in responding… Both BP and the Admin involved

Key West Reader on June 14, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Dougr’s post is helpful. Somewhere in MSM a week or two ago I saw a report that the well casing was found to have ruptured, but can’t recall where it was published.

If so, Øbama knows it’s going to get a lot worse and he’s scrambling for cover.

petefrt on June 14, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Wow, he’s gonna address us from the Oval Office. Wow, this must really be important. Wow just wow.

Another kick me some ass speech.


Time for another LECTURE!!!!!!

GTR640 on June 14, 2010 at 8:39 AM

“You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Enough said by a man greater than the One.

EliTheBean on June 14, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Dhuka: he’s been in charge since day 1,don’cha know cuz it’s W’s fault

cmsinaz on June 14, 2010 at 8:43 AM

A real crisis just doesn’t respond to lame speeches, photo-ops and styrofoam columns, but that’s all he’s ever had. His bag of tricks is as empty as his rhetoric.
Is there anyone in his cadre of fluffers that has the gonads to tell him that his golf dates make him look disconnected and uncaring? Anyone?…Bueller?

SKYFOX on June 14, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Enough said by a man greater than the One.

EliTheBean on June 14, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Doesn’t narrow the field much.

mr.blacksheep on June 14, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Continuing along with this theme of not being fully engaged, check out this utterly pathetic “West Wing Week” video from the White House website. Didn’t Obama quote from Corinthians in his (vastly overrated) Inaugural Address – It’s time to put away childish things?

As a side note, I love the ad for “croakers” (see vid still photo). It’s a great metaphor for this administration.

Buy Danish on June 14, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Rahm: Mr. President, you need to change your approach to the Gulf.

President: You’re right Rahm. I should go with the 9 iron.

Rahm: Excellent move, Mr. President.

Mr_Magoo on June 14, 2010 at 8:48 AM

Still more golf. WTF is wrong with this guy?

Obama — facing mounting criticism of his handling of the BP gusher, even from longtime allies — vowed to make a “bold” push for a new energy law even as the calamity continues to unfold.

Maybe enviro-nuts will like this, maybe as much as 35% of the country will like this. But I think a good-size majority are going to say, “What the h*ll is wrong with this guy? Plug the hole and get started on the containment and cleanup.”

I think Palin sucked the wind out the run-up to his Tuesday speech with her most recent Facebook post. And Huckabee had a great show of Americans who offered a number of solutions for cleaning the mess up.

If Obama had been leading Great Britain at the Battle of Dunkirk, it would have turned out like Pearl Harbor. That Obama hasn’t down everything to invite “all hands on deck” and to get out of the way of Americans willing to roll up their sleeves and solve the problem is a national disgrace.

Go ahead, Obama, play through.

BuckeyeSam on June 14, 2010 at 8:49 AM

They were willing to sacrifice the gulf coast of the U.S. to further their expensive “green energy” agenda.

jaime on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Right on. As Rahm Emmanuel said, “A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” We all know how much this Administration wants “reform,” which is code for revolution. And their version of revolution is one where poor people must be driven by suffering to rise up. Failing that, there is well documented hostility on the part of this Administration towards “poor white trash” and those who cling “bitterly” to their guns and religion.

From this perspective, the destruction of the Gulf of Mexico is Obama’s gain. Either (1) he can use it to force some new statist, socialist environmental regime on us; or (2) it will hurt the people and the country, which needs to be brought low and reinvented again, anyway; and/or (3) screw those people in the Gulf anyway. They’re practically subhuman.

GTR640 on June 14, 2010 at 8:51 AM

Look, it’s obvious now that the same person or people who are to blame for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill disaster are the same ones who killed Ron and Nicole in Brentwood in 1994, and like O.J., Obama knows the only place to track the culprit(s) down is on the golf courses of America.

jon1979 on June 14, 2010 at 8:53 AM

He’s staying overnight? Is there a concert?

Canadian Infidel on June 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM

If Obama wants to start impressing people, he needs to stop talking and start taking some action.

He would, if he could find the ticket so that he can pick up his Captain KickAss costume from the cleaners.

Damn those Chinese laundries!

pilamaye on June 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

They were willing to sacrifice the gulf coast of the U.S. to further their expensive “green energy” agenda.

jaime on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

TX – Republican Governor
LA – Republican Governor
MS – Republican Governor
AL – Republican Governor
FL – Republican (former, now I) Governor

Any questions?

CC

CapedConservative on June 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Because after 9/11, this nation was inspired by a President who climbed on top of the hill on the 18th fairway and said, “Fore!”

You outdid yourself on that one.

tarpon on June 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

vowed to make a “bold” push for a new energy law

We don’t need another law. We need concrete action now.

Idiot.

And he said he will use the rest of his presidency to try to put the United States on a course toward a “new way of doing business when it comes to energy.”

Gee, what could a Marxist have in mind?
I wonder if the year he spent putting the United States on a course toward a new way of doing business when it comes to healthcare might give us some clues.

single stack on June 14, 2010 at 8:59 AM

This may explain the delays in responding… Both BP and the Admin involved
Key West Reader on June 14, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Eeeevil Haliburton’s role. I blame Dick Cheney:

On April 1, a job log written by a Halliburton employee, Marvin Volek, warns that BP’s use of cement “was
against our best practices.”

An April 18 internal Halliburton memorandum indicates that Halliburton again warned BP about its practices,
this time saying that a “severe” gas flow problem would occur if the casings were not centered more carefully.

Around that same time, a BP document shows, company officials chose a type of casing with a greater risk of
collapsing.

Buy Danish on June 14, 2010 at 9:02 AM

This may explain the delays in responding… Both BP and the Admin involved

Key West Reader on June 14, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Chilling, no terrifying. Prayer time. Thanks for the link.

TXUS on June 14, 2010 at 9:06 AM

He better come to the rescue by getting that guy in Maine’s booms down there and Costner’s machines to contain the spill before it turns into his Chernobyl

http://www.aesopinstitute.org/index.html

scalleywag on June 14, 2010 at 9:07 AM

The Presidential reaction here is an embarrassment, per usual, but the Obamateurism here is what, precisely, golf?

I’d love to see more gaffes and goofs, whether serious or silly, not just more shallowness or general incompetence.

It’s probably hard to come up with one day after day; I wouldn’t mind Mon/Wed/Fri.

Or perhaps your readers could be persuaded to do more of the footwork — maybe “your name in lights” to the person who sends in the best doozy of the day?

JM Hanes on June 14, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Did not the President blame the GOP Friday for the Gulf disaster? Something about the GOP not voting for regulations that were never proposed by the President to help prevent what no one saw happening.

Where is the video of this? Anyone?

mechkiller_k on June 14, 2010 at 9:10 AM

TX – Republican Governor
LA – Republican Governor
MS – Republican Governor
AL – Republican Governor
FL – Republican (former, now I) Governor

Any questions?

CC

CapedConservative on June 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I have been waiting for someone to point this out.

mechkiller_k on June 14, 2010 at 9:13 AM

He’s staying overnight? Is there a concert?

Canadian Infidel on June 14, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Can’t be for the sea food. Most restaurants are closed down.

mechkiller_k on June 14, 2010 at 9:16 AM

So let’s recap Obama’s actions thus far (between rounds of golf and parties):

1) Launch criminal investigations against BP, thereby distracting them from plugging the damn hole.

2) Issue a blanket moratorium on offshore drilling which will cost tens of thousands of jobs in the gulf.

3) Begin cap-and-trade push that will ultimately cost hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes and fees.

The interesting part is that none of this contributes to the job at hand: stopping the leak and containing the spill.

Leadership.

pain train on June 14, 2010 at 9:20 AM

He’s not the only one with a real crisis on his hands. We all will be feeling the effects of this ‘gusher’ for decades. The gulf coast will be ruined and the flow will carry this oil up the East Coast as well. The oil companies should never have been forced to drill that deeply without vastly improving the technology to deal with this kind of disaster. The reason the enviro nuts are silent is because they know their hands are dirty.

Kissmygrits on June 14, 2010 at 9:22 AM

They were willing to sacrifice the gulf coast of the U.S. to further their expensive “green energy” agenda.

jaime on June 14, 2010 at 8:12 AM

They may get their wish. Posters experienced and familiar with such things say that the leak may be “down hole.” This could become even worse. Very interesting and detailed post and comments on The Oil Drum forum.

A down hole leak is dangerous and damaging for several reasons.
There will be erosion throughout the entire beat up, beat on and beat down remainder of the “system” including that inaccessible leak. The same erosion I spoke about in the first post is still present and has never stopped, cannot be stopped, is impossible to stop and will always be present in and acting on anything that is left which has crude oil “Product” rushing through it. There are abrasives still present, swirling flow will create hot spots of wear and this erosion is relentless and will always be present until eventually it wears away enough material to break it’s way out. It will slowly eat the bop away especially at the now pinched off riser head and it will flow more and more. Perhaps BP can outrun or keep up with that out flow with various suckage methods for a period of time, but eventually the well will win that race, just how long that race will be?…no one really knows….However now?…there are other problems that a down hole leak will and must produce that will compound this already bad situation. [snip]

This down hole leak will undermine the foundation of the seabed in and around the well area. It also weakens the only thing holding up the massive Blow Out Preventer’s immense bulk of 450 tons. In fact?…we are beginning to the results of the well’s total integrity beginning to fail due to the undermining being caused by the leaking well bore.
Over the next 2 months the mechanical situation also cannot improve, it can only get worse, getting better is an impossibility. While they may make some gains on collecting the leaked oil, the structural situation cannot heal itself. It will continue to erode and flow out more oil and eventually the inevitable collapse which cannot be stopped will happen. It is only a simple matter of who can “get there first”…us or the well.

We can only hope the race against that eventuality is one we can win, but my assessment I am sad to say is that we will not.[snip]
http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6593/648967

Deanna on June 14, 2010 at 9:22 AM

And he said he will use the rest of his presidency to try to put the United States on a course toward a “new way of doing business when it comes to energy

Dolt. Problem is, his new way = failure.

If a plane crashes, we must ban all air travel while Barry figures out a better way for us to fly?

Train derails, Barry will suspend all rail traffic while Duh One, Super Genius, comes up with a new way to move freight and passengers that is 100% safe.

Car accident – the highways are not safe, Barry will figure out how we can cruise around like George Jetson.

This is crunch time, folks. Things are getting dangerous, anything like cap and trade, or hysterical legislation regarding oil as an energy source could push us over the edge economically.

reaganaut on June 14, 2010 at 9:25 AM

TX – Republican Governor
LA – Republican Governor
MS – Republican Governor
AL – Republican Governor
FL – Republican (former, now I) Governor

Any questions?

CapedConservative on June 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

“Daddy, why won’t you plug the hole?”

petefrt on June 14, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Is there a website that tracks Barry’s day-to-day activities ?

DOES THIS CLOWN EVER WORK ? I would love to see how many hours he has spent on the gulf crisis vs how many hours he has spent on the golf course, hosting parties, making stump speeches, and smoking Kools outside with the White House landscapers .

DeweyWins on June 14, 2010 at 9:26 AM

This is crunch time, folks. Things are getting dangerous, anything like cap and trade, or hysterical legislation regarding oil as an energy source could push us over the edge economically.

reaganaut on June 14, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I’m bracing for it, unfortunately.

petefrt on June 14, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Will. Not. Watch. Tonight.

However, I predict the speech will go like this:

Let me be clear, I have been engaged from the beginning.

It is all Bush’s fault.

I have appointed a commission to develop recommendations to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future.

In the meantime, I have ordered the government takeover of the oil industry.

Your taxes will necessarily skyrocket, but it’s all Bush’s fault.

BitterClinger on June 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Another kick me some ass speech drinking game.

Dhuka on June 14, 2010 at 8:34 AM

ladyingray on June 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Herman Cain says that there is nobody in charge.
http://www.hermancain.com/news/press-opinion.asp?id=10

onlineanalyst on June 14, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Key West Reader on June 14, 2010 at 8:14 AM

That’s depressing.

Akzed on June 14, 2010 at 10:15 AM

I pray every night that we can last until November.

BetseyRoss on June 14, 2010 at 10:42 AM

“I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful spending,” -Obooba.

“If I had tried to do my homework you prolly would have made me cut the lawn instead, so it’s your fault,” -Li’l Barry Soetero.

Akzed on June 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM

I’m starting to wonder if he is paranoid and uses golf outings to ensure that his conversations with his cohorts can’t be monitored in the confines of the White House.

deedledee on June 14, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Maybe Van Jones is shagging balls at the driving range for Bam.

tpitman on June 14, 2010 at 10:54 AM

I saw in my newspapar daily propaganda sheet that Obama is going to demand control of a multi-billion dollar escro account set up by BP for compensation of spill victims.

Isn’t this like giving a drunk access to a distillery??

If Obama gets control of the money, you can bet that all of the “victims” who actually receive “compensation” turn out to be government employees and/or Obama’s buddies and anyone who isn’t will get stiffed?

landlines on June 14, 2010 at 10:57 AM

I’m starting to wonder if he is paranoid and uses golf outings to ensure that his conversations with his cohorts can’t be monitored in the confines of the White House.

Good point.

I wonder what the deal is with these outings, though. Do they close the entire course? They must.

Does it take extra secret service to patrol the vast area? Increased air patrols?

I pretty much gave up golf a while back because I’m either working too much, or not working enough and can’t fit it into the budget.

Nice that I could start paying for golf again.

reaganaut on June 14, 2010 at 11:10 AM

The more I think about this boob tube chat, the worse it seems.

Before meeting with BP?

One example I can think of; imagine a GM holding a press conference the day before he meets a player and agent to discuss new contract. There are many other examples.

There is really no need for this other than to exploit the situation for political gain and to cover his own kickable ass.

reaganaut on June 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

What’s Barry gonna do if and when Jindal shuts down the pipelines?

School’s out, folks.

Christien on June 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

President Barack Obama spent four hours on the golf course Sunday in temperatures that peaked in the low 90s.
The White House pool reported that they left Andrews Air Force Base as it started to rain after 4 p.m.

I thought President Kickass was standing out in the rain meeting with experts to find out whose ass to kick.

What’s da matta, Mistah Pwesident? Can’t handle a widdle wain on your pawade?

Or has he become the Wicked Witch of the East? Meltdown!!!

Steve Z on June 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Well, I guess the WH bunch now figure that in current climate, it is better (poll tested) to be considered incompetent than devious.

Incompetent – Had no idea the impact of the oil leakage or public repsonse to their handling (non-action)

Even though we’ve been told by teh WON “Feds were on the job since Day 1″, and he himself fully informed “in the loop”

Devious – “Never let a crisis go to waste”

Sir Napsalot on June 14, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The Obama brand always stunk. The citizenry is just now really smelling the intensity of the stench.

Schadenfreude on June 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM

If Obama wants to start impressing people, he needs to stop talking and start taking some action.

Now you’re pushing him into unfamiliar territory.

tom on June 14, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Somewhere in MSM a week or two ago I saw a report that the well casing was found to have ruptured, but can’t recall where it was published.
petefrt on June 14, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Is this it?

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Guest Post: BP Official Admits to Damage BENEATH THE SEA FLOOR

As I noted Tuesday, there is growing evidence that BP’s oil well – technically called the “well casing” or “well bore” – has suffered damage beneath the level of the sea floor.
The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor. Indeed, it appears that BP officials themselves have admitted to such damage. This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer.

On May 31st, the Washington Post noted:
Sources at two companies involved with the well said that BP also discovered new damage inside the well below the seafloor and that, as a result, some of the drilling mud that was successfully forced into the well was going off to the side into rock formations.

“We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface,” said a BP official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that mud was making it “out to the side, into the formation.”

DSchoen on June 14, 2010 at 3:56 PM

I thought President Kickass was standing out in the rain meeting with experts to find out whose ass to kick.
Steve Z on June 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Apparently he has taken over OJ’s search for the “real killers” that are hiding on some golf course somewhere in the world!

DSchoen on June 14, 2010 at 4:01 PM

there are folks up there, who will not be named

That would be his BFF in the whole wide world!

Mr. Straw Man!

DSchoen on June 14, 2010 at 4:07 PM