Obama to create “czar” to oversee oil spill

posted at 12:55 pm on June 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

It’s been a while since we’ve dealt with the Romanov Method of Governance in the Obama administration, but tonight the President will reportedly return to it in desperation.  In his live address tonight, Barack Obama plans to announce the creation of an oil recovery czar to assert leadership in the crisis, as Agence France-Presse reports:

President Barack Obama, in his televised speech to the nation Tuesday, will announce the creation of an oil recovery “czar” to oversee progress in siphoning crude from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, his chief spokesman said.

Speaking on ABC television’s “Good Morning America” program, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the position is envisioned as “somebody that will be in charge of a recovery plan, putting a recovery plan together…when we get past the cleanup and response phase of this disaster.”

Mr. Obama is to deliver what will be his first Oval Office address, as he seeks to reassure anxious Americans over the Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe. …

Mr. Gibbs told ABC that in the address, “the president will outline tonight…a plan going forward, to restore the Gulf–not to where it was the day this accident happened, but to restore this Gulf to where it was years ago.”

Maybe Obama should just focus on repairing the damage that’s been done over the last seven weeks.  We don’t need to add to the task by rolling into it a bucketload of environmentalists’ wish lists for “restoration.”  In fact, what it sounds like at the moment is another way to blame the Bush administration by artificially increasing the scope of the effort, when the current scope already has been beyond this administration’s competence as it is.

For that matter, the appointment of a “czar” is another way to outsource leadership.  The cleanup and repair effort already has one operational executive, Admiral Thad Allen.  The administration also already has a head of Interior, Ken Salazar, and of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.  They have one boss: Barack Obama.  The chain of command seems already clear enough at the top end, although not nearly clear enough down the line, as the New York Times reported today.  The insertion of a “czar” with an even broader mandate will not clarify the chain of command and the mission — it will make both more ambiguous and more difficult.

Bruce McQuain questions the timing:

Well let’s see – we’ve had a commission appointed. We’ve seen the administration explore criminal charges against BP. And now, the administration that has been on top of this thing since “day one” is going to appoint “somebody that will be in charge of a recovery plan” and “putting a recovery plan together” 55 freakin’ days in to this!?

Now he’s going to put someone in charge and put a plan together?

Anybody but Obama himself, apparently.


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For that matter, the appointment of a “czar” is another way to outsource leadership.

Wow are you out of touch. To this administration, it isn’t LEADERSHIP that’s important, it’s MARKETING!

olesparkie on June 15, 2010 at 5:51 PM

He will probably appoint another VAN JONES.

tx2654 on June 15, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Shipley, ever wonder what Canada is such an irrelevant afterthought? ‘Cause guys like you live there. Could y’all be any lamer?

Half of you demand to be French, the other half are wanna-be Americans. Ya self-loathing, do-nothing parasites…get off our continent!

You don’t inform or instruct, you merely annoy. I know you have nothing better to do but troll American blogs, you’re Canadian after all, but at least crib some new material.

You bore me. There is no greater fail.

jamie gumm on June 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Tom O’bama_Shipley on June 15, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Wipe your chin off, Tom.

And straighten up the “Bush Sucks” sign you’re wearing, it’s leaning to the right instead of to the Left.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM

YOU GUYS wanted this drilling.

Tom O’bama_Shipley on June 15, 2010 at 2:28 PM

No, we wanted to drill in shallow water, closer to shore. But YOU GUYS forced the oil companies into deeper water, where they had less experience.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Shipley, ever wonder what Canada is such an irrelevant afterthought? ‘Cause guys like you live there. Could y’all be any lamer?

jamie gumm on June 15, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Ship is a Canadien? I did not know that, and we go way back together to the old Captain’s Quarters.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM

This man is killing us. He’s going to absolutely destroy the areas dependent on the oil industry. He’s slowly destroying BP by talking down the the stock price. Make no mistake, BP will pay a very high price for this and should, but this man wants to expropriate billions from BP via his “escrow” fund. This will be a political slush fund available for his fellow scum like Marky, Schumer, and trial lawyer parasites.

He is absolutely bound and determined to destroy the gulf coast economy.

chris999 on June 15, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Ship is a Canadien? I did not know that, and we go way back together to the old Captain’s Quarters.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Not Canadian. Reporter of some kind, ‘friend’ of Ed’s. Likely Minn. area.

Blind, but nice liberal. Drinks the cool aid but is polite, most of the time.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM

DESTIN — Okaloosa County isn’t taking oil spill orders any more.

County commissioners voted unanimously to give their emergency management team the power to take whatever action it deems necessary to prevent oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill from entering Choctawhatchee Bay through the East Pass.

That means the team, led by Public Safety Director Dino Villani, can take whatever action it sees fit to protect the pass without having its plans approved by state or federal authorities.

J_Crater on June 15, 2010 at 6:42 PM

TDOTUS voting “present” again ?

Since this is an environmental 9/11 I guess we can assume he’ll appoint a commission or CZAR to coordinate a response?

God help us survive this presidency!

PappyD61 on June 15, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Obama Terror Czar appointment of Bill Ayers in 5…..4…..

PappyD61 on June 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

MOST INEPT POTUS EVAH!

Repeat post from last week……

I tried to come up with something better…..

I couldn’t……

dddave on June 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Shipley not Canadian? Are you sure? He whines like one…must be too close to the border then.

No apologies to whiny Canadians, btw.

jamie gumm on June 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Now seen on the White House Resolute desk:

The Buck Stops Over There

AnonymousDrivel on June 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I’m sick and tired of this SOB using the military as a prop in his speeches…see the one from Pensacola today

Dingbat63 on June 15, 2010 at 7:17 PM

This dolt couldn’t lead a duck to water or a pig to a sty. He is the most disgusting politician in the history of this poor sick Republic.

rplat on June 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM

This is ObaMao’s Chernobyl, created by his sluggish federal government’s bureaucracy…and he wants to add another layer with a czar.

If MMS had focused on its area of responsibility instead of playing in the green playpen of imaginary energy sources, the oversight and disaster-response would have been swifter.

A press conference with informed HotAir commenters asking pertinent questions of ObaMao and Gibbs would expose this charade in the WH as criminally negligent.

onlineanalyst on June 15, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Now seen on the White House Resolute desk:

The Buck Stops Over There

AnonymousDrivel on June 15, 2010 at 7:07 PM

The Buck Vanishes Behind an Event Horizon Here

pedestrian on June 15, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Will there be a LiveBlog/Drinking thread for the big speech?

Fishoutofwater on June 15, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Will there be a LiveBlog/Drinking thread for the big speech?

Fishoutofwater on June 15, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Perhaps. And if so, here are the key words. Try to stay sober.

Disaster
Unprecedented
Day One
I, Me, My
Understand
Let Me Be Clear
BP is Responsible
Previous Administrations ignored
My Administration has
Thad Allen
Nobel Prize winning Chu
Feel your anguish and pain
Visited the gulf 4 times
Accountability
Transparency
We will rise
President
In Charge
Appointed
Hearings
BP – ( you can take a waiver or you’ll be drunk in 2 mins)
Sasha and Malia
As I looked out upon the gulf
As I shook the hands
Fishermen
Restaurant Workers
Oil Rig workers
Coastline
Eco-system
Marine and fowl
New energy agenda
Must make unprecedented changes…
Big oil
Special Interests
Lobbyists
With you in your pain
Many have said
Many point fingers now
My leadership
My administration

Key West Reader on June 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Not Canadian. Reporter of some kind, ‘friend’ of Ed’s. Likely Minn. area.

Blind, but nice liberal. Drinks the cool aid but is polite, most of the time.

Schadenfreude on June 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM

He was much funnier at Captain’s Quarters.

Shipley not Canadian? Are you sure? He whines like one…must be too close to the border then.

No apologies to whiny Canadians, btw.

jamie gumm on June 15, 2010 at 6:55 PM

That can work both ways-I live about 30 miles as the crow flies south of northern Grafton County in New Hampshire, where another Canadian fellow named Mark Steyn lives. His home is about an hour south of the closest Canadian border crossing. Recently he’s been doing his Limbaugh show fill-in gigs from a tiny radio station about a half hour from his home.

Mark’s proof positive that there still are some folks from the Great White North worth listening to.

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Will there be a LiveBlog/Drinking thread for the big speech?

Fishoutofwater on June 15, 2010 at 7:39 PM

The speech is only supposed to last 15 minutes, so you better watch this. First, how to speed-eat, and then speed-drinking tips from the great Johnny LaRue!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1yGa7oqZPQ

Del Dolemonte on June 15, 2010 at 7:45 PM

In anticipation of tonight’s proposal of economy destroying energy taxes (cause The One thinks the economy is roaring and can stand it, or something), when does the unmentionable topic become mentionable? Well after it’s too late?

Midas on June 15, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Oh wait, a crisis happened and I’m too incompetent to handle it. Don’t worry, have no fear, there’s room for a new czar here!

Katec on June 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Ha ha ha oh yeah that’s what we need another czar! This guy is hysterical!

MCGIRV on June 15, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Oooops, my bad.

Shipley is not the north of the boarder dave_drywall. Is he the big apple shyster lawer?

Sir Napsalot on June 15, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Another czar? How tone-deaf is this guy?

exdeadhead on June 15, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Well, BP shares are in the tank pretty good. Seems almost planned. Well now some of his Union buddies get theirselves and oil gig.

johnnyU on June 15, 2010 at 10:29 PM

I think it’s pretty clear by now why Obama appoints so many czars. He has no executive experience or talent himself, so any time he gets to an area that requires it, he appoints a czar.

Sadly, it’s probably the single best move he can make. Though were you can find someone crazy enough to be the scapegoat for this is a good question. Ironically, his bet bet is probably to find someone who will do it just for the money, even though he knows it will only hurt his career.

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 15, 2010 at 10:47 PM


The Buck Stops here.

Pass the Buck.

portlandon on June 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

The buck stops, um, over, um, over there, uuuhh, I need to talk to the best experts available so I uuuhh, konw where the buck stops. Uh, which is not with me. I just inherited the buck.

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 15, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Thrill. Another shady, crony lawyer goes to Washington to pad his wallet and posture pretentiously. Save the taxpayers some money Zero and simply tell sleazy Eric Holder to sue God after sending a strongly worded, shakedown letter and some Black Panthers to vandalize the Pearly Gates.

The only certainty is that the czar’s written reports should make the Obamacare bill look like a tiny brochure where someone else will probably be hired to translate tons of legalese into something slightly more readable before it gets recycled into shopping bags. Much like pi$$ing on an fire-ant hill then claiming you’ve made the earth move while the enemy ran in terror.

viking01 on June 15, 2010 at 10:53 PM

DAMN! Can you imagine where we’d be if we had elected some dude with NO executive experience?

bannedbyhuffpo on June 15, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Oh wait………..

Oooops.

bannedbyhuffpo on June 15, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Unless that czar has a boat with a boom, he’s not going to do a damn thing for getting this spill done.

hawksruleva on June 15, 2010 at 11:49 PM

I seem to remember in the VP comparison, one of the candidates had an extensive background working with the oil industry. So maybe Joe Biden could be the czar.

hawksruleva on June 15, 2010 at 11:51 PM

Pass the Buck.

portlandon on June 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Give me your Bucks.

hawksruleva on June 15, 2010 at 11:52 PM

A “czar” is an autocrat that rules with dictatorial powers. He does so by divine right.

What Obama is talking about is a Political Commissar. Who also rules with dictatorial power but answers to the Leader.

Neither are subject to questioning or have any checks on their power.

Why no just cut the number of agencies involved and alleviate the bureaucratic empire building and backbiting that is gumming things up.

schmuck281 on June 16, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Gee, yet another admission by Bozo that he’s too stupid, inept and indifferent to perform the functions of his office.

How many disasters is this that he’s completely checked out on?

dogsoldier on June 16, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Ship is a Canadien?

That’s just an urban legend. I’m American.

And I’ve admitted that Obama’s response hasn’t been perfect, and he does deserve some criticism on how he’s handle this.

BUT, the criticism here is not serious. After a while, when you criticize Obama for EVERYTHING HE DOES, you lose credibility. And the oil spill is a microcosm of that effect. You guys are criticizing him for naming a czar, which in the real world is not people really care about and probably support.

But, my BIG issue with the criticism here is that if you REALLY care about what happened here, then your ire should be directed at the Bush administration more than anyone. If you take a serious look at this disaster, you have to admit that the corruption that occurred in the MMS under the Bush administration is why this disaster happened and why we were so poorly prepared to handle it. Yes, Obama didn’t change things, but the genesis of this problem occurred under Bush.

Yet, I have not seen one single criticism of the Bush administration from anyone on this blog.

I have admitted in past posts that Obama does shoulder blame here and his response hasn’t been perfect. Are you guys ready to admit that what happened under Bush’s watch at the MMS is a large reason why the gulf in engulfed in oil right now?

Tom_Shipley on June 16, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Obama doesn’t know how to connect with We The People, only his Hired Seat-fillers.

Thus this abstract, ineffectual speech, and his failure to inspire or motivate or soothe the anxieties of the nation.

Unlike an FDR, who knew how to cajole and reassure, Obama only knows how to recite and go golf.

profitsbeard on June 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I have admitted in past posts that Obama does shoulder blame here and his response hasn’t been perfect. Are you guys ready to admit that what happened under Bush’s watch at the MMS is a large reason why the gulf in engulfed in oil right now?

Tom_Shipley on June 16, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Why stop there? Just go ahead and blame God for putting oil under the sea and giving man the brains to invent the combustible engine.

You know what I know? If this had happened on Bush’s watch, we would still have the problems with capping the well, but Bush would have put the full force of the US into action on DAY ONE to contain the spill, protect the marshes and coastline, picked up the phone and talked to BP about how to work together to solve this problem. He would not have exploited this disaster to push his ‘climate change bill’ aka Cap and Trade from the Oval Office while he makes the promise to put more Americans out of work with an off shore moratorium.

Texas Gal on June 16, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Just as staged as President Clinton on Normandy and placing planted rocks (where non existed in the appropriate number) for the President to form a cross. I thought the left banned mixing church and state. Oh, that’s right unless it is convenient for them.

MSGTAS on June 17, 2010 at 11:11 AM

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