Right vs Left on Obama’s Gulf response

posted at 4:18 pm on June 26, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Hill invited me to participate in a new effort to have bloggers from opposing perspectives engage on the hot issues of the day.  In today’s installment of the blogger face-off, the newspaper asked me to evaluate Barack Obama’s response to the Gulf crisis.  To provide the counterpoint, Dave Roberts from Grist defends Obama, and we’ll start off with an excerpt of his argument:

As for Obama’s response to the oil gusher, it’s been creditable on balance. It took a while, and there were some boneheaded missteps — not getting down there fast enough, and letting BP run the oil containment effort early on, going along with BP’s transparent bid to lowball the amount of oil involved (official estimates have drifted perpetually up in a way that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence).

Since those early stumbles, though, Obama has regained his footing and done what has to be done. The world’s most advanced experts and technologies were deployed to stop the gusher. (It’s just that nobody knows how.) $20 billion was secured from BP as compensation for victims. A massive Gulf restoration program is being ramped up. And further offshore permits have been put on hold until their safety can be insured, though an oil-connected judge is putting that decision at risk.

It’s true that the public doesn’t approve of Obama’s response, but that’s because there’s oil spewing and a disaster unfolding. No amount of emoting can substitute for stopping the damn oil, and there’s just not a lot Obama can do on that score. The relief wells won’t be done until August and there’s no secret government laser drill that can make it go any faster. Part of being president is you take the hit for national crises whether or not they’re under your control.

They don’t approve of his response because the oil is still spewing, of course, but also because the “early stumbles” have been followed by late stumbles as well:

Almost two weeks ago, Obama gave his very first Oval Office speech in an attempt to cast himself as in command of the crisis. Yet even on Day 57 of the spill, Obama gave no details on how the federal government would end the crisis; instead, Obama said that a commission would study it and a (part-time) czar would be put in charge of it, after nearly two months of supposedly being on top of the issue, as he claimed in his speech.

Looking disengaged and disinterested would be less of a problem if that was just a misperception. Sadly, as Gulf Coast states have discovered, it’s also reality. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) told me in an exclusive interview that the state of Florida had to hire its own skimmers because the federal government keeps dragging its feet on getting them to the Gulf. The White House team refused to respond to an offer from the Dutch for the use of one of the world’s largest skimmers, with 20 times the capacity of the American ship that wound up doing the job.

LeMieux says that the US has thousands of skimmers available, but that the federal government hasn’t moved more than a small fraction to the Gulf in case a disaster hits elsewhere. We’re experiencing an Exxon Valdez every two and a half days. A leader would command assets to the actual crisis at hand. …

The pushback on these criticisms has been, “Well, what do you expect President Obama to do – plug the hole with his own bare hands?” Of course not. But we do expect Obama to take part in the crisis and do his job well, or at all. One incident this past week is instructive. Obama called a panel of experts to look at the safety of offshore drilling and to make recommendations for improvements. The White House then declared a blanket moratorium imposed by Obama on offshore drilling, saying it was based on the recommendations of his panel. Unfortunately, the panel erupted in outrage, claiming that they had never seen the moratorium Obama imposed and almost unanimously opposed it,leading a judge to overturn it this week as having no rational basis.

Be sure to read both essays.

Let’s offer a weekend poll on Obama’s response to the oil spill.  How would you rate it?


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“Poor/Awful” is only the tip of the iceberg in describing how Captain KickAss has mishandled the oil spill debacle.

pilamaye on June 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

Well, I thought he did really well on the first two holes….

Oh! I thought you said “Golf”.

Never mind.

GoldenEagle4444 on June 26, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Mr. Morrissey, when you participate in one of these events do you get the sense that the other side is listening to your observations/opinions or merely reciting their own talking points?

What is the best approach to take in one of these events, a recitation of fact, a series of recommendations for improvement, or refutation of the opposing point of view?

Do you get the feeling that participation gains our side any converts?

Skandia Recluse on June 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I don’t understand why the fact that the well has been leaking since February hasn’t gotten more attention. Especially in light of the fact that BP execs sold BP stock prior to the actual explosion, as did Vanguard which apparently Obama has shares in.

txmomof6 on June 26, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Every time I see Obama in one of those SEIU purple ties I get a little angrier.

Y-not on June 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

they dont even have all the US skimmmers down there, how are they saying Obama is on the ball?

ginaswo on June 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Obama has let the world down. No sugar coating.

abobo on June 26, 2010 at 4:32 PM

going along with BP’s transparent bid to lowball the amount of oil involved (official estimates have drifted perpetually up in a way that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence).

Wrong.
BP never gave any numbers. They said it was to hard to tell. The numbers came from the government.

the_nile on June 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Eleanor Roosevelt would be at the beach, daily, helping with mobilization of the clean up, the animals and etc.

Michelle dresses fancy, parties, gardens, vacations…

It’s symbolic for all else which has happened, or NOT happened.

Schadenfreude on June 26, 2010 at 4:33 PM

….how are they saying Obama is on the ball?

ginaswo on June 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM

The only ball he’s on is a GOLF ball….liberals are just as ignorant as their leadership. That’s how.

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Meanwhile Florida Governor Charlie Crist comments about the oil spill saying,”It’s not like the sky is falling

Way to go Charlie! Keep up the great work of promoting your campaign and searching for cameras instead of skimmers… Geeeez!

Nelsa on June 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

His response has been slow, clumsly and often times he has forced those trying to tackle the problem to take a few steps back.

The bigger problem is that what happened BEFORE the leak is downright criminal.

It was KNOWN that this well sitting on a very large methane reserve and that there were concerns about the stability of the seafloor.

So the Oilbama administration GIVES THEM A PASS on the Environmental Impact Study. Why? Well I suspect BP donating more to Oilbama than any politician in the last 10 years has something to do with that. Hannibal Lecter would call this ‘quid pro quo’.

In the middle of February this rig started to encounter some serious problems. MMS was notified (the name of the department has now been changed to protect the guilty) – and BP was allowed to continue. Again, BP’s recent courtship of the left and their donations to Oilbama played a large part in this.

I suppose there is also an argument that Oilbama is intentionally letting this spill get as bad as it possibly can so he can push his Cap and Tax legislation and use the aftermath to sour Americans on drilling for oil domestically (because obviously every other country in the world could do a much better job of overseeing such an operation, right?).

I tend to discount that line of thinking since I believe Oilbama is just incompetent and not intentionally evil – but his actions in stopping cleanup efforts really has to make you think twice.

Mr Purple on June 26, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Mr. Oil Slick never hangs around
When he hears this mighty sound……..
“Here I come to save the day!!!”
That means that Mighty Captain Kickass is on his way
Yessir if there is a Tar Ball anywhere in sight
Mighty Captain Kickass will command it away by golfing by day and partying at night!

Cheshire Cat on June 26, 2010 at 4:36 PM

In my humble opinion you could insert a question about how he’s handled any number of situations and the majority would probably answer “poorly.” He just doesn’t shine at anything, really. Not even golf.

You raised some good points! He’s still stumbling. Governors in 4 states are begging Mr. President for help and have yet to get it. Five if you include Arizona. If you asked a 5th grader what they would send to the gulf to help cleanup the oil BEFORE it reached shore they would say ‘SEND THE SKIMMERS.”

scalleywag on June 26, 2010 at 4:38 PM

The Dutch skimmers were refused because they couldn’t quite reach a purity level of 99.99985%. Stupid is as stupid does.

chemman on June 26, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Obama will be remembered as the godfather of the Dead Oil Sea.

Luka on June 26, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Management skills in plugging holes was not found in the community organizer manual—however, I’m sure Obama will write about it in his memoirs titled, “How I became a mediocre one term President”

Rovin on June 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM

We can’t cap the well until we get Cap and Trade otherwise you won’t give me Cap and Trade.

chemman on June 26, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Is there any way we can keep Obama in Canada? Hockey’s a lot like golf, can we get him a few lessons?

fogw on June 26, 2010 at 4:43 PM

….how are they saying Obama is on the ball?

ginaswo on June 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM
The only ball he’s on is a GOLF ball….liberals are just as ignorant as their leadership. That’s how.

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

FORE!!!

Dip S**t liberals. Really staring to hate ‘em all.

GrannyDee on June 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM

BP’s transparent bid to lowball the amount of oil involved (official estimates have drifted perpetually up in a way that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence).

That’s a really really “transparent” bid because it was never there. BP specifically refused to estimate the rate of flow from the damaged well. The only figures they’ve ever given was of number of gallons of oil-water mix recovered and sequestered.

Barry’s team is the only one who’s ever given estimates of what is coming out of the ground. I’ll point out as well that the estimates that Barry’s team gave have varied wildly from reality, on multiple occasions, one group of bureaucrats would give one figure while another group gave a vastly different set of numbers on the same day.

Jason Coleman on June 26, 2010 at 4:46 PM

If we had a functional Congress, Bambi would have to justify his failure to use the Dutch equipment.

We do not have a functional Congress.

Bugler on June 26, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Do you get the feeling that participation gains our side any converts?

Skandia Recluse on June 26, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I’m sure it wins lots of converts, just like being nice to Dave Weigel does.

gryphon202 on June 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Not to worry, VP BiteMe is going to New Orleans with his hair plugs to plug the leak.

Captain America on June 26, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Anyone who does not think his performance has been poor or worse is delusional.

CWforFreedom on June 26, 2010 at 4:52 PM

….how are they saying Obama is on the ball?

ginaswo on June 26, 2010 at 4:30 PM
The only ball he’s on is a GOLF ball….liberals are just as ignorant as their leadership. That’s how.

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

No, no, no…they are giving him credit for picking up that tar ball!

ladyingray on June 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Why isn’t their an option for “willful act of destruction”?

No, I’m not saying he caused it but lets look at the evidence. The Obama administration knew that DWH was having troubles as early as Feb 13. Given this information, Obama did nothing to have a 1994 plan on dealing with spills in place.

He refused help from foreign countries, he continues to leave the Jones Act in place, he has shut down skimmers because of a concern over life jackets.

Not only did it take him until the 6th week of the spill to approve Gov. Jindal’s request for berms, he only approved 2% of what was needed. Then, he turns around and shuts the project down a couple weeks later.

NO ONE is this incompetent. Make no mistake, this is a purposeful and willful act of destruction in order to push his “green jobs” utopian fantasy. Emmanuel, Clinton, and Obama have all said “…never let a good crisis go to waste.”

And they aren’t.

Blarg the Destroyer on June 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Isn’t the moratorium and its effect on the local economies sort of like George Bush saying after Katrina, “Nah. We’re not going to rebuild.”?

BKeyser on June 26, 2010 at 5:06 PM

“I can’t suck it up with a straw. We can’t plug the hole unless we pass the health care ‘climate’ bill.”

petefrt on June 26, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Let’s see…
Obama Holding Gulf Shore Hostage to Cap and Tax – 2010
Obama Holding Border Security Hostage to Comprehensive Immigration Reform – 2010
Iranians Holding World Hostage to Nuclear Ambitions – 2010
Iranians Holding Americans Hostage for 444 days – 1979

hmmmm….the similarities are intriguing

txmomof6 on June 26, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Another reason Barry is more interested in Golf than the Gulf…those affected by the spill and by the gov’t imposed drilling ban actually WORK. They are NOT his constiuents…his constiuents are being fed, fat and sassy, with welfare, ie…the obama stash.

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 5:13 PM

hmmmm….the similarities are intriguing

txmomof6 on June 26, 2010 at 5:12 PM

*shudder*

ladyingray on June 26, 2010 at 5:13 PM

….a surprisingly weak defense by the left….
…….Roberts defense is pretty much,”Obama totally drops the ball in the beginning of the disaster even while he was telling the country that they have been on this since day one”…..”but he’s on top of it now and improved his handicap”……pretty weak.

….Great analysis Captain.

It is beyond irresponsible that the states are still begging for resources that are readily available,help from the international community is still not being taken advantage of,Feds are actually blocking the states efforts to protect their shore lines……and we still can’t get Obama off the Golf course and fully engaged.

…..more epic failure for liberals to give Obama a total pass on.

Baxter Greene on June 26, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Blarg the Destroyer on June 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I have to agree that should be considered. His actions certainly suggest he is more than willing to maximize the damage done.

I would like to think he isn’t willing to be that evil to get his agenda passed, and I think it is a huge gamble to take. He is risking everything if he has done that. Not even Tingles could feign support if it is revealed he wishes the worst for this disaster.

It’s hard not to at least ponder that possibility.

Mr Purple on June 26, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Ed, Before you get into such discussions, do you background info other than news articles? The ones posted in HotAir for the most part have been piss poor, just like most of everything in any form or media.

Nile,
You are correct about the numbers. BP never gave numbers these were all government numbers on the release rate. They are from government scientists.

BTW, it appears that it has topped out at around 35,000 bpd. I cannot possibly, after watching video day in and day out see where some folks are getting the really high numbers from. It is also quite obvious that the quantity went up to this amount when the riser was sheared off.

Zero has allowed government to get in the way of real action over and over and over and over again.

Kermit on June 26, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Since those early stumbles, though, Obama has regained his footing and done what has to be done. A few rounds of golf, a trip to the golf, I mean, GULF to show that he cares….no dice, libtard.The world’s most advanced experts and technologies were deployed to stop the gusher. (It’s just that nobody knows how.) It’s just that Barry doesn’t want any help from those that are smarter than he is….(insert joke here)….it makes him look inept and it is now too late to ASK for such help…because then even libtards would be unable to defend him.

FIFY.

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Ed,
Sand berm delay, vacuum barge delay and holdup, no waiver of Jones Act, failure to protect state waters from federal water discharge are considerable more than having an exclusive interview.

Additionally, the Feds have taken the stealth moratorium track by not approving ANY drilling permits of ANY type (even workover of existing wells) in ANY Federal waters even the shallower ones under 500 feet deep.

Kermit on June 26, 2010 at 5:23 PM

No, no, no…they are giving him credit for picking up that tar ball!

ladyingray on June 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Have not seen you for a while, here.
Welcome back!
(Or, if you’ve been here, and I haven’t noticed, sorry…)

massrighty on June 26, 2010 at 5:28 PM

The economic damage and human hardship, especially in Jindal’s Louisiana, caused by the moratorium will be much worse than that caused by the spill itself.

I prefer to believe the problem is his incompetence, not some destructive political intent. But believing that Øbama is causing this damage unwittingly, that he has not been advised of the damage that will inevitably follow his moratorium, requires a deliberate suspension of disbelief.

petefrt on June 26, 2010 at 5:29 PM

He Dumb Tried to plug the hole twice and still nothing is accomplished…

Have you heard that Kevin Costner skimmers are working?

hawkman on June 26, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Damn, Ed, I hope for once you stopped being such a softy, squishy moderate, laughed in that idiot’s face and let him have it with both barrels. You can do that and still be civil; ask guys like Mark Steyn, who always laughs at stupidity, just before stomping it out like a burning bag of dog crap left on his porch.

My (characteristically harsh) response?:

As for Obama’s response to the oil gusher, it’s been creditable on balance. It took a while, and there were some boneheaded missteps — not getting down there fast enough, and letting BP run the oil containment effort early on, going along with BP’s transparent bid to lowball the amount of oil involved (official estimates have drifted perpetually up in a way that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence).

“…creditable on balance…”? Spoken like a true idiot O-Bot. Not getting down there fast enough? Is that his way of glossing over and avoiding saying ‘damned near TWO MONTHS?’ And let’s not forget that Obama dispatched lawyers and SWAT teams (and who had heard of the Department of the Interior having SWAT teams?!) to spearhead his “…creditable…” efforts. You fault him for letting BP take charge? Uh, in case you didn’t know, BP is an oil company. They’re experts in oil. The United States Department of Energy? Run by a clueless physicist that probably couldn’t even tell you what oil goes his car’s engine. The Department of the Interior, I’m willing to bet big money on, has just as few people that are experts on oil spills and undersea gushers. Why in the living Hell would you not let the experts jump in and clamp down? Maybe by the same strokes of stupidity that motivated Captain Kickass to tell other nations that offered help (a lot quicker than Obama did, by the way): “we don’t need your damned help, mind your own damned business, before I kick your asses”. There was hundreds of millions of (TAXPAYER) dollars spent long before this dimwit got into office on how the government would respond to such an incident, and Obama didn’t take a single step. What? The government couldn’t work at the same time as private enterprise? Spoken like a true O-Bot, lacking a chip sophisticated enough in his “brain” to allow him to walk and chew bubblegum at the same time. Chemical disbursal elements, biological elements that consumed oil, booms, skimmer boats, etc.: all things that were there, but he didn’t have the wherewithal to institute. Then, there’s the stupid Jones Act: again, another case in which Barack Obama was almost criminally lacking in wherewithal. He didn’t have the common sense to wave it, and because of that and his not being bright enough to accept help (and call for more), Florida’s now being oiled over. I guess in the Bizarro World universe of liberality, “it’s been creditable on balance”, Obama’s criminal negligence of national security in this latest form.

Since those early stumbles, though, Obama has regained his footing and done what has to be done. The world’s most advanced experts and technologies were deployed to stop the gusher. (It’s just that nobody knows how.) $20 billion was secured from BP as compensation for victims. A massive Gulf restoration program is being ramped up. And further offshore permits have been put on hold until their safety can be insured, though an oil-connected judge is putting that decision at risk.

Obama hasn’t done a damned thing, except make himself look like a stupid manchild on national TV, crying that he can’t ‘suck it up with a straw’. He needs to stop beating his chest, whining and finger-pointing (something he admonishes college students to not do, and yet fails to not miss a single opportunity to participate in, himself), and, as we say in the military: SUCK IT UP. He has not deployed any advanced technologies or experts to anywhere, except, perhaps, the courtrooms, plotting to sue BP in the midst of a crisis they’re actually making a more “…creditable…” effort to manage, than anyone in the entire Obama Regime. In his efforts to deploy the best-of-the-best, Obama’s clueless shipmates have missed entire warehouses of superior quality booms, assistance from other oil companies, direct requests from governors for permission to act where Obama is too afraid to, etc. “…Creditable…”, my ass. And leave it to a liberal to think that shaking a private corporation down for billions of dollars, then stealing it for a slush fund that they can raid is progress in this crisis. Un-Constitutional, illegal theft of corporate assets is progress. Possibly destroying the retirement funds and jobs of people that had nothing to do with the crisis, aside from investing in the business or working for it at a low level is progress? I’ll bet you’re in favor of paying those idiots in NY that are filing suit, too. Then, compounding that with an un-Constitutional, illegal attempt to put tens-to-hundreds of thousands of people out of work, just because you’re an idiot? Stupendous. The other rigs were re-checked, and nothing more than minor gigs were found with a couple of them, and you want to shut them all down. Brilliant. Its a good thing Ronaldus Magnus appointed judges that have what Obama appointes lack: common sense and the ability to actually read, comprehend and follow the Constitution and federal law. As for the judge being oil connected, so damned what? So he can’t have stock in a company, without being ‘tainted’ in your eyes, and yet I don’t hear you complaining about Eric Holder Jr., Terror’s Best Friend, being AG. Moron. While you’re at it, maybe you should start filing complaints about Obama’s accepting millions-upon-millions of dollars from BP. Hey, maybe he can contribute that to the slush fund.

It’s true that the public doesn’t approve of Obama’s response, but that’s because there’s oil spewing and a disaster unfolding. No amount of emoting can substitute for stopping the damn oil, and there’s just not a lot Obama can do on that score. The relief wells won’t be done until August and there’s no secret government laser drill that can make it go any faster. Part of being president is you take the hit for national crises whether or not they’re under your control.

More leftist horse sh*t.

The public isn’t disapproving of Obama’s response; the public is expressing Obama’s lethargic lack of response. The Obama Regime hasn’t done a damned thing, unless you count bragging about litigation against BP and browbeating private enterprise to cough up $20 gigs in protection money. You can throw your strawmen in the air about laser drills and whatnot, all you want; I’ll just slap them back down in your face. The fact remains that Obama lied during an interview, when he said that he just got silence when asking his critics about what he should do. Everywhere I turn, for hours, I hear what he could’ve done. Maybe if he wasn’t so busy hiding from cable news and people that rightfully criticize him, he’d learn a thing, or two. Skimmers, tankers, biochemical disbursal/consumption agents, controlled burns, kilometers-upon-kilometers of boom and all sorts of scientific inventions (such as centrifuges) were, and remain, available, and yet Mr. We Consider Every Option has yet to utter a peep on them, much less ‘deploy’ them. Experts (you know: the things that Obama and his crew aren’t) from other nations have LEAPED to America’s defense, offering to bring to bear their technologies, and where is Obama? Still hiding under his desk, cursing Jews. Obama is so much in favor of the free market? Yeah, right. Maybe instead of going along with stupid laws that result in ecological disasters like this, he needs to let domestic oil corporations drill on shore. He needs to stimulate the economy with a real stimulus bill: drumming up business by calling on private enterprise to jump into the fray. When Big Business (including Big Oil) gets involved, that means JOBS. It also means more innovation and better technologies brought to bear. The government is good for governing. It’s no good at running business, nor good at telling private enterprise how to run their own business. when the government gets involved, we get things like the Coast Guard telling people they can’t go out and clean up oil, because they don’t have life vests. We get things like Obama hiding and quivering under his desk, instead of answering Governor Jindal’s now-angry phone calls for help. Stop being such a damned O-Bot and shut up, if you can’t tell the damned truth, for once in your life. Obama apologists haven’t plugged the hole or cleaned the beaches, either. This isn’t a matter of emotion; it’s a matter of competence, and Obama is not competent to handle the crises that have arisen, since he’s been in office. The proof is in the pudding.

Virus-X on June 26, 2010 at 5:35 PM

My Question: Barry sucks at everything else….why can’t he go down there and suck up some oil?

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 5:38 PM

The Dutch skimmers were refused because they couldn’t quite reach a purity level of 99.99985%. Stupid is as stupid does.

– chemman on June 26, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Why in the heck doesn’t the media latch on to this well-known fact. It my opinion it is criminal that Obama and his administration did not allow these vessels in the Gulf to clean up the @#$% @##% mess.

SC.Charlie on June 26, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I’m reminded of the old movie, Blowup, in which a guy has proof a crime was committed but then everyone conspires to suppress the evidence and convince him he didn’t see what he did. In the end, he watches a couple playing tennis without a ball. Their pretend ball is hit toward him, and he finally capitulates and picks it up and tosses it back to them. Perceptions have triumphed over truth.

Anyone who can even begin to defend obama’s completely inept, politically-driven handling of the gusher has either been seriously lied to or is self-deluded.

paul1149 on June 26, 2010 at 5:45 PM

going along with BP’s transparent bid to lowball the amount of oil involved (official estimates have drifted perpetually up in a way that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence).

.
When you think about it, weren’t Obama’s ‘experts’ looking at the exact same footage BP used for their estimates?
And not one of them disputed the figures?
Huh, imagine that.

mrt721 on June 26, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Not content with making Carter look like ‘Decisive Action Man’, Skippy’s out to make the Teapot Dome scandal look like tasting too many grapes at the supermarket.

Wind Rider on June 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

I could not vote because AWAL was not a choice.

Electrongod on June 26, 2010 at 5:55 PM

New poll. there are 3 people who voted for “Excellent job . . . ”
Are they:
1) Folks who always look for the silver lining?
2) Stupid?
3) From another planet?
4) Deaf, mute and blind?

least1 on June 26, 2010 at 6:01 PM

going along with BP’s transparent bid to lowball the amount of oil involved (official estimates have drifted perpetually up in a way that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence).

The Dutch ship(s) could be cleaning up this mess but aren’t going to be allowed in the Gulf of Mexico, that is not BP’s fault. The insanity of them not be allowed to do what the can do is is, well, insane.

SC.Charlie on June 26, 2010 at 6:02 PM

FIFY.

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Heh.

Yeah… while it’s good to keep an open mind, let’s face it. Obama keeps failing by the day when it comes to the Oil Spill.

MeatHeadinCA on June 26, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Obama is not involved enough to judge

While Obama might not actually be involved, he wants the gov’t to be involved. The Gov’t was/is involved. He’s the leader of the gov’t. IDK… my head hurts.

MeatHeadinCA on June 26, 2010 at 6:05 PM

My sense is that this is a transcendental event. I’ve been interacting on Facebook with quite a few old childhood friends, and their ‘networks’ of current friends living on the Gulf Coast (with contacts nationwide) – and these folks, all other things being equal, are some fairly strident Hopey Changey Kool-aid guzzlers, and they are almost uniformly PISSED about what’s happened, and furious at what even they are calling Skippy’s abysmal performance (or complete lack of same) in this situation. While he may still have the hearts and minds of the faithful within the I-395 friendly confines, and the island paradise of Manhattan, out in the hinterlands, he’s being seen as just as much of a buffoon by his erstwhile supporters as he his around places like HA. The scales are falling off, and the discontent is spreading – like a wildfire. It truly sucks that it took something this bad to make it happen, however, we can be grateful that it was this, and not a “Hello Kitty’ moment from our pals in Tehran or Pyuongyang. . .

One term President. Dhims lose BIG in November. Impeachment more likely than ever. Bet. Takers?

Wind Rider on June 26, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Man look at that dour mug on that miserable socialist in the middle of that pic. And Obama has his SEIU gang colors tie on, too. Isn’t that special.

Only 937 days to go. Hopefully less.

rayra on June 26, 2010 at 6:18 PM

Lucky for us, this is the only ‘crisis’ we have right now. Just imagine how Doofus in Chief would fare on other issues.

GarandFan on June 26, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Four people voted for excellent? I guess that’s Barry, Michelle, Sasha and Malia.

AZCoyote on June 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Four people voted for excellent? I guess that’s Barry, Michelle, Sasha and Malia.

AZCoyote on June 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Wait until a real leader becomes President. These four people will wet themselves and get all tingly.

Electrongod on June 26, 2010 at 6:33 PM

I’m sure Obama will write about it in his memoirs titled, “How I became a mediocre one term President”

Rovin on June 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I predict the title will be: How Raaaacist Amerikkka Refused to Allow a Brilliant Black Man to Succeed as President.

Because you just know his historic failure is not going to be Barry’s fault!

AZCoyote on June 26, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Let’s see…

Knew this could become a disaster in February. Did nothing. Check.

Knew this was a disaster from Day One in April. Did nothing. Check.

Told parish officials to call him after numerous requests for help were denied. Check.

Delayed and denied workable solutions proposed by the LA Governor. Check.

STOPPED skimmers from working after they had started. Check.

Delayed making any decision on offers from 28 countries for now 67 days. Check.

Went on vacation twice, played golf at least three times, attended a barbeque and two separate concerts and a theatre production. Check.

Denied help from countries with ways to get 99% of the oil out of the water they processed. Check.

Denied offers of boom because it would only be 80% effective. Check.

Accepted one offer of one machine (with orders for 32 more to be built at some nebulous time in the future). Check.

STOPPED the LA governor from building sand berms that could protect some of the coast. Check.

Denied journalists the ability to record the damage both on the ground and from the air. Check.

Have no viable plan to stop the gusher now. Check.

Had a 20 minute meeting one time on the situation with BP. Check.

But, hey! They did get that $20 billion slushfund to be handled by some guy under Obama’s control.

Yep. Looks like just a few stumbles early and a few stumbles later to me.

Poorly or awful? Looks like corrupt, inept, and evil to me.

UnderstandingisPower on June 26, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Would have said

A few good moves but overall disappointing

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but in golf it’s called shots, or holes, or maybe even strokes…

RalphyBoy on June 26, 2010 at 6:45 PM

The thing that bothers most is that Obie’s crew is using this to get Cap & Trade. If that happens it will be unforgiveable.

Dire Straits on June 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

I went to The Hill and read the opinion pieces.
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My word, David Roberts, are you kidding? First paragraph, Obama’s administration made some fateful steps followed immediately by “Blame BUSH,” not Blame the Bush bureaucracy (or administration). What’s the difference in assigning a little “bad luck” (fate) to the Obama team and assigning personal responsibility to George Bush for his lack of oversight. They both bear the same responsibility and, guess what, the current president is Barack Obama. Get current, would you?
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Skimming through the rest of the mostly lame, half-hearted protection of the Obama record we come to this nugget at the end: “Obama will get reelected in 2012 as long as the oil stops gushing and unemployment falls a few percent.” We’re not talking election that is two years off, Mr. Roberts, we’re talking active involvement in a perilous situation that demands the personal attention of the president, not a hapless duffer on a perpetual golf tour! He could be doing more with the assets available to the massive Federal presence in the area and he should be actively monitoring those efforts.
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Your hopeful conclusion as to the future efforts of Obama’s election chances are inappropriate in an “evaluation” of the president’s performance in a current dire situation. Does the characterization of the oil gusher in the Gulf as the “worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the United States” mean as little to you as to Obama?

ExpressoBold on June 26, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Meanwhile Florida Governor Charlie Crist comments about the oil spill saying,”It’s not like the sky is falling”

Way to go Charlie! Keep up the great work of promoting your campaign and searching for cameras instead of skimmers… Geeeez!

Nelsa on June 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I think if I were the governor of Florida, I’d be screaming to anyone who would listen that the feds need to get every available skimmer off the coast of Florida to protect the shoreline, but I guess that’s another way to go.

mbs on June 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Nelsa on June 26, 2010 at 4:34 PM
I think if I were the governor of Florida, I’d be screaming to anyone who would listen that the feds need to get every available skimmer off the coast of Florida to protect the shoreline, but I guess that’s another way to go.

mbs on June 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Did you forget who the governor of Florida is? You’ll find him under Barry’s desk.

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 6:58 PM

This man has sucked from day one. This manclown has shown up to fondle tar balls on a beach, wearing a pair of farking Khaki’s. This man has shut off all aid, be it from within the USA or from without. This putz has refused everything that could help families stay alive. Not to mention sea turtles, fish, shrimp, bottom feeders, but mainly human beings making a living.

This thing that is called POTUS is an absolute failure. He is purposely withholding help and letting familes and an entire culture die.

I hope this farkward meets his fate. How dare he sentence the gulf States to death. Shame. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Farkward. We’re dyin’ down this way.

Key West Reader on June 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I think if I were the governor of Florida, I’d be screaming to anyone who would listen that the feds need to get every available skimmer off the coast of Florida to protect the shoreline, but I guess that’s another way to go.

mbs on June 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM

The people are screaming. But, we have no governor. We have ObaCrist. We’re dying down here.

Key West Reader on June 26, 2010 at 7:09 PM

OH, by the way Allah/Ed/Michelle. Your website is suddenly bringing up “mal ware”. Just like Gateway Pundit.
Just thought you should know.

Key West Reader on June 26, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Farkward. We’re dyin’ down this way.

Key West Reader on June 26, 2010 at 7:07 PM

I’m so sorry, KWR… :(
BTW, I got a nice virus from here earlier in the week…seems you need a ‘Trojan’ to come on this site…hee hee.

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Crist was down at the beach in Pensacola today in one of those “international” protests that took place in various waterways against offshore drilling, this protest being called “Hands Across the Sands.” The usual Soros-funded and Marxist groups are behind this current feel-good protest. Crist even felt obliged to wade into the waters after the event broke up, according to the AP coverage, to show how great the Florida waters are under his masterful “leadership.”

onlineanalyst on June 26, 2010 at 7:18 PM

HornetSting on June 26, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Use Ccleaner…;)
Has anyone seen this…I think it speaks for itself.

jerrytbg on June 26, 2010 at 7:53 PM

poorly/awful……I think that’s a B+ at Harvard..?

ted c on June 26, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Right vs Left on Obama’s Gulf response

Is this a typo?–’Obama’s gulf response”. You meant, of course, “Obama’s GOLF response”.

MaiDee on June 26, 2010 at 8:41 PM

What % of the oil gusher could have been contained with booms and skimmers and what justification can there be for not deploying what’s available?

How can Obama’s discharge of his duties be described as other than grossly negligent?

Basilsbest on June 26, 2010 at 8:54 PM

He’s been horrible.

Metro on June 26, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Let’s see…

Knew this could become a disaster in February. Did nothing. Check.

Knew this was a disaster from Day One in April. Did nothing. Check.

Told parish officials to call him after numerous requests for help were denied. Check.

Delayed and denied workable solutions proposed by the LA Governor. Check.

STOPPED skimmers from working after they had started. Check.

Delayed making any decision on offers from 28 countries for now 67 days. Check.

Went on vacation twice, played golf at least three times, attended a barbeque and two separate concerts and a theatre production. Check.

Denied help from countries with ways to get 99% of the oil out of the water they processed. Check.

Denied offers of boom because it would only be 80% effective. Check.

Accepted one offer of one machine (with orders for 32 more to be built at some nebulous time in the future). Check.

STOPPED the LA governor from building sand berms that could protect some of the coast. Check.

Denied journalists the ability to record the damage both on the ground and from the air. Check.

Have no viable plan to stop the gusher now. Check.

Had a 20 minute meeting one time on the situation with BP. Check.

But, hey! They did get that $20 billion slushfund to be handled by some guy under Obama’s control.

Yep. Looks like just a few stumbles early and a few stumbles later to me.

Poorly or awful? Looks like corrupt, inept, and evil to me. – UnderstandingisPower on June 26, 2010 at 6:43 PM

I tip my hat to your post. Why isn’t everyone covering the refusal by this administration to allow the Dutch ships to clean up this mess? They are available!

SC.Charlie on June 26, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Why isn’t everyone covering the refusal by this administration to allow the Dutch ships to clean up this mess? They are available!

SC.Charlie on June 26, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Because it can’t be stopped…zoom in on the NASA photo.

jerrytbg on June 26, 2010 at 10:11 PM

B+

Kenosha Kid on June 27, 2010 at 1:22 AM

Dave did a great job of listing some of the early mis-steps but then he must have got his head mucked up with all that oil if he thinks Obama is doing a good or even passable job right now.

What the heck good does Dave think a bunch of talking heads sitting around a table are going to do but talk? Do we believe after 50 (100, 400, 1,000) hours of talking suddenly an idea with jump out to stop the gushing oil?

How about someone approving the 22 nations still “under consideration” to offer assistance?

What about not grounding Louisianan Governor Jindal’s skimmers for lack of inspection? Why not either buy the equipment you think they are lacking or get the lead out and inspect that damn things while they are skimming?

What about Boon sitting around waiting for approval? Obama could run up there himself and approve it if they are short of personnel – well if he could take time out from golf.

Oh and the Moratorium: HA! What a laugh. The largest deep water well (is owned by BP – ever heard of them?) is NOT covered by t6he Moratorium NOR is BP’s (yeah, there’s the company again) experimental drilling in Alaska where they wrote their own Environmental Impact Statement AND will be drilling 2 miles down and 4 miles over!

katablog.com on June 27, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Let’s see…

Knew this could become a disaster in February. Did nothing. Check.

Nah, that’s flat out wrong. He apparently got on the phone to someone who got on the phone to his 2 “blind trusts” because the trusts divested themselves of all BP stock in March!

katablog.com on June 27, 2010 at 1:54 AM

Crist was down at the beach in Pensacola today in one of those “international” protests that took place in various waterways against offshore drilling, this protest being called “Hands Across the Sands.” The usual Soros-funded and Marxist groups are behind this current feel-good protest. Crist even felt obliged to wade into the waters after the event broke up, according to the AP coverage, to show how great the Florida waters are under his masterful “leadership.”

onlineanalyst on June 26, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Crap, those idiots were stepping all over me today on the Long Beach, NY boardwalk. They even had a cute little annoying drum to beat while I was trying to read…I’m glad I didn’t know about this, or I’d be in jail right now.

Idiots!!! (I’d be in jail right now!)

Who is John Galt on June 27, 2010 at 3:52 AM

I think there are 19 Federal agencies under the “unified command” of the Coast Guard playing footsie down there. The 1994 Federal plan to deal with exactly this scenario was never invoked, and they didn’t even have the equipment required by the 1994 law anywhere in the the Gulf! They still don’t have it!

Damn! Can the bloated Federal fustercluck be MORE useless?

Arizona, anyone?

Who is John Galt on June 27, 2010 at 3:59 AM

And WTF, lifejackets? If you were out there in a pleasure boat, you get a ticket and they tell you to go get some. The skimmers were ordered back to port until the CG contacted the owners of the skimmer-barges. The were stuck in port for over 24 hours before the CG released them.

Who is John Galt on June 27, 2010 at 4:11 AM

Come on, Ed, the Keystone Cops, Three Stooges, Laurel & Hardy, and Bugs Bunny would do a better job than Zero’s Executive branch.

Who is John Galt on June 27, 2010 at 4:14 AM

The public isn’t disapproving of Obama’s response;

Virus-X on June 26, 2010 at 5:35 PM

I am so disapproving of ObaMao’s response. His every action appears to be calculated to make things worse. That should have been an option on the poll.

Slowburn on June 27, 2010 at 9:07 AM

‘There’s no secret government laser drill’…Really, does Dave know something we don’t know, after all Bush did guide the hurricane to LA. Honestly, the lefties are so gullible. They pick up their daily talking points with a cup of coffee and off they go to write their columns. Unfortunately for the gulf coast dwellers, the government is doing as little as possible while appearing to be helping. A commission or Nobel prize never plugged a leaky oil well.

Kissmygrits on June 27, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Management skills in plugging holes was not found in the community organizer manual—however, I’m sure Obama will write about it in his memoirs titled, “How I became a mediocre one term President”

Rovin on June 26, 2010 at 4:41 PM

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Mediocre?

We all wish it would’ve been mediocre!

Chairman ObaMauo is making Jimmy Carter look competent along with making Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton look honest and sincere.
The only thing this regime is good at is election fraud. Be ready for some really crazy results come November and don’t be surprised when the left starts screaming about election fraud in order to provide cover for their own election fraud and fraud artists.
When faced with a Hugo “Huge Chocha” Chavez type take over… What are we ready to do then?

paratisi on June 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM

This survey will be misleading because it left off the most appropriate choices:

“Miserable Failure”

snd

“Made everything worse by blocking spill mitigation and cleanup actions of others and unnecessarily shutting down exploration and drilling”

landlines on June 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Who is the flat, ghostly hag in that picture? Carol Browner?

Jaibones on June 27, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Blarg the Destroyer on June 26, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I have to agree that should be considered. His actions certainly suggest he is more than willing to maximize the damage done.

I would like to think he isn’t willing to be that evil to get his agenda passed, and I think it is a huge gamble to take. He is risking everything if he has done that. Not even Tingles could feign support if it is revealed he wishes the worst for this disaster.

It’s hard not to at least ponder that possibility.

Mr Purple on June 26, 2010 at 5:17 PM

I don’t think Obama is evil per se. He’s more of a “we have to destroy the village in order to save the village” type. If capitalism is evil, then you can justify ruinging the economy in order to rebuild it as a more socialist one. He already stated he was willing to bankrupt the coal industry, and that, like other good leftists, gas prices really should be at least 4 or 5 dollars a gallon. These two things are good, in his mind, because it would force us to invest in “green energy.”

And there’s been no shortage of talk from him about the importance of green energy.

Well guess what? If it looks like drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico is just too dangerous, that also would force us to concentrate on “green energy.”

It’s really not at all hard to believe that he would deliberately sabotage the response to this crisis in order to push his favorite answer to just about everything, green energy.

To “transform” the nation, as he says he wants to do, requires destroying much of what is already there.

There Goes The Neighborhood on June 27, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Here’s some more:

http://powip.com/2010/06/big-oil-maneuvering-and-vestiture/

LarryG on June 27, 2010 at 7:25 PM

obumbo is a loser and maybe more

foxone on June 27, 2010 at 9:42 PM