Finally: Feds to accept help from 12 countries in dealing with oil spill

posted at 7:47 pm on June 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

70 days.

The National Incident Command and the Federal On Scene Coordinator have determined that there is a resource need for boom and skimmers that can be met by offers of assistance from foreign governments and international bodies.

The United States will accept 22 offers of assistance from 12 countries and international bodies, including two high speed skimmers and fire containment boom from Japan. We are currently working out the particular modalities of delivering the offered assistance. Further details will be forthcoming once these arrangements are complete…

The Department has released a chart of offers of assistance that the U.S. has received from other governments and international bodies. The chart is updated as necessary to include any additional offers of assistance and decisions on accepting the offers. The chart is posted on the State Department Web site at: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/143488.pdf

Follow the link and look at the chart to see how many offers were still “under consideration” as of a few hours ago. The announcement comes two weeks after the Coast Guard acknowledged that more skimmers were needed and, of course, 67 days after the first offers of foreign aid started trickling in.

Three days after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico began on April 20, the Netherlands offered the U.S. government ships equipped to handle a major spill, one much larger than the BP spill that then appeared to be underway. “Our system can handle 400 cubic metres per hour,” Weird Koops, the chairman of Spill Response Group Holland, told Radio Netherlands Worldwide, giving each Dutch ship more cleanup capacity than all the ships that the U.S. was then employing in the Gulf to combat the spill.

To protect against the possibility that its equipment wouldn’t capture all the oil gushing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch also offered to prepare for the U.S. a contingency plan to protect Louisiana’s marshlands with sand barriers. One Dutch research institute specializing in deltas, coastal areas and rivers, in fact, developed a strategy to begin building 60-mile-long sand dikes within three weeks…

Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn’t good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million — if water isn’t at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

If you’re not tearing at your hair after reading that, read this report from the New Orleans Times-Picayune about federal red tape keeping other skimmers out of the gulf. And not just foreign skimmers, either: For instance, thanks to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, you need minimum levels of certain equipment aboard (like booms) or else it’s no go. This is where we’re at after weeks of oil gushing at a rate of around one Exxon Valdez every three or four days.

Here’s the perfect ad to polish this all off. As Ace says, simply brutal.

Oil Spill Timeline from RightChange on Vimeo.


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Another bow down by Obowma!

chickasaw42 on June 29, 2010 at 7:50 PM

From day one…what a joke this Obama is. A sad sick joke

clnurnberg on June 29, 2010 at 7:50 PM

It’s a good thing the EPA says that the key to containing an Oil Spill is time. The spill should be contained as close to the source as possible. I wonder if Obowma bothered to consult with the EPA, yet?

Does contained in the Gulf of Mexico count?

Hey who needs 99.9% skimmers. The pelicans will love the extra oil.

tarpon on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM


The Beverly Hillbillies

The Chicago Community Organizers

Come and listen to a story about a man named Barack,
A poor commander ‘n chief, barely smarter than a rock,
Then one day while he was shootin hoops,
up through the Gulf came a bubblin crude.

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

Well the first thing you know ol bama’s gotta work,
The Gulf folks said “Help clean up the Oil JERK!”
He Said “you know, Golf Course is the place I ought to be”
So He loaded Air Force One and Flew off to Tee.

Tee off, that is. Putting Greens ,with movie stars.

portlandon on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Thank you, Mr. President..

We’ll maintain the position anyway… we’ve gotten used to it.

Love,
Louisiana

cane_loader on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

The perfect is the enemy of the good.

Get the skimmers in action the few parts per million above standards is still infinitely better than where we stand now.

chemman on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

What did the unions get to allow this I wonder.

RobCon on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

The announcement comes two weeks after the Coast Guard acknowledged that more skimmers were needed and, of course, 67 days after the first offers of foreign aid started trickling in.


The system worked!!!!!


…….We’ve been on this since day one!!!!!!

Baxter Greene on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Yum. A big serving of crow smells a lot like roosting chickens.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

He’s got a solid B+ on the spill response now.

Denverslim on June 29, 2010 at 7:52 PM

IS THE HOLE PLUGGED YET DADDY!!

tetriskid on June 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

For the love of God, how can anyone excuse this level of incompetence? This is the worst level of inaction I have ever seen in my entire life and I am 56 years old. 70 days. Obama should hide his face in shame.

scalleywag on June 29, 2010 at 7:53 PM

Nearly oil-free isn’t good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million — if water isn’t at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

So, removing 75 percent of the oil is worse than removing no oil?

Holger on June 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

Wow, just in time! Thank you Obama. Now the media can start covering this spill like it happened yesterday.

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

As Barack Obama said:

The best time to plant an oak tree was 75 days or so ago. The second best time is right now.

Mr. Joe on June 29, 2010 at 7:54 PM

RETARDED!!!!
The obama admin can give its self waivers on libbiest but cannot get a waiver on the amount of oil!
That makes wonderful sense, lets see, if the can collect 85 % of the oil I say let them do their job ! But oilbummer admin says NOT let 100% of the oil stay because you cannot clean up X amount.
RETARDED!!!!!

ColdWarrior57 on June 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Soros, the Chicago Climate Exchange, and SEIU must have given their okay.

kingsjester on June 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Yay, State Department!

SMART POWER…

Khun Joe on June 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Get the skimmers in action the few parts per million above standards is still infinitely better than where we stand now.

chemman on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

The EPA gave the OK to use these skimmers as long as there is another skimmer following behind to clean up the trace of oil left behind.

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Idiots! Persons of Stupid barely describes them.

Buford Gooch on June 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM

And Palin was nuts for talking about dikes.

smokinjoe on June 29, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Don’t get excited. The Coast Guard will probably be ordered to stop them and inspect all the ships for their safety precautions. Should take a week or so.

Cody1991 on June 29, 2010 at 8:00 PM

I don’t get why people in Congress weren’t pounding their fists and demanding action from day one. They’re all so environmentally conscientious after all, aren’t they? Why hasn’t Al Gore been screaming at the top of his lungs? Oh yea, never mind.

scalleywag on June 29, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Too bad it’s 69 days too late.

kagai on June 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

Hey folks, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is coming to our local library tomorrow to talk about the spill. He sent me a postcard in the mail and invited me.

What question should I ask him, if I get the opportunity? (Seriously asking y’all’s advice – I don’t think well on my feet)

cane_loader on June 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

“Yes the house is burning. Yes we’ve got teams of firemen standing at the ready with lots of water on hand. But those firemen are missing at least two inches of reflective tape on their left jacket sleeve. And we can’t have that. After all…we’re the government and we’re here to help.”

Weight of Glory on June 29, 2010 at 8:02 PM

IMO the Lawless One is not confused or misinformed. Obama will not lift a finger until OIL covers the Gulf states coastlines. Then they will need help so much that they agree to pass the Energy Tax Bill to get help with the disaster. You see, preventing the worst damages by acting 40 days ago would not have destroyed the will to use oil. It would have made us continue using our abundant super efficient oil intead of erecting subsidised wind mills being sold by Warmist friends of Obama.

jimw on June 29, 2010 at 8:05 PM

..this needs to be made viral, saved, and used starting on 3 November 2010 when this a**-clown is the subject of interest.

NEUTER HIM IN 2010 AND FLUSH THIS TURD IN 2012!

The War Planner on June 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

portlandon on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

::golf clap::

Patrick S on June 29, 2010 at 8:06 PM

This should be the song of the Gulf spill.

Weight of Glory on June 29, 2010 at 8:07 PM

Does Kevin Costner’s centrifuges meet this standard?

d1carter on June 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Mr. President, you said you were talking to experts to know whose ass to kick.

Well it sound like there is plenty right there for you. Are you up for it?

I mean after you finish the back nine, of course…

SPCOlympics on June 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules

dang tree huggers…thanks for nothin’

cmsinaz on June 29, 2010 at 8:09 PM

Hey Allah, your link to Ace actually goes to the NOLA report.

As for Barry’s handling of this, all I can say is WIBDI?

rcpjr on June 29, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Kafka wrote this.

the_nile on June 29, 2010 at 8:11 PM

it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico.

WTF are they going to do with it.. drink it?

upinak on June 29, 2010 at 8:12 PM

This is where leadership should kick in, cutting trough red tape.

Obama still waiting for his experts to tell him whos ass to kick.

the_nile on June 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

The same playbook is being used for every difficult and unexpected event:

1. Downplay the incident. This was true for Ft. Hood, Xmas Day, Times Square, and the oil spill.

2. Ignore the incident and hope it goes away. same as above with the notable exception of Times Square. Swift reaction by citizens and the FBI closed that deal quickly, in spite of the White House.

3. Under enough pressure, announce the exact wrong policy/procedure.

4. After an outpouring of citizen and blogoshere criticism, reverse course and finally enact the correct policy/procedures, to thunderous applause and calls of courage by the lefty media.

BKeyser on June 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Must be a hurricane coming.

Buddahpundit on June 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

This is criminal. Absolutely criminal.

Fish and wildlife dead.

Jobs lost.

Beaches smeared with sludge.

Lives forever changed–and not in a good way!

This is not incompetence. This is criminal. Even someone incompetent with *real* *actual* *concern* would have accomplished more by now.

INC on June 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

BKeyser on June 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

spot on BK

cmsinaz on June 29, 2010 at 8:15 PM

I think the mask will finally slip the rest of the way off when shocked tourists begin showing up at beaches and hurricane season really kicks in.

The Ugly American on June 29, 2010 at 8:15 PM

The announcement comes two weeks after the Coast Guard acknowledged that more skimmers were needed and, of course, 67 days after the first offers of foreign aid started trickling in, and on the very same day it was announced that cleanup ships had to suspend operations due to high winds and rough seas from Tropical Storm Alex .

Gator Country on June 29, 2010 at 8:16 PM

The second to last two paragraphs from the same article AP excerpted above is telling of just how totally incompetent and ignorant this administration is.

If the horrible handling of this disaster does not open the American peoples eyes to the ludicrous nature of bloated and incompetent government then nothing will. A president is supposed to be the person who must bypass the bureaucracy in times of need, but this man clearly demonstrates that the only thing he knows is bureaucratic incompetence.

NotCoach on June 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

I suppose this same rule will be coming along with ObamaCare. If a heart doctor can not restore your failing heart to 99.9985%, then he can not treat you. To go from 15% heart capacity/function to 95% just will not be allowed.

Tav on June 29, 2010 at 8:22 PM

Too late Cap’n Kickass. The damage is already done, not only to the gulf economy, its ecosystem and beaches, but also serves as a fresh, new daily stain on your disgusting failure of a presidency.

I can’t wait to see how you screw up the “help” phase too, and you will because you are not only incompetent, you are also evil. The 70 days of damage you already facilitated is perceived as intentional now, because no level of incompetence could ever explain your inaction.

Obama will go down as the most hated and inept president in US history. Deservedly so.

Fishoutofwater on June 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

70 effing days. Way to go Kap’n Kickass.

TXUS on June 29, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Does Kevin Costner’s centrifuges meet this standard?

d1carter on June 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

No. I think they are the wrong color or shape or size or something.

Tav on June 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

RETARDED!!!!!

ColdWarrior57 on June 29, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Alfred E. Obama.

Tav on June 29, 2010 at 8:33 PM

This is no mere incompetence. This is malfeasance.

paul1149 on June 29, 2010 at 8:34 PM

We are the laughingstock of the world. Not since Jimmy and Billy Carter have we looked this bad. Why isn’t Kanye shooting his mouth off now?

gitarfan on June 29, 2010 at 8:35 PM

upinak on June 29, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Are you done honeymooning already?

Cindy Munford on June 29, 2010 at 8:37 PM

Would someone pleas put that video on YouTube or some site that streams well? Trying to play it from Vimeo is excruciating.

YehuditTX on June 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Now we know the level of this morons stupidity… -70

RalphyBoy on June 29, 2010 at 8:43 PM

Dorothy Rabinowitz spanks Captain Kick Ass:

The Alien in the White House
The distance between the president and the people is beginning to be revealed.

“The deepening notes of disenchantment with Barack Obama now issuing from commentators across the political spectrum were predictable. So, too, were the charges from some of the president’s earliest enthusiasts about his failure to reflect a powerful sense of urgency about the oil spill.

There should have been nothing puzzling about his response to anyone who has paid even modest critical attention to Mr. Obama’s pronouncements. For it was clear from the first that this president—single-minded, ever-visible, confident in his program for a reformed America saved from darkness by his arrival—was wanting in certain qualities citizens have until now taken for granted in their presidents. Namely, a tone and presence that said: This is the Americans’ leader, a man of them, for them, the nation’s voice and champion. Mr. Obama wasn’t lacking in concern about the oil spill. What he lacked was that voice—and for good reason.

Those qualities to be expected in a president were never about rhetoric; Mr. Obama had proved himself a dab hand at that on the campaign trail. They were a matter of identification with the nation and to all that binds its people together in pride and allegiance. These are feelings held deep in American hearts, unvoiced mostly, but unmistakably there and not only on the Fourth of July.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703302604575294231631318728.html

Cody1991 on June 29, 2010 at 8:47 PM

What’s the MSM/Lib spin on this incomprehensible incompetence?

visions on June 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

If the horrible handling of this disaster does not open the American peoples eyes to the ludicrous nature of bloated and incompetent government then nothing will. A president is supposed to be the person who must bypass the bureaucracy in times of need, but this man clearly demonstrates that the only thing he knows is bureaucratic incompetence.

NotCoach on June 29, 2010 at 8:19 PM

But how are the American people to know these details if there is a news blackout by the media of all of the information we see it sites like this? How do the people who get their news from television even begin to understand the level of criminality and negligence by this administration and its Keystone Kops agencies?

There should be howls in the halls of Congress and calls to media for some investigative truth-telling. Stop carrying the water for the Destroyer in the WH.

onlineanalyst on June 29, 2010 at 8:50 PM

I sure hope the response time from the gubmint is a little better when I’m having a heart attack. Know what I’m sayin?

iceman1960 on June 29, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Does Kevin Costner’s centrifuges meet this standard?

d1carter on June 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

No. I think they are the wrong color or shape or size or something.

Tav on June 29, 2010 at 8:25 PM

I am hoping that we enlist the help of SpaceBalls and their MegaMaid. Suck..Suck..Suck.
Oh no! She’s gone from suck…to blow!

Electrongod on June 29, 2010 at 9:02 PM

Next step, filling out the forms to request the acquisition of the permits for the allowance of life jacket waivers.

ThePrez on June 29, 2010 at 9:11 PM

He’s brilliant.

garry on June 29, 2010 at 9:11 PM

INC on June 29, 2010 at 8:14 PM

+ infinity

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 29, 2010 at 9:26 PM

A day late and billions short.

PaCadle on June 29, 2010 at 9:32 PM

It’s going to be weeks before any outside help arrives to help the gulf coast. Some of those wanting to help may be denied because they don’t meet some bureaucratic regulation. This is just more of the see, the government is helping propaganda.

Kissmygrits on June 29, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Isn’t everyone glad that Barry focused “laser-like” on the oil spill from Day 1?

Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

GarandFan on June 29, 2010 at 9:34 PM

The Feds only approved it now b/c they know that no help will come with TS Alex halting everything. This is on purpose. The Feds want the Gulf DEAD.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 29, 2010 at 9:34 PM

ObaMao accuses Lamar Alexander of using a “talking point” when the Senator brought up addressing the BP spill during a bipartisan discussion on an “energy bill.” (If anyone knows about talking points, it is the fool in the WH, who only know how to talk his prescribed propaganda points.)
http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/06/gop-sen-to-obama-you-cant-talk-energy-bill-without-talking-bp.html

onlineanalyst on June 29, 2010 at 9:43 PM

What did the unions get to allow this I wonder.

RobCon on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

There’s plenty of bailout money floating around for them to cool their heels.

BowHuntingTexas on June 29, 2010 at 9:43 PM

To add insult to injury I heard today, not sure if its true, on Rush I think,
that the oil rigs were pulling out. The ban has worked and the floating rigs are headed south for the more friendly waters of Brazil to make a living.

Soon after the rigs are gone wanna bet the leak gets fixed and BP, Obamas biggest contributor, gets exclusive drilling rights to the golf to wind and solar and other greenie enterprises. This is why Obama loves and supports them they have espoused nonworking greenie ideas for years!

I suppose they will have to be granted exclusive rights so as to pay back the damages or some such rot, meanwhile Americans and American companies are severely damaged again.

When will someone uphold their oath of office and stop this ENEMY DOMESTIC!

dhunter on June 29, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Perhaps, perhaps ………….. I can stop hitting my head on my computer desk over this insanity. Does this mean that the “A Whale” can begin operating in the next couple of days skimming oil in the Gulf? I agree that that BP should pay some compensation to people in the Gulf. However, the federal government’s refusal (Obama) to accept foreign assistance should mitigate BP’s liability.

SC.Charlie on June 29, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Does this mean Obama waived the Jones act?

liberty0 on June 29, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Pinnochio can allow help now knowing it will take a week or two to arrive and knowing he met his goal of driving American competition from the (golf) costing American companies American investors and Americans jobs.

AN ENEMY DOMESTIC NOT AN INCOMPETENT!

dhunter on June 29, 2010 at 9:47 PM

What did the unions get to allow this I wonder.

RobCon on June 29, 2010 at 7:51 PM

According to the article, this:

The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer — but only partly. Because the U.S. didn’t want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

Threshing Flora on June 29, 2010 at 10:00 PM

The crickets at the end cracked me up – nuance…

Buy Danish on June 29, 2010 at 10:06 PM

According to the article, this:

The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer — but only partly. Because the U.S. didn’t want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.

Threshing Flora on June 29, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Seriously, I’m gonna be sick!

This is criminal, absolutely insane and demands an investigation and impeachment for dereliction of duty.

Ogabe on June 29, 2010 at 10:49 PM

We’re from the government and we’re NOT here to help.

Aitch748 on June 29, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Hasn’t anyone told this guy you can’t vote “present” in this job. How long is normal for something to be under consideration? God, if Obama were in charge when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, he would have scheduled a meeting for a week later to decide what to do. Today, he tells Sen. Alexander that his opinion is just talking points. He has no clue about how important this is. I guess he just doesn’t care about people who live in states governed by Republicans.

bflat879 on June 29, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Books by Matthew Bracken, check Amazon.

Who is John Galt on June 29, 2010 at 11:32 PM

What I don’t understand is why Oilbama hasn’t adopted his Chigago-style brand of politics to solve the oilspill cleanup problem.

Hell, everybody knows that Chicago Democrats are the world’s experts at skimming off the top.

CatchAll on June 29, 2010 at 11:49 PM

The real problem here is that the EPA has it’s head up Obama’s ass so far they can see his tongue.

Seems that 99.9985% purity is the EPA standard for bilge water (water onboard a ship that may contain water, oil, urine, detergents, solvents, chemicals, pitch, particles, and so forth).

This is the ultimate “Catch 22″ … once you suck up any sea water that contains any pollutant (like say BP crude oil), EPA regulations say you can’t put it back .. because it is “bilge”.

Any sane person would think that if it is purer than the water pulled from the ocean, it would be safe to go back … but not the EPA. It must be 99.9985% pure.

J_Crater on June 30, 2010 at 1:43 AM

J_Crater on June 30, 2010 at 1:43 AM

That was a terrible decision. Sometimes rules (or laws in this case) must be broken.

I’m also amazed ther isn’t more uproar over waiving the Environmental Impact Study. There were concerns expressed over the amount of methane at this site and the stability of the sea floor – and they waived the EIS?

Does anybody really think all those BP donations to Obama didn’t play a role in that decision? BP has done it’s best to get in good with the ‘green’ crowd. Unfortunately the ‘green crowd’ doesn’t have any knowledge about oil drilling and they simply rolled over for BP.

From WaPo back in May:

The decision by the department’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) to give BP’s lease at Deepwater Horizon a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) on April 6, 2009 — and BP’s lobbying efforts just 11 days before the explosion to expand those exemptions — show that neither federal regulators nor the company anticipated an accident of the scale of the one unfolding in the gulf.

Mr Purple on June 30, 2010 at 2:35 AM

Too little. Too late. But it is an improvement.

What a pathetic excuse for a president.

Slowburn on June 30, 2010 at 7:08 AM

Stop blaming Obama. The entire Federal Government is a bloated, self-perpetuating ball of red tape. Blaming Obama just distracts from this key point Conservatives should be making.

SlimyBill on June 30, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Hot Tip: Stay healthy. ObamaCare will work this way too.

petefrt on June 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Follow the link and look at the chart to see how many offers were still “under consideration” as of a few hours ago

You should state how many there were, for the benefit of later readers. I count six, although some are from organizations and not countries. Plus one more item of aid which is an idea.

HotWeaver on June 30, 2010 at 9:14 AM

If memory serves, President Hope-n-Change likened the Gulf oil spill to 9/11.

I don’t recall it taking 70 days for the Bush Administration to accept foreign help with this crisis. For instance, it took just 27 days to launch Operation Enduring Freedom and while the Brits and others were not directly involved in the initial invasion, their offers of help in ongoing operations had already been accepted.

Sounds like President Hope-n-Change had a problem with furreigners…but it also sounds like he’s finally hit the reset button.

Can’t you just smell the competence?

Tongueboy on June 30, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Interestingly,all of the offers of assistance require reimbursment.I’m assuming that means that we will have to pay for it afterward,which is to be expected,and we would all be OK with that.
The interesting part is the fact that Bambi refused the assistance long enough to increase the ultimate cost of the reimbursment.So now we know why Bambi was spending so much time doing nothing.His inaction fits perfectly into his plan to destroy the country economically by further increasing the National debt.
I would be curious to see what the difference in cost would have been if he had acted in a timely manner,rather than delay acceptance of aid.

DDT on June 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Does this mean Obama waived the Jones act?

liberty0 on June 29, 2010 at 9:45 PM

+1 ???

barnone on June 30, 2010 at 10:21 AM

Interestingly,all of the offers of assistance require reimbursment.I’m assuming that means that we will have to pay for it afterward,which is to be expected,and we would all be OK with that.
The interesting part is the fact that Bambi refused the assistance long enough to increase the ultimate cost of the reimbursment.So now we know why Bambi was spending so much time doing nothing.His inaction fits perfectly into his plan to destroy the country economically by further increasing the National debt.
I would be curious to see what the difference in cost would have been if he had acted in a timely manner,rather than delay acceptance of aid.

DDT on June 30, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Actually, the Dutch offered to come in and help free of charge. In stead, because Dutch ships can’t operate in U.S. waters, we bought/rented the equipment off their ships, flew them here, and installed them on U.S. ships. Instead of letting Dutch teams build berms and sandbars, we hired the Dutch to train U.S. workers.

Aren’t you looking forward to this same level of advancement in our new improved health care system?

hawksruleva on June 30, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Stop blaming Obama. The entire Federal Government is a bloated, self-perpetuating ball of red tape. Blaming Obama just distracts from this key point Conservatives should be making.

SlimyBill on June 30, 2010 at 8:57 AM

True to a point. But an effective executive would be trying to cut through red tape and eliminate obstacles. Obama is doing the opposite.

hawksruleva on June 30, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Does Kevin Costner’s centrifuges meet this standard?

d1carter on June 29, 2010 at 8:08 PM

Not quite.

The oil content in the purified water from the centrifuge is about 50 parts per million. That’s a little higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s preference of 35 parts per million …

LarryD on June 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Fashionably late

or

ghetto time?

GWB would have been set on a pike if he was as cavalier as the commie in chief

we are losing this country to half ass commies and idont know what I might do

Sonosam on June 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Sorry, you can only clean oil if you magically transmute it into sunshine and rainbows. Otherwise we’d rather it get sucked up in the hurricane that’s coming and be blown all over the gulf states.

Sure a few states might get ecologically damaged in the process, but you have to break a few eggs to keep completely idiotic rules that do more harm than good.

gekkobear on June 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM