LeMieux to Obama: You’re getting failure all over our shores; Update: Transcript added

posted at 8:48 am on July 1, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

George LeMieux (R-FL) scolded President Barack Obama from the Senate floor yesterday, telling Obama that it wasn’t just oil washing up on the shores of the Gulf; it’s failure. On Day 71 of the crisis, LeMieux noted that then-Senator Obama had a lot to say about George Bush and his response to Hurricane Katrina, including a focus on “half-hearted measures.” LeMieux also noted that Obama seems more interested in traveling around the nation and giving speeches crabbing about Republicans than in doing the job for which he campaigned two years ago. “This is his job,” LeMieux insisted about the Gulf crisis, “not Ken Salazar’s”:

Immediately after this speech, LeMieux joined me for an exclusive interview on The Ed Morrissey Show to talk about the status of the Gulf cleanup. He noted some incremental improvements in the number of skimmers operating in the area, but was aghast at the bureaucratic red tape that has kept the A-Whale on the sidelines for so long. LeMieux blasted the administration’s inability to bypass the EPA or even to attempt cutting through its red tape to mitigate the environmental catastrophe. As for leadership, it sounds as though chaos is still the norm, and states still feel on their own:

Check back later; I’ll have a full transcript in this post by the end of the day.

Update: Here’s the transcript, courtesy of Amy the Intern:

Q: It’s great to be speaking with Senator George LeMieux who is joining us just after delivering a speech on the senate floor. Welcome back to the Ed Morrissey Show, sir.

A: Thank you very much for having me on, Ed.

Q: Well, its great to speak with you, and last time we talked you were very unhappy about the response in the Gulf from the federal government. What’s changed since the last time we spoke?

A: Well we made some progress but not enough. The progress that we’ve made is that the federal government has finally woken up a little and has issued an order to release skimmers that are around the country. There are some 2000 skimmers around the country. And the coast guard and the environmental protection agency on Monday issued an executive order which allows those skimmers, who may be required to be in certain ports, to make their way to the Gulf. Now we’ll see what happens. We’ll see if they actually make it there. And through my office we’re monitoring that situation and calling these various ports and seeing that the skimmers are hopefully on their way. That’ll be a big help. That’s half the issue. The other half of the issue is on the foreign side, whether or not these skimmers from other countries that have been offered are gonna be put to use. We’ve already lost a bunch of them. I’ve been talking about this one ship, the Swan, which was offered by a Dutch company on May 6th, that had the capacity to soak up 20,000 tons of oil and water mixture a day, that we did not get back to them, we never answered the call and they sent the ship someplace else. There is now a huge ship called a whale, the world’s largest skimmer. And that ship has gone to the Gulf of Mexico on its own accord. The Taiwanese owners have sent it even though there’s no guarantee it’ll be used. And hopefully we’ll get it put to work in the next couple of days. It is such a massive ship and has such capability that it could suck up at least 250 times that of what’s being sucked up by these kind of modified fishing boats which are currently skimming. 500,000 barrels of oily water per 8-10-hour cycle. You know, why these resources weren’t requested and called upon earlier, why we did not answer the call to all of these offers of foreign assistance, it makes no sense to me whatsoever. But at least we’re starting to see some progress. Let’s hope it comes to fruition.

Q: Senator LeMieux, you know the big problem with a whale and some of these is others is that they don’t pass EPA standards. They haven’t been extensively tested by the federal government. Because they might discharge oily water in to the Gulf of Mexico.

A: Isn’t that the most preposterous thing you’ve ever heard?

Q: It is absolutely absurd!

A: You know their gonna suck up oily water, take out 90, 95% of it, some may get discharged back and their gonna say, “Oh you’re discharging oil, we need to give you a permit, you have to apply for a permit”. What a bunch of b.s. right? It makes no sense at all.

Q: It’s like there’s no sense of urgency, in this, it’s like there’s no sense of emergency in this. I was living in Southern California, originally a Southern California boy. I was living in Southern California in the 1994 earthquake, the Northridge earthquake and it destroyed vital freeways. If you’ve ever been in LA you know how vital the freeways are. And these were major arteries that were out of commission and they would have been out of commission for two or three years had they followed the government regulation in rebuilding them. Instead, the state of california understood that there was an emergency going on and they removed all of these regulatory road blocks and just asked private companies to get these things built as fast as possible. Three months later they’re fixed. I mean, that’s the type of thing you expect governments to do when there’s an emergency like that. Do you see that sort of response in the Gulf, even right now?

A: No I don’t and its just all slow to come. And its only when, you know, we have meetings with the president and that we really raise this topic as much I and others have raised it, that you see any movement at all. There is no sense of urgency, I just, I can’t understand it. You know, this is not a republican or democrat issue. These are people who are suffering. You know, for God-sakes you would think a that democratic administration would do everything it could to protect the environment, let alone jobs when we’re having such difficult employment issues in this country. But there hasn’t been a sense of urgency, and you know frankly its just terribly disappointing. And its also disappointing in light of the fact that the president’s in wisconsin today giving a political speech, talking about why republicans are responsible for all the problems in this country, according to him. When he should be down in the Gulf, trying to make sure we have all the resources we available to solve the problem that we have.

Q: Well that’s another issue, its a completely different issue in Wisconsin where the export/import bank ended up canceling a loan guarrantee that is going to cost Wisconsin and some other upper midwestern states about a thousand jobs thanks to Barak Obama’s policies on climate change. But that’s a different topic. I want to stay on where we’re at right here. Last time we talked you talked about the leadership, you talked about the fact that it didn’t seem like anybody was in charge. Has that changed? Has there been an improvement in the chain of command to where it looks like things are getting better organized down there?

A: Well, like I said before, they’re starting to do things. They executed this executive order on Monday. Hopefully that’s going to start bringing more domestic ships. They have now said that they are going to accept more foreign ships and they came out with a statement yesterday saying that they were going to accept 22 offers of assistance from 12 countries. That’s great–it shouldn’t have taken 70 days to do that. So I think things are improving, but we’ve suffered a lot of damage since that time. We’ve suffered a lot of heartache, loss of compensation, loss of people’s belief in what their federal government can do for them. I mean, look, I’m not a big government guy, I don’t believe the government should be intruding on our lives, I think that we need a lot less government. But what government does it should do well and everybody believes, I think, that in a circumstance like this, this is what the federal government should do. This is a situation that’s beyond a small locality or even a state. This is an issue that affects the nation. And for those who want to grow the size of government and think government’s the answer, you know you would at least hope in the long area that we all agree that the government should be able to achieve some good results, that they would get those results achieved and we’re not seeing that in this oil spill. So, I am very frustrated, you can sense my frustration. I’ve gone to the floor of the senate every day for the last couple weeks to bring light and attention to this and I think we have. And I think we’ve moved the dye a little bit by holding some pressure, you know, upon this administration. But more really needs to be done and when I go down to Pensacola like I have done 4 or 5 times now, and down into Northwest Florida and talked to our local officials and talk to people who live and work along the coastline there, they’re just brokenhearted and I hate to see it. I hate to see it in their eyes, I hate to hear it in their voices and its a big deal for us down there. And this is not just going to be something that affects Florida for weeks and months to come, its gonna have years of impact and this government really needs to do a better job of responding to this crisis. And it shows a lack of care, a lack of executive competence, a lack of urgency and its just very frustrating for those of us who live on the Gulf.

Q: You know, the oil drilling moratorium in that region is something that is not terribly popular there, I mean even though you’re seeing a massive spill as a result of a damaged well head here and an inability of people to repair it. You take a look at the people whose livelihoods depend on maintaining a good economy down there in the Gulf and they want to see drilling continue down there. What are you hearing about the moratorium that the Obama administration wants to put in place, that a judge rejected–they’re gonna come back with another reworded moratorium. What’s your position on that, and should we be stopping all of the drilling down there or should we just be taking care of one thing at a time?

A: Well I think we have to have a balanced approach. The moratorium, I can tell you that both the republican and the democratic senator from Louisiana are very much against this because its hurting the way of life. And they claim, and I believe its true, that the moratorium is hurting Louisiana more than the oil spill is in terms of putting people out of work . So i think you have to be very careful, I mean its easy to respond to something like this and say, “Ok we’re not going to do any more drilling. We’re not going to drill for oil anymore off the coast of the United States.” But we’re not in a position economically or for our energy needs to be able to stop drilling. Now I’m told we have 4,000 some well heads around the United States of America. We rely upon that oil to move about the country, to conduct our business, to live our way of life, to pursue happiness, and there just isn’t an alternative right now. NOw should be moving toward electric cars, like my friend momar alexander wants to do, and should we be moving towards natural gas propelled cars like I understand Argentina has had a lot of success with, sure we should and we should be doing all of those things. I mean I want to get us off foreign oil, I think its an existential threat to this country that we send hundreds of billions of dollars overseas to people who don’t like us, people who fund terrorism. I had a military veteran, a general tell me that this is the first war since the civil war , our war in Afghanistan and Iraq where we are funding both sides of the war. And It think its a salient point So, I’m a big believer in getting us off foreign oil and i’m a big believer in developing clean energy in this country that will create good jobs, but right now we’re not in a position to stop drilling for oil. It’s gonna take time to do that and we should not just throw out this moratorium because it makes some politicians feel good, it needs to be done in a careful way. I want to know what happened to this trans-ocean rig, I want to know why we had disaster happened, I want to do whatever we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. But we need to be thoughtful about it.

Q: Speaking of being thoughtful about it and the reasons why. There’s an effort in the house, and I don’t know if you’ve even had a chance to see this Senator LeMieux, but there’s an effort in the house to regulate deepwater drilling by basically saying that companies have to guarantee that blowout preventers will work and if they don’t they guarantee a plan to stop wells from leaking. Now this sounds like a common sense approach, but the practical implications of this is that basically it’s going to block anyone from drilling in deep water because nothing is 100% fool proof especially at 5,000 feet. That’s a tough question because you want things to be safe, you want the drilling to not cause these types of disasters. And you would hope that companies would have what my friend Bruce McClain at QNO calls a “go to hell plan”, when things go to hell. But on the other hand, you don’t want to necessarily increase regulation to the point where nobody can actually get anything done. Have you heard about this, Henry Waxman and Edward Markey, I believe, are the ones actually pushing this in the house.

A: Now I haven’t heard about this specifically, but you’ve got it right. We’ve got to have a balance. These companies need to have a plan in case we have another disaster or to prevent a disaster from happening and we didn’t have a plan. You know, as I heard one person say, we had space age technology to drill the well and sort of horse and buggy technology to clean it up. The technology that BP is using out there is the same technology they used when we had a similar oil spill or oil leak in the GUlf in the late 70′s. And we talked about the top hat, back then they were calling it the big sombrero. I mean, its really, the technology to solve the problem has not progressed as much as the technology to drill deeper and deeper. So, we need to make sure, look, its not that we should have no regulation, we should have reasonable, prudent regulation done by good government regulators who understand that you can’t regulate so much that you suffocate the business or that we can’t can’t drill oil here, that we are reliant even more on foreign oil which, by the way has to be shipped in on a barge which traditionally has had a lot more leaks than oil drilling has. So there’s no perfect solution. What you need is good regulation, good regulators and they’re going to have to invest more on blowout preventers and other technologies and redundancies to make sure that we don’t have this problem again. But we are not in a position to stop drilling for oil. Oil is a great resource for this country, whether its in Alaska or off our coast. It needs to be done reasonably, it needs to be done carefully, it needs to be done far enough away from shore, but its gonna have to continue until such time as we have a break through that’s going to allow us specifically to propel our cars and our airplanes off of something other than a petroleum based product. Right now, that’s not a reality.

Q: There’s been some talk about, usually an explosion on a well head to get the leak to stop. But this was something that was brought up in the first few days of the leak as sort of a last ditch, sort of, “if nothing else works” we can do this. it would Basically eliminate any possibility of getting the oil out of that field, but supposedly its more or less a fool proof way to seal off the problem. What have you heard about that and a.) is it a practical solution if nothing else works, and b.) Is anybody really willing to take that risk?

A: Yeah, I don’t think they are at this point, you know this stems from, as I understand it, maybe its more than a rumor, but the rumor that the Soviets did something like this when they had an oil spill. The state of the technology as I understand from talking to experts, the best thing to do is to drill these relief wells and they’re not drilling one, but two relief wells. They’re also trying to do other things to cap the well and I hope they’re successful on that. Now if we get to September and the relief wells don’t work and they haven’t capped the well, we’re going to have to go back to the drawing board. I mean, I sure hope we don’t have to do that, I sure hope that these efforts are successful, but you worry about something like blowing up a bomb on the bottom of the ocean, what that’s gonna do and what if it made the situation worse and I’m not sure that’s a viable alternative for us.

Q: Senator George LeMieux, I want to thank you for being with us. I know you’ve got a busy schedule and you’ve taken out quite a bit of time here to talk with us. Is there anything else that you want to say that I haven’t asked you before you go?

A: No, I think you’ve really covered it and I just appreciate you giving us some time to talk about this. Because now that we’re 72 days into this crisis its starting to fall away from the front pages and its not on the cable channels as much as it was with all of the other things going on in the rest of the world. But the people of the GUlf are still suffering and this administration is still not responding in the way it should, so I really appreciate you having me on and giving me a chance to air my views on this.

Q: Well, its my pleasure and we would like to have you come back on as often as you’d like to give us updates on this. THis is going to be going on for quite some time and we really need to make sure we’re up to date as to what’s going on out there. So please, come back as often as you like and give us updates on this.

A: Thank you so much.

Q: Thank you sir.


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But Obamacare will work fine!

rob verdi on July 1, 2010 at 8:52 AM

LeMieux also noted that Obama seems more interested in traveling around the nation and giving speeches crabbing about Republicans than in doing the job for which he campaigned two years ago. “This is his job,” LeMieux insisted about the Gulf crisis, “not Ken Salazar’s”:

I thought complaining was what The Whine’s job was. But hey, at least we dodged the bullet of having a former governor who took on the oil industry & who’s spouse worked int the oil fields as vice president. Imagine what the problem would be then, why we might have an unplugged underwater oil well and withhold both domestic & international resources to clean up the gulf.

rbj on July 1, 2010 at 8:54 AM

Failed presidency. BO will leave a legacy of incompetence, mis-queues, gaffes, and weakness. Our allies are disgusted at his arrogance, our enemies have no fear.

What a joke. Too bad no one is laughing.

jbh45 on July 1, 2010 at 8:56 AM

The oil spill is soo 72 days ago. The One has moved on.

RobCon on July 1, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Obviously a hate spewing racist! I see it… oil is black, and Obama is black therefore, he’s complaining that Obama is getting blackness all over the shores. Nazi! KKK! R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N.

lm10001 on July 1, 2010 at 8:58 AM

I strongly believe that Obozo would like nothing more than to sacrifice the Gulf in order to kill the oil industry, along with the economy in order to advance his socalist dreams.

Never let a crisis go to waste ……

Jerome Horwitz on July 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM

Obama has no plans to help remove the red tape. This is purposeful and has been from Day One. Does anyone think the passive-aggressive CIC wants this fixed?

BetseyRoss on July 1, 2010 at 9:00 AM

The oil spill is soo 72 days ago. The One has moved on.

RobCon on July 1, 2010 at 8:56 AM

+1

excellent

cmsinaz on July 1, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Seems the EPA has moved like molasses with one exception – the authorization to dump toxic dispersants into the plume – and now they’re dragging their feet to tell BP to knock it off – when they readily admit they don’t have any idea how much damage it will do. The silence is deafening, even though activists have pointed the issue out to the likes of NBC’s Brian Williams while he was in Pensacola for one of his ‘on scene’ Nightly News broadcasts.

Is the follow up to “Top Kill” gonna be nicknamed “Total Kill”? Could very well be.

Wind Rider on July 1, 2010 at 9:03 AM

“But, but, Joe Barton said something unpopular two weeks ago, don’t look at me. Hey, how about some Cap and Trade and amnesty? OK, well, I have tee time at 9:15, thanks, see ya.” – the president.

forest on July 1, 2010 at 9:04 AM

…”If you like your oil, you can keep it…”

search4truth on July 1, 2010 at 9:05 AM

We are stuck with EPA rules and regulations, environmental laws, adn safety regulations that keep ships from assisting in the clean up.

However, we also hear that the administration is more than willing to “not enforce immigration laws” if they get in the way of their agenda.

Since they’ve already shown an ability to ignore enforcing some laws, why the hesitancy to ignore the laws that are keeping the ships in port?

SouthernRoots on July 1, 2010 at 9:06 AM

My dad is a liberal, and we had that debate over the federal response to BP. He wants it all to be on BP and its response. The lands and waters that need to be accessed to stop and clean up the spill are mostly under federal jurisdiction. I told him, if I hit a baseball into his backyard, either he has to fetch the baseball out of his backyard or give me permission to go in his backyard to get it. Yeah, I shouldn’t have hit the ball there. But assigning blame doesn’t get the ball out of the yard.

He had no answer for that one.

Sekhmet on July 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Sing it Senator. As someone who is there temporarily, take this opportunity to be the unbridled advocate for not just your state but the whole region. Not only will it be appreciated it will be remembered when Sen. Nelson is up for reelection.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2010 at 9:11 AM

HARDHAT GUY: “Hey! You’re getting INCOMPETENCE in my CORRUPTION!”

LAWYER GUY: “Your CORRUPTION is all over my INCOMPETENCE!”

HARDHAT GUY AND LAWYER GUY TOGETHER: “Hey! This is pretty good!”

Haiku Guy on July 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Barry can’t come to the gulf, his trousers are being pressed . . .

tpitman on July 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Hey now! Charlie Crist thinks he’s doing just fine. And there’s no one more honest or loyal than him.

Doughboy on July 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2010 at 9:11 AM

thanks for the reminder, I forgot he was crist’s choice to ‘hold’ the seat for him…

cmsinaz on July 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Gee, a Republican holding Obamas feet to the fire?

I’m stunned.

The Republican party has been virtually silent; any gains in November will be simply due to Democratic incompetence.

rickyricardo on July 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Sekhmet on July 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Good point. Please tell me your dad doesn’t hope that BP goes out of business.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Obama’s going to let this tragedy grow and grow in order to push his cap & trade agenda. This guy doesn’t see the country from a perspective we can relate to. This guy could care less about the people, he proves this every day. This guy is evil with a pair of legs.

Keemo on July 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Sorry, fella. There is a straight-up news blackout on Barry’s incompetence on the oil spill. You can complain, but no one’s gonna hear you. Oh, did you hear? America loves the health care bill now. That’s the news.

Rational Thought on July 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Where’s McConnell? Where’s Boehner? Where’s Steele? Why is the GOP AWOL on the oil spill? I cannot understand this.

Bugler on July 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Sekhmet on July 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Excellent.

ladyingray on July 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Barry to the country – Oil is icky, I’ve got a country to ruin!!

yoda on July 1, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I guess it is a wet dream to think that the RNC is making ads for Sept-Oct cataloging all of the Admin’s failures using their own words? Silly me: we won’t sink that low; we’ll take the high road; and lose.

Dingbat63 on July 1, 2010 at 9:19 AM

but was aghast at the bureaucratic red tape that has kept the A-Whale on the sidelines for so long.

A-Whale is big, very big, but there’s only room in the gulf for one skimmer and until the http://WWW.A.Gov moves out of the way, the gulf will have to wait.

Electrongod on July 1, 2010 at 9:19 AM

That was not suppose to be a link.

Electrongod on July 1, 2010 at 9:20 AM

cmsinaz on July 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM

Yeah, how did that work out? The minute Mr. Crist left the party, Sen. LeMieux dropped the connection. But I do believe he is in a great position, unfettered by reelection politics, to go nuts on Mr. Obama. He should be the loud mouthpiece for every bit of the federal government’s foot dragging and it’s impact on the citizens and ecology of that area. I hope he’s sees his unique position and runs with it.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Rush said the other day the other oil companies are already pullin their rigs and headin for Brazil or Argentina!

Once Barrack Petroleum drives all the others out the only one left will be the incompetent, corrupt, socialstic, Barrack Petroleum!

Both in the gulf and in the White House!

Hey its’ worked for em so far!

IMPEACH !

dhunter on July 1, 2010 at 9:21 AM

I hope he’s sees his unique position and runs with it.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2010 at 9:21 AM

copy that….go wild!

cmsinaz on July 1, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Ugh. From the White House web site on today’s historic pitch for comprehensive immigration reform:

After the speech, we will also host a unique online engagement event – what we’re calling an “Open for Questions Roundtable” – with Cecilia Muñoz, one of the President’s closest advisors on the issue. Representatives from online media outlets examining several angles of the immigration issue will be there posing the questions on the minds of their readers — Forbes, which focuses on business and economic issues; the Examiner.com network which has citizen reporters in every state including more than 50 border state communities; CNET which focuses on the tech community; and Univision.com, which has covered the immigration debate as closely as anybody for years. And as we always do, we’ll be taking some of your questions live via Facebook as well.

Would that be this Cecilia Munoz – you know the one that thinks that crossing the border is a civil offense, not a criminal one…?

Chomsky Dance Recital on July 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

This oil spill isn’t so much like Obooba’s Katrina as the Gulf beaches are like Monica’s Blue Dress.

Akzed on July 1, 2010 at 9:28 AM

As a corollary to my “Community Organizer-in-Chief” comment on another thread I have to comment here about the community organizer technique of continual criticism of everything from rapidity of response to efficacy of response. Øbummer is a master practitioner of this technique. We all remember how he sat around in the Senate, showed up late to vote “present,” criticized President Bush for being Bush, being president, being Republican, being anything other than a Democrat liberal tool, and just generally whined and complained about his political adversaries.
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President “Skin So Thin” is determined, in my opinion, to perpetuate community organizing from the Oval Office to the Administration Golf Course. His unwillingness to do anything other than complain and whine is such a familiar technique to him that I don’t believe that he can see the real responsibility of the Presidential Office. It’s a powerful office that he is reducing to a shriveled shell of whining and complaining punctuated with draconian executive orders, czar creation, corporate shakedowns, and relegation of policy reviews to biased committees.

ExpressoBold on July 1, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Where’s McConnell? Where’s Boehner? Where’s Steele? Why is the GOP AWOL on the oil spill? I cannot understand this.

Bugler on July 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Where are they on anything???

jdawg on July 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Redo:

but was aghast at the bureaucratic red tape that has kept the A-Whale on the sidelines for so long.

A-Whale is big, very big, but there’s only room in the gulf for one skimmer and until the USS.A.GOV moves out of the way, the gulf will have to wait.

Electrongod on July 1, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Never mind. I screwed to whole thing up.. Arrrgg!

Electrongod on July 1, 2010 at 9:32 AM

cmsinaz on July 1, 2010 at 9:22 AM

I just emailed him. For what that is worth.

Cindy Munford on July 1, 2010 at 9:33 AM

The important question is “Where is BIll Nelson?” I guess the Democrat can’t criticize his President. I sincerely hope that George Lemieux runs against Nelson next election cycle. At least George has his head in the game, Nelson is out in left field some place.

bflat879 on July 1, 2010 at 9:33 AM

My dad is a liberal, and we had that debate over the federal response to BP. He wants it all to be on BP and its response. The lands and waters that need to be accessed to stop and clean up the spill are mostly under federal jurisdiction. I told him, if I hit a baseball into his backyard, either he has to fetch the baseball out of his backyard or give me permission to go in his backyard to get it. Yeah, I shouldn’t have hit the ball there. But assigning blame doesn’t get the ball out of the yard.

He had no answer for that one.

Sekhmet on July 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

It’s more like you threw an angry black bear into his yard that is threatening his children and tearing up his lawn furniture. It’s his job to protect his children and property, and to remove the threat, even if he risks bodily injury in doing so – not just stand around and yell at you for throwing it in his yard or file a lawsuit to make you remove it.

rockmom on July 1, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Where’s McConnell? Where’s Boehner? Where’s Steele? Why is the GOP AWOL on the oil spill? I cannot understand this.

Bugler on July 1, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Where are they on anything???

jdawg on July 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM

I assume 2 things:

-The incomprehensible incompetence of Obama speaks for itself

-They are trying not to politicize this horrible disaster

visions on July 1, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Where are they on anything???

jdawg on July 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Doesn’t do them much good to say anything if the state-run media refuse to cover it. Talk radio has been all over this; Govs. Jindal and Barbour are finally starting to get some traction in the media. They are the ones who need to be on TV and radio. Who gives a crap what Mitch McConnell or John Boehner have to say? They aren’t from the Gulf states and we don’t need to have them accused of “playing politics with a crisis” which is exactly what the presstitutes will say.

We have a golden opportunity here to showcase strong Republican leadership in the Gulf states and contrast it with the gross incompetence and finger-pointing in Washington.

rockmom on July 1, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Let’s face it. Four of the five affected states are cracker-white states that will go red whatever he does. With Florida, he’s gambling that he can shill to Hispanics, transplanted New Yorkers, and Jews.

Why pass up the opportunity to highlight an oil catastrophe and to kill an industry so that he can redistribute wealth through cap-and-trade?

Have you noticed how quiet environmentalists have been during the past 10 weeks? They’re quite willing to sacrifice this region for the greater “good” of having a replacement for “Exxon Valdeez” and to promote this green nonsense.

If independent voters want reasonable fuel prices, they better get used to voting GOP in the 2010 and 2012 so that we can purge Democrats.

BuckeyeSam on July 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Massive big government failure and all who want can just take a look. Can’t hide an oil spill of this size, no matter how many congressional clunkers try.

tarpon on July 1, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I strongly believe that Obozo would like nothing more than to sacrifice the Gulf America in order to kill the oil industryCapitalism, along with the economy in order to advance his socalist dreams.

Never let a crisis go to waste ……

Jerome Horwitz on July 1, 2010 at 8:59 AM

FIFY

Archimedes on July 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Why should Ocommie care about the Gulf region? Does anyone who is anyone vacation there? The oil washing ashore and killing precious wildlife suits his purposes just fine. He can further cripple us by using this disaster to take more of our earnings. The oil is destroying an area that he would not deign to visit except for photo ops or campaign stops. And who cares about Gulf seafood when you can dine on Wagu beef and arugula?

maryo on July 1, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Still voting present…

golfmann on July 1, 2010 at 9:45 AM

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We have a golden opportunity here to showcase strong Republican leadership in the Gulf states and contrast it with the gross incompetence and finger-pointing in Washington.

rockmom on July 1, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Your comments are always well considered. But I might add that it might be a nice touch if, rather than the federal GOP office holders, the Republican Governors Association actually began holding some periodic events in the Gulf during this crisis. Those from faraway states could stand in a show of support and protest for how the feds are hosing states. Don’t forget Obama’s non-response on the Tennesse flood.

Seriously, I see a clear pattern that if you are a red state that requires federal assistance for a federal problem, the Obama administration will respond: Phuck you, crackers.

Arizona–immigration; Tennessee–flooding; the Gulf states–oil leak.

And while they’re gathering, maybe GOP gubernatorial candidates could join them. I’d like to see John Kasich in a photo op screaming at Obama to “do his job, rather than grandstanding in Ohio on every open occasion.”

BuckeyeSam on July 1, 2010 at 9:46 AM

I told him, if I hit a baseball into his backyard, either he has to fetch the baseball out of his backyard or give me permission to go in his backyard to get it. Yeah, I shouldn’t have hit the ball there. But assigning blame doesn’t get the ball out of the yard.

He had no answer for that one.

Sekhmet on July 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM

..he’s not ignoring you; he’s probably pissed because he raised such a smart son.

The War Planner on July 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM

LeMieux also noted that Obama seems more interested in traveling around the nation and giving speeches crabbing about Republicans than in doing the job for which he campaigned two years ago.

Make no mistake, I was hired to do speeches, and talk about kicking ass……and that’s what I’m gonna do.
/bho

ted c on July 1, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Still voting present…

golfmann on July 1, 2010 at 9:45 AM

..in absentia from the golf course.

The War Planner on July 1, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Not a bad speech for “Choo-Choo” Charlie’s so called “placeholder”.
Sounds like someone should tell Bill Nelson to watch his back; George may be gaining on him…

gstep58 on July 1, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Where are they on anything???

jdawg on July 1, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Deferring to someone who has more balls than the LA Lakers..Sarah Palin the dems worst nightmare… the Pitbull in Naughty Monkeys and Lipstick!

dhunter on July 1, 2010 at 9:54 AM

We can only hope that as Katrina was to FEMA, this oil spill will be to the EPA. They are a law unto themselves and some serious bureaucratic blood needs to be spilled there. Time for the long knives.

jnelchef on July 1, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Mr. President is beyond incompetent. He’s an embarrassment and I’m ashamed of him. When people are suffering and oil is gushing like it is you do EVERYTHING in your power…the power American citizens entrusted you with, to help the people. You put everything else on hold. Nothing on his agenda (cap and trade, immigration, golf) is as important as putting all available resources in the gulf to try and stop the spill and clean up the mess. He’s truly a moron if he thinks otherwise. There is absolutely no excuse for it to take 70+ days to get more help down there. None.

scalleywag on July 1, 2010 at 9:55 AM

My husband made a frightening comment to me last night. He said “Can you imagine if we had a Chernobyl type of event while Obama was President?”
We would all be dead while the EPA was trying to figure out the environmental impact of the crypt that encased the reactors and the unions fought over who built the crypt in the first place. Meanwhile, Obama would be practicing his putt at Mt. Weather.

ExcessivelyDiverted on July 1, 2010 at 10:00 AM

It’s the end justifies the means. Slow response and shut down drilling, send all oil companies out of the gulf and raise the price of oil, decrease supply and voila! Socialists paradise, just what he wants.

tim c on July 1, 2010 at 10:03 AM

“Doesn’t do them much good to say anything if the state-run media refuse to cover it.”

The media won’t cover it unless the GOP leadership has the stones to force the issue. FORCE. This isn’t about politicizing the issue, it’s about simply telling the truth. The administration has bared its jugular and the GOP, for reasons I can’t understand, won’t pick up the knife.

Bugler on July 1, 2010 at 10:04 AM

History will be kind to George W. Bush.
History will not be kind to f#$khead Obama.

carbon_footprint on July 1, 2010 at 10:08 AM

C’mon. Obama is doing everything he can do. He focuses on the oil spill every single day. He won’t rest until it’s fixed and cleaned up.

It’s not like there’s a giant skimmer that can process as much fluid as all of the skimmers currently in use, combined.

Oh wait. There IS such a skimmer. And its owners want to help. But Obama won’t let them.

hawksruleva on July 1, 2010 at 10:12 AM

Dems block visit to Gulf Coast to view damage.

Key West Reader on July 1, 2010 at 10:12 AM

If Old Barrack Hussein were leakin all over the place, Michelle would plug it! I Betcha!

dhunter on July 1, 2010 at 10:13 AM

Well, he’s back to a -19 on Rasmussen.

I can’t understand why this disaster is being ignored. It is unbelievable.

Key West Reader on July 1, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Dems block visit to Gulf Coast to view damage.

Key West Reader on July 1, 2010 at 10:12 AM

OK, let’s take this story as an example. The Dems are clearly trying to limit Congressional travel to the disaster area. If Boehner publicly, LOUDLY, denounced this nonsense and defended his caucus members, how could the GOP possibly lose?

It’s an absolute no-brainer.

Bugler on July 1, 2010 at 10:18 AM

WARNING! Only read this if your not already 1/2 suicidal or homicidal! Hopefully it gets out before tomorrow night! Darrell Issa doin the job no-one else will do. Hey isn’t the lyin Pinnochio givin a speech about that today. Jobs no-one else but illegal aliens and Demrat voters will take!

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/later-today-damning-report-on-oil-spill-response-97579464.html

dhunter on July 1, 2010 at 10:20 AM

First comment under above article:
“OBAMA LIED THE GULF DIED!”

dhunter on July 1, 2010 at 10:26 AM

This is a criminal offense and a criminal cover-up!
IMPEACH NOW!

dhunter on July 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM

This guy is evil with a pair of legs.

Keemo on July 1, 2010 at 9:15 AM

“Something Wicked this Way Comes”

We are paying for at least two generations of emphasis of knowledge instead of adding knowledge onto Character and Wisdom. We have sowed to the Wind and are reaping the Whirlwind.

chemman on July 1, 2010 at 10:29 AM

dhunter on July 1, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Nixon resigned because Senior GOP congress critters came to him and said resign or we will vote for Articles of Impeachment in the House and vote for conviction in the Senate. Do you see any senior democrats that will do the same in this situation? I don’t.

chemman on July 1, 2010 at 10:33 AM

chemman on July 1, 2010 at 10:33 AM

NO NOT YET but now is the perfect time to push them. Make it so hot for them before the midterms that not one will survive.

I want pictures of those skimmers sitting at docks and transposed into articles of how many vessels the liars have on the water. This is Obamas Ray Nagin moment with buses flooded. Skimmers sittin idle whilst the liar claims to be on from day Won!

dhunter on July 1, 2010 at 10:44 AM

George LeMieux (R-FL) scolded President Barack Obama from the Senate floor yesterday, telling Obama that it wasn’t just oil washing up on the shores of the Gulf; it’s failure.

..This is more like it..Good job GOP.

…Now scream it from the steps of the Capital all the way to the Gulf Coast…..no mercy.

Baxter Greene on July 1, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Obama is made of fail.

Dubya Bee on July 1, 2010 at 11:03 AM

In the Gulf we are watching a practice run of how Team Obama will respond to a successful terror attack on our country. Would we be 72 days now waiting for the 17-agency committee to decide if responders could enter the rubble of the WTC to recover bodies? Because anyone who was rescued alive would surely be dead by now.

Texas Gal on July 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Although the media seems to be getting interested in the disaster by now, I reflect back to the years of the Bush Administration and the level of coverage for similar events where the Presidents “handling” of events “became” the events.

The most common comparison I’m sure everyone would probably draw would be Katrina. Even deployed, it was the only news story in town for months and months and the key angle of the coverage always seemed to be President Bush’s response.

But another story that some might have forgotten about was the ENRON Hearings. From the beginning, the media tried to tie the Administration with ENRON based on the flimsiest of connections. C-SPAN covered the hearings non-stop and the talking head points in between people testiflying were “What was the Bush Administrations connections with the form?” PBS did a freaking documentary on it witha similar theme.

Here we have an administration which had received the lions share of campaign contributions from BP and under their watch, approved the Mancondo site drilling and even issued glowing reports of their safety records and current operations.

WTF?

W.T.F?

hawkdriver on July 1, 2010 at 11:55 AM

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hawkdriver on July 1, 2010 at 11:57 AM

I thought complaining was what The Whine’s job was. But hey, at least we dodged the bullet of having a former governor who took on the oil industry & who’s spouse worked int the oil fields as vice president. Imagine what the problem would be then, why we might have an unplugged underwater oil well and withhold both domestic & international resources to clean up the gulf.

rbj on July 1, 2010 at 8:54 AM

I do imagine it. And I imagine that the MSM would be screaming its head off night and day about how horrible a job the administration was doing, regardless of what it was doing.

Unlike the little tendrils of muted panic and even forcefully repressed disgust we are beginning to see months later from some of the MSM regarding He Who Must Not Be Criticized.

And part of me thinks that maybe it’s better this way. I was glad when Bush’s term was over just so the screaming would stop. (Little did I know it would continue as if his administration had never left office.)

I sure wouldn’t want to have to go through all that screaming again regarding McCain and Palin and the oil spill – which we would, no matter how well handled it was, because the left has gotten just that insane.

And it’s instructive, too, for everyone to see how the administration is perfectly willing to ruin a whole ecology just for political gain. The fact that it for cap and trade and to take over the oil companies makes it just that much more evil.

That it is deliberate negligence is at this point more than evident to anyone not a fool.

Unfortunately, most of the leftist lemmings in the MSM and portion of the populace have so far been perfectly willing to sacrifice the gulf for those ends, rather than veer from their Obama love, and their starry-eyed socialist idealism.

Who knew? I thought they supposedly cared about the environment. This is indicative of how they will be about everything, including people dying from Obamacare.

So it’s been instructive, and also a relief not to have to hear them screech day and night about how McCain and Palin handled it. Still, all that oil unnecessarily ruining the gulf is a very high price to pay for those satisfactions.

Alana on July 1, 2010 at 12:37 PM

Initially I misread the headline as “you’re getting failure all over our shoes” as in “you stepped in it”. Both work.

Buy Danish on July 1, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Seriously, I see a clear pattern that if you are a red state that requires federal assistance for a federal problem, the Obama administration will respond: Phuck you, crackers

Seems to me, given the response in both Tennessee and the Gulf, FEMA isn’t necessary at all….

TeresainFortWorth on July 1, 2010 at 1:09 PM

You owe Amy a raise for that work. :)

irishspy on July 1, 2010 at 1:29 PM

I sure wouldn’t want to have to go through all that screaming again regarding McCain and Palin and the oil spill – which we would, no matter how well handled it was, because the left has gotten just that insane.

The only reason I don’t want Sarah to run in 2012 is the media torture. She may be strong enough to weather the storm, but I don’t think I am. F*%(^%)^*()#king hypocrites!!

Who knew? I thought they supposedly cared about the environment. This is indicative of how they will be about everything, including people dying from Obamacare.

This is the most blackhearted, aloof, evil cynicism ever displayed by the U.S. Federal Government. Where are all the eco-freaks freaking out? …crickets… lying evil, no SICK, bastards!

Who is John Galt on July 1, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Hasn’t been a story in our local paper for the last week about the gulf oil spill.

Dr. Goebbels is smiling.

jukin on July 1, 2010 at 1:55 PM

The important question is “Where is BIll Nelson?” I guess the Democrat can’t criticize his President. I sincerely hope that George Lemieux runs against Nelson next election cycle. At least George has his head in the game, Nelson is out in left field some place.

bflat879 on July 1, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Good question.

INC on July 1, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Daddy will you appoint a Failure Czar?

TN Mom on July 1, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I told him, if I hit a baseball into his backyard, either he has to fetch the baseball out of his backyard or give me permission to go in his backyard to get it. Yeah, I shouldn’t have hit the ball there. But assigning blame doesn’t get the ball out of the yard.

Excellent analogy – I’m gonna steal that one. :-)

YehuditTX on July 1, 2010 at 7:03 PM