Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on September 29, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, the final cap finally got installed and secured on the well that spewed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, and the White House rushed to note the accomplishment — or at least acted faster than it did in acknowledging the disaster in the first place.  Barack Obama issued a two-paragraph statement:

Today, we achieved an important milestone in our response to the BP oil spill – the final termination of the damaged well that sat deep under the Gulf of Mexico. I commend Admiral Thad Allen, Secretaries Salazar, Chu, Napolitano, Administrators Jackson and Lubchenco, Carol Browner, the federal science and engineering teams, and the thousands of men and women who worked around the clock to respond to this crisis and ultimately complete this challenging but critical step to ensure that the well has stopped leaking forever.

However, while we have seen a diminished need for our massive response that encompassed more than 40,000 people, 7,000 vessels and the coordination of dozens of federal, state and local agencies and other partners, we also remain committed to doing everything possible to make sure the Gulf Coast recovers fully from this disaster. This road will not be easy, but we will continue to work closely with the people of the Gulf to rebuild their livelihoods and restore the environment that supports them. My administration will see our communities, our businesses and our fragile ecosystems through this difficult time.

However, Andrew Malcolm noticed that Obama didn’t thank a certain group of people — the people that actually capped the well:

But in a two-paragraph special White House statement issued Sunday morning before some more golf, the president could find no words to praise or even acknowledge by name the BP drillers and relief crews who did the actual capping and sealing work. …

Obama also found words to cite the 7,000 vessels, “thousands” of people and “dozens of federal, state and local agencies” for their massive response. The president did mention some unidentified “other partners,” which could possibly include the BP workers who actually did the work and now face unemployment due to the administration’s offshore drilling moratorium.

BP was the company with the ultimate responsibility for the explosion and spill, but not the people who actually performed the arduous and dangerous work of capping the wellhead after the explosion and spill. I’d say that those workers deserved more of the credit than Stephen Chu. They certainly deserved a mention.

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I’d say that those workers deserved more of the credit than Stephen Chu. They certainly deserved a mention

I’ve heard that the Six Phases Of Any Project are:

1. Enthusiasm

2. Disillusionment

3. Panic

4. Searching for the guilty

5. Punnishing the innocent

6. Praise and honors for the nonparticipants

I suppose if the project is a success, phase six could be appended with “… while ignoring the actual victors.”

apostic on September 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Obama only recognizes and thanks people who get paid by taxpayers.

Electrongod on September 29, 2010 at 8:14 AM

I guess the eleven that perished that day weren’t worth mentioning either.

Rovin on September 29, 2010 at 8:14 AM

I’d say that those workers deserved more of the credit than Stephen Chu. They certainly deserved a mention.

pathetic…

cmsinaz on September 29, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Electrongod on September 29, 2010 at 8:14 AM

the workers must be republicans and we know how dear leader treats those who don’t appreciate him

cmsinaz on September 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Thanking the little people doesn’t help show the magnificence of big government going into the November election. Plus, given Obama’s paranoia and the fact that the companies working to fix the well likely came from Gulf Coast Red States, Obama probably thought they were dragging their feet on purpose to make him and his administration look bad.

jon1979 on September 29, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Electrongod on September 29, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Because people who sell things other people want to buy are clearly inferior to statists.

NoDonkey on September 29, 2010 at 8:23 AM

The actual workers are tax-paying, blue-collar dudes without Ivy League degrees. They don’t count for much in Barry’s world. He views them the same way that John Kerry views the military: with contempt.

AZCoyote on September 29, 2010 at 8:23 AM

I’m not so sure anybody is listening to the man anymore. He can’t even fill a room without busing in union thugs. I’m pretty sure 80% of this country is not paying any attention to this dishonest creep at this time, and are focusing on personal survival and trying to outlast this POS….

Keemo on September 29, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I’m not so sure anybody is listening to the man anymore. He can’t even fill a room without busing in union thugs. I’m pretty sure 80% of this country is not paying any attention to this dishonest creep at this time, and are focusing on personal survival and trying to outlast this POS….
Keemo

Amen, brother.

Crusader Rabbit on September 29, 2010 at 8:31 AM

Now down the memory hole it will go. But first, a ‘Brownie’ heckuvajob moment for Ken Salazar.

GnuBreed on September 29, 2010 at 8:33 AM

Narcissist much you despicable traitor Obama?

csdeven on September 29, 2010 at 8:34 AM

I’d say that those workers deserved more of the credit than Stephen Chu. They certainly deserved a mention.

Doesn’t play to his base, ala “I can’t lose the whole Democratic Party”.

Perspective. His.

tru2tx on September 29, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Thanks, small people.

Kissmygrits on September 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Number one on my personal demand list for the GOP is to repeal Obamacare. Number two on my list is to investigate & prosecute every Democrat politician from the top to the bottom, and to destroy the entire Liberal/Progressive machine that controls our government. If the GOP fails to produce on this, then the dominating party will be the Tea Party, and then we will get it done…. The corruption of our government must end if our country is to survive…

Keemo on September 29, 2010 at 8:36 AM

True Alinskyite that he is, ObaMao would never credit an energy corporation that continues to produce carbon-based energy, regardles of whether it calls itself Beyond Petroleum or not. He can only celebrate and acknowledge Big Government forces and Green Energy supporters.

Pajamas Media has been exploring the ties of the green movement and government enablers in a five-part series. Here is how money and litigation talks in the green movement’s arsenal.
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/green-money-the-perpetual-motion-machine/?singlepage=true

onlineanalyst on September 29, 2010 at 8:40 AM

To be fair, Dear Liar is modest, He doesn’t want to thank Himself for personally donning a wetsuit and actually capping the well.

What a jerk.

rbj on September 29, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Yes daughter, Daddy capped the well and stopped the oil.

Mojave Mark on September 29, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Keemo on September 29, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Amen!

Josiah on September 29, 2010 at 8:44 AM

I agree with both of your comments, Keemo. In order to survive, we have to outlast these destoyers and supplant them with leadership that will allow us to once again flourish.

onlineanalyst on September 29, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Cap and Trade is the end game and our death knell.

tessa on September 29, 2010 at 8:44 AM

our response to the BP oil spill

he’s congratulating himself

cmsinaz on September 29, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I’d say that those workers deserved more of the credit than Stephen Chu. They certainly deserved a mention.

Why do you say that?
Check the drill team’s resumes…
No Nobel Prizes!

Haiku Guy on September 29, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Hey, Obama is taking credit for Bush’s successful strategy in Iraq (that he actively opposed). He’s trying to re-brand the Bush tax cuts “the Obama tax cuts for the middle class”. So why not congratulate himself for sealing the well too?

People do notice the lying. It’s not just bad policy that is causing his numbers to go down.

forest on September 29, 2010 at 9:14 AM

onlineanalyst on September 29, 2010 at 8:44 AM

No doubt that is the truth… My wife is an Architect licensed in multiple states.. She has had very little work for the past 18 months. We had two sons in college, but the oldest has decided to take a year off because he, knows we are spending our retirement very quickly trying to outlast this assault on our way of life. The only reason we are surviving at all is because I’m a plumber and own a plumbing business in an area with really old homes; if you get my drift…

The Tea Party is very strong here in my state. I have spoken at two TP events as a small business owner and a political junkie…

Keemo on September 29, 2010 at 9:14 AM

But in a two-paragraph special White House statement issued Sunday morning before some more golf…

Awesome. This is exactly how the liberal media constantly jabbed at Bush. Give a taste of their own medicine.

forest on September 29, 2010 at 9:18 AM

we also remain committed to doing everything possible to make sure the Gulf Coast recovers fully from this disaster. This road will not be easy, but we will continue to work closely with the people of the Gulf to rebuild their livelihoods and restore the environment that supports them.

LIES AND DAMNED LIES! More lies form “COusin Eddie” the LIAR IN CHIEF!

Why are you supporting a moritorium on drilling when a federal judge has twice overturned it.

You pathetic lyin Democrat (I know they are one in the same Democrat= LIAR)! You have no intention of creating jobs in the private sector!
Your only aim is to redistribute the wealth to those on the public payrolls so as to further your Socialist/Communist dreams.
When the govt checks out number the checks from private industry the takers will vote themselves favors forever as the 93% African Americans do!

dhunter on September 29, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Is “Cousin Eddie” still golfing on a Military base closing it down to real Americans who work all week and then have to defer to this POS when its’ time to relax?

dhunter on September 29, 2010 at 9:24 AM

This shows Obama has a poor idea of how things actually get done, and who does them. And that stupid offshore oil drilling moratorium is still in place?? Good gravy.

Paul-Cincy on September 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

we also remain committed to doing everything possible to make sure the Gulf Coast recovers fully from this disaster. This road will not be easy, but we will continue to work closely with the people of the Gulf to rebuild their livelihoods and restore the environment that supports them.

In other words, they intend to continue to milk this for all it’s worth up until November of 2012.

CurtZHP on September 29, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Is there no end to this guys campaigning? Time to bring back that scathing critique of his handling of the oil crisis. Who published that again? Oh yes, it was in the Rolling Stone. They must have gotten an earful since then because they’ve been giving Mr. President a “tongue bath” (Eds words, not mine) ever since.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/111965

scalleywag on September 29, 2010 at 10:04 AM

And Obutthead parted the waters and said….CAP THAT WELL!!!

So it was ordered, so it was done!

What an insipid tool this man is!

capejasmine on September 29, 2010 at 10:05 AM

This road will not be easy, but we will continue to work closely with the people of the Gulf to rebuild their livelihoods and restore the environment that supports them. My administration will see our communities, our businesses and our fragile ecosystems through this difficult time.

You lie! There’s a moratorium on deep water drilling, and they’re stalling with issuing permits for shallow water drilling. He is singlehandedly destroying the economy of Louisiana (and other Gulf states), as well as reducing the supply of oil and gas – which could impact the cost of commodities that are vital to our energy needs.

Buy Danish on September 29, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Today, we achieved an important milestone in our response to the BP oil spill …

What’s this “we” and “our” B.S., bwana?

ya2daup on September 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM

apostic on September 29, 2010 at 8:12 AM

you read my mind.

Kenosha Kid on September 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

“FINAL TERMINATION”?

As opposed to the intermediate terminations I suppose.
Good lord, what is a stint at Harvard or Yale worth?

FOWG1 on September 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Shouldn’t it be the “Obama oil spill” — since Obama is Commander in Chief and the Coast Guard botched their firefighting response, which caused the rig to sink, which caused the oil spill?

unclesmrgol on September 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

As opposed to the intermediate terminations I suppose.
Good lord, what is a stint at Harvard or Yale worth?

FOWG1 on September 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM

“See the sad thing about a guy like you, is in about 50 years you’re gonna start doin’ some thinkin’ on your own and you’re gonna come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life. One, don’t do that. And two, you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on a f***in’ education you coulda’ got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the Public Library.”

— Maaaaatt Daaaamon, “Good Will Hunting”

VekTor on September 29, 2010 at 4:46 PM

I guess the eleven that perished that day weren’t worth mentioning either.

Rovin on September 29, 2010 at 8:14 AM

America can absorb the loss…
This man makes me sick…
I actually pray that this cold bastard never has to “absorb” such a loss.

M-14 2go on September 29, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Wow. Obowma is my hero.

Obowma used over 70 days to respond to the oil spill. GW Bush mobilized FEMA 2 days BEFORE Katrina hit, while delayed by the democratic governor Blanco, and was forever portrayed an incompetent to respond to a federal emergency?

“You plug the well yet, daddy”?

dthorny on September 29, 2010 at 10:00 PM