Open thread: Noted sports analyst to discuss Japan crises

posted at 1:35 pm on March 17, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

OK, that headline might be a little harsh.  How about “Anti-bullying activist to discuss non-intervention in Libya while dictator massacres entire city“? Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear at the moment that Barack Obama will be taking questions but rather will just be issuing a statement:

The White House says President Barack Obama will make a statement later in the day on the deepening nuclear crisis in Japan.

Obama spoke Wednesday night with Japan’s prime minister about steps the U.S. is taking to ensure the safety of Americans there — steps that exceed what Japan is telling its own citizens. The U.S. has also offered to evacuate Americans from three Japanese cities.

It’s unclear what Obama will have to say, other than the US will supply any assistance Japan requests, which Obama already said in an earlier statement.  Today, for instance, the US Navy delivered protective suits to workers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has now repeatedly said that the US is safe from any impact from the radiation emanating from the site.  Now the IAEA is calling the situation “stable”:

The situation at Japan’s tsunami-stricken nuclear plant is “very serious,” but at the moment it does not appear to be deteriorating, a senior official of the U.N. atomic agency said Thursday.

As emergency workers frantically worked to regain control of the dangerously overheated nuclear complex, Graham Andrew told reporters that “there had been no significant worsening” over the past 24 hours at the crippled plant.

Andrew, a senior aide to International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano, emphasized that the situation could change quickly, either improving or escalating into a wider catastrophe.

“It hasn’t gotten worse, which is positive, But it is still possible that it could get worse,” he said. “We could say it’s reasonably stable at the moment compared to yesterday.”

While we’re waiting for President Obama to make a public appearance on the Japan crises, be sure to absorb this report from ABC on the nearly 200 workers who have volunteered for what appears to be a suicide mission to keep the nuclear station from killing their families, neighbors, and countrymen:

“My dad went to the Nuclear Plant. I never heard my mother cry so hard. People at the plant are struggling, sacrificing themselves to protect you. Please dad come back alive,” read a tweet by Twitter user @nekkonekonyaa.

“My husband is working knowing he could be radiated,” said one woman. He told her via email, “Please continue to live well. I cannot be home for awhile.”

An email from the daughter of a Fukushima 50 volunteered was shared on national television and said, “My father is still working at the plant — they are running out of food…we think conditions are really tough. He says he’s accepted his fate…much like a death sentence…”

The nearly 200 workers are rotated in and out of the danger zone in groups of 50, taking turns eating and sleeping in a decontaminated area about the size of an average living room.

There is real courage and sacrifice in this world, and it usually arises in the darkest of moments. Keep these people and their families in your prayers.


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Obama in Rio: “Madam Rousseff… tear down that statue.”

justltl on March 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Kermit on March 17, 2011 at 3:19 PM

they have places to ‘drop’ the stuff such as the hospital I mentioned above. Surely that could be a dispersal point for folks in that area. As for making packages small enough, I don’t see why ‘logistically’ that can’t be done either. Sorry, I think they could be doing better and something is wrong somewhere along the supply lines.

jeanie on March 17, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Mr Obama said the US feels “great urgency” to assist Japan, and is confident that Japan will rebuild, AFP news agency adds

and so great is that urgency that we are going to answer questions work late into the night fly to Rio De Janeiro to demonstrate how great it is….

Urgency.

ted c on March 17, 2011 at 3:32 PM

coldwarrior on March 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Or my favorite version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZDhnRo8YvQ

Cindy Munford on March 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

“I’m on the road to Rioooooo.” yeah and there was some problem in Japan.See you in a few…

Sincerely,
Barry and Mo.

sandee on March 17, 2011 at 3:33 PM

“It is far better to have people think you’re ignorant, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” – Mark Twain (?)

That has to be what Obama’s political advisers are telling him.
.
His sycophantic handler have not yet received the flash drive with instructions for TOTUS from Soros,we will have to wait til Sorsos has all his short positions in on late Friday for da won to really do nothing and fly off. We are waiting for Slick and Hildabeast to say good stuff while bummah is on vacation,again.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 17, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Obama: It’s terrible that those 50 japanese nuclear workers didn’t get to finish their NCAA brackets.

lorien1973 on March 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

While we’re waiting for President Obama to make a public appearance on the Japan crises, be sure to absorb this report from ABC on the nearly 200 workers who have volunteered for what appears to be a suicide mission to keep the nuclear station from killing their families, neighbors, and countrymen

I can’t view the video, but don’t these people have radiation suits? Isn’t there some type of “clean room” setup where they can rest?

I’m not quite sure with the technology available to us why this would be a suicide mission.

ButterflyDragon on March 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Obama: “When is my flight?”

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

What happened to TOTUS? OMG!!!

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

When Obama speaks all I hear any more is the wah,wah,wah of Charlie Browns teacher…

sandee on March 17, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Well, duh, Hannity. Of course this is only because of the criticism…

ladyingray on March 17, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Did he mention the thousands of people missing?

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Japan a robot power everywhere except at nuclear plant

http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFLDE72G00Y20110317?sp=true

Geochelone on March 17, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Baracket Whosplayin Obama

Christien on March 17, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Ed, your headline is evilly LOL

karenhasfreedom on March 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

What happened to TOTUS? OMG!!!

faraway on March 17, 2011 at 3:38 PM

That’s right. Today marks the 2nd anniversary of “TOTUS.” Barry probably forgot to buy a gift and make reservations. Not even a card or a microfiber screen wipe cloth!

Christien on March 17, 2011 at 4:02 PM

“Radiation? Hey, who knows. Meltdown? Uh, I dunno. US economic and environmental risks? Hey your guess is as good as mine. And let’s remember the children. Hey, I sure love golf! This Rio trip…y’know, it’s important that we develop our ties with Brazil. Besides, I’m gonna have fun.”

It is truly bizarre to have this titanic horse’s ass as president of the United States.

Django on March 17, 2011 at 4:03 PM

People on the west coast of the US have been worried about radiation floating over here, Obama’s surgeon general stirred people up further with her recommendation that “Yeah, buy iodide!” and Obama himself has been nothing but an information and leadership vacuum.

There will be no adult supervision until post 2012.

Django on March 17, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I’m listening to talk radio whilst working…

… the “news” at the top of the hour was all about Obowma, “He assured us we are safe! He has ordered inspections of our facilities!” and on and on and on and on!

I’m going to go throw up…

… be back in a minute.

Seven Percent Solution on March 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

UPDATE AS OF 1:30 P.M. EDT, THURSDAY, MARCH 17:

Radiation readings at the Fukushima Daiichi site boundary were measured today at a lower level, between 2 and 3 millirem per hour.

Subsunk

Subsunk on March 17, 2011 at 4:08 PM

President Hamlet

Schadenfreude on March 17, 2011 at 4:09 PM

It’s unclear what Obama will have to say

It’s pretty clear to me: ” ugghh.. mmm… arrrr… uggh.. let me be clear: ugghh.. mmm… arrrr… uggh”

I think a lobotomized sheep can take a diploma from Harvard, if this guy managed to graduate.

Rookie on March 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM

obama is an idiot… sky is blue..

gatorboy on March 17, 2011 at 4:47 PM

He’s a worm.

justltl on March 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Please don’t insult worms by comparing them to this parasite.

Unless of course by worm you mean something like a worm computer virus you can’t get rid of that is destroying from within.

Come to thing of it, that is also the definition of a parasite.

Del Dolemonte on March 17, 2011 at 4:50 PM

OT: Not sure if anyone saw this. I gotta say too funny not to post! So much for the Midas Touch. Now even the name is cursed.

http://www.app.com/article/20110317/NJNEWS/110317060/State-monitor-orders-Asbury-s-Barack-Obama-School-closed

milwife88 on March 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM

http://www.obamamadness.com/vote/

reshas1 on March 17, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Best headline ever, Capt. Ed! :-)

Mary in LA on March 17, 2011 at 8:04 PM

It’s unclear what Obama will have to say

It’s pretty clear to me: ” ugghh.. mmm… arrrr… uggh.. let me be clear: ugghh.. mmm… arrrr… uggh”

I think a lobotomized sheep can take a diploma from Harvard, if this guy managed to graduate.

Rookie on March 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Only a black sheep.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM

“Can’t a man just vacate in Rio.”

AnotherOpinion on March 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Soldiers’ Angels Relief Packs will be provided to our troops, who will then send the first 10,000 to the USS Ronald Reagan for distribution to families and children devastated by the record-breaking earthquake in Japan. A check payable to Soldier’s Angels; P.O. Box 758513; Topeka, KS 66675-9913.

Patti has been a godsend to our troops, and now her organization is reaching out to the victims of the quakes and floods who have lost homes and families. This is a worthy cause.

onlineanalyst on March 17, 2011 at 10:06 PM

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