Video: Estimates of flow rate in Gulf continue to escalate

Two of my favorite editorial cartoonists take a sardonic view of Barack Obama’s leadership in the Gulf crisis on Day 58, as estimates of the oil flow continue to increase.  Anderson Cooper interviews two local figures in Louisiana about the new estimate of 60,000 barrels a day, and Cooper (briefly) notes that the continually escalating numbers hurts the credibility of the government as well as BP.  He doesn’t bother to mention that scientists within the administration (at NOAA) had estimated this kind of scope weeks ago, but got shut down in favor of the lower estimates until just a short while ago.

David Gergen tries to give a good spin to Obama’s speech, but in the end agrees that it flopped in building any confidence in Obama’s response.  Stick with this past the 10-minute mark, where Gergen blasts Obama for waiting until Day 58 to finally meet with BP execs.  :

The wonder is that he didn’t meet with them 54 days ago, 55 days ago.  I don’t understand that.  I mean, we talk to foreign leaders we don’t particularly like.  We sit down with them all the time.  Yeah, I think he should be talking to them.

Nate Beeler goes World Cup in his criticism of Obama’s leadership.  The Washington Examiner’s editorial cartoonist compares Obama’s rhetoric to the infuriating vuvuzela that has plagued the soccer championship:

Michael Ramirez, the two-time Pultizer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for Investors Business Daily, sticks with more traditionally American fun and games in his entry today.  Pay attention to the note attached to the tree:

Be sure to check out Nate’s blog for more of his excellent work, featured at the indispensable Examiner.

Ramirez has a terrific collection of his works: Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion, which covers the entire breadth of Ramirez’ career, and it gives a fascinating look at political history.  Read my review here, and watch my interviews with Ramirez here and here.  And don’t forget to check out the entire Investors.com site, which has now incorporated all of the former IBD Editorials, while individual investors still exist.