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"Obama brings Nixonian twist to oil spill


Last Edited: June 8, 2010, 3:37 pm

Maybe he should begin kicking his own incompetent @$$, then working his way through his entire administration.


"Obama Seeking "Ass To Kick" Over Oil Spill

Obama:   "I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick."

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"Obama brings Nixonian twist to oil spill

Examiner Editorial
June 7, 2010

Source WashingtonExaminer.com

"Nothing more fully reveals the essential character of a person or group than a crisis. Thus, the ecological and political catastrophe of the Gulf oil spill has exposed a breathtaking level of incompetence, political opportunism and mendacity at the heart of the Obama administration. Documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity make clear that the White House was told by the Coast Guard within 24 hours of the April 20 explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon platform that the equivalent of 8,000 barrels a day could escape into the ocean. Within three days, Obama and his senior aides were warned that the spill could exceed the in environmental damage caused by the Exxon Valdez wreck in 1989.

Despite these warnings, over the next two months Obama attended Democratic fundraisers, played golf, hosted basketball and football teams at the White House and delivered commencement speeches. Two weeks passed before he could be bothered to go to Louisiana. On April 29, Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindahl declared a state of emergency as the oil spill covered 600 square miles and was only 16 miles from the coast. Jindahl begged federal officials for permission to build a massive network of sand berms to contain damage to beaches. Washington responded a month later but permission was only granted to build 2 percent of the berms requested.

Meanwhile, as Obama dawdled and oil appeared off Florida's beaches, the president delivered a strident speech in Pittsburgh with a decidedly Nixonian twist. He should have been summoning political leaders across the spectrum to lay aside partisan concerns for the moment, but instead Obama asserted that Republicans believe that "If you're a Wall Street bank or an insurance company or an oil company, you pretty much get to play by your own rules, regardless of the consequences for everybody else." This libelous mischaracterization marks a new low even for a man so highly practiced in the ugly art of political demagoguery.

Finally, as the thick black crude and natural gas continued to erupt into the Gulf waters and public exasperation with BP's futile attempts to stop it piled up one after another, Obama dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to Louisiana to proclaim that "we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who has violated the law. We will not rest until justice is done." Shortly afterward, Obama blasted BP for "lawyering up" in response to the government's threats. As ill-timed as it was, Holder's announcement nevertheless clearly confirmed what was plainly suggested by Obama's Pittsburgh speech: His top priority is not to stop the spill, but to shift blame away from himself and to forever tar his opponents with responsibility for a catastrophe made far worse by his own spectacular mismanagement."



Do as I say don't do as I do.    Green laugh   ROFL   


"Obama to grads: 'Don't make excuses'

President speaks at high school graduation in Kalamazoo, Mich.


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sully16Comment by sully16 - June 8, 2010, 4:04 pm
konaneComment by konane - June 8, 2010, 4:07 pm
Thanks Sully! Tragic, the loss incalculable.
sully16Comment by sully16 - June 8, 2010, 4:43 pm
Accidents happen , but, this whole affair was doomed long before the oil started leaking , the safety of the workers should always be job 1, after that sucking the oil out of the gulf should have been next, ok you got a leak you can't plug but thats not an excuse to not start cleaning, ....It's clear nobody had a plan in place at all , and that is unforgivable.
konaneComment by konane - June 8, 2010, 5:12 pm
Thanks Sully! Another thing I haven't seen mentioned is that if the spill gets incorporated into a hurricane and blown onshore traveling hundreds of miles until they die as they sometimes do, then tree defoliation and death from oil deposits rained on leaves could be enormous. Haven't seen data on it yet, just common sense.

For anyone doubting what happens to leaves with oil on them rub some common household machine oil on a leaf and watch it die over a week or two. I had spatters on some house plants from an over-oiled ceiling fan so saw first hand. Not pretty.

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