Barack Obama should resign the Presidency.
He is failing to discharge his duties as President. As I have mentioned before, Obama voted “present” 129 times as an Illinois state senator and he continues to vote present as President. Obama is not a leader. He is a great campaigner, great community organizer and a terrific orator, but he is not of Presidential timber. He is not a leader and is not up to this job.
It crystallized in my mind when I read this Drudge headline:
60 SPILLION GALLONS LATER: OBAMA TO MEET BP CHAIRMAN
Why the hell did it take this long to meet with the Chairman of BP? At first Obama said it was a waste of time.
President Obama, have you spoken with the CEO of BP to discuss the oil spill in the Gulf?
“No… when you talk to a guy like the BP CEO, he’s going to say all the right things to me. I’m not interested in words. I’m interested in actions.”
This is the guy who said
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter.”
Rand Simberg made a great point
Why is it that the president would talk to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without preconditions, but he thinks that, in the middle of arguably the biggest domestic crisis of his presidency, it’s a waste of his time to have a conversation with the head of British Petroleum?
Why is it suddenly not a waste of time? More importantly, why are we always having to ask these questions?
Houston, we have a problem.
Barack Obama doesn’t act- all he does is react.
When the oil spill first occurred, Obama was advised of the severity of the problem and he did nothing and said nothing. Three days went by before Obama even released a statement and ten passed before he spoke of the spill.
Whispers began to circulate about the disaster and Obama’s apparently obliviousness to it:
There’s a dark cloud stretching across the Gulf of Mexico that may have already made its way to Washington, D.C. — politically.
Then, only after the fingerpointing began, Obama decided to visit the Gulf, 12 days after the explosion. He made the trip consequent to the political pressures that were building. He did not act. He reacted.
Then criticism began to mount that Obama wasn’t angry enough. When it got to simmering, Obama finally decided it was time to show some angry.
After being briefed this morning by members of his Cabinet on the latest on the Gulf oil spill, President Obama will make remarks to reporters in which he expresses his “anger and frustration.”
Then it was time to make faces.
It took an exhortation from Spike Lee to get Obama moving:
(CNN) — In the weeks since an oil rig exploded and later sank into the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama has dealt with the tragedy with his signature cool, calm and collected approach.
But with the oil still gushing in what is now the worst spill in U.S. history and the environmental devastation coming ashore, the president is becoming a target of the anger that was originally directed only at BP.
“One time, go off!” director Spike Lee urged on CNN’s “AC 360°.” “If there’s any one time to go off, this is it, because this is a disaster.”
And Obama complied:
“Plug the damn hole,” he told the meeting. “Just get it done.”
Apparently feeling the need to “go street” Obama put a punctuation point on his anger, he took the Presidency of United States into the gutter:
“And 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,” he added.
He wants to talk to these folks because they have the best answers, except that he won’t talk to one who might have the best answers- the head of BP.
Reacting. Not acting.
And we’re far from done. As Mike and Mata have pointed out, there are potential aids- possibly significant- to help clean the Gulf of the spilled oil, but none of them are being used, and no one is explaining why.
This is Obama’s job and he’s not getting it done. How is it we can find these possible solutions and they cannot or will not? Could it really be that Obama values protection of unions over the environment? Could it be that he wants this spill to go horribly wrong that he can use it as a tool to cram Crap and Trade down our throats? Or is he simply incompetent and unable to lead?
In both instances an exaggerated deference to process bordering on passivity risks creating an impression that the White House is running behind critical domestic events and, worse, detached — even indifferent — to the human toll of inaction.
Obama has found the gumption to pro-act on some things:
In the nearly eight weeks that the ancient oil has been escaping its subterranean imprisonment, Obama has found….
…time for a couple mini-vacations with golf, a dose of party fundraisers, healthcare town halls, TV interviews, a high school graduation, a festive White House lawn picnic with members of Congress, a Paul McCartney music hoedown, an ABC July 4th TV taping and a session with a key Palestinian leader.
This is the 3 AM call and Obama is not answering. It is an alarming realization that if faced with a world-threatening crisis, Obama would be paralyzed. He seems unable to make decisions until there is sufficient political pressure placed upon him. This is not leadership. It is followership.
For the good of the country Barack Obama should resign.