Posted by DrJohn on 21 June, 2010 at 12:00 pm. 93 comments already!

incompetence

You never want a serious crisis to go to waste

I don’t think Barack Obama wants the Gulf cleaned up. He does not want the oil spill to end. He does not want the “damn hole” plugged.

There just isn’t any other possibility. I feel like we are in an alternative universe- one in which the President of the United States is at war with the American people.

While some are critical of Tony Hayward for going sailing, our feckless leader has once again hit the links.

5 times to the Gulf.

9 times to the Golf.

It is sort of reminiscent of OJ Simpson, who promised not to stop searching for his wife’s killer. Simpson has searched for that killer on nearly every golf course in the country.

Obama must also believe that the solution to the oil spill lies somewhere in the fairway.

Let’s harken back to May 14:

US President Barack Obama on Friday vowed “relentless” efforts to stop an oil leak pouring into the Gulf of Mexico, saying US won’t rest until leak stopped.

He “would not rest” until the leak was stopped.

And yet he done everything possible to obstruct the clean-up process.

He has refused to waive the Jones act and allow foreign countries to aid in the oil recovery effort.

He has not responded to Bobby Jindal’s requests to build sand berms.

Mata noted that deployment of Kevin Costner’s centrifuges were “delayed by rigorous testing requirements of BP and federal regulatory agencies,”


Oil skimming barges were shut down for inspection of life preservers and fire extinguishers.

The Coast Guard claimed that Packgen boom was inferior when in truth it was superior. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said he needed all the boom material he could get while Packgen was begging for someone to call as they could make oodles of the stuff quickly.

His moratorium on drilling will bring even more harm to the Gulf.

As Mike posted- they took 60 days to decide to build more skimmers?

Oil rigs are being moved elsewhere, along with jobs.

Obama claims to want this spill stopped but takes no actions which might make it happen sooner and seems to do everything he can to obstruct progress.

He continues to pound BP even though BP has done everything the Feds have asked.

Michael Barone notes the dishonesty of the Obama adminstration regarding the reasons for the offshore drilling moratorium.

The justification offered was an Interior Department report supposedly “peer reviewed” by “experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.” But it turned out the drafts the experts saw didn’t include any recommendation for a moratorium. Eight of the cited experts have said they oppose the moratorium as more economically devastating than the oil spill and “counterproductive” to safety.

This was blatant dishonesty by the administration, on an Orwellian scale.

Byron York also zeroes in on another blatant Obama lie:

There was one particularly striking moment in President Obama’s widely panned Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil disaster. About midway through his talk, Obama acknowledged that he had approved new offshore drilling a few weeks before the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion on April 20. But Obama said he had done so only “under the assurance that it would be absolutely safe.”

Absolutely safe? Even before the Gulf spill, few defenders of offshore drilling would go that far. And when the president announced his drilling plan, on March 31, he said it was “not a decision that I’ve made lightly” and that he and his advisers had “looked at [it] closely for more than a year.” Surely he was told of the possible risks.

As York says- who told Obama that offshore drilling could “absolutely safe”? Lies flow from Obama’s mouth like so much crude spewing from the floor of the Gulf. And Obama continuously reminds us of his flaming hypocrisy:

I will not tolerate more finger-pointing or irresponsibility. The people of the Gulf Coast need our help,” Obama said.

Under huge domestic pressure to take an active role in managing the crisis caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, US President Barack Obama appeared on a domestic TV news program saying he was trying to find out “whose ass to kick.” He also added that he would have fired BP’s chief executive, Tony Hayward.

Obama does not want this mess remedied. He wants it to become so big and so disastrous that no one will allow oil drilling again. He just can’t be this incompetent. He cannot be this stupid. It’s simply not possible. It has to be intentional.

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg caused a bit of stir when he said that BP cares about the “small people.” At least they care about someone.

Unlike Obama.

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