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In Defense of President Obama on the Oil Spill….

This is why president’s gets the bennies…

This is crunch time…..And he just made a call….

In these situations there is no right answer…

The Dog has preparing the pound for this moment…

The Oil spill in now the Administration’s ….

The President has announced that at today’s presser …….” The Government is in Charge!”

Praise the Lord!…

We can all go home now…

Except…this is a Kobayashi Maru…..

There is no GOOD solution.….

The White House at first had the line…..’It’s their well…let them handle it’

Then when their was no oil coming ashore it was….’Okay maybe we can hunker down and get thru this?’

But The Dog began to post up this story …With this caveat….The Feds where get this dumped in their lap as soon as the oil picture started coming in…

That’s what happening now…

And even if you’re the President of the United States…..

Nature is going to hurt you politically on this…..

The BP oil spill, now in its 38th day, is different. It oozes, it spreads, it mushrooms, it winds its way toward our coastline while doing untold damage beneath the Gulf of Mexico. It is seemingly immune to containment domes, pipe intrusions, junk shots and other weird-sounding measures that most of us had never heard of. And it has begun to stain the Obama administration, perhaps in an indelible way.

It’s increasingly apparent that the president has mishandled the politics of the situation, which is why you’ve got the presser Thursday and the gulf trip Friday. But I’m not convinced that Obama could have ridden to the rescue on the leak itself.

British Petroleum is a flawed and, critics would say, reckless oil company. But could a government that has presided over the Madoff mess, the Wall Street meltdown, the S&L bailout, the Toyota debacle, the Massey mine collapse and two exploding space shuttles have done any better?

Still, as a barometer of Obama’s political position, it’d be hard to top the rant that James Carville unleashed yesterday on “Good Morning America.” The Cajun rage was on display as the Louisiana native, normally a reliably Democratic voice, let loose:

“The president of the United States could have come down here, he could have been involved with the families of these 11 people. . . . He could be commandeering tankers and making BP bring tankers in and clean this up. They could be deploying people to the coast right now. He could be with the Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard . . . doing something about these regulations. These people are crying, they’re begging for something down here, and it just looks like he’s not involved in this. Man, you’ve got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this thing moving. We’re about to die down here.”

I’ve seen interviews with Louisiana shrimpers and others who are watching their livelihood be destroyed and it’s heart-rending. The government deserves a large slice of the blame for rubber-stamping industry permits in the first place. And the lack of aggressive reporting on these agencies has become the signal failure of Washington journalism.

The incumbent takes the hit when things go wrong, even if the bumbling response is primarily BP’s fault. That’s how politics works. USA Today goes with the day’s cliche — “Is oil spill becoming Obama’s Katrina?” — in reporting that 53 percent in its poll disapprove of his handling of the crisis.

But I wonder whether some of the demands now being made of Obama are realistic. What should he do now?


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  1. Originally posted on the “May 27nd Open Thread” (I really, really hate the organization, as well as the appearance, of this blog, because I can never find anything, and like Heraclitus’ river, you can never see the same page twice. Consider truncating more posts so the last day’s or two’s posts can all be seen in a single scroll through a couple of screens.)

    ¶ Where is Lisa Jackson? Where is Nobel laureate Dr Stephen Chu?

    As someone asked on Meet the Press last Sunday, have they gone into the Federal Witness Protection Program?

    If you’d dropped into this catastrophe after staying incommunicado on Mars for 20 years, you’d have expected the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of EPA to be in the lead on this issue. Janet Napolitano (secretary of history’s most dysfunctional department, which unfortunately runs the Coast Guard and FEMA, as well as immigration and TSA) and Ken Salazar have not been impressive. And when Dr Bobby Jindal looks more effective and decisive than the President, the latter has a problem no matter how high or low you look: P.R., partisan ambitions (especially in the South), political effectiveness, effective government or advancing his long-range dreams.

    Obama should probably toss all his political and publicity advisors to one side (or over the side) to let his experts manage this properly (and pitilessly). Attacking BP and firing the head of the Interior Dept’s Minerals Management Service are certainly amply and fully justified, but they’re also completely insufficient.

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  2. Community activists from Alaska, Louisiana share personal experiences with environmental issues

    By [Matthew Albright,] The Times-Picayune [New Orleans]
    May 27, 2010, 2:54PM

    Community activists from Alaska and Louisiana shared personal experiences with environmental issues as part of an emotionally-charged panel discussion Thursday. The panel, titled “Perspectives of Coastal Changes and Resilience: Alaska & Louisiana Community Citizens” was hosted by the Center for National Resources and Policy at the Royal Sonesta hotel.

    Panelists explored the pressing environmental problems they have faced over the years and remarked on similarities between the two states’ troubles.

    “I think we’re cousins here,” said panelist Constance Faulkner, an activist from Prince William Sound, Alaska. “I feel like I’m coming back home.”

    The discussion centered on three main problems both states have faced recently — oil spills, coastal erosion, and climate change.

    Faulkner, who experienced the infamous 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill, had grim news for coastal Louisianans.

    “I hate to be the bearer of bad news,” she said. “This is the first year we’ve been able to shrimp.”
    Faulkner listed the numerous problems the spill had caused for her community. “Our alcoholism rate skyrocketed. Child abuse, suicide, it all skyrocketed,” she said.

    “We had to do something.”

    Faulkner helped organize community gatherings and festivals, which she said helped increase morale and “kept our culture alive.” “Take time to spend with your family and friends,” she advised Louisianans. “That’s the most important thing.”

    Several panelists told stories of difficulties their communities have faced because of coastal erosion. Stanley Tom, of the Newtok Community in Alaska, said the rapidly receding coastline has forced his village to relocate. “There are three things happening to my village,” he said. “The erosion, the flooding, and the sinking.”…

    continued at: The Times-Picayune

    Comment by Democratic Socialist Dave | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  3. Great Star Trek Analogy…

    Comment by BenjaminDOG | May 27, 2010 | Reply

    • I use it when I can…

      He, he, he…check the Wiki link…… the last comment from the solider is great!

      Direct and to the point!

      Comment by jamesb101 | May 27, 2010 | Reply

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  5. The oil hasn’t stopped yet…


    Comment by BenjaminDOG | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  6. Evening BDog…they said it didn’t completely stop…they have another mud ship coming…and it won’t completely stop until they concrete it closed….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 27, 2010 | Reply

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