Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Obama criticizes oil executives for trying to pass blame

By Anne E. Kornblut and Ed O'Keefe
Saying "the system failed" in the Gulf Coast, President Obama on Friday assailed oil company executives for their congressional testimony earlier in the week. "I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle," Obama said.

At a Rose Garden event with top officials involved in the effort to stop ongoing the BP oil spill, Obama accused the oil executives of trying "to point the finger of blame at somebody else."

"There is enough responsibility to go around," he said, including the federal government in that assessment, for having "cozy relationships" that allowed lax permitting.

"For too long, for a decade or more, there's been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill," Obama said, referring to the Minerals Management Service. "It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies.

"That cannot and will not happen anymore. To borrow an old phrase, we will trust, but we will verify," Obama said.

Obama said he "will not tolerate more finger-pointing."

By Anne E. Kornblut  |  May 14, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Crist says his sister will manage his Senate campaign
Next: Sen. Robert Bennett contemplates his future

Comments

President "Talks": So what are you doing to help? Pointing fingers?

Posted by: treedbrent | May 18, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Under Health Care Reform, If you do not have medical insurance you can be penalized, but you can easily find medical insurance under $40 http://ow.ly/1Jkvo

Posted by: zariyaagil14 | May 15, 2010 5:36 AM | Report abuse

I'd have a lot more respect for some of these comments if the posters would learn how to spell before they spew their mostly unread rants. Displaying your lack of ejukayshun only makes your opinion less valued. Of course that doesn't matter to the vast majority of you armchair quarterbacks. I look forward to being ridiculed by the worst offenders.

Posted by: joe3eagles | May 15, 2010 5:10 AM | Report abuse

The criticism of Obama is the start of a planned compagn not so much by the Republicans as for not mending fences with Israel. Invisible and opaque to most now will become translucent an year before elections and transparent during the primaries. All hell will break lose. Hillary Clinton has already reached to an
understanding with the Newyork musclemen. Oil spill factor may be a start to enlist selected public opinion

Posted by: gulloo1 | May 15, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Blame 2008! Blame 2009! Blame 2010!

“Its everybody else' fault but mine!” –Maybe Obama

Who is in charge of the whole of the U.S.A. since 2008? BP? Bush?

Obama insists that he never saw these disasters coming. He only saw the fleet of 747s, Marine 1 Helicopter travels Fleet Limos, rental free White House, Weekend retreat in Camp David, a division of body guards, speech runways, teams of cooks and servants, free food and drink and smoke, US Marine Band accompanied dinners, Walter Reed Hospitals, First Run Movies, he never saw the things he was compelled to inherit.

WE MUST HAVE ELECTED A BLIND MAN FOR PRESIDENT!

HOGAN’S HERO MUST BE RE-WRITTEN. COLONEL SO AND SO SHOULD BE REPLACED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA?

“NOTHING! I SEE NOTHING! I KNOW NOTHING!” WITH AN EUROPEAN ACCENT OF COURSE.

Posted by: read5 | May 15, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Blame 2008! Blame 2009! Blame 2010!

“Its everybody else' fault but mine!” –Maybe Obama

Who is in charge of the whole of the U.S.A. since 2008? BP? Bush?

Obama insists that he never saw these disasters coming. He only saw the fleet of 747s, Marine 1 Helicopter travels Fleet Limos, rental free White House, Weekend retreat in Camp David, a division of body guards, speech runways, teams of cooks and servants, free food and drink and smoke, US Marine Band accompanied dinners, Walter Reed Hospitals, First Run Movies, he never saw the things he was compelled to inherit.

WE MUST HAVE ELECTED A BLIND MAN FOR PRESIDENT!

HOGAN’S HERO MUST BE WRITTEN COLONEL SO AND SO SHOULD BE REPLACED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA? “NOTHING! I SEE NOTHING!”

Posted by: read5 | May 15, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Blame 2008! Blame 2009! Blame 2010!

“Its everybody else' fault but mine!” –Maybe Obama

Who is in charge of the whole of the U.S.A. since 2008? BP? Bush?

Obama insists that he never saw these disasters coming. He only saw the fleet of 747s, Marine 1 Helicopter travels Fleet Limos, rental free White House, Weekend retreat in Camp David, a division of body guards, speech runways, teams of cooks and servants, free food and drink and smoke, US Marine Band accompanied dinners, Walter Reed Hospitals, First Run Movies, he never saw the things he was compelled to inherit.

WE MUST HAVE ELECTED A BLIND MAN FOR PRESIDENT!

HOGAN’S HERO MUST BE WRITTEN COLONEL SO AND SO SHOULD BE REPLACED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA? “NOTHING! I SEE NOTHING!”

Posted by: read5 | May 15, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is partly responsible for protecting endangered species and marine mammals. It has said on repeated occasions that drilling in the gulf affects these animals, but the minerals agency since January 2009 has approved at least three huge lease sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans. Agency records also show that permission for those projects and plans was granted without getting the permits required under federal law.

Yeah, darn those ol' repugnicans! All that since Jan 20009 - what were they thinking? Don't they care about the PLANET?

Oh...

Wait...

2009...

...until NOW...

:D

Posted by: deadmanwalking | May 15, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is partly responsible for protecting endangered species and marine mammals. It has said on repeated occasions that drilling in the gulf affects these animals, but the minerals agency since January 2009 has approved at least three huge lease sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans. Agency records also show that permission for those projects and plans was granted without getting the permits required under federal law.

Yeah, darn those ol' repugnicans! All that since Jan 20009 - what were they thinking? Don't they care about the PLANET?

Oh...

Wait...

2009...

...until NOW...

:D

Posted by: deadmanwalking | May 15, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, is partly responsible for protecting endangered species and marine mammals. It has said on repeated occasions that drilling in the gulf affects these animals, but the minerals agency since January 2009 has approved at least three huge lease sales, 103 seismic blasting projects and 346 drilling plans. Agency records also show that permission for those projects and plans was granted without getting the permits required under federal law.

Yeah, darn those ol' repugnicans! All that since Jan 20009 - what were they thinking? Don't they care about the PLANET?

Oh...

Wait...

2009...

...until NOW...

:D

Posted by: deadmanwalking | May 15, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

The recipient of the largest oil company campaign contributions gets back in the saddle as the DC bus driver who wantonly throws his paying friends under his recklessly driven bus.

Posted by: DavidinCentralFlorida | May 14, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

The recipient of the largest oil company campaign contributions gets back in the saddle as the DC bus driver who wantonly throws his paying friends under his recklessly driven bus.

Posted by: DavidinCentralFlorida | May 14, 2010 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing how the republicans and the anti Americams use every oportunity to undermind this country and President Obama, but we had eight years of the Bush Administration pandering to the oil co's and big business, making deals like he did with Haliburton (again) who ripped us off for Billions of dollars of over charges, for sevices never rendered to our Servicemen fighting the Bush/Channie wars and let them get away with it, they never made an effort to prosecut or to get our money back, but instead they cut the budget for Veterans Hopitals and services and they still allow Haliburton to take part in this oil exploration off our coast, where were these people when we needed them, maybe we could have saved some of the American lives lost, Stop undermining our country, if you don't like it here, I'm sure you'll know where to go.

Posted by: Zamboniman62 | May 14, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it amazing how the republicans and the anti Americams use every oportunity to undermind this country and President Obama, but we had eight years of the Bush Administration pandering to the oil co's and big business, making deals like he did with Haliburton (again) who ripped us off for Billions of dollars of over charges, for sevices never rendered to our Servicemen fighting the Bush/Channie wars and let them get away with it, they never made an effort to prosecut or to get our money back, but instead they cut the budget for Veterans Hopitals and services and they still allow Haliburton to take part in this oil exploration off our coast, where were these people when we needed them, maybe we could have saved some of the American lives lost, Stop undermining our country, if you don't like it here, I'm sure you'll know where to go.

Posted by: Zamboniman62 | May 14, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Just get the ignorant t-bagger racists off this site and we can have a sensible discussion about the issues.

Posted by: derekeastwood | May 14, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Just get the ignorant t-bagger racists off this site and we can have a sensible discussion about the issues.

Posted by: derekeastwood | May 14, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The blamer-in-chief is still blaming Bush for everything including this oil spill, and has the nerve to point the finger at BP et al accusing them of blame games, the pot calling the kettle black. This guys is just unbelievable. Like browbeating BP and demonizing helps with the problem at hand. I wish he'd put a sock in it and take "How to Act Like The President" lessons. Obama is the most sickening president, always agitating, stirring the pot, stirring up crap and chaos. Never has a solution for anything, except run his mouth non-stop Chicago-thug style. I long for a real president who cares about our country.

Posted by: Nico7 | May 14, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think it may be a good idea to wait until we know exactly what happened before starting the blame discussion?

Posted by: stanleygoldm | May 14, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think it may be a good idea to wait until we know exactly what happened before starting the blame discussion?

Posted by: stanleygoldm | May 14, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

How dare Obama chastise the Oil Companies for blaming others, because that is all he does is blame President Bush for all his screwups. Sorry, but it is the pot calling the kettle half-black.

Posted by: davispope | May 14, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I didn't vote for Obama, but to blame him for this spill is way out of line. This project was approved and started long before he was elected. I believe he will be a one term president, I won't vote for him, but to blame him for this is completely unfair.

Posted by: gambleallen | May 14, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Smart money would never take over Control of the runaway blowout from BP. They are hucksters and they have been playing the USA as a fool since this began.

BP has sought to get all in the game by putting them in the COMMAND CENTER of just knowing what they wanted to preach and teach.

BP CEO is set to depart any day. He may be the fall guy WHO KNOWS.

I know this as well as any, without the Rule of Law exercised on our part slamming them hard, with indictments, arrest, so on and then grabbing all the billions we can, we are UP the CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE.

BP will play us out like EXXON did for years in COURT. Then walk away someday clear with little cash gone and then go again. The lawyers that practice the deceitful SEE SAW YAW of the LAW work for the DEVIL most of the time but sometimes they work for morose morons like BP as well.

MY TAKE
Dwight Baker
Dbaker007@stx.rr.com

Posted by: dbaker00711281944 | May 14, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm an independent who will never understand how anyone could still support the Bush admin,the kings of spin/lies. Ironically he was like Sadaam, both invaded foreign countries, illegally spied on their own citizens, then retroactively excused the telcoms, denied citizens right to speedy trial, threw people in prisons without trial, tortured people in prisons, etc. If he had a few more years he probably would have gassed Americans. Stupid Rumsfeld was the one who gave Sadaam weapons to fight Iran during the Iraq/Iran war, but didn't give adequate chest protections to our soldiers until they complained. Additionally, Sadaam had nothing to do with 911 as shown in many places, ex. The independent 911 commission report. And as for Cheyney, secret meetings with oil executives, appointing CEOs to positions where they were to provide oversite to the industries they had came from?(sic), not to mention the WMD lies. These guys were the worst and one fact is irrefutably: 911 happened ON THEIR WATCH. Not to begin to mention what these guys did to the budget; remember Bush giving the oil industry a $6B check after Exxon reported the highest profits ever(sic)?

When Bush took the oath of office, after the Supreme court gave him the election, he must have thought he promised to holdup the Constitution, instead of upholding the Constitution.

I didn't vote for Obama either, but there is a world of difference between these admins except for the lack of transparency issues.

I believe we would all be much better informed if all newscasts were required to give opposing views WITH factual verification, where newscast doesn't include talking heads such as Rush, Oreilly etc from both parties.

Posted by: VoodooScience | May 14, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that Bush was last seen emerging in a dive suit having sabotaged the “preventer” just before the platform fireball. Blame Bush.

Posted by: jdarnall37 | May 14, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The finger-pointer-in-chief has spoken. We should all listen and bow deeply. His wisdom is great and his knowledge deep...in all matters. We have never had such a brrrilliant man serve as our President. We embrace his scoldings knowing that he is not to be questioned by anyone, including by those loyal rapt listeners and note takers at his feet at each and every note-taking event.

Posted by: ww1123 | May 14, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad to see this many people blinded by their dislike of the president that they are taking up for the Oil Execs. I mean come on now really! Let's take a step back and say that this oil spill happend and Obama was not president. Ask yourself would you still feel the same way about this oil spill, the bailouts, and health care? I'm not understanding all this uproar about any and everything that the President does or says. You have the right to disagree but what are the true grounds for the disagreement. Most of the things said and reasons given dont make sense or are not facts. I will be the one to put it out there and ask the questions no one else seems to want to. If these things happend under a All White Republican President would you feel the same way? The next question is what would you do or would have done to solve these issue that we as a nation face today? Please be honest!!!!!

Posted by: c-love | May 14, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It is so sad to see this many people blinded by their dislike of the president that they are taking up for the Oil Execs. I mean come on now really! Let's take a step back and say that this oil spill happend and Obama was not president. Ask yourself would you still feel the same way about this oil spill, the bailouts, and health care? I'm not understanding all this uproar about any and everything that the President does or says. You have the right to disagree but what are the true grounds for the disagreement. Most of the things said and reasons given dont make sense or are not facts. I will be the one to put it out there and ask the questions no one else seems to want to. If these things happend under a All White Republican President would you feel the same way? The next question is what would you do or would have done to solve these issue that we as a nation face today? Please be honest!!!!!

Posted by: c-love | May 14, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Current situation is a kind of natural disaster, no one can blame for that except co-operate with BP to solve the problem within short time.Obama has to request the scientists and expert to solve the problem as much as they can.This the lesson for all land and offshore oil drilling companies in the world.

Posted by: BellaLiberty | May 14, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

instead of damaging the atlantic coast, we should turn to our backyard in venezuela, mexico, and get all the oil we need. but international companies like it easy, they want to exploit the artic and the atlantic coast...chevron is an exception to this rule, they take risk and are in venezuela, the other no, no, no.......open your eyes!

Posted by: 120956 | May 14, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

instead of damaging the atlantic coast, we should turn to our backyard in venezuela, mexico, and get all the oil we need. but international companies like it easy, they want to exploit the artic and the atlantic coast...chevron is an exception to this rule, they take risk and are in venezuela, the other no, no, no.......open your eyes!

Posted by: 120956 | May 14, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

You're absolutely right Mr. President. Each one of the various contractors involved in this mini-disaster should accept full blame for it regardless of weather or not they feel their company was at fault in an as yet unexplained string of failures. We take months, sometimes years, to investigate plane crashes that occur on the ground but a destroyed deepwater rig that lies almost 1 mile deep in the ocean tapped into an oil dome 18,000 feet deep in the earth's crust can be adequately judged by a group of self-serving politicians and party hacks who have no experience what so ever in this field beyond how big was this particular companies contribution to my re-election effort.

By all means they should plead guilty in front of the television cameras that constantly carry these American Kabuki theatrics that pass in this country for serious governmental investigations. They should do so immediately so that all the lawyers who have for years donated so much to yet even more lawyers who serve as our legislators can immediately begin filing even more law suits from every person, group, or organization that wants to claim that it too has been somehow harmed by this as yet uninvestigated calamity. They should open the thousands of mom and pop investors in their companies to years of litigation followed by massively illogical financial penalties that further erode those investors equity for no other reason then that you, Mr. President, thinks it’s your duty to make yet another grandstand speech to bolster your populist bona fides.

Posted by: Sproing | May 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

you must be poluted by lobyst too, because you filter all messages, and if you dont like them, you come up with an excuse, that is clear to me now.

Posted by: 120956 | May 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Oblamie is the biggest finger-pointer we have ever had as pres! Nothing he does Wrong is ever his fault or the WH's.

REAL Leaders learn when and how to take responsibility for their mistakes, Oblamie, as the first Affirmative action pres, has never learned that lesson!

Posted by: morphy | May 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone on here who voted for "W" twice please slap yourselves across the face at least one MORE time (;

Have a great weekend folks and God Bless America!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | May 14, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

these will continue to happen till the congress is made up people that really represent the usa, for now, they are a bunch of multimillionares, at least 300 million dollars each one, so do not expect them to make a changes, quickly, nor in the way to save the gulf. also, lobysts should be erradicated from the congres, all they do is buy votes in their favor, when we will see these things stop???

Posted by: 120956 | May 14, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"Despite Sec. Salazar's commitment to straightening out the Interior Department's neglect of laws and duties, there have been few signs of progress.

The department has been mismanaged for more than a century, as the lawsuits over Indian trust funds made clear, so he faces a host of bad employees and a deeply ingrained "culture of ethical failure," the phrase used by Inspector General Earl E. Devaney in a widely publicized 2008 report about the Minerals Management Service."--comment NYTIMES.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | May 14, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone on here who voted for "W" twice please slap yourselves across the face at least one time (;

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | May 14, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The government who was designed by BUSH, failed to protect us under the lax OBAMA administration. Salizar and his ilk in Congress shielded B.P. and even Haliburton from regulatory oversight and the concerns of environmental scientists....read about the OBAMA administration's screw up in today's NYTIMES.

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | May 14, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Whereas I stated that the government has an important role to play as the watch dog over business, I should have also stated that we citizens have the role of overseeing our government. When elected officials and civil servants are caught not living up to the standards we set for them - they must be held accountable and suffer the consequences of their actions.


Posted by: HoosierFarmBoy | May 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree! That is why we had to get the Bush Administration, including McSame, out of here. Now let's help our President by fighting Big Business (Finance and Oil). If you really care and want to be proactive, reach out to your congressmen and senator and tell them how you feel.

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | May 14, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Whereas I stated that the government has an important role to play as the watch dog over business, I should have also stated that we citizens have the role of overseeing our government. When elected officials and civil servants are caught not living up to the standards we set for them - they must be held accountable and suffer the consequences of their actions.

Posted by: HoosierFarmBoy | May 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Whereas I stated that the government has an important role to play as the watch dog over business, I should have also stated that we citizens have the role of overseeing our government. When elected officials and civil servants are caught not living up to the standards we set for them - they must be held accountable and suffer the consequences of their actions.

Posted by: HoosierFarmBoy | May 14, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

WAPO...do you even read the NYTIMES?????
Juxtapose this ObamaGanda with the NYTIMES article on how the Obama run Dept. of Interior "U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits" ISSUED PERMITS and failed to heed scientist concern...all under OBAMA, folks!!

And where is Mary Landrieu(D) in all of this or even Sen. OBAMA who had a BP lobbyist on his staff?

WAPO you've hit a new low in sucking up!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | May 14, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The banks and the oil companies are the killers, not President
Obama.

Posted by: janye1 | May 14, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree. I may have to start encouraging other people I know, who think similarly, to begin speaking out. I believe our conservative friends need help seeing the problem. I am 100% for free markets but unfortunately we let the richest people (Big Business) take advantage of the system and basically screw the majority of our tax paying citizens by abusing it. Consequently, they have divided our country. I am sure they are not to upset about this because a country that is divided can't take them on. They have mastered the art of manipulation. I believe as an American Citizen, that you should be allowed to make as much money as you can....but not by cheating or lying or deceiving. We just cannot trust these big companies anymore!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | May 14, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"I see a "ridiculous spectacle" every time Obama's on T.V."

Who cares? Your political persuasion is irrelevant, unless you supported Cheney's gutting of the regulatory system and coddling of the his prior employer, Halliburton, a company not only bears some responsibility for this disaster, but screwed up royally in Iraq, as well.

Posted by: Koko3 | May 14, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious to watch organized media sit back and let dust settle and their pay-for-play White House colleagues get their story straight before delving into this.

O'Bama's Environmental Protection Agency -EPA is the US Gov entity charged with oversight and regulation of ALL EPA-related permits and drilling standards to ''Big Oil'', last time I heard.

This is all classic blame game, It's not my fault by Organized Politics and their accomplices, Organized Media.

O'Bama the Unwise, the Divider, the Apologizer.

Posted by: Accuracy | May 14, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious to watch organized media sit back and let dust settle and their pay-for-play White House colleagues get their story straight before delving into this.

O'Bama's Environmental Protection Agency -EPA is the US Gov entity charged with oversight and regulation of ALL EPA-related permits and drilling standards to ''Big Oil'', last time I heard.

This is all classic blame game, It's not my fault by Organized Politics and their accomplices, Organized Media.

O'Bama the Unwise, the Divider, the Apologizer.

Posted by: Accuracy | May 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious to watch organized media sit back and let dust settle and their pay-for-play White House colleagues get their story straight before delving into this.

O'Bama's Environmental Protection Agency -EPA is the US Gov entity charged with oversight and regulation of ALL EPA-related permits and drilling standards to ''Big Oil'', last time I heard.

This is all classic blame game, It's not my fault by Organized Politics and their accomplices, Organized Media.

O'Bama the Unwise, the Divider, the Apoligizer.

Posted by: Accuracy | May 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sirs,
Remember the conflict of interest that Cheney had with Halliburton?
Was it in the national interest for Big Oil to drill at the US Oil Reserve at Teapot Dome?
Clifford Spencer

Posted by: yankeefan1925 | May 14, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

well put miknugget, just yesterday there was a newscast on NPR where researches show red states have a higher teen pregnancy rate, higher number of abortions and lower level of education....hummm they voted for Bush twice...Republicans, ignorance and religious faniticism go hand in hand.

Posted by: mterra | May 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The second liar has no chance at the oil spill hearings. For that matter, they are all liars. They are all responsible in some part. The solution would be to levy a fine of $100 billion on BP for starts. If they can get Transocean or Halliburton to buy into it, fine. Anything we spend gets added to the total, and the compensation for losses goes on top of that. Finally, the three offending companies should be barred, permanently, from operating in the gulf. No more drilling offshore.

Posted by: ronjeske | May 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I see a "ridiculous spectacle" every time Obama's on T.V.

Posted by: lagnafrah | May 14, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The spectacle of the oil executives and congressmen is indicative of one thing only and that is: democracy and capitalism cannot coexist honorably. Lobbyists pay our elected officials for outcomes that favor their clients. It is willful ignorance on the part of every voter that is allowing industry and their talking head elected representatives to ruin the world we will leave our children and it has been so since the days of robber barons. They count on you being stupid enough to be distracted by their antics and those of the media buffoons who are also on their payrolls. You are what keeps them in business.

Posted by: ans15 | May 14, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Re;Realist20:"Our socialist President is doing his best to destroy all private enterprises. Right now he is trying to kill the major banks and the oil comapnies - he makes Hugo Chavez look like a Rockefeller!"

The major banks, by their dangerous financial dealings, have killed the US economy. The oil companies have drilled for oil in the Gulf without proper regard for safety. British Petroleum has polluted our beautiful Gulf of Mexico with their oil spill due to their carelessness and thoughtlessness. The Gulf, the beautiful
shorelines of the states on the Gulf, and the wildlife in the Gulf
and on these shores and marshes of the states will take years
to recover from the death dealt them by BP.
The banks and the oil companies are the killers, not President
Obama.

Posted by: janye1 | May 14, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone on here who voted for "W" twice please slap yourselves across the face at least one time (;

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | May 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey miknugget...take another hit on your crackpipe, close your eyes and go back into your coma.

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | May 14, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no fault? Who is in charge of EPA?

Where is EPA? Shooting rapids in Colorado's White Waters?

Point fingers at yourself, Mr. President!

Posted by: read5 | May 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

How can President Obama look down his nose at the oil executives for passing the blame when the White has passed the blame since day one. Always talking about transparency we are only able to look at the current administration through darkly shaded glass windows. If that is transparency then tell me another one.Talk about the Pot calling the Kettle Black.

Posted by: joecarrsr | May 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama has no fault? Who is in charge of EPA?

Where is EPA? Shooting rapids in Colorado's White Waters?

Point fingers at yourself, Mr. President!

Posted by: read5 | May 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Re: Boycott BP until they stop the leak, clean up the mess and pay full damages. Their brands in the US are BP, Arco, Castrol, and "ampm".

- Thank you, areyousaying. Agreed. I did not know those were BP brands but will pass them on.

Posted by: h123 | May 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Funny, Obama has had no problem passing the blame to Bush.

Posted by: mmcsorley | May 14, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

where was the government on figuring out this basic piece of information?? plain and simple, obama dropped the ball.

Posted by: dummypants | May 14, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you can blame our President for this one. First of all, BP tried their best to cover up. Secondly,anyone who believes in "drill baby drill" did not want to believe in the magnitude of the disaster, therefore about 30% of our population wanted to keep quite, and Thirdly, we just started receiving these images a few days ago (deep deep waters).

Anyway, it like it will take a disaster of this magnitude to put an end to this Oil era! Now we can look forward to a more sustainalble energy source in our near future.

To my conservative middle class friends, let's not let these powerful companies dictate our politics. In our current free market, they are not looking out for us but only themselves. They are pretty much cheating the system. Are we just going to sit here and let these Oil and Financial companies do that to us? I hope this is an issue that we are able to find some common ground.

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | May 14, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Holder, Pelosi, Reid and Rahm, "The Group of Zero"... sounds like a great plot for a new Saturday morning cartoon series. We can call it "The Spin Starts Here".
Whenever something happens the Group of Zero runs to the nearest camera. Then comes the real comedial part of the show, Our congressman, with absolutely no idea of the situation starts to find the "Cause"!!! They even have chosen their scapegoats! It must be "Big Oil", or some poor burocrat in a government agency (MMS), or better yet Good'Ol George Bush, who probably started the whole thing!!!
It would be funny if it wasn't so true.

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | May 14, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

There are a ton of stupid racist tea bagger comments today. You moronic Bush lovers need to shove it. Bush was the worst president EVER and you voted for him. You're probably even less intelligent than Bush.

Waah I wanna see Obama's birth certificate. Waaa Obama speaks so well. Waaah Obama does too much research. Waaaah Obama gave me more rights as a stupid moron gun owner. Waah Obama wants to hold oil companies accountable. Waah Obama wants to prevent insurance companies from gouging us. Waaah Waaaaaah. Stupid Republicans.

Posted by: miknugget | May 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

This is refreshing.
It's about time.
This is an honest comment by grown-ups in the White House on the childish, defensive walls being built up as each company tries to evade responsibility.
As resident on the Gulf Coast, this behavior is very aggravating.
Even though I recognize that it is the product of our legal system of lawsuits as a determination of liability, when remedies are needed, this legalistic mumbo-jumbo by the companies just gets in the way.
The coastline around the Mississippi River is being turned into a garbage can, which may take generations to recover, or may never recover.
We have to face the latter possibility, too.
The oil companies will be eating crow for this mess for years to come.
The trashing of the Gulf of Mexico should serve as a lesson to people all over the globe who are tolerating drilling on both land and sea.
Something tells me the deserts of the Middle East are not pristine any more, nor are the waters of the Orient.
We just don't hear about it because their governments make no effort to compel the companies working in their areas to adhere to any pollution regulations.
Thank you, President Obama for being open and candid about this process.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | May 14, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Red2million: IQ in this case means "Ignorance Quota," because, you know, we need enough people willing to work at WalMart for mininum wage with no benefits.

Posted by: usblues1 | May 14, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"We will trust but we will verify". Speaking of which where is your long form birth certificate Mr. President. ...

Posted by: kdanc

==========================================

what the #%!@* is a "long form birth certificate"!? I was born outside Cleveland, and I don't have one of those. Or is another manufactured 'fact' used to justify spewing drivel?

Posted by: jayjordan | May 14, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, Mr. President received some of the largest campaign funds from BP of any candidate. Is that what we call cozy???

Posted by: ReneesOpinion |
============================
SO WHAT Hipocite..!!

So did thousands of Republicans.
That said NOTHING!!!

The President had the Balls to call them out on their crap.

Regardless if he took campaign contributions or not

HE IS DOING HIS JOB..

I bet the industry also respects him.

Because they know they foxed up..

except Haliburton of course..

ISA


Posted by: Issa1 | May 14, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Businesses in general can't be trusted to do the right thing. Members of their community prove it all the time. BP just happens to be the latest example. In their pursuit of profits they will always lean towards compromising life and limb of the masses. This is why our government (local, state, federal) must play the role of watch dog. This does not make us a socialist state. It is simply a recognition of the reality we live in.

Posted by: HoosierFarmBoy | May 14, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

gschultens

Maybe the sarcasm in my is too much like some of the real posts, by real nutjobs. Thanks for the props, though, I at least know my creative writing is good enough to imitate a lunatic.

Posted by: daweeni | May 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his faux consternation is pathetic

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama | May 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"We will trust but we will verify". Speaking of which where is your long form birth certificate Mr. President. So Mr. Obama will not tolerate any more finger pointing. Who is this guy? Does he not listen to any of the words coming out of his own mouth? He has become the finger pointer-in-chief. This administration really needs to go...

Posted by: kdanc | May 14, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

TRUST BUST THEM!

Do it, Mr. President.

AMERICA IS BEHIND YOU IN THIS ACTION!

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 14, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama criticizes Oil executives...

Obama criticizes Bank executives....

Obama criticizes Casino executives...

Obama criticizes Car executives...

Community organizing 101. Divide and conquer. Yawn.

Posted by: NoWeCant | May 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Is the Federal government doing ANYTHING???

Posted by: Benson | May 14, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Let's end our oil addiction! Hopefully this will end the "drill baby drill" rally cry.

Folks, support your president!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | May 14, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

whats absolutely ridiculous is this president taking BP's word for how big the oil spill was, even when they said it was just an estimate and even though he 'apparently' has a low view of them.

now, all of sudden, we find out from some random engineer at Purdue University who simply WATCHED the videotape of the leak that spill is 5 times bigger than we thought.

that is, its as if this thing has been going on for 5 months instead of 1.

where was the government on figuring out this basic piece of information?? plain and simple, obama dropped the ball.

Posted by: dummypants | May 14, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"Obama criticizes oil executives for trying to pass blame."

This by the fingerpointer-in-chief. What a flackin' hypocrite he is.

Posted by: apdseal | May 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ecrutle

"What a disingenuous phony. He spends over a year blaming Bush or "the previous eight years" for every problem, real, or perceived, and has the gall to criticize executives attempting to mitigate collateral financial exposure."

My thoughts exactly.

Posted by: mcmxl | May 14, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

HA, HA the Finger Pointer in Chief is such a hypocrite.

Posted by: nana58 | May 14, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse


Wow - the King of Passing Blame is now criticizing others for passing blame. Is this right reserved for him and only him? By golly, I think King Obama may be quite the ball hog.

Posted by: poplab | May 14, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Talk about closing the barn door after the horses have run off...

The problems at MMS made headlines last year; this should have been a priority for Secretary Salazar from day one.

Posted by: pepperjade | May 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Former oil industry CEO's Bush and Cheney remain SILENT!

Posted by: whocares666 | May 14, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

As much as I'm appalled by the devestation of the sea life and fishing communities along the gulf coast -- I don't give a damn what Obama thinks.

Posted by: chrojo01 | May 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

And Bush said to BP as they complained,YOU'RE TELLING ME!

Posted by: jburo | May 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

What a disingenuous phony. He spends over a year blaming Bush or "the previous eight years" for every problem, real, or perceived, and has the gall to criticize executives attempting to mitigate collateral financial exposure.

Posted by: ecrutle | May 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Now the folks in that region have to worry about if it can be stopped; how long this will affect them; what will be destroyed; cost; loss and if they will ever in life be the same. The answer: " they don't know"-they think; they ass...ume. So, therefore they pay!!! The government, the executives; the companies and anyone-anything involved. At this point the whole Nation gets a fat refund. Not stimulus but no taxes for 10 years that will do it and 10,000 dollars each and we can solve our own freaking problems. Hell if you can give Wall Street and these half backed losers money then government and BP can stand to lose a few bucks. La, Mississippi, Florida. Texas, Ala. just choke hell out of it and them.

Posted by: Scar1 | May 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

President accepting oil money? Of course. Who isnt accepting? Issue is a non-starter because campaigns are full-time money chases and BP strategy was to contribute to BOTH parties to cover down. WE and the Supreme Court tolerate these electoral flaws so avoid the righteous sentiment unless you are working to change it.

Have you read the news? MMS has been the back pocket of big oil for years - that will/must change. "Trust but verify" - who ever argued with that?

Posted by: h123 | May 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Boycott BP until they stop the leak, clean up the mess and pay full damages. Their brands in the US are BP, Arco, Castrol, and "ampm".

Posted by: areyousaying | May 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The oil company execs and other corporate execs need to understand that they are "not in Kansas anymore, Toto."

The Bush administration's lax regulation and keeping quiet during disasters is no longer the situation. And the American people's tendency just to let things happen without much stir has changed too.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | May 14, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

is it just me, or does everyone have the same reaction when they see a poster's moniker is IQ168? dubya has an IQ of 54 and he was POTUS. big f'n deal. no one is impressed wannabe einstein. I regard people who spew propaganda they picked up from fox "news", beck, hannity, et al, who appear to be unable to forumlate rational, independent thought and a high IQ to be an oxymoron.

Posted by: red2million | May 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

"President Obama then got on a plane to a Democratic fundraiser where he blamed Bush for the spill and that BP really hates black people"

Posted by: RaiderDan | May 14, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lovinliberty, if you're so concerned about the price of gas, why don't you lobby the Commodities Futures Trading Commission to require that purchasers of oil futures must take delivery of that oil? Then the Wall St. investors would not be able to sell their futures. Or do you like this type of free-market greed?

Posted by: usblues1 | May 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this rich? Obama spends his first year in office blaming Bush and "the previous eight years" for every imaginable problem and he takes exception to executives trying to mitigate collateral exposure. What a disingenuous phony.

Posted by: ecrutle | May 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this rich? Obama spends his first year in office blaming Bush and "the previous eight years" for every imaginable problem and he takes exception to executives trying to mitigate collateral exposure. What a disingenuous phony.

Posted by: ecrutle | May 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, right-wing racist old white Huckabees, where did your "drill baby drill" rally cry, obstruction of alternate energy and cozy deals for big oil get us? We know you hate the environment but isn't this result a bit much?

Go to your corporate mega-churches on Sunday and pray to poor old Jesus for his forgiveness for your avarice, destruction and blind ignorance.

Posted by: areyousaying | May 14, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Yep, he pointed his finger at them and said 'no more finger-pointing.'
That'll teach them.

Posted by: mtpeaks | May 14, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

WaPo: Just write the same article and insert "Attorney General Holder's appearance before Congress." Buck passing, tap dancing ("kabuki dancing") and oblivian. At least the oil execs produce an essential product and contribute to the economy of the U.S.S.A. Heck, they may even work at reducing the bankrupting debt you've loaded on the country.

Posted by: IQ168 | May 14, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

When Oil proponents insist that alternative energy is too expensive and not competitive, they never calculate the TRUE cost. That includes the health effects, the environmental effects and the political effects.
The costs of oil and gas are enormous!

Posted by: thebobbob | May 14, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Usually, I am nice but, Mr. President-put them in Jail-Federal Penn. And let Scar1 enlighten Barack-the answer is NO and NO when thinking of drilling on the coast of North Carolins-got that!!! It was dumb idea and the government from Carter to Obama failed in cracking down on these oil and wall street guys. They are full of s.h,,,it!!

Posted by: Scar1 | May 14, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"Well if this isn't the pot calling the kettle black ..."
-----
Are you still allowed to say this in our post-racial world of Obama?

Posted by: bacala1 | May 14, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama backing it or not, with this disaster offshore drilling is dying as a viable energy-independence option. If not from new laws, then from the lawsuits BP will face here.

Balkingpoints / www ; talk to the world

Posted by: RField7 | May 14, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow daweeni! That's quiet the crackpot post.

" hate how Obama's Communist government is getting involved in this matter. Government is the problem, and if government tries to get the oil companies to clean this up, then we can be sure that the oil companies won't. If the government would have stayed out of it, BP would probably already be paying people for their legitimate claims..."

And just what dream world do you live in?

Posted by: gschultens | May 14, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama said he "will not tolerate more finger-pointing."
==========================================

Well if this isn't the pot calling the kettle black I dont know what is! I find Obama's statement particularly annoying considering his recent State of Union adress. His speech was nothing but finger pointing!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | May 14, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Typical Obama. He calls finger pointing a "ridiculous spectacle" and then proceeds to POINT HIS FINGER at the oil industry and the government agency that approved the permit--as if he has no responsibility for the administration in which he holds the highest administrative position. Can you believe this guy???

Posted by: amazd | May 14, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Exactly my thoughts...........as I watched any possibility of a national health-care system erode into a capitalistic free-for-all joke.

Posted by: rusty3 | May 14, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the conservative dweebs blame everyone else but big business for this catastrophe. According to Republicans, it's Obama's fault, not BP's fault.

Typical nonsensical conservative wingnut thinking.

Posted by: c_attucks | May 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

This is not a time for blame. It is a time for real prayer. These freaks have no idea of what they did or what they will do. Then when it is capped there is still a poetential for this to open up again. So, what is the plan. When Hurricane hits the Gulf it is going to bust hell open. So, what is the plan-freaks? What, teddy bears in suits plugging stuff up? Oh please?????

I think this will....bla, bla, bla..damn my 5 yr. old can think of a better plan. This really has set Scar1 off. Do not even think about coming off coast of North Carolina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Scar1 | May 14, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Our socialist President is doing his best to destroy all private enterprises. Right now he is trying to kill the major banks and the oil comapnies - he makes Hugo Chavez look like a Rockefeller!

Posted by: Realist20 | May 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The Obama haters are all over the comments here (as usual...guess they're either out of work or slacking off on their employer's time) but this is a positive step forward and one I applaud. Hold the companies to the law and verify what they claim. This will be a real change.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | May 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This reminds of when Mr. Obama went after the health insurance execs. Of course it was these seem execs who wrote the healthcare bill and provided millions to promote it.
Ah, political theater, if only it weren't so real.

Posted by: mtpeaks | May 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse


Obama's administraion is a ridiculous spectacle every day...and Holder, can you believe he declares as unconstitutional a ten-page law he has not even read!!! Our attorney general forms his legal opinions on what he has heard on the evening news. What a bunch of clowns!

Posted by: JCM-51 | May 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Lets see Bush/Cheney let Enron rip off California for 6 billion, gave a no bid contract to Halliburton, which by the way still owes the US taxpayers over a billion dollars in overcharges. We paid 4 dollars a gallon for gas a few years ago for no reason whatsoever while the oil companies where making record profits every quarter and Obama is in bed with the Oil companies? Man ignorance runs wild on this post.

Posted by: rharring | May 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I hate how Obama's Communist government is getting involved in this matter. Government is the problem, and if government tries to get the oil companies to clean this up, then we can be sure that the oil companies won't. If the government would have stayed out of it, BP would probably already be paying people for their legitimate claims. It turned my stomach having to watch some congresswoman brow-beating that BP executive about who BP would give their hard earned profits to, just to take care of things that got a little dirty. If this guy hadn't been forced to answer to a bunch of politicians, he probably would have been in a diving bell, personally overseeing a successful capping of this so-called "environmental catastrophe".

Posted by: daweeni | May 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an arrogant jackarse. Why don't you give back the almost $1 million dollars you took from BP before trash talking cozy relationships. Where the heck is the media pointing this stuff out?

Posted by: gorams1 | May 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The President just doesn't realize how ridiculous it sounds for him to decry fingerpointing. He's a lawyer! That's what he does!

I present as evidence the following quote from our esteemed President:

"For too long, for a decade or more, there's been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill," Obama said, referring to the Minerals Management Service. "It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies.

If that isn't part of the blame gaming, what is? Anything to defray criticism of his Administration and its lackadaisical response.

To borrow an old phrase:

The President speaks with forked tongue.

Posted by: magellan1 | May 14, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

It's really slick the way Barry removed himself from the spectacle in the Gulf. This certified fake blames eveyone but himself. He will not tolerate it, and someone or some company will pay the damages. More socialist bull from someone who may not even be qualified to be president. Who will pay the freight for his bailout programs to banks and insurance companies, his socialist heath-care overhaul, where those who work hard to get ahead, pay for his lazy deciples' health-care, his proposed energy overhaul as well as his aim on the financial markets.

He goes to Buffalo yesterday touting his agenda. Question: If his program is so good, should it not stand on its own merits.

This guy, and his cabal, are radical left wing liberals, and they are hell bent on bringing the United States to its knees. Barry, himself, is a whole lot more. He will never stand with America. Write it down!

Posted by: jemvbcarmagh06 | May 14, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The Regime is mad at "big oil" for passing the buck and not taking responsibility and says he isn't going to tolerate it and neither is America.

Okay...

What about always blaming his policy failures on George Bush?

What about creating a commission to pass the buck to on spending and taxation?

How do you spell hypocrite?

O
B
A
M
A

Posted by: rainmaker1145 | May 14, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama is such a hypocrite! The oil execs KNOW that he is just talking for the cameras. It's as if he were saying, "we've got to get tough with the oil executives... wink wink! We will not tolerate their incompetence... wink wink!..."

Posted by: jewishmother | May 14, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh, let me just say Halliburton-Chaney!!! BP and whatever-go try to wash your hands of this one. What a bunch of losers!!! Greed!

Posted by: Scar1 | May 14, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

This is the most "unpresidential" president we have ever had in the White House!

From saying the police in New England "acted stupidly" to chiding the Supreme Court during his state of the union speech to bowing before heads of states in other countries . . .

And now the oil execs are evil . . .

Dear God somebody give this man a clue!

Posted by: reddog62 | May 14, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if Obama took the Gazillion dollars BP has contributed to his campaign and donated it aid the people impacted by the spill, people would not think of him as two-faced hypocrite.

Posted by: SayWhat4 | May 14, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

That is a good term but, Scar1 has a better one: "Super Jacka.s.s.es". Did any of you see CNN? This dummy or Operations Executive just flipped me out. He does not have a clue in hell what to do. He has no freaking plan or backup plan. All of them sound like clowns and even clowns have more sense.

Let Scar1 put this in some light, please!!
They actually went 5,000 feet down to the ocean floor but, they drilled beyond that to God knows where. Then, they got a gusher going or they hit a main source underneath the ocean floor and from the look of things it is nasty!! Then, these Jr. Jackass.es decide: to come up with some imaginary figure of how much is being spilled and their main concern is how to save all that oil and make money if they can cap it and get it contained.

HELLO!! YOU DUMB FREAKING FRAT A.S.S.HOLES!!! You went too far. The pressure is too great and your equipment not adequate and your brains lack f.u.c.k.ing COMMON SENSE.

Thank God some real experts there now trying to fix the mess created. But, NEWS FLASH they are worried like hell too. Why? No one has ever and I mean ever dared to explore deeper than they can reach. Think about that logic. If you cannot maintain an area or have the ability reach it-why the f.u.c.k did you go there.

Now NASA and all these college "Wizards of Expertise" are pulling their brains out trying to come up with a plan that only GOD can fix. In the meantime all of us are praying and doing things to try to find solutions to helping the Gulf region and help the wildlife and save what we can. And let us all pray it does not get in the fresh water source. Idiot!!!
I know the Coast Guard and Navy want to kick your butts. Tires and tennis balls-throw your balls in jail!!

Posted by: Scar1 | May 14, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

if someone crawls into bed next to you, they may be trying to get 'cozy', but how you respond determines how the relationship will proceed. by analogy, this applies to the question regarding campaign donations.

(big companies give big donations to politicians, especially to those politicians that are likely to win. this is no surprise and provides no level whatsoever of 'gotcha'.)

Posted by: BertinDC | May 14, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Good. Maybe someone has figured out that the Bush administration installed loyal managers in not only high-level political positions, but also in most civil service management positions at [probably all] federal agencies. At least at the MMS, the Obama administration is now going to hold them accountable for what they are supposed to be doing: upholding the laws that Congress has passed, and carrying out the agency mission.

Posted by: usblues1 | May 14, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama does not appreciate this rediculous spectacle. Now he knows how we feel after 1.4yrs about his "rediculous spectacles of governing. And accusing them of "pointing the finger of blame to someone else". I wonder where they got that idea from. Mr. Obama, if you are so disgusted, send their campaign comtributions back.

Posted by: gsms69 | May 14, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

He, Obama, might start by returning the oil lobby and BP's $980,000.
BP and the oil companies of course might get tacky and publish a list of the members of congress they have contributed to and unhire all of the former government employees who now rok for them.

Posted by: KBlit | May 14, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

He's a liar, a Flim-flam man and a big buiness undercover Republican.

A few weeks ago he was all drill-baby-drill. BP owns him.

We need to throw this sell-out out of office.

Posted by: question-guy | May 14, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Well now that the Prez is involved, two things are certain--there will be less oil and it will cost more.... Obamanomics!

Posted by: lovinliberty | May 14, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, Mr. President received some of the largest campaign funds from BP of any candidate. Is that what we call cozy???

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | May 14, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Ok, Mr. President - you can take action. Order that BP be honest in how much oil THEIR broken pipe is spewing into OUR gulf, and order BP to use the junk shot, stopping the oil spew. BP doesn't care as much about stopping the spew as they do about trying to save the oil and their own net worth. This isn't just about the oil making landfall - the gulf and its sealife are being fatally poisoned. You need to take action immediately, or your continued insufficient action, too, will be part of this cause of the devastation. Stop with all the meaningless "PR" about how much is supposedly being done - it is useless information until true action is taken.

Posted by: RosieGlough1 | May 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company