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In weekly address, Obama offers empathy for Gulf Coast

UPDATED AT 3:20 p.m.: An earlier version of this blog post attributed Republican comments to House Minority Leader John Boehner. This version has been corrected.

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama recorded his weekly Internet address from Grand Isle, La., on Friday, with a message of empathy for the people of the Gulf Coast who are suffering from the effects of the oil spill.

Recording the address after meeting with local fishermen and other small business owners, Obama said the explosion that killed 11 people on the Deepwater Horizon rig is now affecting far more people, as the resulting spill closes fishing grounds and sends oil toward shore.

"Here, this spill has not just damaged livelihoods," Obama said. "It's upended whole communities. And the fury people feel is not just about the money they've lost. They've been through tough times before. It's about the wrenching recognition that this time, their lives may never be the same."

Obama traveled to the coast as critics continued to hammer him for what they call his failure to make an adequate emotional connection with the victims of the disaster. Friday's trip was designed to counter that impression.

In his address, the president expressed his anger about what has happened to the people he met Friday. He talked about Floyd Lasseigne, a fourth-generation oyster fisherman, and Terry Vegas, who quit the eighth grade to become a shrimper with his grandfather.

Both men, he said, have seen their livelihoods disappear because of the spill.

"It's brutally unfair. It's wrong," Obama said. "And what I told these men and women -- and what I have said since the beginning of this disaster -- is that I'm going to stand with the people of the Gulf Coast until they are made whole."

Republicans responded with a weekly address on a different topic. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele used his remarks to attack Obama over the recent admissions that White House staff members had offered jobs to two Democratic Senate hopefuls to persuade them not to run.

"From Day One of this current flap involving Congressman Joe Sestak and now Andrew Romanoff, the White House efforts to deny, obfuscate and mislead have only served to raise suspicions even further," Steele said.

Steele refused to accept the explanations from White House officials for the conversations. And he raised the stakes, calling for the resignation of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

"Enough is enough," Steele said. "If Rahm Emanuel has been offering government goodies to inconvenient politicians threatening Democrat incumbents, then it's time for him to resign. If it comes out that the president knew about any of it, then we have a larger problem."

By Washington Post Editor  |  June 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Barack Obama  | Tags: obama radio address; obama gulf coast; obama oil spill; steele republican response; joe sestak; andrew romanoff  
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If Obama REALLY felt anything for the people of the Gulf Coast he would have had every skimmer available down there 40 days ago, instead of just getting them in place now. Skimmers could have kept much of the oil from reaching shore. He also had the power and authority to tell the EPA to get out of the way when Governor Bobby Jindal aksed for permits to build temporary barriers to block the oil from reaching the wetlands. Even after the permits were granted (four weeks too late) they only gave permits for six of the twenty-four they asked for. Obama is a fraud and a con man. He thinks he can talk himself out of any problem that arises. He is basically an ignorant uncaring man. Now he is trying to destroy not only BP, but all corporations drilling off shore. There are thousands of offshore wells and this is the first major explosion caused oil spill on our coasts. It is horrible, but it was an accident which cost 11 people their lives.

Posted by: good_angel | June 6, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

If Obama REALLY felt anything for the people of the Gulf Coast he would have had every skimmer available down there 40 days ago, instead of just getting them in place now. Skimmers could have kept much of the oil from reaching shore. He also had the power and authority to tell the EPA to get out of the way when Governor Bobby Jindal aksed for permits to build temporary barriers to block the oil from reaching the wetlands. Even after the permits were granted (four weeks too late) they only gave permits for six of the twenty-four they asked for. Obama is a fraud and a con man. He thinks he can talk himself out of any problem that arises. He is basically an ignorant uncaring man. Now he is trying to destroy not only BP, but all corporations drilling off shore. There are thousands of offshore wells and this is the first major explosion caused oil spill on our coasts. It is horrible, but it was an accident which cost 11 people their lives.

Posted by: good_angel | June 6, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

O'BowMao could care less. Every day he and his fellow thugs are scheming on more ways to take money from our pockets, while living large at taxpayer expense. The hardest thing he has to do is give a teleprompter speech between the booze parties, shooting hoops and playing golf.

Posted by: adm454 | June 6, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

I love the Dems that are sticking with Barry "No Stones"...I want them in a poker game. They are the same people that will stay in a game with a pair of twos even though they know someone else has four aces.

Let's face it, a lot of people that voted for this fool are sorry they did...and it takes a big person to admit it. I respect them.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 5, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse


o'bama sat on his skinny little but for OVER A MONTH while it was clear that BP would not be able to contain this spill quickly.

and then when o'bama's ratings go down, he gets OFF his skinny little butt and pretends he cares. but the only thing he really cares about is HIS IMAGE.

at least with george w bush, you could see right through his deceit.. but with o'bama.. he slithers through the tall grass and strikes before you even see him.

that's why you never trust a snake in the grass.

right o'bama?

@(oo)@ o'bama says, "that's right!"

Posted by: NewsNukular | June 5, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Words, words, words...yawn....but no action due to being "Leaderless in America"...whatever....our country is is deep trouble with the White House Amateur Hour continuing unabated.

Posted by: powerange | June 5, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes, BP is responsible for the spill. But we needed decisive action from the Obama administration and we didn't get it. The effects will be felt for decades to come.

17 countries offer help, the Obama administration accepts help from 2. Too little.

Jindal offers a plan for 128 miles of barrier. The Obama administration approves 40 miles after considering it for almost 4 weeks. Too little, too late.

BP finally finds a way to slow down the amount of oil coming from the leak. Too little, too late.

Posted by: bellatina | June 5, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain would have acted within hours of the disaster, instead of "No Stones" Obama's 6 WEEKS! It just goes to show that Obama is all talk and no meaningful action. Where are the Corps of Engineers, and the best and the brightest engineers of MIT and Stanford and U of Chicago? "No Stones" and his band of incompetents was/is too busy wringing hands and pinning blame on Bush and others, that they have no time left to facilitate a solution to this disaster.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 5, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Our feckless Prez Barry "No Stones" Obama talks like his head is so far up his body cavity that he generates an echo! He will do nothing, because he cannot muster the courage to act. He is a hand-wringer and a blamer of others for his incompetence. Ity is a shame that we are losing billions of dollars in GDP because of his obtuseness and that of his minions.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 5, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

How sad, the GOP complained that Obama wasn't doing enough in the Gulf gusher disaster, yet, they offer no ideas in how to help.

And then they focus on who offered whom which job. Yeah, I sure can feel their sympathy for the loss of a whole ecostystem... NOT!

Posted by: AverageJane | June 5, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

How sad, the GOP complained that Obama wasn't doing enough in the Gulf gusher disaster, yet, they offer no ideas in how to help.

And then they focus on who offered whom which job. Yeah, I sure can feel their sympathy for the loss of a whole ecostystem... NOT!

Posted by: AverageJane | June 5, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

How sad, the GOP complained that Obama wasn't doing enough in the Gulf gusher yet offer now ideas in how to help and then focus on who offered whom which job. Yeah, I sure can feel their sympathy for the loss of a whole ecostystem... NOT!

Posted by: AverageJane | June 5, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

How sad, the GOP complained that Obama wasn't doing enough in the Gulf gusher yet offer now ideas in how to help and then focus on who offered whom which job. Yeah, I sure can feel their sympathy for the loss of a whole ecostystem... NOT!

Posted by: AverageJane | June 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Our feckless Prez Barry "No Stones" Obama talks like his head is so far up his body cavity that he generates an echo!

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 5, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cgetsee | June 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Talking is one thing. The folks on the Gulf need and deserve ACTION!

Why is it taking Obama's acolytes forever to make decisions and start supporting the governors and the people?? It is bad enough that our technology is not state of the art, but PRECLUDING THE GOVERNORS FROM HELPING THEIR OWN PEOPLE IS CRIMINAL!!

A lot of this disaster is now backing up on the porch of OBAMA!! WHY CAN'T HE SEE AND COMPREHEND THIS??

His czars are worthless -- THEY ARE NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE!

Posted by: wheeljc | June 5, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, reading comment threads, especially regarding issues tinged by political interest, is a sign of a major problem with our impulse control. Those who find themselves engaged in this behavior more often than is necessary to remind ourselves why we don't do it should seep professional help. IMO. Of course.

Posted by: pivonka571 | June 5, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

More useless words about the spill. Obama doesn't give a damn! And we need a special prosecutor! The cover story regarding Sestak isn't adding up and it looks more and more certain that laws have been broken!!!

Posted by: valwayne | June 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

More useless words about the spill. Obama doesn't give a damn! And we need a special prosecutor! The cover story regarding Sestak isn't adding up and it looks more and more certain that laws have been broken!!!

Posted by: valwayne | June 5, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

More useless words about the spill. Obama doesn't give a damn! And we need a special prosecutor! The cover story regarding Sestak isn't adding up and it looks more and more certain that laws have been broken!!!

Posted by: valwayne | June 5, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a corrupt Chicago gangster / marxist. If there is no one for him to bribe or threaten, or apologize to, then he has no clue as to a course of action.

Posted by: jhr1 | June 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Reading these comments is depressing. Not for the positions taken, but for the display of hate and barbarism. Humans can indeed be beasts. History repeats itself here.

Posted by: tgs1 | June 5, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Q: is plugging a 22" pipe like landing on the moon or is it like running a national healthcare program ?

Posted by: corp21 | June 5, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

My heart goes out to those effected by this unnatural disaster, however, there is something clearly wrong there in the Gulf. They want their cake and eat it, too. All this finger pointing at President Obama is ridiculous. He was the last one on the block. BP is just doing what they were told they could do by the Bush/Cheney/Haliburton Administration, as well as the governments of all the Gulf states. They sold out the people. How in the world relief wells were not required is beyond belief. It is standard every where else in the world. How many more unnatural disasters are lurking due to a lack of or lack of enforcement of reasonable regulations remains to be seen.

Posted by: rryder1 | June 5, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

We don't want your empathy, Mr. President.

We didn't even want you in the first place.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | June 5, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

As someone who lives in the Gulf Coast.. you are somewhat correct.. we do not BLAME Obama for the oil spill.. we do however blame him for the lack of response

Posted by: tbastian | June 5, 2010 10:54 AM

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That's exactly right. It's the lack of leadership and the Keystone Cop-like bumbling day after day.

The only real leader we have right now is Admiral Allen, who is, as quoted in the movie Patton, "The only SOB around here who knows what he's trying to do."

Posted by: bbface21 | June 5, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

To those of us, myself included, who mistakenly voted for this president who promised hope and change: LET'S RIGHT THE WRONGS BY VOTHING AGAINST THIS INCOMPETENT DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THEIR COHORTS THIS NOVEMBER. REMEMBER, THIS IS OUR COUNTRY WHICH IS BEING DESTROYED, NOT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S.

Posted by: barrysal | June 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Well it is obvious that you really didn't vote for this President, however since you want to quickly get rid of the Democratic party why not send an SOS to McCain and Palin. I mean after all you seem so upset that you wasted your vote. wouldn't you like to see how they would handle this situation? I mean after all they believed in the drill baby drill, drill here and now. If they really cared and since you hate our current President so much I would think you and people like you would be all over the blogs asking for solutions from Republicans, the competent ones. Come to think of it I haven't heard one solution coming from the Republican leadership. Perhaps they don't have a clue either.

Oh and by the way: As one who did actually vote for this President, It was not a mistake. I have not lost confidence in him and I believe he is doing an outstanding job despite the obstruction coming from the those who dislike him for no other reason than he is a Democrat and he has a funny name and that he is black. He has achieved some of his campaign promises like health care reform as well as other things that as a person who did vote for him would know. Also most people who voted for him for all the right reasons realized that it would take more than 18 months for him to clean up the mess that was left from the eight years of Republican policies. I'm just saying as a person who actually DID vote for the President.......

Posted by: catmomtx | June 5, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I cannot wait until Jimmy Carter is sent packing in 2012.

Liberals, look in the mirror. YOU are at fault for this disaster, with your NIMBY screeching about getting oil rigs far offshore so you wouldn't have to look at them from your multimillion-dollar beach houses. Look what your faux "environmentalism" has cost us. And your dimwitted president still gave the nod for additional drilling permits even AFTER the leak started.

Liberals have ruined our country, destroyed our shores and wetlands, have started destroying our healthcare system and won't be happy until we're a Third World cr@phole.

Thanks, liberals.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | June 5, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It sounds like the Republicans want Mr. Bush to come back and solve the oil problem. However under 8 years of Republican leadership they increased the number of oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico by 25%. Maybe we should give them another chance.

Posted by: Hx6MkxhW | June 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

obama comes across as insincere, because he is. He has proven he doesn't care about Americans. He cares deeply about foreigners; his obsequious bows to foreign powers, his continual "apologizing" for America, his courting of illegal aliens against the people's will have proven all that. Combine flat-out incompetence with an agenda, and there's your disaster. But in fairness to obama, a career in community agitating and voting present wouldn't qualify anyone for POTUS.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | June 5, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama apologizes for failing to protect the US environment. HIS failure will change the US forever....

Posted by: readmnweep1 | June 5, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
See, this is where you become a loser. It is BP's failure. British Petroleum. BP. It has never been the Presidents failure or his administrations failure. It is the failure of haters like you to not expect the company who through their own greed and negligence to take ownership of this.

What has changed the US forever are people like you who are so interested in seeing the duly elected President of the United States fail. What is changing the United States forever is seeing how intolerant, ignorant, hateful and stupid some people really are. What has changed the US forever is seeing the disrespect for the President of the United States, the lack of support and the willingness for a small group of people to do their level best to divide the country. What has changed the US forever are intolerant, racist people like you.

Posted by: catmomtx | June 5, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The media's obsession over obama and his emoting is bogus.
it is a created controversy to entertain yourselves because covering substance is simply too hard. it's also work.
What the media has done is cede their role 2 decades ago as the reporter who informs and fact checkes to being little more then gossipy tabloid types who seeks to make up drama for entertaining your own selves and then have the gall to blame it on us.

Posted by: vwcat | June 5, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

the proof is in the inaction - is it unreasonable to hate politics against gulf state representatives who for a month have demanded resources from administration to block effects of spill ? I hate to see how our healthcare will be managed ! Beaucrats acting as they care on the surface while protecting their "narrative" underneath.

Posted by: corp21 | June 5, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

If this administration can't manage to plug a 22" pipe - how can we ever trust them to run Healthcare !

Posted by: corp21 | June 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Since you think that this is such an easy fix why don't you swim right out there and fix that 22" pipe. Then we can appoint you as President and you can quickly fix all the problems this country has by waving your magic wand.

Posted by: catmomtx | June 5, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't the people of La. be looking for their support from McCain, Palin and the oil industry? After all, Palin is an expert when it comes to oil isn't she? Don't they have a state government and a Gov. Jindal who rejected federal funds? I would say give them what they want, keep the federal government off their backs and let them go it alone.


Posted by: timothy2me | June 5, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

See, here we go. People whining and complaining that the President hasn't felt their pain. Now all you haters get on the blogs and vilify the President for feeling their pain. NO CREDITABILITY. You people are pathetic. Guess what, despite your unreasonable hatred and your prayers that this President fails, he will succeed. All you people are doing is showing just how unreasonable, hypocritical and full of BS you are. It is really sad that you can't show support for the duly elected President of the United States. But even without your support the American people see you haters for exactly what you are. Unpatriotic, hypocritical, mean spirited hateful people. Oh, and spare me the we can't criticize this President because we don't like his policies......

Posted by: catmomtx | June 5, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

5.5 million equals allot of golfing. Obama is a piece of 5hit.....

Posted by: readmnweep1 | June 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama has mismanagement this crisis and the federal bureaucracy just like Bush with Katrina.

BUT, the press will give him a pass now that he ate crawfish with the people.

Next weeks news cycle, Obama has situation under control, and he's so supportive of the the people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.

Only took him 45 days to figure out the right response.

Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123 | June 5, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If this administration can't manage to plug a 22" pipe - how can we ever trust them to run Healthcare !

Posted by: corp21 | June 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

psssssttt...........obama


when america said "plug that hole"

america was referring to YOUR mouth

obama--worthless, much much less

Posted by: ProCounsel | June 5, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

In my reading many of these very hateful posts about President Obama, I am convinced no matter what the outcome of this spill...these hateful people will remain hateful, miserable and unhappy.
I do not believe there will be a very good outcome for their lives, or those around them. They will be permanently lonely and this misery is probably the highest point of their lives.
However, President Obama will be alright after he leaves office and will never have known or cared about this ugliness of which they are consumed. Their very own words will destroy them.
Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 5, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Ignorance is bliss. Of course Obama will be alright. He made 5.5 million dollars this year.

Posted by: readmnweep1 | June 5, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama it's time to take charge and stop BP from capturing oil and now plug it with a fitted 300 Ton plug !!!

Posted by: corp21 | June 5, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I suppose in this modern era of feel good politics it is obligatory for the President to put an empathetic face on the disaster but I will bet the vast majority of Ameicans, particularly those in the Gulf region, would opt for a higher degree of competence and aggressive action oriented leadership than empathy.

Obama is, to a degree, in a now win situation. While the blowout and aftermath was not directly his Administration's fault, much of the response and clean up has fallen to Federal agencies, some of which (e.g. the Coast Guard) which has acted admirably and some (MMS) which have proven to be more a part of the problem than the solution. Regardless, they all are part of his domain.

It seems to me that after he makes the speeches and has the photo ops with fisherman and dead birds, what most citizens want him to do is to go back to DC and gather the best and brightest to analyze not only what went wrong but what needs to be done to change the momentum of this disaster and give responsible people (like Thad Allen) the authority and resources they need. And, to find out which agencies and executives are not up to the task and reorganize them under competent executives who can make the obvious changes necessary to insure this kind of problem does not occur again.

Our President is called the Chief Executive. That title means someone who makes the tough calls and, not necessarily, one who is empathetic.

Posted by: bobfbell | June 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Another weekly address .... and then it's off to the golf course for Obama.

Yea, he's really feeling our pain.

Posted by: playfair109 | June 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

In my reading many of these very hateful posts about President Obama, I am convinced no matter what the outcome of this spill...these hateful people will remain hateful, miserable and unhappy.
I do not believe there will be a very good outcome for their lives, or those around them. They will be permanently lonely and this misery is probably the highest point of their lives.
However, President Obama will be alright after he leaves office and will never have known or cared about this ugliness of which they are consumed. Their very own words will destroy them.
Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 5, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama apologizes for failing to protect the US environment. HIS failure will change the US forever....

Posted by: readmnweep1 | June 5, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

In my reading many of these very hateful posts about President Obama, I am convinced no matter what the outcome of this spill...these hateful people will remain hateful, miserable and unhappy.
I do not believe there will be a very good outcome for their lives, or those around them. They will be permanently lonely and this misery is probably the highest point of their lives.
However, President Obama will be alright after he leaves office and will never have known or cared about this ugliness of which they are consumed. Their very own words will destroy them.
Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 5, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

In my reading many of these very hateful posts about President Obama, I am convinced no matter what the outcome of this spill...these hateful people will remain hateful, miserable and unhappy.
I do not believe there will be a very good outcome for their lives, or those around them. They will be permanently lonely and this misery is probably the highest point of their lives.
However, President Obama will be alright after he leaves office and will never have known or cared about this ugliness of which they are consumed. Their very own words will destroy them.
Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 5, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

In my reading many of these very hateful posts about President Obama, I am convinced no matter what the outcome of this spill...these hateful people will remain hateful, miserable and unhappy.
I do not believe there will be a very good outcome for their lives, or those around them. They will be permanently lonely and this misery is probably the highest point of their lives.
However, President Obama will be alright after he leaves office and will never have known or cared about this ugliness of which they are consumed. Their very own words will destroy them.
Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 5, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

In my reading many of these very hateful posts about President Obama, I am convinced no matter what the outcome of this spill...these hateful people will remain hateful, miserable and unhappy.
I do not believe there will be a very good outcome for their lives, or those around them. They will be permanently lonely and this misery is probably the highest point of their lives.
However, President Obama will be alright after he leaves office and will never have known or cared about this ugliness of which they are consumed. Their very own words will destroy them.
Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 5, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

In my reading many of these very hateful posts about President Obama, I am convinced no matter what the outcome of this spill...these hateful people will remain hateful, miserable and unhappy.
I do not believe there will be a very good outcome for their lives, or those around them. They will be permanently lonely and this misery is probably the highest point of their lives.
However, President Obama will be alright after he leaves office and will never have known or cared about this ugliness of which they are consumed. Their very own words will destroy them.
Newton's 3d Law has not been repealed.

Posted by: october30 | June 5, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The last man to use a teleprompter as much as Barak Obama was Ron Burgundy. Yes Ron is a hard act to follow. He is a man filled with lust for life and he exudes a raw manhood and yet gentle intelligence seldom seen.

No wonder the teleprompter anchorman following public is disappointed in cold fish dim bulb Barak Obama. His performance is a pale imitation of the real teleprompter man Ron Burgundy anchorman.

Posted by: msmithnv | June 5, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

if all obama can offer is empathy and no action...
he should resign...
every lib and dem blamed President Bush for going it alone...
yet obama actually isolated himself from business...
they know obama can not be trusted...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 5, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

For people who ask how long liberals are going to blame Bush, I have a question: If someone deliberately burned down your house for their own gain, how long would you blame them? Until the house was rebuilt, perhaps? Would you let that person or his/her friends pretend to help you rebuild your house? This oil explosion is just the latest manifestation of Cheney/Bush's catastropic policies. They will FOREVER be to blame, even after some semblance of normalcy and prosperity are returned.

Posted by: gsross | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Hello, Jimmy Carter. Thanks for showing up and explaining the obvious. As with most academics, talk is the endgame. Sheesh.

Those who can, do, and those who can't wallow in teachable moments.

Posted by: LHS2 | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

After being AWOL for the duration of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf, and anticipating possible success with the Top-Kill maneuver, Obama finally showed up for a three hour romp on the Louisiana Coastline to play with a couple of tar balls; and, to declare: "I am in charge here, the buck stops with me." And then Obama promptly went on vacation leaving Bobby Jindal twisting in the wind on his request to dredge sand-berms to block the oil from destroying the extensive Louisiana marsh lands. (No way can Obama allow a Republican Governor to become recognized for an insightful strategy to preserve the Louisiana Coastline.) Obama, the petulant adolescent fraudulently occupying the White House, resembles the precocious youngster on the playground who cowers in the corner only to garrulously emerge to embrace the winner once the confrontation is over. It's exceedingly difficult to believe that ANYONE takes Obama seriously on such topics any longer. The man has a singular objective, and that being a massive redistribution of America's wealth from the producers to the non-producers. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

After being AWOL for the duration of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf, and anticipating possible success with the Top-Kill maneuver, Obama finally showed up for a three hour romp on the Louisiana Coastline to play with a couple of tar balls; and, to declare: "I am in charge here, the buck stops with me." And then Obama promptly went on vacation leaving Bobby Jindal twisting in the wind on his request to dredge sand-berms to block the oil from destroying the extensive Louisiana marsh lands. (No way can Obama allow a Republican Governor to become recognized for an insightful strategy to preserve the Louisiana Coastline.) Obama, the petulant adolescent fraudulently occupying the White House, resembles the precocious youngster on the playground who cowers in the corner only to garrulously emerge to embrace the winner once the confrontation is over. It's exceedingly difficult to believe that ANYONE takes Obama seriously on such topics any longer. The man has a singular objective, and that being a massive redistribution of America's wealth from the producers to the non-producers. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | June 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

At least were we spared the empathy photo ops, featuring squats, furrowed brow and clenched jaw of Barry. Does he have any empathy for the scores killed in the recent Nashville flood?

Posted by: Schwabcycler | June 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama's never run so much as a lemonade stand. Thanks dopey white guilt leftist suckers..

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 5, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

BILLYDEE
HOW LONG ARE YOU GOING TO BLAME BUSH????
HE HAS BEEN OUT OF OFFICE FOR OVER ONE YEAR WHEN THIS ACCIDENT HAPPENED YOU MORON.

Posted by: pferd | June 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

hahahah...looks like LostHorizon is calling names and throwing sexual and racial slurs around again...pretty much standard operating procedure

Posted by: TerpfanMA | June 5, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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Maybe LostHorizon can read up on Larry Sinclair and his homosexual fling with Obama and their TEA-BAGGING session?

Posted by: theaz | June 5, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS USELESS, IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE WHAT HIS COLOR IS.
I WOULD NOT PUT IT PAST HIM TO ORCHESTRATE THIS LEAK RIGHT AFTER HE SIGNED THE OFF SHORE DRILLING AUTHORIZATION.
THE FORMER CEO OF SHELL WAS ON CSPAN AND BASICALLY SAID OUR GOVT AND DEP INVITES THESE DISASTERS BY FORCING THE OIL COs INTO THE DEEP WATER EVEN THOUGH SHALLOW DRILLING IS SO MUCH SAFER AND EASIER TO CONTROL.

THE GOVT SCREWS UP EVERYTHING - WERE ARE THEY WITH THEIR KNOWLEDGE???????
MAYBE OBAMA WANTS TO KEEPS THE MUSLIMS SUPPLYING US WITH OIL
HE IS A LIAR.
WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR THE JOBS,WHICH WAS AND IS AND EMPTY PROMISE

Posted by: pferd | June 5, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Fidel Obama was abandoned by his mother, and knew his sperm donor muslim father for about 10 minutes. Of course he's a cold fish..

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 5, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

what do you haters want the man to do? go knock on everyones door and say he is sorry?this is actually bush and cheneys mess you nitwits!you want to put republicans back in power,go right ahead,so they can f-up things even worse.all of you haters must like being screwed,because thats just what bush did to you and america for eight years!haters will bring this country down to its knees,but then again thats probably where you all like to be anyway!rsamson02 you hit the nail on the head

Posted by: billydee123 | June 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"If only I could communicate my true, true empathy to all those dead birds inconveniently littering the beach sands along the political path to my otherwise sparkling glittering future."

Not that President Obama doesn't care. How could he not? But often when a president has trouble communicating, there is a deeper problem than his style of communication. Keep in mind that President Obama, Senator McCain and others have long promised to "tighten the borders" after a new "comprehensive Immigration Reform," which includes amnesty, no matter how staged in. Since, by definition, open borders allows, along with nannies and busboys, murderous gang members, rapists, robbers, you name it, to cross unidentified. And let's not even get into the environmental consequences of a future billion Americans. So Americans are told that they and their families will continue to be sacrificed--until they are arm-twisted into an amnesty. This is not just sad and tragic, but treasonous and evil.
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Border Enforcement + Immigration Moratorium = Job, Crime and Eco Sanity.

Posted by: tma_sierrahills | June 5, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

hahahah...looks like LostHorizon is calling names and throwing sexual and racial slurs around again...pretty much standard operating procedure

Posted by: TerpfanMA | June 5, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I certainly hope the people of Louisiana are bright enough to realize that he doesn't mean anything he says. He's so arrogant that he thinks his "smooth talking" remarks will solve everything. Unfortunately, too many Americans believed him and voted for him. Oh, the regrets! The regrets!!! But hope is on the way in the form of NOVEMBER!!!

Posted by: georges2 | June 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Obama can do one and only one thing. TALK he is useless......

Obama's healthcare is a flop. Canada is now collapsing under the wait of this type of socialism.. 40% of their budget goes to healthcare. LOL Greece, Spain, France all have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peal....

Posted by: readmnweep1 | June 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama can do one and only one thing. TALK he is useless......

Obama's healthcare is a flop. Canada is now collapsing under the wait of this type of socialism.. 40% of their budget goes to healthcare. LOL Greece, Spain, France all have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peal....

Posted by: readmnweep1 | June 5, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame that so many decent, hard working, tax paying citizens have to suffer so much because of this man.

Posted by: barrysal | June 5, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Sociopath Obama will never 'get it!'

By his very nature he is incapable of getting outside his realm of his 'greatness' to grasp anything but what will further his imperialist image of himself.

America needs to get him out of office before more damage is done! Whether by impeachment of by voting out in 2012.......he must go!

He has accomplished in 14 short months to nationalize 60% of the businesses of this great country. Wake up America before it is too late to turn this around.

Posted by: imaginemore | June 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Obama empathy is so great that he looking for some new forms of TAXES for your CARBON the building block of LIFE!

If Obama was President during Katrina, he would of taxed that water to needed!

Posted by: theaz | June 5, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

HEY losthorizon10, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN, IT'S ABOUT HIS INCOMPETANCY!

Posted by: barrysal | June 5, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Well well, the inbred teabagger contingent sure comes out in force whenever there's an article about Obama, don't they?

Hey squirrel-sandwich eaters, you should thank Obama for what he's done. He had the Coast Guard down there the day after it happened, along with the Ass't Secretary of the Interior. He's mobilized a huge number of resources, even though deep-sea drilling and toxic spills are hardly the purpose of government.

But you hypocritical little whiners don't care, do you? You just want a reason, any reason, to hate "the black guy." He nailed you a long time ago: "It's like they're proud of being ignorant."

So true. And Fox "news" isn't helping you much.

May all those teabagger loons who so arrogantly chanted "drill, baby, drill!" be frog-marched down to Louisiana and forced to help clean up this mess. You are the worst Americans among us.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | June 5, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

You homo LIB T@RD PENI$ sandwich eating f@gs should remove your mouth from O's d$%k... Sorry f@g but you are just as responsible as BP....

We can hurl insults all day and that appears to be all you're capable of as you don't posses the intellect to deal with facts.

Posted by: readmnweep1 | June 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

To those of us, myself included, who mistakenly voted for this president who promised hope and change: LET'S RIGHT THE WRONGS BY VOTHING AGAINST THIS INCOMPETENT DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THEIR COHORTS THIS NOVEMBER. REMEMBER, THIS IS OUR COUNTRY WHICH IS BEING DESTROYED, NOT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA'S.

Posted by: barrysal | June 5, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In secret meetings with the oil company officials in 2001, incoming Vice President Cheney set the foundation for a permissive, welcome mat with the oil industry.

After stocking the Federal government’s Material Management Service with his cronies, this agency reversed an earlier 2000 decision requiring a mandatory accusatorial regulator, allowing BP and others not to install a $500,000 acoustic switch to automatically shut down oil gushers.
For BP, this had to be a dumb business decision. BP’s $650 million dollar well may have been saved by a half million investment in an acoustic switch.

For the country and those living and working in the Gulf region, the final tab may very well be in the billions.

Cheney’s Halliburton is connected to the April 20th explosion. The investigation of the cause of the blowup is not completed.

As it turned out, Halliburton completed an operation to reinforce the drilling hole casing with concrete before the explosion.

Halliburton is currently under investigation for a blowout in the Timor Sea caused by a faulty concrete casing.
The Material Management Service reported that 18 of 39 blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico were due to poor workmanship in injecting the cement around the well casing.

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may142010/oil-cheney-ro.php


Between 2002 and 2006:

WASHINGTON — Government workers in Denver engaged in secret sex and drug abuse with oil company employees and accepted thousand of dollars in gifts while handling billions of dollars worth of energy contracts, federal investigators said today.
Employees at the Minerals Management Service including the former head of the Denver division repeatedly and "without remorse" violated ethics rules over a four-year period, the Interior Department's Inspector General said.
The three reports released today describe a widespread pattern of abuse as well as a pervasive belief that the rules didn't apply.


IDEShttp://www.denverpost.com/ci_10428441?source=rss

The ban on offshore drilling which many opposed due to the dangers of spills was lifted by one George W. Bush while he was in office.

Thanks for this, conservatives! Now how about you all apologize to America, and volunteer to help clean up your mess?

p.s. to funny- read some of these comments from the backwater nitwit teabagger crowd.

A black guy got elected, and drove the right wing (more) insane. How's that crazy thing workin' out for ya, wingnuts?

Posted by: losthorizon10 | June 5, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In secret meetings with the oil company officials in 2001, incoming Vice President Cheney set the foundation for a permissive, welcome mat with the oil industry.

After stocking the Federal government’s Material Management Service with his cronies, this agency reversed an earlier 2000 decision requiring a mandatory accusatorial regulator, allowing BP and others not to install a $500,000 acoustic switch to automatically shut down oil gushers.
For BP, this had to be a dumb business decision. BP’s $650 million dollar well may have been saved by a half million investment in an acoustic switch.

For the country and those living and working in the Gulf region, the final tab may very well be in the billions.

Cheney’s Halliburton is connected to the April 20th explosion. The investigation of the cause of the blowup is not completed.

As it turned out, Halliburton completed an operation to reinforce the drilling hole casing with concrete before the explosion.

Halliburton is currently under investigation for a blowout in the Timor Sea caused by a faulty concrete casing.
The Material Management Service reported that 18 of 39 blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico were due to poor workmanship in injecting the cement around the well casing.

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/may142010/oil-cheney-ro.php


Between 2002 and 2006:

WASHINGTON — Government workers in Denver engaged in secret sex and drug abuse with oil company employees and accepted thousand of dollars in gifts while handling billions of dollars worth of energy contracts, federal investigators said today.
Employees at the Minerals Management Service including the former head of the Denver division repeatedly and "without remorse" violated ethics rules over a four-year period, the Interior Department's Inspector General said.
The three reports released today describe a widespread pattern of abuse as well as a pervasive belief that the rules didn't apply.


IDEShttp://www.denverpost.com/ci_10428441?source=rss

The ban on offshore drilling which many opposed due to the dangers of spills was lifted by one George W. Bush while he was in office.

Thanks for this, conservatives! Now how about you all apologize to America, and volunteer to help clean up your mess?

p.s. to funny- read some of these comments from the backwater nitwit teabagger crowd.

A black guy got elected, and drove the right wing (more) insane. How's that crazy thing workin' out for ya, wingnuts?

Posted by: losthorizon10 | June 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

People who live in the Gulf are angry at BP, not President Obama, they have said that over and over on news programs and specials I've heard. So I guess all the whiners here are Teapublicans or Taliban who are trying to undo this country. Meanwhile, Fox Nuz has scant coverage on the oil spill. Their focus of the week is party games, Democrat party games that they don't approve of and claim are illegal. Someone should email Fox and tell them about the oil spill.

Posted by: clairevb
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As someone who lives in the Gulf Coast.. you are somewhat correct.. we do not BLAME Obama for the oil spill.. we do however blame him for the lack of response

Posted by: tbastian | June 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I have been wondering what it would take to wake up the obama supporters to the fact this guy is incompentent, inept and incorrigible!
A recession mishandled, a health plan that is destructive, crashing through Europe and Asia destroying relationships, apoogizing to the world, bowing to foreign heads of State - and now this!
How much more does it take?????
"Always take advantaqge of a crisis" so he assigns two Global Warming experts to the
BP Investigation Team!!! The Print Journalism business is in danger so he wants to take over the Press!!!
Got a problem??? We'll take it over!!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | June 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I have been wondering what it would take to wake up the obama supporters to the fact this guy is incompentent, inept and incorrigible!
A recession mishandled, a health plan that is destructive, crashing through Europe and Asia destroying relationships, apoogizing to the world, bowing to foreign heads of State - and now this!
How much more does it take?????
"Always take advantaqge of a crisis" so he assigns two Global Warming experts to the
BP Investigation Team!!! The Print Journalism business is in danger so he wants to take over the Press!!!
Got a problem??? We'll take it over!!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | June 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I have been wondering what it would take to wake up the obama supporters to the fact this guy is incompentent, inept and incorrigible!
A recession mishandled, a health plan that is destructive, crashing through Europe and Asia destroying relationships, apoogizing to the world, bowing to foreign heads of State - and now this!
How much more does it take?????
"Always take advantaqge of a crisis" so he assigns two Global Warming experts to the
BP Investigation Team!!! The Print Journalism business is in danger so he wants to take over the Press!!!
Got a problem??? We'll take it over!!!

Posted by: thornegp2626 | June 5, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Well well, the inbred teabagger contingent sure comes out in force whenever there's an article about Obama, don't they?

Hey squirrel-sandwich eaters, you should thank Obama for what he's done. He had the Coast Guard down there the day after it happened, along with the Ass't Secretary of the Interior. He's mobilized a huge number of resources, even though deep-sea drilling and toxic spills are hardly the purpose of government.

But you hypocritical little whiners don't care, do you? You just want a reason, any reason, to hate "the black guy." He nailed you a long time ago: "It's like they're proud of being ignorant."

So true. And Fox "news" isn't helping you much.

May all those teabagger loons who so arrogantly chanted "drill, baby, drill!" be frog-marched down to Louisiana and forced to help clean up this mess. You are the worst Americans among us.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | June 5, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Well well, the inbred teabagger contingent sure comes out in force whenever there's an article about Obama, don't they?

Hey squirrel-sandwich eaters, you should thank Obama for what he's done. He had the Coast Guard down there the day after it happened, along with the Ass't Secretary of the Interior. He's mobilized a huge number of resources, even though deep-sea drilling and toxic spills are hardly the purpose of government.

But you hypocritical little whiners don't care, do you? You just want a reason, any reason, to hate "the black guy." He nailed you a long time ago: "It's like they're proud of being ignorant."

So true. And Fox "news" isn't helping you much.

May all those teabagger loons who so arrogantly chanted "drill, baby, drill!" be frog-marched down to Louisiana and forced to help clean up this mess. You are the worst Americans among us.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | June 5, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

People who live in the Gulf are angry at BP, not President Obama, they have said that over and over on news programs and specials I've heard. So I guess all the whiners here are Teapublicans or Taliban who are trying to undo this country. Meanwhile, Fox Nuz has scant coverage on the oil spill. Their focus of the week is party games, Democrat party games that they don't approve of and claim are illegal. Someone should email Fox and tell them about the oil spill.

Posted by: clairevb | June 5, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

We are victims of Obama care, Obama oil spill, Obama destroy our savings by attacking Wall Street, and Obama saddle us with debt we can not repay without raising taxes. Exactly why did you elect this bozo?

Posted by: nychap44 | June 5, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

We are victims of Obama care, Obama oil spill, Obama destroy our savings by attacking Wall Street, and Obama saddle us with debt we can not repay without raising taxes. Exactly why did you elect this bozo?

Posted by: nychap44 | June 5, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

While the U.S. Government owns the land that was leased to B.P.; their 'property manager', B. Obama isn't getting his hands dirty cleaning up the mess made by the tenant; however Gov. Jindal whose property was most affected by the tenant was fully engaged in removing crude from a marsh.

And you wonder why some call Obama the Messiah who won't get his robes dirty; nor is capable of doing the job the people want done!

Posted by: Common_Cents1 | June 5, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Each time I hear words coming from Obama now, I am reminded of Hillary's "3 AM" commercial during the campaign. FOLKS, WE MADE ONE HUGE MISTAKE IN NOVEMBER 2008. THIS GUY JUST DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE!

Here we are a month an a half into the spill, and the only time the bureaucrats will get their rumps in gear is when Obama appears on the scene as the 'Master of the Universe'!

Out of self preservation -- for their own citizens -- the four governors should simply defy the dithering of the Obama acolytes, and do what is necessary to protect their property.

That Carol Brower (Obama's energy/environment czar) appears to power hungry and, unable to get anything done unless she is given a multitude of titles. Why not make her the CZAR of TAR BALL/TAR PATTY GULF COAST CLEANUP, and compensate her based on the number of barrels she fills per day??

Obama is just the wrong guy to be faced with real world challenges!

Posted by: wheeljc | June 5, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

its all a smoke and mirror show for the press it is staged !!!!

Posted by: yourmomscalling | June 5, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse


Obama's rhetoric on the tragedy in the Gulf rings hollow.

"Words......just words......"

Posted by: janet8 | June 5, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE spare us of your token empathy.Go back to your parties with "sir Paul"And after I heard "sir Paul" trashing an American president I have lost all respect for him.He's just another liberal know nothing with a big mouth!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | June 5, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE spare us of your token empathy.Go back to your parties with "sir Paul"And after I heard "sir Paul" trashing an American president I have lost all respect for him.He's just another liberal no nothing with a big mouth!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | June 5, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

PLEASE spare us of your token empathy.Go back to your parties with "sir Paul"And after I heard "sir Paul" trashing an American president I have lost all respect for him.He's just another liberal no nothing with a big mouth!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | June 5, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I must agree that Obama has failed to connect adequately with victims, on many levels, not just on the oil spill. The victims, are in most part no others than those who voted for him, who became victims of the long widespread corruption which engulfed our country, hoping that Obama will set them free (of corruption), and lead our country to prosperity. But that did not happened, further jeopardizing (who else?) the victims. If Obama, as he promised, would have “fought corruption”, those responsible for the recession (which include Wall Street, the banking industry, the oil industry, the Department of Justice… and more), the victims would have fought alongside the president, making them pay for their crimes, and our country would have looked (and feel) much better. However, that did not happened either, which proves that even the President of the United States, with the masses behind him, cannot root out what ills our country. For as long as corruption remains “legal”, “the people”/victims will not see the day of light, and no further proof needed.

Posted by: Shanan1 | June 5, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Janeway- It;s funny. President Bush dealt with attacks on the US, 2 wars, 2 economic events that could have caused recessions and a host of weather events causing the evacuation of cities and states but the left didn't cut him any slack. Face Obama is just a weak president with no leadership abilities as many of us said from the start.

Posted by: jschmidt2 | June 5, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I am no fan of BO, but it's not the President's job to 'connect' with victims of oil spills.
josephlcooke.blogspot

Posted by: 1911a1 | June 5, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

To all the Obama whiners out there:

I am sorry that our President, who is dealing with two wars (started by Mr. fly by), a world wide economic crisis (began with deregulation by the GOP because "the private sector knows best!"), global environmental issues, a possible war between North and South Korea, an unhealthy public incapable of defending itself, a broken health care system, a broken retirement system, a massive gulf between the haves and have-nots that hasn't been seen since the Depression, and massive numbers of threats his life and his families lives, cannot come down to the Gulf and personally kiss your booboos.

Make no mistake. BP caused this and you should vent your anger in the correct direction. Also, if all those oil covered birds upset you, don't vote to allow drilling in your waters. If you don't want more disasters like this, support tough regulations, support green initiatives, and cut back on your energy use any way you can.

C'mon America. Nut up already, get to work! DO you want sympathy from the President or actual work getting done? We can do this!

Posted by: janeway1 | June 5, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Does this disaster really surprise anybody after eight years of two oilmen running wild in the white house? This is exhibit one of Haliburton/Cheney & their buddies in oil (along with their pals the defense business)- absolute greed, incompetence and profit above all else. Funny how Fox "news" has yet to mention that Haliburton made a "routine" valve replacement on this rig 20 minutes before it exploded. It's "Cheney's Katrina"...

Posted by: rsampson02 | June 5, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Does this disaster really surprise anybody after eight years of two oilmen running wild in the white house? This is exhibit one of Haliburton/Cheney & their buddies in oil (along with their pals the defense business)- absolute greed, incompetence and profit above all else. Funny how Fox "news" has yet to mention that Haliburton made a "routine" valve replacement on this rig 20 minutes before it exploded. It's "Cheney's Katrina"...

Posted by: rsampson02 | June 5, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Does this disaster really surprise anybody after eight years of two oilmen running wild in the white house? This is exhibit one of Haliburton/Cheney & their buddies in oil (along with their pals the defense business)- absolute greed, incompetence and profit above all else. Funny how Fox "news" has yet to mention that Haliburton made a "routine" valve replacement on this rig 20 minutes before it exploded. It's "Cheney's Katrina"...

Posted by: rsampson02 | June 5, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal, March 24, 2009:

"There has never been a challenge that the American people, with as little interference as possible by the federal government, cannot handle."

Posted by: WPL22 | June 5, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse


The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-two percent (42%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17

Overall, 45% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the president's performance. Fifty-four percent (54%) disapprove.

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 5, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

The president does not care about anyone but himself. What do you call that again?

Posted by: nychap44 | June 5, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

It is my understanding that robert gagagibbs will shortly announce the king barry the 1st will extend his hands over the gulf. This will cause the oil to immediately disperse and cause to harm to birds, beaches, etc. King Barr, our Messiah....we love you.

Posted by: senatorgoofy | June 5, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

You can tell when Obama will serious about this when he returns the $984,000 he got from BP for his campaign. Meanwhile just another photo op by another politician. Ever wonder how much oil money the politicians from Florida, Alabama and Lousiana have taken?

Posted by: KBlit | June 5, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

This president is absolutely the worst in every facet that I have ever scene, including Jimmy Carter. He and his administration consistently exhibits a unique ability to position themselves on the wrongside of public opinion at every opportunity. If this wasn't bad enough, it usually takes them 30-90 days to stake a position out that is full of inconsistencies, legalistic loopholes, and of course which either blames the United States or the previous administration!

Posted by: CHANGE3 | June 5, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This president is absolutely the worst in every facet that I have ever scene, including Jimmy Carter. He and his administration consistently exhibits a unique ability to position themselves on the wrongside of public opinion at every opportunity. If this wasn't bad enough, it usually takes them 30-90 days to stake a position out that is full of inconsistencies, legalistic loopholes, and of course which either blames the United States or the previous administration!

Posted by: CHANGE3 | June 5, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

This president is absolutely the worst in every facet that I have ever scene, including Jimmy Carter. He and his administration consistently exhibits a unique ability to position themselves on the wrongside of public opinion at every opportunity. If this wasn't bad enough, it usually takes them 30-90 days to stake a position out that is full of inconsistencies, legalistic loopholes, and of course which either blames the United States or the previous administration!

Posted by: CHANGE3 | June 5, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Finally your "narrative" biography poll watching writer has written in your script ok now is the time to pour on some empathy. WE DON'T NEED EMPATHY - WE NEED A GIANT CORK IN THE PIPE - GET IT DONE !!!!

Posted by: corp21 | June 5, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Donovan - as the author of the article, can you explain why the CG didn't feel that Renergie's offer was "an innovative and unique product or service that is not commercially available to the Government"?

I'm assuming from the tone of the article that BP isn't interested in subcontracting out this job?

Posted by: iamweaver | June 5, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Donovan - as the author of the article, can you explain why the CG didn't feel that Renergie's offer was "an innovative and unique product or service that is not commercially available to the Government"?

Posted by: iamweaver | June 5, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Obama and his team are clueless. Don't know what to do, how to manage this crisis, and all the Community Organizer can do is threaten, whine, complain, blame Bush, and act like a lawyer.

If he can't lead, he needs to resign and let ol' Joe "Plugs" Biden have a shot at it.

Posted by: jshaver001 | June 5, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Did he bite his lower lip and say, "I feel your pain." in a Clintonesque way?

Obama has been on the golf course more than he's been in LA. He's been to more fundraisers than he's been to the Gulf.

He did it because he had to, not because he wants to. This is a prime example of a guy who has never run anything in his life, not really knowing what to do. He's clearly in over his head.

Posted by: jimbo561 | June 5, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Did he bite his lower lip and say, "I feel your pain." in a Clintonesque way?

Obama has been on the golf course more than he's been in LA. He's been to more fundraisers than he's been to the Gulf.

He did it because he had to, not because he wants to. This is a prime example of a guy who has never run anything in his life, not really knowing what to do. He's clearly in over his head.

Posted by: jimbo561 | June 5, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama rolls up his sleeves because He Means Business, as Barry the inept bungler tries to look like the Decisive Man Of Action we all know he is not.

Miserable failure Obama

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 5, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama has no empathy for whites. He shows that with his judicial appointments. That is where his heart lies, sticking it to Whitey.

Posted by: OldAtlantic | June 5, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"Obama traveled to the coast as critics continued to hammer him for what they call his failure to make an adequate emotional connection with the victims of the disaster. Friday's trip was designed to counter that impression."

Governance by empathy: Crass, craven, and clueless. That oughta fix it!

Posted by: elgropo1 | June 5, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

I am going to make this very simple! I know there must be an expert out there somewhere who can explain this to me. There is a 20 inch pipe running from the seabed to the oil reserve that is two and a half miles below the seabed, 13,000 feet. The only thing necessary to stop the flow is to equalize the pressure. Why does our military not have the capability to set off a small conventional explosion at the wellhead that could go just deep enough to allow the tons of settling debris to close that hole and collapse the pipe? I don't know the actual engineering but I am betting a charge directed into the hole would not have to penetrate more than a 1000 feet to completely seal it. Are they trying to save the well at the expense of the entire Gulf of Mexico?

Posted by: sfcgcarrier | June 5, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I am going to make this very simple! I know there must be an expert out there somewhere who can explain this to me. There is a 20 inch pipe running from the seabed to the oil reserve that is two and a half miles below the seabed, 13,000 feet. The only thing necessary to stop the flow is to equalize the pressure. Why does our military not have the capability to set off a small conventional explosion at the wellhead that could go just deep enough to allow the tons of settling debris to close that hole and collapse the pipe? I don't know the actual engineering but I am betting a charge directed into the hole would not have to penetrate more than 1000 feet to completely seal it. Are they trying to save the well at the expense of the entire Gulf of Mexico?

Posted by: sfcgcarrier | June 5, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Have you seen the price of arugula lately?

Posted by: island1 | June 5, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

The blowout of April 20, 2010 aboard the Deepwater Horizon was clearly preventable. The fact that the BP oil spill has been allowed to reach coastal areas is inexcusable.

For a clear understanding of why, visit:

http://renergie.wordpress.com/2010/05/25/bp-is-not-the-only-responsible-party/

Posted by: brianjdonovan | June 5, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

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