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Laura Bush is right -- I think -- about Obama and the oil spill

On Good Morning America today, Laura Bush defended President Obama’s handling of the gulf oil spill. Or at least I think she did. Because I’m not entirely sure whether Bush was trying to praise the president or give him one of the most underhanded compliments I’ve seen in a while:

I think they're doing everything they can do. Absolutely. Just like we did with Katrina. You know, it's not one person's responsibility. The president can't do every single thing there is to do.

Of course, the former first lady is probably right about Obama, if not necessarily about her husband. In search of something -- anything! -- onto which to direct our rage over the spill, commentators have decided to attack the president. No matter that almost none of them have practical suggestions on how Obama could do anything better. (A memo from David Gergen this week that many commentators praised for its substantive recommendations really contained few that would alter the response in any significant way.) So instead they focus -- to sometimes ridiculous effect -- on whether Obama is angry enough.

This is no doubt a big part of the reason why Obama is taking yet another trip down to the gulf, the logistics of which -- it takes a lot of effort to accommodate the president of the United States -- can’t be very helpful to local officials down there trying to, you know, clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Another problem is that whatever the president does now to look visibly upset will appear -- and probably will be -- staged. Some commentators, feeling ever more justified in their criticisms, will declare such worthless gestures to be a great success. And they will be -- for commentators' ability to distract attention from the issues about the oil spill that really matter.

By Stephen Stromberg  | June 4, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
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There is a difference between 5 burms/sandbars and 26. There is a difference between burning off the oil and not. Using dispersant or not? There is a difference between acting within 72 hours vs. 40 something days. There is a difference between accepting help immediately vs. a month later or never. Quoting George Bush or Laura Bush is just beating around the bushes isn't it?

Posted by: star_key2 | June 4, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Did she comment on Paul McCartney?

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 4, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

God/Obama gets a pass on doing noting for all these weeks? Some Dems are even offended when commentators call this God/Obama's Katrina! What a joke the corrupt government of the joke that is New Orleans were given the money to make the city safe three times over. They decided to spend my tax dollars on "other things" and then when the storm comes people act like we should help New Orleans! What the hell for? If they had built the walls they were paid three times to build no one would have got their feet wet. To bad Katrina didn't finish the job! I am sick of wasting my money on that type of scum like the corrupt politicians in New Orleans.

Posted by: milestones1 | June 4, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Right on, Stephen. Short of ordering a nuclear strike on the hole, Obama is left at the mercy of the competence of the oil companies, which are the ones with the equipment and technical expertise.

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

milestones1, you don't get to choose where your tax dollars go. I didn't want my tax dollars given to Haliburton or wasted blowing up and rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan. But that was the plan of the democratically elected government. So I had to suck it up and move on. That's what you have to do. Quit whining and wishing people were killed so that your tax dollars aren't wasted. What a disgusting comment in the first place.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | June 4, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Why stop there since it is the lack of political will of every President since Regan which allowed the march of our oil industry further and further off shore. Why did they allow the mendacious and disengenous stumpling blocks and laws halting oil fields which were much safer projects over freckless envoirmental concerns which should have been worked around. We now are reaping the reward with a blowout at a depth that the oil industry cannot address. Since we are handing out blame lets include the leaders of the enviormental movements along with thier enablers in Congress and the lawyers who were successful perhaps in saving a frogs habitat in a pond someplace but then let the Gulf Coastline and Brine marshes, the Seas of inland floating grassmats and all the delicate nesting grounds of bird species which the famous Audubon made his lifes work to record a bleak oil soaked landscape for the foreseeable future.

Posted by: almorganiv | June 4, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Katrina was an act of God. This was an industrial accident. It could have been prevented with proper government oversight and regulation. Which party favors regulation of oil companies, and which party favors secret meetings of energy CEOS in the Veeps office to determine energy policy?

Posted by: gcosta1 | June 5, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

I love how all the lefty Obamaites keep saying "well, the oil spill is nothing like Katrina because, because ....., well because Katrina was all Bush's fault and oil spill is not Obama's fault. So there.

Posted by: RobT1 | June 5, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

The not-watchdog media's stubborn resolve to protect their beloved messiah at all costs has now transcended mere double standards and proceeded into the realms of the absurd and surreal. If this incident had occurred under Bush's watch, the media would have been foaming at the mouth after week one. But Obama could rape and dismember a small child in the middle of a press conference and the watchdogs would leap to his defense.

Obama's shocking failure in this crisis is a matter of basic leadership. It's not about anger but urgency. It is a failure to establish confidence that there is a plan and a timetable, that there is a plan b, that every conceivable resources is in place and that a single individual with the necessary competence and clout is absolutely and unambiguously in charge.

The question a responsible watchdog media would be asking is, if someone cannot manage a crisis like this, what is that person doing in the Oval Office?

Posted by: thebump | June 5, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

From the same town that gave us Shoeless Joe Jackson comes now Clueless Comrade Barry – both crooks – both going down in flames in front of a rapt, national audience. Laura Bush can be as gracious as she likes. The facts are not as forgiving, to wit:

1. Neither Clueless Comrade Barry nor anyone of his Chicago gang ever had any sort of plan to deal with a contingency of this kind. We find these would be Masters of the Universe - who envision themselves as capable of running anything and everything – are in fact walking around the West Wing blind without a cane.

2. Well into the seventh week of this fiasco, they still have no plan. His entire administration is infested with Marxist ideologues and Chicago Way oligarchs that have never done anything productive in their pathetic, parasitic lives.

3. Clueless Comrade Barry is totally at the effect of BP. Other than vilifying them to make political cover for his own incompetence, he has done nothing more than hope and pray they find a solution. The self proclaimed “Best and Brightest” turns out to be an empty suit. Once the teleprompter readings are over, the best he can do is play golf, shoot hoops, take vacations and sit for private concerts.

4. No matter how viable a plan Louisiana’s Governor Bobby Jindal may come up with to mitigate the environmental damage, Clueless Comrade Barry is such a habitual narcissist he will never allow the issuance of the necessary permits since a successful execution might show him up.

5. Comrade Barry will neither confirm nor deny the WSJ report that existing regulations would have prevented this disaster had they been followed… or enforced… because the regulator who allowed BP to cut corners turns out to be an appointee of our Clueless Comrade and thus fault for both the impotent response as well as the creation of the problem in the first place lies squarely at the feet of Clueless Comrade Barry.

6. The damage Democrats care about is the political fallout. Environment? Not so much. Halt their sinking poll numbers and in their heart of hearts they’ll be shouting…

Heck-of-a-job, Barry!

7. Unfortunately for the hapless Dems, former advisor to President Clinton, Dick Morris, has it exactly right,

“Obama has no more idea how to work his way out of the economic mess into which his policies have plunged us than he does about how to clean up the oil spill that is destroying our southern coastline.”

http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/06/02/obama-doesnt-have-a-clue/

Like I said, “Heck-of-a-job, Barry!”

Posted by: PauvrePapillon | June 5, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

This is baloney. Most of the media are brain dead tingle up the leg Obama fans. Sorry guys, the man is not ready for prime time and his idea of leadership is vapid as the empty pious prose he reads off the rolling text on his prompters. He's not evil, not even all that cunning. He is just way way over his head.

His handling this crisis is laughable, pretentious and inept. It is not about him, it's about a very dangerous catastrophe that he as not handled well and he is unlikely to improve. Don't you get irritated when he gets that poor me, I am doing all I can look on his intelligent face.

Some questions: Why did he never meet the families of the men killed on the rig? What is his wisdom in telling local officials in Louisiana that the soon to be idle oil workers will get unemployment, like that is so big of him. Does he not realize that every barrel of domestic crude we do not pump will cause us to buy one more from his Arab pals. Peachy, isn't it. What is going to do in a week or two at most when this oil is smeared all over Cuban beaches and the Castro brothers properly demand big big bucks to make it right? Of course we know he will have to pay up and issue another one of his rambling soul numbing apologies. My eyes glaze over.

Poor Obama, poor us, poor fish, poor turtles, poor pelicans, poor unemployed oil workers, poor inept Federal Officials who allowed British Petroleum to be so stupid and so luckless.

This wasn't Obama's fault when it started, but it's almost two months since the blow up and no end is in sight and Obama is just ringing his hands. If he can't galvanize people to beat this thing, he will be just another empty suit. Perhaps he should resign and move to Bermuda where he play golf and cluck and chatter about how unfair things are with former BP executives.

O Temores, O Mores. A fine mess.

Posted by: SanchoK | June 5, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

We finally have a grownup in the White House, and it looks like some of you folks really resent that. You particularly don't like the fact that Obama doesn't try to hide the fact that he thinks he's smarter than you are and knows better than you. Since I don't know you, I can't say if he's right, but I'd bet on him. Anyway, I can tolerate that from a guy who is thoughtful and clearly pretty smart, more than I can tolerate it from a willfully ignorant buffoon like GW Bush.

Posted by: msh41 | June 5, 2010 3:33 AM | Report abuse

Well put, msh41.

Posted by: pjohn2 | June 5, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

msh41 wrote:"...he thinks he's smarter than you are and knows better than you."
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The operative phrase is "thinks." Thinking doesn't make it so and to date he hasn't provided any proof beyond his own arrogance. How about he releases his transcripts and IQ results so we can all make our own judgment? Remember, George W. has an advanced degree from the same institution as Barry. So what? He has zero practical experience in management and his so-called leadership skills revolve around disparaging all those who don't submit and kiss his butt. And what makes you think a willfully arrogant buffoon is any better than an alleged ignorant one?

Posted by: jpost1 | June 5, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Unsurprisingly, the invectives above match what so many US citizens expect - no government while things go right, then government accountability for things entirely out of its control when things go wrong.

None of the angry men and women ranting above have made complaints with substance because, frankly, there's not a lot that the government can do at this point, other than help coordinate cleanup efforts - and frankly, I haven't heard a lot of complaints about the government's efforts along that direction. Instead they wave their arms and mutter something about "leadership", which seems to mean, "waving a magic wand and making it all better".

About the only rational complaint that I hear is that Obama wasn't fast enough cleaning up the corruption in MMS, which is absolutely true. In hindsight, he should have spent a bit more time removing corrupt pro-business elements in his regulatory agencies, and less time working on health care, and the two and a half wars and the recession/depression we face - but I'm not sure that anyone would have known that a year ago.

Posted by: iamweaver | June 5, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

I love how all the lefty Obamaites keep saying "well, the oil spill is nothing like Katrina because, because ....., well because Katrina was all Bush's fault and oil spill is not Obama's fault. So there.

Posted by: RobT1 | June 5, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

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Is Obama responsible for the oil leak? I think you are overeaching there pal. What else can the President do? Put a suit and swim down there? You just want to down him for the sake of downing him.

Posted by: bigben1986 | June 5, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

There was nothing this president or any other president could have done to stop this tragedy, but there is something he can do for future drilling off shore, end it completely!

Send the "drill baby, drill" party out there to clean up their "approve message" to smell the damage, to witness the damage and to clean up the damage that is about to kill the biggest part of these Gulf states economy, tourism!

So much for the jobs, jobs, jobs, because of greed and stupidity (again) the mindset of the GOP has managed to destroy five states and growing!

Just like 8 years of Bush and lies about Wall Street, the "drill baby, drill team" needs their noses rubbed into the spoils of greed and stupidity.

Posted by: rbraun2000 | June 5, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Obama is not blameless. There's a thorough discussion of this by Glenn Greenwald. http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/06/03/salazar/index.html Ken Salazar did nothing to reform the MMS, and is regarded as a pro-industry pick.

Posted by: cossack2 | June 5, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Because Obama has taken more contributions from BP than any American politician, he should refund the money.

Posted by: tsapp77 | June 5, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

How do you know that Obama is smart? He has sealed his academic records and test scores. The media managed to ferret out Gore's, Kerry's, McCain's and Bush's grades and academic transcripts , but refuse to delve into Obama's background.Obama's rhetorical skills were certainly exaggerated; he makes many mistakes and can not utter a coherent, simple sentence without multiple teleprompters.

Posted by: tsapp77 | June 5, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Do remember Barry was in the Senate for a number of years. I am certain he tried to author legislation that would have placed safeguards to help in a situation like this, but was blocked by evil oilman Cheney. Oops, not. So maybe he does deserve some blame for just voting present, and spending all his energy dissing Bush and running for president.

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


I cant wait to hear the full coast guard report, that clearly stated the ammount of oil blowing out of the hole, was much much worse than BP reported, why didnt the president step in right away? whay did the goverment fail so badly, did the president simply ignore the coast guards frantic report. Isnt the coast guard in charge of such disasters to be halted as quick as possible? This is so ugly , the oil is ugly and covering everything , but the ugly response and cover up in Obama land is far worse. Put a big sign on the oil spillage stateing warning taking of this oil is against the law, come back in a few days, and the oil will be all gone, and sold on the underground market.

Posted by: davidtrottier2002 | June 5, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I think the real hero of this BP story is Rep. Darrell Issa of California's 49th Congressional District and a resident of Vista, Calif. (where my mother lived before she passed and where my sister lived for a number of years.)

Issa attempted to investigate the activities within the federal Minerals Management Service when no other legislator paid it much heed. More media attention should be focused on the Issa story--what Issa discovered happening within MMS. He did get a mention during NBC's primetime special about the BP specail that aired last (Friday) night. Also more atention should be focused on BLM's Robert Abbey and his efforts to split DOI's MMS into three separate entities.

Forget Obama and the Bushes.

Posted by: laloomis | June 5, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse


It was inexcusable to appoint the BP official as the assistant secretary in charge of MMS, push the environmental head to Massachusetts windmill questions (real mineral management), and then fire her as a scapegoat. This is an anti-regulation, cave-in-to-special interests (Salazar is a Colorado minerals man) administration. At least Bush, who had the same policy, was not sanctimonious about it.

Posted by: jhough1 | June 5, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

The liberal media is out to get our president

Posted by: gonville1 | June 5, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

"Do not feed the animals." Obama fed the press by criticizing Bush for Katrina. I do not feel sorry for him. What comes around goes around.

Posted by: TraderB | June 5, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Obama hired a political hack with no experience to run MMS.

Obama accepted more money from BP than any other politician.

Obama's administration gave BP a pass on safety requirements.

Yeah, I'd say he's responsible.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | June 5, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

This guy does not get it. By law, the governors are in charge of emergency cleanup in their states. The Federal Government is in charge of ocean cleanup.

Posted by: TraderB | June 5, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

7. Unfortunately for the hapless Dems, former advisor to President Clinton, Dick Morris, has it exactly right,

“Obama has no more idea how to work his way out of the economic mess into which his policies have plunged us than he does about how to clean up the oil spill that is destroying our southern coastline.”

http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2010/06/02/obama-doesnt-have-a-clue/

Like I said, “Heck-of-a-job, Barry!”

Posted by: PauvrePapillon
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Dick Morris is a shameless, opportunistic scumbag who would sell his own children just as easily as he sold to FOX what few principles he had to start with.

Blaming Obama's policies for our economic problems is classic loony-toon revisionism straight out of the GOP handbook. Maybe you can argue his policies didn't help matters, but to blame Obama for the structural breakdown that was apparent to any sentient being before he was inaugurated is complete BS. In any case, most serious economist agree that, absent the actions by the Obama administration, things might have been much worse.

If Morris is so frigging smart, how come we never heard about his recommendations for dealing with the oil spill? If BP still hasn't figured out a sure-fire way of stopping the spill after spending billions to find a solution, why would any sane person expect Obama to know the answer? On that topic, Stephen Stromberg's piece in today's WaPo is right on the mark. The same people criticizing him now would have accused Obama being ant-business for beating up BP before the true serious of the spill was understood. The hypocrisy of the anti-government crowd who now complain that Government hasn't made it all better goes without saying.

Posted by: st50taw | June 5, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

At this point since his election, Obama has been in office for nearly 40% of his four-year term.

EXACTLY when is anything his responsibility? He blames Bush (usually) or someone else for anything wrong. He has had the mantle of leadership, has appointed thousands of his people to leadership positions, including the dopey Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, and the now ill-fated and fired Director of the Mineral Management Service.

If Obama thought it important to regulate oil companies, he has had ample time and people to do it. This blowout was not caused by Obama, certainly. BUT it happened on his watch.

IT IS HIS PROBLEM. HE OWNS IT. The absolutely limp federal response and total inadequacy of leadership is his.

He has been behind the curve on leadership in this crisis from, as he says, "Day 1."

This same man, who as junior Senator, pilloried George W. Bush for his "historic" failures and "gross incompetency" in handling Katrina and its aftermath may, just may, be learning a very painful lesson about the limits of Presidential power. Instead of figuring out how to be effective within those limits, the Community Organizer has shown he's not even good at fulfilling that role, let alone that of the President of the United States.

The oil that is staining the beaches, covering sea life in the Gulf, and wreaking massive economic damage to the region is also going to stick to Obama for the rest of what is very likely to be his one-term Presidency. At a time when leadership and vision were needed, Obama has been weighed and measured and very much found wanting.

Posted by: jshaver001 | June 5, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Hurricane Katrina was an act of God but the levee failure was a result of the incompetence of the Corps of Engineers ..so get it straight..the failure of the levees was man made. Leaving people without the basic needs of water and shelter for days and then shipping them out of town with no means of return is incomprehensible. Bush failed the people of New Orleans.. The oil spill has no comparison to the levees failures other than it is affecting that region of the country. Focus your attention on the drill baby drill crowd who closed a blind eye and a offered a deaf ear to the oil industry.. putting faith in their ability to do what they are supposed to do best without considering what could go wrong... the drill baby drill crowd and "D"eregulation has failed us..not Obama.

Posted by: sabrina2 | June 5, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Your absolutely right, Mr. Stromberg. Whatever legitimate gripes one may have about the president's handling of the oil spill (and I don't really have any except that the Bush regulators should have been fired long ago and the new ones should have gotten tough with Big Oil), one of them isn't that Obama didn't get angry enough with BP. This attitude simply shows the immaturity of the media and the American people in thinking that the president is Superman, someone who can with stanch the flow of an oil well one mile under the ocean. We need to grow up and face reality.

Posted by: DWSouthern | June 5, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm still waiting to see an interview with Cheney, he is the guy that decided BP did not need to install the remote shut off control because its costed $500,000, he thought they shouldn't have to spend money on that. I wonder what he thinks now or if he even cares.

Posted by: rj2008 | June 5, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Bush partisans and bitter anti-Obamaians are disingenuous when they pretend to make an argument by informing us how long Obama has been president (16 months), indicating that he is now accountable for everything bad (not good, of course) that happens. Well, Bush was warned about 9/11, and he ignored the warnings about bin Laden's plans. Obama had no warning about an oil well blow out and could do nothing to stop it once it happened, no matter how angry he got. Also, there is consensus among economists of all stripes that unemployment will be high for perhaps 8-10 years because of Bush's mismanagement of the economy and his cozy relationship with Wall Street. No human being could clean the Augean Stable left behind by Bush and Cheney, not in one term, not in two.

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

Laura Bush sounds like the only sane person on both sides of the aisle and i find her views refreshing after listening to so much partisan stupidity.

LAURA BUSH FOR PRESIDENT

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | June 5, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

How do you know Obama's smart? He was accepted and graduated from Harvard Law and was president of the Law Review. Top of the class for that honor.
Demanding that the President stamp his feet and rant and rave is childish beyond belief. Temper tantrums belong to 2 year olds.

Posted by: lyndtv | June 5, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

mike85 wrote: The drilling was not the problem. However, BP, and others have been forced to search for oil in high-risk places, like this deep water site, because Obama has closed down all of the low-risk sites, and there are many of them. . . . . . The gusher occurred because of the negligence, coziness to BP, and the incompetence of the Obama Administration. As more and more facts become known, Obama will drown in a sea of gulf oil.
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mike85, how can you tell such garbage and lies? . . I'm amazed that your tongue doesn't jump down your esophagus for shame.

Obama closed down the low-risk sites?! . . The moratorium was already in place, Obama just kept it there. . . . . . . And now you speak like a fool – who have you been talking to??? . . . Poor, poor mike85, no more sense than Bair Fox. As Big Oil cried out, “Please don’t throw me into that briar patch.”

Now listen, and listen well, all of you who have been education on the scant news of our Corporate Sponsored Media. . . . . The environmentalists had long seen through the scemes and machinations of Big Oil. In the Gulf of Mexico, drilling has been going on since the thirties. Most of the best oil fields in shallow water had ALREADY BEEN TAPPED. . . . Big Oil was greedy for the oil rich fields in the deep waters. It was only the environmentalists that fought tooth and nail against deep water drilling. . . . . . . For the others it was out of sight, out of mind.

The idea that Big Oil was “forced” into the oil rich fields of the deep is preposterous. . . . . . . . . . . . And as for incompetence and coziness, then look to the poster child of loose regulations and agencies hopping into bed with the very Corporations they’re supposed to regulate – look to the Republicans.

As for dates, I’ll remind you of a few: . .
8) In November 2008, a dozen Republican drill baby drill cohorts ( two of them previous appointees with stanch Republican track records against environmental science and safety regulations ) were made civil servants in high positions in the MMS, in order to delay for a long time Obama being able to have proper influence over that agency,
9) Bush appointees headed MMS until Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was appointed by Obama, took office in July 2009. Even after that, the dozen Republicans, who had at the last minute been entrenched high up in the MMS, remained there because of civil service laws ( See: . . #8 ).
10) In April 2009, three months before Elizabeth Birnbaum’s appointment, while still operating under Bush appointees and the dozen entrenched civil servants, BP’s Deepwater Horizon’s permit was signed, wavers and all.

Now I agree in part with the Republicans. Obama should have moved faster and . . . TAKEN A FLAMETHROWER TO WHAT THE REPUBLICANS DID, AND THEN CORRECTED THEIR MISTAKES.

Posted by: Here2day | June 5, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama held his powers in reserve instead of using them to cap the well immediately. He's just let the oil industry use everything it has available instead of sending in the Marines. What is he waiting for, anyway? If he had screamed at people just a little, think of all that would have been done by now. Get those Brits out of there and let Americans in to fix it!

Posted by: turningfool | June 5, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The sooner anyone who considers themselves a republican or a conservative realizes that leftists are the scum of the earth, the better off they'll be. Compliments on any level for leftists are wildly innapropriate, unless of course you prefer the communist way of life..

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 5, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

the problem is obama is guilty of blaming Bush...
so whats good for Bush is good for obama...
obama is becoming tha last black president of America...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 5, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

An Oboobma apologist says: "Demanding that the President stamp his feet and rant and rave is childish beyond belief."

Agreed, but that's a straw man. It is not about anger, but about urgency, competence and leadership — all of which are utterly lacking.

No one in her right mind thought Oboobma was remote qualified for the office he sought. He seems stubbornly determined to prove it.

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

the problem is obama is guilty of blaming Bush...
so whats good for Bush is good for obama...
obama is becoming tha last black president of America...

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

An Oboobma apologist says: "Demanding that the President stamp his feet and rant and rave is childish beyond belief."

Agreed, but that's a straw man. It is not about anger, but about urgency, competence and leadership — all of which are utterly lacking.

No one in her right mind thought Oboobma was remotely qualified for the office he sought. He seems stubbornly determined to prove it.

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

wewintheylose are you so out of touch with reality that you are unaware of the character flaw that you are demonstrating by calling people names and attempting to demoralize them..look in the mirror and have a conversation with your self and see if you like what you see and hear.

Posted by: sabrina2 | June 5, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Why do the people of the gulf blame BP and not the President? The only people I hear blaming the President are the Teapublicans who never miss an opportunity to insult the POTUS. People who are actually having their lives and livelihoods stolen by BP's inept attempts are screaming at BP to do what they promised to do...clean up the oil. That is also their legal obligation and not the obligation of taxpayers.

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

Posted by: PauvrePapillon

From the same town that gave us Shoeless Joe Jackson comes now Clueless Comrade Barry – both crooks – both going down in flames in front of a rapt, national audience. Laura Bush can be as gracious as she likes. The facts are not as forgiving, to wit:

And then he wrote 7 purported "facts" which included a slam at the Obama administration by... Dick Morris. The other "facts" are just typical tea bagger talking points that contain not one shred of fact.

Nitwit.

Posted by: Observer001 | June 5, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"obama is becoming tha last black president of America..."

And that's exactly what you and rest of the right-wing has been shooting for since the day Obama took office. He is the FIRST black President...and you are going to see to it that, come hell or high water, he'll be the last. I can hear you now, sitting around your kitchen table smoking Marlboro and drinking Budweiser; "We'll put those n***ers back in their place. We'll show them darkies where they DO and DON't belong!" You could care less what happens to America...just so long as there will never be another black President. God help you...and us. The sad thing is, you're allowed to reproduce. What a putz you are.

Posted by: Drewster1 | June 5, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama hired a political hack with no experience to run MMS.

Obama accepted more money from BP than any other politician.

Obama's administration gave BP a pass on safety requirements.

Yeah, I'd say he's responsible.

Posted by: drjcarlucci
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Repeating a lie in writing does not make that lie true. Even if you do it 3 times. Tea bagger lunacy.

Posted by: Observer001 | June 5, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

So, when the Oilcane hits the Gulf Coast this summer we can blame both Bush and Obama.

It seems these kinds of delusional monday morning quarterbacks are also the ones who think government is, or ought to be, omnipotent.

Couldn't we blame the Elders of Zion for a change? Seems to make as much sense as blaming Obama for some of this stuff.

Posted by: carajillo | June 5, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Obama is at fault, as is Bush 2, Clinton, Bush 1 and Reagan, Congress as well as the companies involved. Gov has way to cosy a relationship with big oil, wall street, the banks etc...When companies are allowed to write Gov policy its a bad thing. This spill, the wall street meltdown and the banking fiasco are all the result of the rampant corporatism in our gov. It needs to stop. Vote out all corporatists.

Posted by: dwdave67 | June 5, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

No one in her right mind thought Oboobma was remotely qualified for the office he sought. He seems stubbornly determined to prove it.

Posted by: thebump
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Silly thebump. 69,456,897 Americans thought Barak Obama was qualified to be President. You tea baggers live in a dream world where somehow "your" country was "taken" from you as part of a Marxist conspiracy. Loony tunes that you are, you seem to have forgotten there was an election in 2008 and President Obama won by a huge majority.

You guys think if you keep bringing the crazy to comment boards, town meetings and increasingly smaller and smaller protests that you'll convince that nearly 70,000,000 people that they elected Joe Stalin. I'll give you points for consistency. You found a tune you like and you keep on playing it. The good news is the more you spout your crazy talk the less anyone pays attention.

Posted by: Observer001 | June 5, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Oboobma"

That in itself proves that your IQ is about the same as your shoe size. Stupid is as stupid does...and you are truly stupid. Notice I said "stupid" instead of ignorant? Ignorant people are capable of learning. Stupid people are not.

Posted by: Drewster1 | June 5, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me the posters here who are defending Bush and saying Obama is not ready for prime time forget what the mess we were in in Jan 09 and how it has improved. Didnt see that under ole George W. And to compare this to Katrina shows how the GOP is grasping at straws. First Bush was alerted to the hurricane, remember him being briefed by all the govt groups but not asking any questions? And the day after Katrina when he was still in Texas he went to California, then flew over New Orleans? And the best part was his speech in front of the church, were instead of donating the generator they used, they packed it up and took it back to Washington. Typical GOP support there.

Posted by: rharring | June 5, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is getting tough with big oil just like he got tough with the too-big-to-fail finance houses. Both are the real masters of the Democratic as well as the Republican parties and both are sending this country and the world to hell in a handbasket. Why is BP, which is getting ready to pay out $10.5 billion in dividends to its shareholders, in charge? Why does the Coast Guard act as its private security guard? These are criminals. Their expertise is not disaster recovery but making profit, no matter how many lives they take or how much of the world they destroy. A government that represented the interests of the people would seize all of their assets and criminally prosecute their executives.

Posted by: vann1 | June 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

An Oboobma apologist says: "Demanding that the President stamp his feet and rant and rave is childish beyond belief."

Agreed, but that's a straw man. It is not about anger, but about urgency, competence and leadership — all of which are utterly lacking.

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Exactly! I don't care of he shows anger or not. But Obama looks feckless and lost, trying to find his way. He needs to bang some heads, get everyone on the same page, and stay off the basketball court.

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 1:35 PM | Report abuse

WHY YES!, Stromberg, oldboy! EVERYBODY KNOWS Laura Bush is right about Obama but not George. Why, everybody knows Bush not only had the Air Force steer the hurricane toward the 9th Ward but also he and dDick strapped on scuba gear and dove down anhd blew up the levees and then went in and disabled all the busses that NAGIN DIDN'T ORDER TO BE USED TO GET THE PEOPLE OUT.Perhaps the most comical thing in the news since Laura's book came out is how the left-wing press is buttering up Laura as the smaart one, the sensible one, the likeable one because they extracted some things from the book and from interviews to make her sound like a lib. Rave on, boys.

Posted by: chatard | June 5, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to comment on two of the author's observations:

1. "Of course, the former first lady is probably right about Obama, if not necessarily about her husband."

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Talk about a backhanded comment!


2. "In search of something -- anything! -- onto which to direct our rage over the spill, commentators have decided to attack the president."

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Thank you. I really enjoyed that good laugh!

The rage is rightly directed toward obama; nobody is impotently struggling to find "something -- anything!" to blame. He's over his head, he really doesn't care about these Americans, and it shows.

Boy does it show.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | June 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

The ridiculous assumption by many that the President is at fault here for either causing the spill in the first place or not being able to stop it as it went on for weeks demonstrates not only their appalling lack of knowledge (or ability to read), but also their presumption that the President of the United States should be equipped with technical skills in oil development.

Let's tally up the skills and knowledge base that some folks think the President should have, so that in 2012 we can attempt to find such an extrordinarily talented person amongst the field of candidates. We apparently need a president with the ability to:

- solve an economic crisis that has bedeviled economists around the world for the past 3 years;
- be a peacemaker, able to settle feuds between nations that date back to the time of Christ;
- possess both the heart of a doctor and the mind of an accountant, so that s/he might balance the needs of patients and the skyrocketing costs of health care;
- carefully coordinate a recalcitrant Congress, where politics have superceded the intellectual exchange of ideas for the betterment of the country for the past two centuries and counting;
- pry the nation away from its dependance on oil, while not pissing off the oil companies and their leagues of lobbyests and tentacles that reach deep into Congress;
- convince the country that it should do SOMETHING about pollution and alternative energy, but not TOO much, but maybe a little SOMETHING...
- discern the difference between a real flu pandemic and a false alarm, with the knowledge and ability to override the opinions of all the physicians in the WHO;
- demonstrate the ability to remain calm and in control of each situation as it arises, but still able to emote what conservatives would deem appropriate empathy;
- use his or her vast knowledge about the exploration, drilling, and recovery of oil to override the opinions of all the oil company experts with their years of experience in the field to instantly recapture oil spilled when a 5 mile deep well goes haywire.

Let's see. Where can we find such a person? How about on the Republican/Tea Party side? We have Huckabee, Jindal, Romney, Pawlenty, Paul, Gingrich... and (shudder) Palin. Conservatives - pick one person on this list (or name your own candidate - and don't choose the obvious guy - Superman) with all the qualities named above that you seem to think the next president should possess. I dare ya.

Posted by: borntorun45 | June 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I have no desire for my President to show more anger. In fact, I respect him for not getting angry.

Nobody is going to be even remotely successful at doing anything until they can stop the leak. That responsibility belongs to BP, Transocean, Halliburton, etc. Government's job will be to pass regulation to prevent such events in the future. I won't be surprised a few months from now when opposition to these regulations arises in the form of accusations of government overreach and socialism. This is odd since the housing, insurance, auto, financial, and now oil industry have shown us that the free market is incapable of regulating itself.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | June 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

There's two major points to take away from this:

First, it's another nauseating example of the republicans' willingness to use anything, no matter how distorted and tragic, to attack Obama. This is of course nothing new.

Second, in publishing these silly, trivial articles, our corrupt media manages to distract (and distort) the discussion away from issues we should be focused on. For example,
1) The regulatory framework was too weak to prevent this disaster and that it should be strengthened (at many levels).
2) The corporate profit motive was too strong to resist cheating, which is basically what corporations do.
3) The fact that this disaster is strong evidence against the (increasing) practice of off-shore drilling.

Posted by: dougd1 | June 5, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm just gratefel the messiah didn't miss out on an opporunity for a photo op. I was also surprised there weren't any teleprompters on the beach.

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

Oh poor, poor Obama, right Stephen Stromberg?

Hear this: nobody had any suggestions on how to stop Hurricane Katrina either.

And if the beef was about how Bush "handled" the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, look at how Obama handled the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon sinking. More than 40 days later millions of gallons of oil are still spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

You say Laura Bush is right about pardoning Obama but not about pardoning Bush.

Your comment is ridiculously hypocritical and, yes, purely partisan.


If you are willing to blame Bush for all the ills of the world on his watch, including catastrophic weather events, then, sorry, you're obliged to do the same for Obama. Yes, sorry, the fact that the Gulf of Mexico is now polluted with millions of gallons of crude oil after 40 days of inaction from the government is fully the responsibility of Barack Obama.

Posted by: ttj1 | June 5, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

But the dithering and inaction are entirely Obama's fault. What has he really done except point his finger and get mad at BP?

Nothing.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | June 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

The BP oil spill is totally and solely BHO's fault. Reason? Because I like saying it, and I like hearing it. Happy Saturday-!!

Posted by: BadNews | June 5, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

There's actually quite a bit this administration can do but hasn't. First let's break down this event into manageable parts.
1. Cap the spill
2. Contain the spill
3. Clean the spill

To date, there has been much focus on the first part, capping the spill. The president has rightly said that this is a BP issue and the government should be overwatching thier efforts to stop the spill. To date I can't really find too much fault in what the government has done (or not done) in capping the leak. If I had an issue it would be that other companies with deep water rigs have not been brought in to provide technical and logistic support to this end.

Containing and cleaning the spill can and should be directed by the federal\state\local governments. The federal government has not empowered local and state governments to act as they deem necessary to protect thier coastlines and economies. Obama can sign an executive order today releasing Parishes and States to begin efforts they deem necessary. The federal government can also engage BPs competitors to assist in the containment and cleanup at cost and markups to BP. This would give Shell, Exxon\Mobil, and others a great PR bonanza and profit hit while also pushing forth every available resource and expert in cleaning up this kind of disaster all the while punishing the responsible party. The CEO of Shell has been on the air many times saying they have available resources (barges) that could be helpful in this situation. I have not heard if they have been engaged or not (but I assume Shell would have at least released a statement).

To date, this Whitehouse has acted as if they do not know how to manage an actual event, they are focused on message and "brand". The concern from Democrats is how this affects his image. There are many things that an experienced executive would have done in Obama's place. What this Whitehouse doesn't understand is that effective execution of executive power is the best political "branding" they could have done. Instead they were caught flat footed and unprepared. They look like they have no idea on how to contain this disaster and they SHOULD be blamed for thier fecklessness.

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

"Of course, the former first lady is probably right about Obama, if not necessarily about her husband."

Gee, a liberal embracing an absurd double standard? Didn't see that coming. LOL

Posted by: bobmoses | June 5, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the over use of the phrase "To date". Not sure why I typed it so often. Oh well, the point still stands.

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

Well --- maybe, but each time he has an opportunity -- Obama will blame Bush.

Here is the time line and actions. You decide!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/05/28/disaster-gulf-days-counting/

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

milestones1 -- agree, but things are piling up on Team Obama. As each day passes, sins of the past are coming to light!


Just look at his track record so far:
Let’s review the trail President Obama has left thus far (feigning being furious in the Gulf is a high school play gig):

*GITMO (Not thought through)
*Auto Bailouts (two went bankrupt)
*Cash for Clunkers (now, that was a jewel!)
*Appointment of three dozen czars who have added layering and bureaucracy to the process — just look how long it takes Team Obama to make a decision!?
*Cabinet appointees who cannot pay their taxes, and even more recently, we learn Rahm Emanuel was three months behind paying his own property tax!
*The H1N1 scare, that ultimately failed to deliver the vaccine — but in the end, seemed to be a faux crisis – and we learned on June 4 that the H1N1 ‘pandemic’ was in part created to benefit drug companies – from the Washington Post no less! Now the question is: What did Obama know and when did he know it? Ignorance is not an excuse!
*The ‘teachable moment’ regarding professor Gates
*The Olympic bid disaster
*The Copenhagen junket that ended in a bust — Thank God!
*Obamacare that the public did not want, and the cost is still not known to the taxpayer (so much for a transparent administration!!)
*Special interests making back room deals in the White House (i.e., SEIU)
*Daily doses of arrogance from Robert Gibbs, Geithner, Orszag, Emanuel & Napolitano (and that is just the beginning — NOT INCLUDING PELOSI, REID & BOXER!)
*Failure of securing the border with Mexico
*Failure to provide internal security — to wit: murder of US Army recruiter in Arkansas; Ft Hood bomber; Christmas Day bomber; and would be Times Square bomber
* Sophomoric inaccurate charges at the Supreme Court during the 2010, State of the Union address
* Dithering over Afghan policy
* Ineptness at foreign policy (to wit: Iran, north Korea, Israel, and now, even the Arab states)
*10% unemployment when we were told it would not go beyond 8% — the true rate is closer to 19%!!
* Failure to win critical elections in VA, NJ, and MA
———and then of course ———-
*The more recent attempted ‘fixing of elections’ with Andrew Romanoff and Sestak — (and it makes one seriously wonder about the Blago — Valerie Jarrett senate fix!), and the oil spill has displayed total incompetence. Napolitano, Salazar and Obama are coming off as the three stooges, who are ‘LEADERSHIP ADVERSE’ and are dithering while four states suffer! WE ARE ON DAY 47!!! REPEAT 47 DAYS, AND HE IS SO ARROGANT THAT HE WILL NOT LISTEN TO GOVERNORS OR ATTORNEY GENERALS ON THE SCENE!! HE RELIES ON THE RICH PARDON FIXER!!
Past performance is the best predictor of future performance — WE CANNOT AFFORD MUCH MORE OBAMA!

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

At the least, Obama should have stepped in and allowed Gov. Jindal requests. Waiting for an EPA report (are you kidding me?!?) about the impact of beach rescue before actually doing anything WAS IMMORAL, INEPT AND TOTALLY INEXCUSABLE!!!

Turn over the reins of the recovery effort to Jindal, and Obama can go back to partying with the Hollywood elites.

What an absolutely useless president

Posted by: playfair109 | June 5, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse


wheeljc said:
"Let’s review the trail President Obama has left - - "

Obama is all mouth, which impresses the great unwashed. He’s the most asinine, crass, and fraudulent President this country has ever known, and an absolute embarrassment to America.
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 5, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama errors in oil spill;

1) Never cleared out industry shills from Bush admin

2) OK'd toxic dispersants

3) No clear & comprehensive green energy conversion plan

We need a clean break from fossil and nuclear, Barack. And we need an Apollo project to be 100% on biodiesel, solar, wind, hydro and geothermal by 2020.

Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | June 5, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse


Obama barbeques in Chicago while Biden visits the Unknown Soldiers tomb. He hangs with Paul McCartney and parties while oil spews. He waited three months to answer the Afgahn Generals's request for troops, nine months to get involved in health care, etc etc. He's a two-bit community organizer, and a muslim sympathizer.
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 5, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama and team are doing all that they are capable of doing: finding blame and inciting hatred to be channeled into public support. Same as always.

Is it possible that there could any better leadership than that?

Posted by: primegrop | June 5, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Another apologist writer explaining "No Stones" Obama's inability to act. Even this hack is attempting to throw the blame on Bush. Unbelievable.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 5, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Stromberg, what a cretin. He must be on Obama's media payroll to even think up this Democratic drivel

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 5, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Laura Bush displays grace and magnanimity by indicating that there are limits to what even the President of the United States can accomplish.

Stromberg just can't bring himself to do the same. (When it's Laura's hubby.)

Posted by: cynicalidealist | June 5, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

To: PauvrePapillon

Dick Morris? Seriously?
You just lost all credibility.

Love to see Obama angst the right. Go Barry Go!!!

Posted by: jfern03 | June 5, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Well CYNICALIDEALIST, Stromberg went to the Louis Farrakhan School of A** Kissing of everything black. It makes him feel good that he is a white Liberal Lefty.

Posted by: MoonDoggie | June 5, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Let review the typical Obama hater comment. They tend to contain 2 or more of the following;
1) nonsensical or false fact.

2) a rightwing talking point.

3) blame for everything wrong in the country now(and in the past too)on Obama.

4) "Socialist, Communist, Statist, Marxist, Liar, Brown Shirt, Fascist, Un- American, Hates America, Barry, etc."

5) a personal insult.

6) sarcastic remark at the end.

That about sums it up.

Posted by: challuch | June 5, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

God i sure we had some class back in the White House the Obama's are embarressing

Posted by: samuellenn | June 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the BP debacle is the fault of the US government. Read the following from the on-line version of the New York Times.

With the clock ticking, bad decisions went unchecked, warning signs went unheeded and small lapses compounded.

On April 1, a job log written by a Halliburton employee, Marvin Volek, warns that BP’s use of cement “was against our best practices.”

An April 18 internal Halliburton memorandum indicates that Halliburton again warned BP about its practices, this time saying that a “severe” gas flow problem would occur if the casings were not centered more carefully.

Around that same time, a BP document shows, company officials chose a type of casing with a greater risk of collapsing.

Despite noticing cementing problems, BP skipped a quality test of the cement around the pipe. Federal regulators also gave the rig a pass at several critical moments. After the rig encountered several problems, including the gas kicks and the pipe stuck in the well, the regulators did not demand a halt to the operation. Instead, they gave permission for a delay in a safety test of the blowout preventer.

Posted by: nychap44 | June 5, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's look at what the poster child for loose regulations, the Republicans, did.

1) They defeated new drilling regulations that might have prevented the Drill-Baby-Drill Oil Spill,
2) Fought supporting development of the electric car,
3) Fought research and development of sustainable alternative energy resources,
4) Created a culture in America that Poo-pooed environmentalist as “gloom and doomers,” and “butterfly chasers.” . . . . And when it was discovered that the Chicken littles were telling the truth, Republican mouth pieces like Limbaugh, Beck, and farmsnorton continued to make up lies about them, “Big Oil was “pushed” out into the deep waters . . .” – HOGWASH. . . . . . As if Big Oil wasn’t greedy for the oil rich fields of the deep, after they had depleted most of the good fields in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
5) Created a culture where agencies were just the bungling arms of an unworthy government who should only get out of the way and stop being a problem,
6) Created a culture were agencies got into bed with the Corporations they regulated,
7) In 2005 Republicans passed regulations which left environmental concerns to the judgment of the Oil Corporations,
8) In November 2008, a dozen Republican drill baby drill cohorts ( two of them previous appointees with stanch Republican track records against environmental science and safety regulations ) were made civil servants in high positions in the MMS, in order to delay for a long time Obama being able to have proper influence over that agency,
9) Bush appointees headed MMS until Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was appointed by Obama, took office in July 2009. Even after that, the dozen Republicans, who had at the last minute been entrenched high up in the MMS, remained there because of civil service laws ( See: . . #8 ).
10) In April 2009, three months before Elizabeth Birnbaum’s appointment, while still operating under Bush appointees and the dozen entrenched civil servants, BP’s Deepwater Horizon’s permit was signed, wavers and all.
11) Just last week Republicans prevented any raise on the $75 million economic injury cap – better to have Americans to shoulder that trillion dollar of losses to their homes, jobs, and businesses.


Now I agree in part with the Republicans: . . Obama should have moved faster . . . indeed, he was naive to think that after eight years of Republicans, he’d be inheriting agencies that were professional. . . . . . . . . OBAMA SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A FLAMETHROWER TO WHAT THE REPUBLICANS DID, AND THEN CORRECTED THEIR MISTAKES.

Posted by: Here2day | June 5, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

As I've said before I am a die hard republican, but blaming Obama in any way for this disaster makes us look stupid and foolish. People are mad now but sooner or later they will come to understand that the GOP is milking this tragedy for its own political gain. Then we'll be stuck with four more years. the GOP should just shut up and help so they can at least say they tried.

Posted by: ease99 | June 5, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Given how bad the effects of the spill are bound to be, the restraint of the press so far at least allows us to have some form of rational discussion. That was lacking with Katrina, of course, but then GWB wasn't the MSM's boy, so what did we expect? The attempts by the extreme left to frame this as the fault of the last administration are so completely pitiful that they'll fail. We could go on from there to blame Obama, but I hope we avoid that path. Rather, we should understand that neither we nor our government has power over everything, that to live on Earth we have to meddle with nature, that this will sometimes be problematic, and that we should resolve only to be the best stewards we can possibly be.

Posted by: emaddog | June 5, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

The plans and regulations for the deep sea drilling were all hatched and set by the "OIL MEN", Cheney and Bush, during the Bush administration. Remember, Cheney's cronies in Halliburton were involved in this mess too, and one of the claims is that their part in the cementing is one of the big problematic areas of the cause of the gusher! No wonder so many Bush lovers are trying to pin this all on Obama so quickly! All these cocky mouths who are saying Obama didn't act fast enough, etc.~~~~were they THERE to watch the REAL activites drected by Obama from Day 1 ?? Of course not! All they are going on is hearsay from other Obama-haters and network entertainers!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 5, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Katrina was a easy compared to this oil fiasco.

There are oil companies drilling in the Gulf, and not one of them has a solution to this spill. It also means that there are quite a few oil wells owned by several different oil companies that don't have a clue what to do in a disaster of this magnitude. Remember, each well currently in the Gulf is a time bomb waiting to go off.

SO blame the mess on Obama.

After 8 years of oil company control of the agency that regulated the drilling, thanks to oil industry people like Bush and Cheney. A combination that created the "laissez faire" regulations that opened the doors to this oil spill.

So blame it on Obama.

When it comes to paying for the cleanup and economic recovery, don't look for much from BP or any other oil company. The conservative members of the Supreme Court" have spoken clearly in favor of limited responsibility for the oil companies through their EXXON Valdize decision.

So blame it on Obama.

When you think of the cost of fuel increasing and the fuel guzzling corporate (tax writeoff) corporate jets, cars and yachts. And let's not forget our own "less than miserly" fuel guzzlers. All of which has powered this disaster.

So blame it on Obama.

This oil spill is just one of many such disasters waiting to happen. As a long time sailor/cruiser I can assure you that on the water Murphy's Law is on steriods.

If you want to really put the blame on someone just look in the mirror.

Posted by: JedG | June 5, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse


Obama supporters have ask what Obama could have done. He could have boned up on the risk of drilling a mile down in the gulf and done better than the following:

Miami Herald, March 31, 2010:
"President Barack Obama announced plans Wednesday to expand offshore oil drilling, including the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast."
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 6, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

The only thing you can gather from Laura Bush's comments is that she is a very gracious person. And that she's absolutely right with her comments.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | June 6, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

"We finally have a grownup in the White House"

Who are you referring to? Is it somebody Obama hired in the past week?

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | June 6, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

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