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President Obama's Oval Office Address: First Thoughts

President Barack Obama delivered his first Oval Office address tonight, speaking for just under 20 minutes about the work his Administration has done and will continue to do to solve what he described as the "worst environment disaster America has ever faced."

We live tweeted the speech over at "The Hyper Fix" but managed to jot down a few broader thoughts as well. Here they are:

* At War: Obama began the speech by drawing an overt comparison between the war against al Qaeda in Afghanistan and the "oil spill that is assaulting our shores and our citizens." He repeatedly referred back to military terms -- "battle" and "siege" to name two -- to frame the challenge before the country and even referenced the buildup of materiel in the early stages of World War II as evidence of the American peoples' ability to conquer seemingly impossible challenges. The goal of all that war talk? To unify the country behind the government's attempts to solve the problem.

* Look back in anger: As he has throughout his presidency, Obama made sure viewers knew that the problems with the Minerals Management Service -- the government agency charged with overseeing offshore drilling -- were not of his creation. He cast the lack of oversight that led to the BP spill as "emblematic of a failed philosophy that views all regulation with hostility", a not-at-all veiled shot at the Bush Administration. And, just in case you missed the point, Obama added this: "Oil companies showered regulators with gifts and favors, and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations." The only way he could have been more blatant about where he believes the fault really lies would be to note that former Vice President Dick Cheney is a former Halliburton executive.

* Too late to wait: Obama, as was expected, used the second half of his address to make the case for comprehensive energy reform with a single rhetorical point: waiting any longer just isn't an option. "The time to embrace a clean energy future is now...now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission," said Obama at one point. At another, he harshly warned: "The one approach I will not accept is inaction." This strategic approach is similar to how the president and his senior aides tackled the health care debate -- insisting that the time to kick the can down the road had passed. The question is whether that frame -- act now, or else -- is the right one in an electoral climate where members of the president's own party are already nervous about what awaits them in November.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 15, 2010; 8:41 PM ET
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re:All the critics of the president here and elsewhere represent a number of certified dysfunctional morons and Obama haters who among other things they ask him to resign and I am yet to see, read or hear what all the geniouses who have all the answers have to contribute to solve this disaster.
What we need is to investigate Chenney and make sure he and Bush are prosecuted for their crimes against humanity.
If you love your country, put up or shut up.
Posted by: postDC | June 16, 2010 2:17 PM

Hi there, postDC! I am one of the people you are calling a moron because I don't agree with you.
Why are people who don't agree with your political views ... "morons with nothing to offer in ideas." It's not that we don't offer plans-you just don't like them. That doesn't mean we are morons with no ideas.
Here are a few ideas that would have had a major affect on where we are as a nation now if Democrats hadn't stopped the energy plans of the previous administrations to create an emergency and take credit for it.

1. Drill in shallow water oil fields where there is less danger of problems.
2. Set standards for deep water drilling and let them drill. China and cuba and Mexico are dipping some big straws w/o any standards. You are not stopping the drilling. You are just crippling the us.
3. Drill in ANWAR (Honest, the animals don't mind - they are freezing their arse off and they gather around the pipelines that are there now through the winter for the warmth they produce!) What have you got against kindness to the animals?
4. Shale oil in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas. More oil there than in Saudi Arabia (Abundant oil now; alternatives in the future.)
5. Plan for the future with continued investment in new technologies... How? Tax incentives for ideas that work! Reporters could earn a living reporting on the oil companies persecuting inventors who have already built engines that got 100+ miles per gallon. They kept it from coming to the market. Turn on the light! Can't Pelosi says ethics are over-rated!
6. Barak/Gore's Cap and Trade BS "energy plan" to raise the cost of energy (which raises the cost of everything) will make life almost unbearable for millions of single moms and other poor people who are already falling for lies from the men in their lives who tell them they love them, but won't marry them and raise their own kids. They live in poverty and blame things and people who are trying to tell them IT"S A LIE! THEY DON"T LOVE YOU! Men do it for sex. Politicians lie for the vote. Both are worms. Conservatives teach their daughters to believe in themselves, study and provide for themselves. Then, if you find a man worthy of you, fine!
7. Build Nuclear plants now. We are facing the poverty of the Stupid because of Democrats and Dumb _ _ _ college professors. "You can't run your own life or school; I'll be dipped if you'll run mine!


Posted by: trevithick | June 16, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

All the critics of the president here and elsewhere represent a number of certified dysfunctional morons and Obama haters who among other things they ask him to resign and I am yet to see, read or hear what all the geniouses who have all the answers have to contribute to solve this disaster.

What we need is to investigate Chenney and make sure he and Bush are prosecuted for their crimes against humanity.

If you love your country, put up or shut up.

Posted by: postDC | June 16, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

thank you for your comments drindl. You are right, the issue here is to get off the oil, People! It has taken a disaster like this to wake people up to the dangers and risks of offshore drilling. Everyone is sick about what is happening and how that will affect all of us for years to come. The President wants this fixed just as much as anyone and I do know he is doing all he can to fix the problem and implement whatever is neccessary to insure as much safety surrounding drilling as possible. But more importantly, he is brave enough to step up and demand that we work towards green energy and a green economy that is going to take us into a thriving future. We need to be leaders on the world on this front....we can and should be in terms of energy, cars, equipment, farming....all of it. This is the future, People. Those of you who don't want this are living in the past....one that just simply isn't an option anymore. President Obama is one of the most intelligent individuals we've ever had in the White House. Arguing that he is not intelligent is simply silly. I for one, want someone in the White House who is far above average and much smarter than me on many levels. The man put himself through the top schools in the nation, was President of the Harvard Review, TAUGHT constitutional law and has served his country since he was a young man. His whole adult life has been spent in service and doing his part to make things better for all and especially for those who don't have a voice. Those of you who are simply haters, have simply chosen to believe he is not who he says he is, who everyone who has ever known him says he is. That is your choice to do so. But realize that it is a choice you are making. It really has nothing to do with what is or what the facts of this man's life are. Stop the bickering and roll up your sleeves and help your fellow man.

Posted by: dieztrio | June 16, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The speech made me feel better about the ultimate outcome(s) of this crisis (as did the $20b fund announced moments ago). I don't think anyone can fairly criticize the government for not acting fast enough, but the real thing that had been missing was a clearly stated committment that the President would ensure restitution to workers in the gulf region, and to the cleanup.

That said, Obama has an 'imagery' problem on his hands. Where are these thousands of boats that have been deployed, and National Guard workers? They're out there, for sure, but someone better figure out a way to get shots of them on the evening news as a counterpoint to the oil-soaked pelicans and gushing oil.

Posted by: ChrisDC | June 16, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Carter is high fiving everyone he comes across, he is no longer the worse President in our history. Mr Obama may be a competent orator (or maybe not) but is totally incompetent when it comes to leadership, governing and reasoning. Please sir, resign now while we still have a country, even Joe Biden could not be as bad!!

Posted by: Brian54 | June 16, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

50 days too late. He was resposible for the MMS, and after a year and half is still blaming his predicessor. This is a weak, incompetant, and pathetic POTUS, who has no leadership qualities, and executive skills. His discision to force a moratorium will destroy the economy of the USA, his refusal to suspend the Jones Law and let other countries help us, was a gift to the Unions that control him. He doesn't give a damn about the cleanup, and is doing nothing to get through all the beautcratic red tape. He has also pissed off our ally Britian, and everytime he opens his month to demonize BP the stock goes down. So we will put them out of business, and they will not be able to pay. We will wind up bearing the costs. He is totally inept, and destuctive.

Posted by: joanz3 | June 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm a strong Obama supporter---but the speech last night was stilted. Did you see how spastic his hands were? I couldn't keep my eyes off them.

Even his speechwriters' language was stilted: "personnel" instead of "people," "the federal government" instead of "your federal government."

Barack should stick to a more comfortable setting for him---a stand-up with a podium and teleprompters.

Posted by: maris9 | June 16, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Obama's speech did nothing to reassure the American public that he is "in charge."
He simply looks for ways to deflect the mounting evidence that he lacks leadership. We are watching him flounder and flail as president; he just doesn't get it done.

And we are left with his healthcare fiasco, the oil damage, and how many more bad turns while he blames, evades, and divides.

Posted by: pjcafe | June 16, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

President Obama's first address to the American people from the Oval Office was nothing more than continued campaign rhetoric. His thoughts and those of his administration are squarely on the 2010 November elections and whether or not he will win a second term in 2012. How can the American people think otherwise when this President allowed himself 20 minutes to address the worst environmental disaster in our nation's history and its devastating economical impact upon the Gulf Coast; while at the same time push his political agenda. Add to this the fact that today, President Obama has scheduled only 20 minutes to meet with BP executives. Where is his focus? Where is the leadership that the office he was elected to by the American people mandate him to take? The President answers to the American people -- but not in this case, not in this time, and considering his non-specific, tepid response last night to what's happening in the Gulf, definitely not to the good citizens who call these southern states home and depend on the Gulf Coast for their livelihoods and very existence. Oh, and by the way, for someone who portends to be an environmentalist, not one mention in his speech last night regarding the catastrophic effects of the oil spill on the birds, the fish, the shrimp, the thousands of species of organisms of the sea -- all part of the the fragile ecosystem of that region. What a shame! What an incompetent and inexcuseable response by this President!

Posted by: mpwynn | June 16, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Michele Bachman has got BP's back, no worries:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is emerging as a fierce critic of the Obama administration's proposed escrow fund to handle damage claims against BP.

The Minnesota Independent reports that Bachmann spoke Tuesday to the Heritage Foundation, and badmouthed the idea. "The president just called for creating a fund that would be administered by outsiders, which would be more of a redistribution-of-wealth fund," said Bachmann. "And now it appears like we'll be looking at one more gateway for more government control, more money to government."

Also, David Weigel reports that Bachmann also said: "They have to lift the liability cap. But if I was the head of BP, I would let the signal get out there -- 'We're not going to be chumps, and we're not going to be fleeced.' And they shouldn't be. They shouldn't have to be fleeced and make chumps to have to pay for perpetual unemployment and all the rest -- they've got to be legitimate claims."

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

Is there one Democrat out there who sees my logic in suggesting that the BP forms should be rewritten by the federal government in order to allow a simpler process of applying for assistance from BP, so that the National Guard is no longer required to help people fill out forms and can be instead put to better use cleaning up the oil?

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

The oil industry finally admits that there is no such thing as safe offshore drilling, because once a spill happens, there is not much they know how to do. So can all you Rs now stop shreiking drill, baby, drill?


"ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson told Congress we must do everything possible to prevent offshore drilling disasters, because once they occur, there is not any way to stop the damage. By admitting the unavoidable risk of catastrophe, Tillerson exploded the myths — promoted by the oil industry and right-wing supporters — that offshore drilling is “environmentally safe,” and that the industry can handle these disasters when they occur. Tillerson made the shocking admission that the industry is “not well equipped to prevent any and all damage” under questioning from Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), the chair of the oversight subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, during a hearing that featured top executives from the five largest private oil companies:

'There will be impacts as we are seeing. That’s why the emphasis is always on preventing these things from occurring because when they happen we are not well equipped to deal with them. And that’s just a fact of the enormity of what we’re dealing with."

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Lasdt night much heralded and anticipated " SOLUTION" speech unfortunately turned out once more to be nothing but a stup campaign set of vapid promises with no solutions and no indication that "HE GOT IT".
Pathetically enough to invoke GOD, while reading another Speech written by either Axelrod, Gibbs, Stein or the AFL-CIO union owners... Where are the Swedish, Norwegian Oil Skimmers and the Japanese Miles of offered booms .....Where are the Maine miles of Booms still sitting in a ware house???
Hello Barry .. WAKE up and at least pretend to be s CIC like Jindal is proving to be!!!

Posted by: redhawk2 | June 16, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps if the GOP, F/k/a the Lemming Party of America,N/k/a "The Party of NO!" had not given King George II everything he asked for, and swallowed his "Deregulation" mantra so completely, this latest disaster might not have occurred. The Bush Administration had two forms of deregulation, the first was to strip the law of effective regulatory measures. The second was more insidious, which was to implicitly condone ineptitude, taking no actions to enforce the few regulations which remained. Now we have the fallout from the Banks, the Brokerage firms, and now BP. Granted, the Obama Administration should have begun looking at all regulatory agencies which have such a substantial impact upon the environment and our economy. That said, Obama is right, the Bush Administration's policies and actions continue to be a gift to the People of the United States of America that simply keeps on giving long after it is out of office. The Idiot is not Obama, it is his predecessor who created this mess. History will not deal kindly with George W. Bush and his legacy to the American People.

Posted by: atc333 | June 16, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Yes, he should have cleaned house at MMS. But it's easy to say that now. We may question his priorities but how much can one guy do in a year?

Yesterday I listened to Congressional hearings and learned that BP made 5 separate huge errors/shortcuts that all contributed. The spill is a result of complete negligence, not the conditions that they agreed upon when they were given permits.

The rest of the oil industry seems to agree that they operated in a totally reckless manner which would not have been anticipated, because they have endangered their own future by their recklessness.

Corporate greed and hubris.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I agree with blert regarding the failure to clean house at MMS. I am surprised Salazar has held his position in the wake of this obvious catastrophe.

The speech was short and general when what was required was a built and detailed presentation.
It was not memorable, and it relied on having an audience that agreed with unstated material.

Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls | June 16, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the government lacks the technical expertise to question such experienced oil drillers like BP, Horizon, and Halliburton. Yet when Obama talks about more intense and competent regulation of dangerous ventures like deep offshore drilling, he is accused of socialist leanings.

You can't have it both ways. Either the Government is in charge and takes responsibility (like the Corps of Engineers before Katrina??) - or private industry does - like BP, et al right now.

Remember, BP insisted that there was no, repeat no, risk of a serious blow-out because of all the redundant safety systems and now we find out they don't even know how to shut down the well.

This president was hoodwinked by the oil industry, just like Bush was hoodwinked by the investment bankers. If you are going to hold the president responsible for this mess then you had better let the government take over the oil industry (like Russia did) and get on with socialism.

Posted by: estein1 | June 16, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

RobT1-

The statute of limitations for Obama's blaming Bush for his own inept performance unfortunately does not expire until Nov 2012.

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what the statute of limitations is for a President to coninue blaming his predecessor for every problem he encounters during his own administration? President Bush had been in office for 8 months when the 9/11 attacks came and he was viciously attacked by the meida for intelligence failures, not connecting the dots blah, blah, blah. But he never blamed Clinton for the 9/11 attacks even though the planning and placement of the terrorists on U.S. soil occured during the Clinton administration. Just goes to show you that Bush had class, something Obama sorely lacks.

Posted by: RobT1 | June 16, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Obama's plans to expand offshore drilling were years in the future and had nothing to do with this leak.

Get a grip on your zeal, would you?

Posted by: Noacoler
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Once Again Noacoler you are "gush, pant, thump thump thump"
Wrong!:


Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time

The New York Times

By JOHN M. BRODER
Published: March 30, 2010
"Mr. Obama said several times during his presidential campaign that he supported expanded offshore drilling. He noted in his State of the Union address in January that weaning the country from imported oil would require “tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development.”

Perhaps in anticipation of controversy, the new policy has been closely held within the administration. White House and Interior Department officials began briefing members of Congress and local officials in affected states late Tuesday.

It is not known how much potential fuel lies in the areas opened to exploration, although according to Interior Department estimates there could be as much as a three-year supply of recoverable oil and more than two years’ worth of natural gas, at current rates of consumption. But those estimates are based on seismic data that is, in some cases, more than 30 years old.

The first lease sale off the coast of Virginia could occur as early as next year in a triangular tract 50 miles off the coast that had already been approved for development but was held up by a court challenge and additional Interior Department review, officials said."

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Most Incompetent President Ever.

Posted by: ThisIsReality | June 16, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

You can bet the wheels are spinning at the Casa de Fix to come with a spin that makes this speech a grat thing forvthe (gush, pant, thump thump thump) Republicans.

They're just so cool an' conservative an' stuff.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 16, 2010 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Bush came into office with a surplus and no pressing problems. Nothing competing for his attention, what there was of it.

Obama entered office with the whole place aflame.

Get a grip on your zeal, would you?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 16, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I blame Bush for 9-11.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 11:43 PM

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And this is exactly why this oil spill is entirely on Obama's watch. Obama had been president about 15 months when this spill happened. Bush had been in office less than 9 months when 9/11 happened. If 9/11 falls on Bush's watch, then this oil spill and the regulatory failures that led up to it belong to Obama. It really doesn't matter what the previous president did or didn't do. Both presidents had some warnings before these disasters; both ignored them. To the same extent that Bush owns 9/11, Obama owns this, and he needs to stop pushing things back on the Bush administration. People don't care to hear it. Bush isn't president anymore, and he can't do anything to improve the situation. Obama can, but he hasn't done much yet, and this is what Obama is getting judged on. Blaming Bush and Cheney is only going to sour people to Obama even more.

Posted by: blert | June 16, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

Obama's plans to expand offshore drilling were years in the future and had nothing to do with this leak.

Get a grip on your zeal, would you?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 16, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

What exactly is Obama's energy policy? A couple months before this spill happened, Obama was touting new offshore oil and gas exploration as the move that was going to take us in the direction of energy independence. Now, we're renouncing fossil fuels and working toward green energy? Those alternative energy sources being what exactly? Obama needs to realize that energy policy is much less split down party lines compared to health care, which will make it harder to pass anything without bipartisan support, and nothing is likely to pass before the midterms. As of now, Obama has vague goals set at best, and it's not even clear that these goals are attainable any time in the next 10 or 20 years. This spill seems to be completely shifting the direction of Obama's energy policy, and it's dangerous setting long-term national policy on the basis of a single accident made possible by regulatory lapses.

Obama would be better off doing what he can within his administration to clean up the regulatory mess, and in the meantime, he needs show that more is being done to deal with the spill clean-up in the Gulf. Too much of what we hear right now is about what is not being done and what resources are not being used, and then about how federal agencies and BP are restricting media access to cleanup workers, wildlife rescue stations, and affected beaches. Obama just seems to be trying to distract us from all of this.

Shoot, even MSNBC was panning Obama in their reactions to this speech. When the choir is booing, the preacher needs to find a new sermon.

Posted by: blert | June 16, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

When disasters happen, doesn't the president normally do an Oval Office address that same day, or at least that same week? This one comes almost two months into the spill.

Really, though, what we don't need right now is another speech, and this speech accomplished little.

Obama started off with the martial language, which dovetailed with his 9/11 comparison the day before. America has been attacked by a sinister force, and it's time to declare war and start bombing somebody in retaliation, I guess. (The British media, by the way, were very attentive to the 9/11 comparison, realizing that this more or less made them and BP out to be Muslim extremists and Al Qaeda. American media, meanwhile, mostly skipped over the 9/11 comparison, handing Obama a free pass for the day.)

From there, Obama went into the blame game, which is really quite useless. Blaming this on a previous administration isn't going to work. Whatever problems there were at MMS probably stretched back well before Bush's administration, and Obama's own administration had already given BP a categorical environmental exemption in April 2009, and then the White House did a review of the offshore oil industry after that in the lead up to Obama's announcement about opening the eastern seaboard to oil exploration. This included a September 2009 report from NOAA to Elizabeth Birnbaum (Obama's MMS chief) that expressed serious concern that MMS was underestimating the likelihood and seriousness of an oil spill from these operations.

What does all of this mean? Basically, Obama's appointee at MMS was in the job for 10 or 11 months when this spill happened. Ken Salazar had been in his Interior post even longer. In all of that time, they apparently hadn't figured out what MMS did well enough to realize that there were problems and conflicts of interest. This was in spite MMS doing two separate reviews, one specifically of BP and the other of the industry generally, that should have flagged potential problems. The Obama administration was warned of problems, but pressed ahead with the plan to expand offshore oil exploration anyway, without making any regulatory changes. Oops.

Posted by: blert | June 16, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Must have been a good speech, the trolls are wetting themselves more than usual.  And they're being even snottier than usual, and even less rational than usual.

Cannula-troll, your hard0n for men in uniform is becoming tiresome.  In case you haven't figured it from two wars gone bad, the America military are limited in what they can accomplish, however strident is their will.  

And all you trolls seem a little confused.  Obama isn't an oilman, that was the other guy, you know, the Crawford brush-clearing guy with the smirk and the fratboy talk.

And in case you're not tracking, it IS the fault of that smirking guy, he's the one who let the oil industry write it own regulations, he's the one who didn't care about what happens so long as his buds kept raking in the cash, you know, the guy who let a city drown while he played a G chord on the wrong frets.

BB, did you give out your password to MiltonG1 or something?  Eliminate capital gains?!?  WTF?!?

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Posted by: Noacoler | June 16, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

cannula:
BP is one crooked company, no?"-BabeNeno?

Yes they are worse than average-SO why is your Community Organizer-in-Chief allowing them to flub 4 attempts at closing the leak- He knows what we know, no?

Where is the panel of experts he says he assembled advising him NOT to cut off the twisted riser which was creating resistance to flow- something desirable, no?

Looks like the corrupt leading the blind, no?

You still post Cheney blogs instead of Googling today's NY Times story which exonerated Halliburton- hackneyed and unfair, no?

You failed to adress my common sense suggestion that instead of using the Nat, Guard to fill out BP forms made difficult to avoid proper completion and payment, Obama should have the fed gov write a simple form to replace the BP ones, force BP to distribute them, and FREE UP the Nat. Guard to help in the clean up, no?

You know, with you liberals, if it's not Obama, it's just no, no?

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

"cannula:
BP is one crooked company, no?"-BabeNeno?

Yes they are worse than average-SO why is your Community Organizer-in-Chief allowing them to flub 4 attempts at closing the leak- He knows what we know, no?

Where is the panel of experts he says he assembled advising him NOT to cut off the twisted riser which was creating resistance to flow- something desirable, no?

Looks like the corrupt leading the blind, no?

You still post Cheney blogs instead of Googling today's NY Times story which exonerated Halliburton- hackneyed and unfair, no?

You failed to ares my common sense suggestion that instead of using the Nat, Guard to fill out BP forms made difficult to avoid proper completion and payment, Obama should have the fed gov write a simple form to replace the BP ones, force BP to distribute them, and FREE UP the Nat. Guard to help in the clean up, no?

You know, with you liberals, if it's not Obama, it's just no, no?

Posted by: thecannula | June 16, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

OK then you can blame Obama for the oil rig explosion

Obama had a year to get the safety inspections at MMS right - all the time Obama was supposed to be doing a review of offshore drilling

Obama is incompetent.

Obama should resign immediately.

Obama's job performance is getting more and more ridiculous

If we had a Parliamentary system, Obama would have been out a long time ago.


At the very sound of Obama's name, democratic Congressmen have turned violent - irrationally attacking citizens on the sidewalk.

It has become dangerous to say the words "Obama's agenda"

AND NEVER ASK A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN IF HE SUPPORTS "OBAMA'S AGENDA"

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

How do you rate Obama's address to tackle the gulf coast oil spill? VOTE

http://preview.alturl.com/io8r

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Posted by: usadblake | June 15, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

farlington mentioning Palin....i just couldn't help but post my poem....

Oh say can you see,
By the light of her porch;
What so proudly you think,
That she’s the GOP’s last hope
Who’s God’s hand and twangy voice,
Through her busy schedule
Gave proof to us all
That she was quite clueless
Oh say does Saint Palin keep talking and yacking
Through the land of the moose
And the home of the bridge

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

I blame Bush for 9-11.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

MMS is run by Obama appointees


Obama put in the head of MMS - last summer and said she was going to clean up the place.


THAT IS A DIRECT FAILURE ON THE PART OF OBAMA.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo


I can't help you if you don't know that Obama's appointees have been running MMS - and RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS ON THE BP OIL RIG.


See - this is the major part of the problem

Clearly - the problems at MMS have been known for YEARS - and Obama should have taken special care to clean up MMS

Clearly Obama did a year long review of OFFSHORE OIL - AND OBAMA MADE A SPEECH IN MARCH SAYING THAT HE WANTED TO EXPAND OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING.


Clearly, the explosion is Obama's fault.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

37th makes sense. Sarah "drill baby drill" Palin would have had them drilling 10 wells in that field, so I'm sure they could have cross-cut to close off the one gusher. Or just toss in a few mama grizzlies as a junk shot.

How was your date with Brigade?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 15, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Good speech. Hard to make this sort of speech thing great. Americans have become so used to being told they never need to sacrifice, that it will be tough to get us back to that mindset. And yeah, we need to do it. Alternative energy, taxing carbon, whatever. Five degrees of global warming will make this oil spill seem like nothing.

But he was good at sounding forceful and yet coaxing Americans to a higher cause. The free lunch days of Reagan are long gone. I think Obama made the sale, even if its fleeting before the punditocracy gets to it.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 15, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo at 11:08


MMS is run by Obama appointees


Obama put in the head of MMS - last summer and said she was going to clean up the place.

THAT IS A DIRECT FAILURE ON THE PART OF OBAMA.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how Dick "Darth Vader" Cheney's pacemaker is holding out tonight....

(((FOCLMAO)

Haliburton nightmares.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

IF OBAMA DID HIS JOB CORRECTLY, THE MMS SAFETY INSPECTIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE PROPERLY AND THE OIL RIG EXPLOSION WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED.

This Oil Spill is the DIRECT RESULT OF OBAMA'S INCOMPETENCE, HIS INEXPERIENCE, AND HIS LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS.

If you hire someone who is not qualified for job, and they mess up, you are responsible too.


So clearly EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS OIL SPILL - BECAUSE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE NOT DONE PROPERLY - BECAUSE OBAME IS INCOMPETENT.


Experience matters.


Qualifications matter.


Obama had neither - and the democrats just ignored that and pushed Obama in anyway.


Look at those birds - BLAME YOURSELF FOR NOT VOTING FOR THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

37-----you're on my scroll list....
like scrivener..

i'll scroll past your entries now.
I don't blog to throw insults.

And I do know what I am talking about and stand behind all my entries.

cannula:
BP is one crooked company, no?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

37---...."Obama was RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS ON THAT OIL RIG.."

No, the field inspectors were.
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President Obama has already taken responsibilty of all involved. He made no qualms about that. It was his 5-27 Rose Garden Speech. The "buck stops here" speech.

Responsibility in the ideal (because he is the President and knows it falls on his shoulders)
...is not responsibility for this oil rig blowing up because of safety regulations skirted by BP and Haliburton---at the hands of MMS.

..."Not a day goes by that I'm not burned in effigy....."
American President

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse


TheBabeNemo at 10:58


Your posts do not indicate that you know what you are talking about at all.

I think a US Senator should keep on on what is on the front page of the Washington Post - especially when the article involves a scandal in a federal agency.


Don't you agree with that ???

You are basically hurling insults at Obama yourself - you are saying that he didn't know something that even the lowest intern in the US Senate knew.


I am at least giving Obama credit that he knew what was on the front page of the Washington Post.


Obama shouldn't be raising anyone's taxes right now - by the way.

Please stop your ridiculous posting.


IF OBAMA DID HIS JOB CORRECTLY, THE MMS SAFETY INSPECTIONS WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE PROPERLY AND THE OIL RIG EXPLOSION WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED.


This Oil Spill is the DIRECT RESULT OF OBAMA'S INCOMPETENCE, HIS INEXPERIENCE, AND HIS LACK OF QUALIFICATIONS.


If you hire someone who is not qualified for job, and they mess up, you are responsible too.


So clearly EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS OIL SPILL - BECAUSE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE NOT DONE PROPERLY - BECAUSE OBAME IS INCOMPETENT.

Experience matters.


Qualifications matter.

Obama had neither - and the democrats just ignored that and pushed Obama in anyway.

Look at those birds - BLAME YOURSELF FOR NOT VOTING FOR THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

BabeNemo- Send me your address and I'll send you a copy of Today's NY Times- fron page story about congressional hearing bringing out BP shortcuts- Halliburton advised BP to employ 21 centering devices- BP only ordered 6-
"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."

oops BabeNemo- I think I have to concur with 37 about your preparation to blog- sort of reminiscent of BHO's preparation to serve!

Posted by: thecannula | June 15, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

cannula -

well, I am glad you recorded it. That's a step in the right direction.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo at 10:52

Obama was RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS ON THAT OIL RIG

Obama -last year - said he would clean up the Minerals Management Service - and make SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE DONE CORRECTLY.


I suppose you haven't been reading the posts about this over the past week.

CLEARLY OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OIL SPILL

CLEARLY IF OBAMA HAD DONE HIS JOB - AND MADE SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE DONE CORRECTLY, THE OIL SPILL WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED.

It goes directly to Obama's incompetence, Obama's inexperience and Obama's complete lack of qualifications.


Time for you to grow up - start reading before you blog - and ADMIT THAT THE OIL SPILL WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IF OBAMA MADE SURE THE OIL RIG SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE DONE CORRECTLY.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

37----
At least I don't rant and rave with every 2 entries with insults to the highest office of the land.

And never forget 37 - I do my research and homework. I work with facts. Unlike yourself, with your rants and raving.
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If you would have watch the Senate Committee meeting today, you would have known that President Obama didn't know the length to which MMS was allowing oil companies to regulate themselves.

And the Holder criminal investigation will bring out more.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

babeNemo-

Sure is what he said but actually you ARE right- it was in the first 4 minutes- I went back to TIVO to check- Thanks sister

Posted by: thecannula | June 15, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

cannula

that's not what he said in the first five minutes.......

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

37th an 0,
That was as nice as I can be to the that corrupt Chicago gangster / marxist. If that's not cool enough for you, too bad.

Posted by: jhr1 | June 15, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

ThebabeNemo


You appear to know nothing about the topic - yet you are blogging.


The problems with the Minerals Management Service have been well known for years.


You really should not talk about things which you don't know about.


Obama's speech tonight was a complete failure.

Even MSNBC said Obama showed a complete lack of leadership - and he looked worse than Jimmy Carter


I personally say that Obama is worse than James Buchanan.

But anyway .... that is an another discussion.


I AM SURE ABOUT THIS - LET ME BE CLEAR - THIS NATION DOES NOT NEED ANY MORE TAXES.

OBAMA IS A FOOL WHO DOESN'T UNDERSTAND ECONOMICS.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse


so President Obama blew up the rig?

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so it's President Obama who is pushing the oil towards the marshlands of Louisiana?
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so it's President Obama killing all the turtles and dolphins?
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so it's President Obama not honoring claims fast enough?

There is no logic in blaming President Obama for this oil slick.
Please explain the logic you are all using when you BLAME President Obama.
You didn't blame Bush for 9-11, did you?

Ask Haliburton about its cement used.
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BTW, did anyone catch the Big 5 oil companies before the Senate Committee today????


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Three Ridiculous Obama Statements in the first 5 minutes of his telling the teacher that it was his brother's fault that he didn't do his assignment-

1. He is "WORKING WITH" Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida because of their "UNIQUE coastlineS"- how can three states have one of a kind coastlines?- Pretty much Water, Rock, and Sand?- Clean them up NOW!

- as ORANGE beach turns brown with oil we hope you start "working with" them soon! How about today or next you will be"working with" Miami and Virginia Beach officials!

2. He has the national guard "on call ready to serve" as NEEDED- currently helping people fill out BP forms-

Hey Mr. President- have your speech writers and secretaries SIMPLIFY the BP forms so you can free up the National Guard to clean up the beaches!

3. One of Ken Salazar's first responsibilities was to clean up MMS but now it needs more cleaning up-

Hey BHO- If YOU KNEW the MMS was corrupt and in need of cleaning up when you took control,as you say you did, WHY DID YOU LET THEM TO CONTINUE TO ISSUE LICENSES for risky and potentially disastrous deep sea wells? Didn't they teach you about Moratoria at Harvard?


-also, you left out the 4 failed BP- not federal pane of expert- lead attempts to stop the leak- the last one improperly cutting off the riser increasing the flow to what is now estimated at 60,000 barrels a day! WHO AUTHORIZED OR LOOKED THE OTHER WAY WHEN THAT DECISION WAS MADE?

-also, the last major Mexican spill required 5 relief well drillings before it was stopped in 200 feet of water- what's your plan if the second well doesn't work?

nice try, but YOU are responsible for forgetting your homework-

and the Gulf Coast is suffering for your inept inattention!

Posted by: thecannula | June 15, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

JHR1


Cool it

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse


References conversations with his daughter at the wrong time.

Likens energy policy to the moral equivalent of war.

Can't get along with congress.

Sinking in the polls due to a prolonged crisis that reveals the powerlessness of the presidency and the United States.

It's Jimmy Carter all over again folks.


Posted by: blasmaic | June 15, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

37---

you must have not caught his speech.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Three Ridiculous Obama Statements in the first 5 minutes of his telling the teacher that it was his brother's fault that he didn't do his assignment-

1. He is "WORKING WITH" Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida because of their "UNIQUE coastlineS"- how can three states have one of a kind coastlines?- Pretty much Water, Rock, and Sand?- Clean them up NOW!

- as ORANGE beach turns brown with oil we hope you start "working with" them soon! How about today or next you will be"working with" Miami and Virginia Beach officials!

2. He has the national guard "on call ready to serve" as NEEDED- currently helping people fill out BP forms-

Hey Mr. President- have your speech writers and secretaries SIMPLIFY the BP forms so you can free up the National Guard to clean up the beaches!

3. One of Ken Salazar's first responsibilities was to clean up MMS but now it needs more cleaning up-

Hey BHO- If YOU KNEW the MMS was corrupt and in need of cleaning up when you took control,as you say you did, WHY DID YOU LET THEM TO CONTINUE TO ISSUE LICENSES for risky and potentially disastrous deep sea wells? Didn't they teach you about Moratoria at Harvard?


-also, you left out the 4 failed BP- not federal pane of expert- lead- the last one improperly cutting off the riser increasing the flow to what is now estimated at 60,000 barrels a day! WHO AUTHORIZED OR LOOKED THE OTHER WAY WHEN THAT DECISION WAS MADE?

-also, the last major Mexican spill required 5 relief well drillings before it was stopped in 200 feet of water- what's your plan if the second well doesn't work?

nice try, but YOU are responsible for forgetting your homework-

and the Gulf Coast is suffering for your inept inattention!

Posted by: thecannula | June 15, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo to your comment at 10:33


I totally disagree that "no one ever told Obama"


Minerals Management Service and its problems have been on the front page of the Washington Post for years.

Obama knew - he should have known.

Obama - as a US Senator - should know about the biggest scandals in the government - and what is on the front page of the Washington Post

Obama knew - and last year he said he knew

I know you are going to think, maybe Obama was on his book tour when all that happened.

But Obama KNEW ABOUT MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE - AND HE MADE STATEMENTS THAT HE WOULD CLEAN IT UP.

IN ADDITION, OBAMA SAID HE DID A YEAR-LONG REVIEW OF ENERGY POLICY, INCLUDING OFFSHORE DRILLING - AND THE SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING.

CLEARLY THE OIL SPILL IS OBAMA'S FAULT

BECAUSE OBAMA SHOULD HAVE MADE SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE DONE CORRECTLY.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

In March, Obama handed down to the nation his new energy policy


EXPAND OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING, O GREAT OBAMA SAID.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse


No one ever told President Obama that MMS was letting oil companies regulate themselves. It took this disaster to dismantle the MMS and bring in new leadership.

Many times, it is an accident or an "incident" that brings a problem to the forefront.

I hope the criminal investigation of Holder's goes after MMS as well as BP, Transocean, and Haliburton.

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I heard an interview of one of the survivors on the rig and he said there was alot of arguing between Transocean and BP the day of the explosion. Transocean was worried about a safety factor on something BP wanted to do...and BP blatantly told Transocean where to stick it and they would proceed. So there was an argument on the safety factor of a move BP was going to do that day.

BP is the real culprit. And MMS.
Not President Obama....
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I am glad he started the speech out with reference to "what is already on the table". The wars, the economic crisis.
President Obama has alot on his table.

I say it for the record now. Within 2 years, President Obama will go down in history (he is there anyway with being the first African American President)
as being the best President since FDR.
Not even Alzheimer's Reagan (Nancy White House) will match it. (IMHO, I don't know why everyone thought Reagan was so great).

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

This country does not need any more TAXES


It appears that is the solution to everything for Obama: MORE TAXES

Is there any topic that Obama has not look at and NOT THOUGHT ABOUT MORE TAXES

The country does not need more taxes

This guy Obama is just a fool.

Still glad you voted for him?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe

amazing that you are still showing your face here - after being exposed the way you have.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

The key to this speech and to our reaction to this crisis centers on the President's call for a "clean energy future." You can criticize him all you want about the response to this leak and eventually you'll realize there's not much the government can do. I know it makes you righties feel good to attack the President so enjoy yourselves. After eight years of the worst President in modern times, you guys have no credibility so it doesn't matter what you say.

But the government can push us forward to use other forms of energy that don't cause us to drill holes in the earth a mile below the ocean so they can spew oil all over the Gulf. We can support that effort so we don't have to prop up foreign governments that don't really like us just so we can get some of their oil.

I hope the President does push this part of his agenda. But I'm not very optimistic that he'll get the support in Congress he needs from either party. Look at how many Gulf region Congressmen and Senators are pushing for a resumption of drilling before we've even cleaned up this mess. Sad. They'll kill the fishing industry and tourism just to drill for oil.

That should tell you how badly we need to end this addiction.

Posted by: baltova1 | June 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is toast.

He's destroyed the Democratic party and is now destroying the entire country.

The fools of the DNC should have never betrayed the brilliant Hillary Rodham Clinton for this unqualified clown.

It's time to rectify this unfortunate situation by demanding new leadership in the House, Senate, the DNC and the Presidency.

Hillary 2012.

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Posted by: TAH1 | June 15, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was not about the people who fish for a living on the Gulf


Obama's speech was not about the people he threw out of work by stopping drilling


Obama's speech was not about the people whose businesses have been affected.


Obama's speech was not about the families who have been hurt.


OBAMA'S SPEECH WAS ABOUT OBAMA

SAVING OBAMA.

LIMITING THE POLITICAL DAMAGE TO OBAMA

18 MINUTES YOU WILL NEVER GET BACK IN YOUR LIFE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was not about the people who fish for a living on the Gulf


Obama's speech was not about the people he threw out of work by stopping drilling


Obama's speech was not about the people whose businesses have been affected.


Obama's speech was not about the families who have been hurt.


OBAMA'S SPEECH WAS ABOUT OBAMA

SAVING OBAMA.

LIMITING THE POLITICAL DAMAGE TO OBAMA

18 MINUTES YOU WILL NEVER GET BACK IN YOUR LIFE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA IS RATED WORSE THAN BUSH

OBAMA IS THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER


Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Fallout from the Spill

Our new Louisiana poll has a lot of data points to show how unhappy voters in the state are with Barack Obama's handling of the oil spill but one perhaps sums it up better than anything else- a majority of voters there think George W. Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama's done dealing with the spill.

50% of voters in the state, even including 31% of Democrats, give Bush higher marks on that question compared to 35% who pick Obama.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | June 15, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The democrats were screaming at Bush after 3 days -


We are 8 WEEKS into this and our democratic pals have YET to say that Obama doesn't know what he is doing.

Obama should have made sure the safety inspections were done CORRECTLY - if Obama had done this, the OIL SPILL WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED.

This is why we have a government - to enforce regulations.

All the democrats - they want bigger and bigger government - but what do they say when the government doesn't do its job correctly?


Bush never blamed Clinton for 9/11 - that's what kind of guy he is.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 15, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

broadway: (rolling)

I caught the news while he was in Pensacola today....he was sitting down with some people right off the beach (probably at the hot dog vendor's place) and he said ---
"I can't go down there and suck it up through a straw. I can't physcially fix it but I can use everything in my power to fix it."
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The clean up is the sad emotional part of this. The animals and mammals, the sick workers. And the not hurrying with the claims is the economic part of it.

Have you seen the BP commerical where Hayward comes out and says "we will honor every legitimate claim" and yada.....we will make this right?
What a bunch of bull. They haven't wanted to make it right since the beginning.
That's why this is a battle. The battle is BP stalling on so many things. Thinking they are Gods.
I hope they go bankrupt. I really do.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Well Obama and his administration are 50+ days late. This president is a good talked as longer as he has tie to have his speeches written and can rad fromhis teleprompter! The american people need less talk from him/govt and more action in cutting the red tape for the states and using the equipment the government has to clean the mess up. It is sad to see our government use the oil spill, 9/11,etc. to push their political agenda which the majority of the people do not support. It is time for the american people to vote these long time politicans out (republicans and democrats). Obama lack of experience in the real world the american people continue to pay for and the sooner we can get this idiot out of office the better. The sad part, it is unclear if this country has a leader for the people vs for their pocketbooks!!!

Posted by: junebug9257 | June 15, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

blah, blah, blah

They should have thought of this when they allowed deep sea drilling.

Now, it's all BP's fault. Well, who wanted the oil?

Posted by: observator1000 | June 15, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

dozas....good point
......"Furthermore, because it is really all about jobs, "we" will continue to allow oil drilling knowing full well that the current disaster will re-occur....."

The moratorium on deepwater drilling. People are complaining already that they cannot work because of the moratorium.

And I'm thinkin' "well gee, since their permit is from MMS and MMS is/has messed up ROYAL - would you want another spill?
No work, but hey---at the expense of another disaster??????

I am wondering now if President Obama will extend unemployment benefits for 4 states (Lousiania, Alabama, Arkansas and Florida). If he does that, other states will really be mad. Heck I hope he does for "bum &^%$ egypt down here since we have lost 90 million in boycotting of the state (that new law).
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BTW, BP won't start this Oil Liability Trust Fund. President Obama has. And he will tell the Chairman of BP tomorrow exactly what the Chairman will do. You can bet on that one.
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Remember too...Holder is conducting a criminal investigation.

Good thing we have a new head of MMS.

And T Boone Pickens was just on Larry King. He said "bad cement" was used. Yeppers, and that's all on Haliburton's head.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse


Do you want President Obama to don a scuba suit and go stop the leak underwater???

Question for all......What do you want the President to really do?
Explain yourselves.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 9:40 PM
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The haters say "yes." Or stuff his head down the pipe. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 15, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

How much is the Commission that will see that this never happens again going to cost the taxpayer? We are broke.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 15, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Barack, caught your speech tonight. I need to tell you. We're not socialists! And we're really not team players. We're individualists. We're Americans!

Posted by: 2009frank | June 15, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The problem Nemo is that there is nothing the President or anyone else can do. You can blame who you want but in the end there is no fix for this disaster.

I just hope we all learn our lesson from this mess....unfortunately I don't have a good degree of confidence this country is able to learn anything anymore.

Posted by: MrAsh | June 15, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse


actually frank, i've memorized the notes.

but thanks for the interesting entry there.
Really insightful.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Do you want President Obama to don a scuba suit and go stop the leak underwater???

Question for all......What do you want the President to really do?
Explain yourselves.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

It was a good speech.
I took 2 1/2 pages of notes.
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HaHa Ha ha HaHa Ha Ha Ha HA!
Awesome! Big block letters. Ha Ha Ha!
I'm dying - Ha Ha Am sure you will be studying those notes all night. HA!

Posted by: 2009frank | June 15, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

And now the President will do for energy policy what he did for health care.....

Posted by: tobetv | June 15, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I still can't figure out why it was necessary for The Pres to give this speech? As for the people in the Gulf, who have been in bed with the oil industry since "the beginning," stop complaining and just deal with it. The truth of the matter is that It's the wildlife and the marshes, that are totally at our collective mercy, that are the real victims, here. Furthermore, because it is really all about jobs, "we" will continue to allow oil drilling knowing full well that the current disaster will re-occur. Thus, one can telegraph why any potential climate legislation an oxymoron. In reality, "we" don't have the will to do anything that will change the equation, which will continue to get worse. Thus, it is really too late. In sum, because of our greed, we have mutually assured our collective accelerated destruction.

Posted by: dozas | June 15, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

The war in Afghanistan has nothing whatever to do with the negligence of an oil blowout nor does 9/11. The fights are too different fights. Fighting terrorists and trying to plug an oil leak somehow gets confused in Obama's head?

Want a parallel with war? 350 thousand allied troops were up against the sea at Dunkirk. Thousands of boats were sent from rubber rafts to battleships to rescue them. The Vice Admiral that came up with that idea was a hero and a great leader. This President showed anything but leadership and vision. He dithered for almost two months and still has not waived the Jones Act to allow a full court press by all those who can help to take place. He is a shallow, immature, narcissist, politician whose actions were to strike out at BP threaten lawsuits and asset takeovers and to kick butts etc. ad nauseum.

The Vice Admiral did not tell the troops he set out to rescue that they were slugs that brought their circumstances on themselves, he took action and got the job done.

Obama is an idiot with a Harvard Law Degree and a Nobel Peace Prize. Some combination!

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | June 15, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse


It was a good speech.
I took 2 1/2 pages of notes.

From the beginning (4-20-10), President Obama has said that BP will pay for damages (property, businesses, clean up).

BP even said it from the gate too.
However, they are taking too long to honor claims. The claim process - is a huge problem. 'Cause BP is still running it.

BP has fought the FEDS every step of the way and used "we have the technology down there"...."they are our robotics" as the excuse.

President Obama will talk to the Chairman of BP tomorrow about the "trust fund" (Oil Liability Trust Fund) - to dump money into (BPs money) and to be run by a third party.
This will make a difference. BP won't have control of monies for the claims.
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I am glad the President mentioned MMS.
How long has MMS let the oil companies regulate themselves? Can you say years???? And that puts it smack dab in Bush's and possibly Clinton's hands.
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One hot dog stand owner on the beach at Pensacola says, since the season began (Memorial Day) - in 2 weeks he has lost 60,000 bucks. And has received only 2 checks of 5,000 each from BP.
And that's a hot dog vendor.

We get their money in a 3rd party trust fund situation and you will see a change.

And I betcha 10 bucks, just like from the beginning, BP will try to get out of establishing this Oil Liability Trust Fund.

If you think BP is cooperating with the Feds, you best think twice.
They have not cooperated at all. No matter what kind of PR is given out.

It is a battle and the President used the correct rhetoric.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 15, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

We are getting what we deserve from this president. People who love America became complacent. Frankly, we got lazy and the country elected a bad joke, a Chicago-style slick talker in love with his own words, who wants to pick our pockets and pass that money out to buy votes. This moron hasn't the first clue about what to do about the oil spill, nor does he have the first clue about what to do about terrorists, health care, human rights, job creation, banking, the Chinese, North Korea. We have a leadership vacuum at the top, filled by useless posturing and rhetoric. What Barry is doing a good job of is selling us into debt.

Wake up, America. We need to take our country back from this clown and his street thugs.

Posted by: hill_marty | June 15, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Who's In Charge???

Who's the Decision Maker????

What's the Plan????

Why isn't this an all hands on deck situation????

I still don't know.

It's great that BP will start a fund but so what. I could care less what happens to BP. Our focus should be solving this problem and meting out punishment afterwards.

Obama simply is not a leader. But, he apparently doesn't even have good advisers who make him look like a leader.

Posted by: richmond_dude | June 15, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The honest way to handle energy is a straight carbon tax. You want to make it pro-business? Eliminate capital gains and corporate taxes altogether. Win win.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 15, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama Admin goes to the mat to give due process to KSM but not BP. Obama is BP's jury, judge & executioner

Posted by: kohnfjerry | June 15, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm a patient man, but the spin and BS campaign leftovers that are being served from the Obama refrigerator are wearing on my nerves. I'm so tired of Barack's weak stylings. Why can't he man up and just do it? The leak is something that the Feds, starting with the Coast Guard, have a statutory responsibility to take charge of. This guy is playing Squidward J. Tentacle as the President to a national audience! He's the most embarrassing President since, oh, maybe Grover Cleveland.

Posted by: raskolnik | June 15, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

He's been president for almost two years, and all Obama can say is "blame Bush." Why wasn't reforming the MMS on the top of his priority list from Day One of his administration, if it was so horrible? He put an incompetent woman in charge of it to develop off-shore wind energy, not to stop the hanky-panky with the oil companies. What a incompetent whiner Obama is.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 15, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

This slug isn't just incompetent, he's stupid and out of touch.
He isn't a leader, he isn't honest, and he isn't competent.
What an embarrassing clown.
God help us.

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 15, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

If this is leadership then God help us all.

Posted by: phlap | June 15, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed and surprised by my disappointment. I'm a huge Obama supporter, but this evening I expected more. Maybe a jobs program related to the loss of jobs/income from the disaster. A firm commitment to development of nuclear, wind, solar, bio-fuel and other alternative energy. To my thinking President Obama was just not forceful enough in these areas at a time when he has such momentum for these changes with him.

Posted by: Beaplum | June 15, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama said BP will pay for the Gulf clean-up. He should have spoken from the white house on television and said this fifty days ago.

As usual, he blames others, sort of reminding one of his immediate predecessor. Obama is somewhat to blame for his limited, tardy response, most of the blame obviously though goes to the company.

As to a "comprehensive energy" policy, cap and trade with higher energy bills for most people is hardly the best policy. Strict federal rules, enforced, and significantly higher vehicle mileage requirements are needed. Companies with high emissions should not be able to buy exemptions.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 15, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Any time Obama, basically, tells people to PRAY, you know he's got NUTHIN'.

Posted by: solsticebelle | June 15, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The speech was truthful, realistic and rational. Thank God, no artifical swagger like George W. Unlike the movies, the real resolution of the Gulf spill will be accomplished by our best minds and hands, not by men on horseback.

Posted by: mcknight131 | June 15, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Decent address and I suspect he waited for the turn of the tide. [Thank you, Gandalf.] Now we know that 3,000 - 5,000 barrels a day is in fact 35,000+. It's only an order of magnitude.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 15, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Ha! Just listened to the President of the Free World push his Cap and Tax program which would amount to the largest tax put on Americans ever! Obama had no answers tonight but to push his Socialistic yearnings to take over the energy industry and triple the cost of gas at the pump with increased taxation.

In the meantime, Obama admitted Salazar's organization was rift with corruption and promised us a new investigator.

Between Taxation, cleanup botches and corruption, "The People" (who are broke under this Administration) are fed up with this tax and spend idiot. The only thing Liberals should be thrilled about is that the Presidential election isn't tomorrow.

Posted by: 2009frank | June 15, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

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