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Obama Has Met His Katrina, And Couldn’t Have Screwed Up Worse

May 5, 2010

Obama’s Katrina moment.

My favorite quote from the following article?

“President Barack Obama met U2’s Bono in the Oval Office on Friday when he should have been headed to the Gulf Coast.”

Remember George Bush got hammered for flying over New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit rather than landing.  He most certainly didn’t host some rock star at the White House, unlike Barry Hussein.

Obama too slow to act in dealing with oil spill
In Print: Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Obama administration has lacked vision and urgency in responding to the worst environmental disaster it has faced. The oil gushing from the destroyed rig into the Gulf of Mexico has overwhelmed the industry and local governments, and only Washington can muster the resources to meet such an ominous threat to the entire coast. Yet the president did not send his top environmental aides and mobilize the Navy and Air Force until Friday — after the giant slick already had reached the fragile marshes and shorelines of the Mississippi Delta. The federal response must match the magnitude of the threat of environmental and economic calamity that stretches from Louisiana to Florida.

Government officials on Friday complained about the slow initial response to last week’s deadly explosion by BP, which leased the rig Deepwater Horizon. There will be plenty of time to point fingers. All need to work now in a spirit of cooperation with federal and state responders to contain the oil slick and to plug the cracked wellhead nearly a mile beneath the surface on the sea floor. Gov. Charlie Crist on Friday declared a state of emergency for six Panhandle counties, and high winds and strong seas could push the slick to Pensacola’s beaches by Sunday night.

Now the Obama administration needs to remain focused, move quickly to try to limit the damage and prepare to aid communities from the Louisiana fishing towns to the Florida beaches. This is going to be a long-term operation, with projections that it may take months to slow the leak. The crisis will evolve — 10 days after the explosion, officials could still only estimate that 210,000 gallons of crude a day, five times the original figure, are pouring into the gulf. But it should be clear that sending nonprofit groups to the coast with dishwashing soap to scrub oil-covered animals is helpful but hardly enough.

President Barack Obama met U2’s Bono in the Oval Office on Friday when he should have been headed to the Gulf Coast
. The president did order a freeze on new offshore drilling leases until investigators determine what caused the oil rig explosion and the massive spill and propose safety improvements. But in the long term, the president should retreat from his plan to expand drilling in gulf waters, which includes reducing the buffer off Florida’s west coast from the current 235 miles to 125 miles. As this disaster illustrates, the risk simply outweighs the potential for more oil and financial windfalls for government.

Obama assured the Gulf Coast on Friday that the federal government will meet the challenge. His predecessor made similar declarations in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and those proved to be hollow promises. This president does not want to make the same mistake in meeting the biggest environmental emergency of his administration.

This most definitely is an administration with its head wedged up it’s sphincter.  Is Obama going?  No, I mean yes:

The White House announced Saturday morning that Obama would head to the Gulf Coast on Sunday, just a day after saying he would not go. During a brief visit Sunday to Louisiana, nearly two weeks after disaster beckoned, Obama said: “I’m not going to rest … or be satisfied until the leak is stopped at the source (and) the oil on the Gulf is contained.” It was about time.

Well, of COURSE you’re going to do the thing you said of course you wouldn’t do.

Obama cares, doesn’t he?  I mean, he really, really cares.

Not so much:

As the Gulf Coast faced ecological disaster, the president yukked it up with White House correspondents. His Saturday radio address didn’t even mention the oil spill. President Bush, call your office.

George Bush didn’t accept massive political contributions from Hurricane Katrina the way Obama received them from BP.  And George Bush didn’t approve of Hurricane Katrina the way Obama approved the disastrous oil platform that blew up.

Just a passing thought: why was that BP rig in mile deep water?  Because Obama and his Democrats have steadfastly refused to allow drilling on the coastal shelf.  If that rig had blown up in the shallow water of the shelf, it would have been contained within hours.  Instead, it’s going to take months.

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Oh Oh For Obama: BP Disaster Was HIS Project. No Blaming Bush This Time!!!

May 3, 2010

Bob McCarty had a rather stunning surprise regarding the fiery explosion that is now building into the largest ecological disaster in American history.  It turns out it was all approved by Barry Hussein:

Drilling Plan for Doomed Rig Approved By Obama
April 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Dan Riehl brought to light an interesting piece of trivia related to the offshore drilling rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  It appears the blame for this event, one of history’s worst environmental disasters, can’t be shuffled off to President George W. Bush.

Here are the facts that demonstrate just whose project this disaster was:

The Macondo prospect is situated on Mississippi Canyon block 252 (MC 252), offshore Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico, USA, and is owned and operated by British Petroleum (BP).

The initial exploration plan for the project was submitted by BP to Minerals Management Services (MMS) in March 2009. The plan included drilling and temporary abandonment of two exploration wells over the prospect. The operator took control over the prospect through the Lease Sale #206 by MMS in March 2008.

Deepwater Horizon explosion

Drilling over the prospect was initially planned to be carried out by Transocean’s Marianas rig, but later changed to Deepwater Horizon. Deepwater Horizon caught fire when it was drilling at Macondo in April 2010. The rig sank into water after the accident and is currently lying over the sea floor, around 1,500ft northwest of the well centre and away from subsea pipelines.

Returning to Bob McCarty:

That’s right!  It seems the initial exploration plan for the British Petroleum-owned Macondo prospect was, according to the folks at OffshoreTechnology.com, approved by the folks at the Minerals Management Service in March 2009.  MMS falls under the supervision of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and, by working your way up the federal food chain, the approval authority lands squarely on the desk of President Barack Obama.

Dan writes: Obama said his administration was going to do something with the oceans, as I recall. I didn’t think he meant destroy them. heh!  Read the rest of his fine piece by clicking here or on the graphic above.

Ah, yes, that most arrogant boast ever spoken by the mouth of man:

“I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal”

Is Obama looking up and saying, “I said ‘When the rise of the oceans began to slow,’ not burn up in a huge oil slick!”

There’s some truly great mockery of “the man who must not be laughed at.”  But nowhere near enough.  What we’re seeing is that this is the moment when we began to provide death panels for the sick and expiring unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed; this was the moment when the oceans began to burn and smell like kerosene and our planet began to seriously turn to crap.

The Democrats are looking for someone to blame, because demagoguery is all they’re good at.  But let’s not forget: the president who approved of this ecological disaster in the making is no other than Barry Hussein.