It’s Three AM!

Hillary Clinton’s famous “It’s 3 AM and the phone is ringing” campaign ad questioned the experience of a little known Senator from Illinois.  The ad posed the fundamental question, who do you trust in a crisis?  Does experience count?  There is no way to know what might happen next. Do you need more than a good speech and charisma?

Well, the phone rang!  We’re being attacked by an oil rig explosion in the Gulf; there is an environmental disaster in the making.   The chronology is well documented and while clearly open to spin, it is ultimately, what it is.  The President’s activities, social and otherwise, are well documented.


Reaction was slow, the blame game fully in place.  Mixed messages regarding who was in charge.  BP suffered obvious failures and shortcomings perhaps even criminal.  The absence of a full mobilization of potential resources while perhaps not clear at the outset is clear now.  The President was “on it” from day one, a point of singular focus to go along with the singular focus on jobs, the economy, Iran, global warming, immigration, cap and trade, closing Gitmo and non proliferation     

Bureaucracy reigned; the  Louisiana  Governor pleaded for approvals he could not get due to “environmental impact”.  Which environmental impact exactly was more significant than millions of barrels of crude oil headed his way?   Commandant Allen, whom I’ve come to admire, says it was about the flow of currents in other areas.  That may be correct, however to the average person with a modicum of common sense the oil looks like a more significant threat than altering current flows.  

Democrat, Republican, liberal and conservatives all have issues with the President.   Complaints range from lack of urgency to incompetence to insufficient anger levels.  The President’s surrounded by conflicting criticisms.

Political advantage is being sought.  The President and surrogates tie the oil spill to the need for Cap and Trade, no wait; it’s now called comprehensive energy policy.  Beware when they start changing the names.  Just this morning Senator Kerry represented the idea that his energy bill will somehow address a random event. 

Stop drilling in the Gulf says the President; saying in effect that if we’re not drilling we won’t have any more spills.  If I never go out of the house again I’ll never be hit by a bus, yea, that’s the ticket.  Against the backdrop of a difficult economy and no new job creation the President has decided to put thousands more out of work in the middle of a region facing economic and ecological disaster.  Experience?

The capital intensive, massively expensive oil rigs will move on to greener pastures.  The economics of oil drilling demand it.  They won’t wait around for the President’s moratorium to end.  There could be another after that, and another.  “Sorry, sir we can’t sit on an unproductive investment that long, we’ll put you on the waiting list once you’ve decided what to do”.  Six months could easily turn into three years here in the real world where the President has obvious navigational problems.

Drilling in the Gulf has a 50 year history, 30,000 wells.  Only once has a situation like this one occurred in the Gulf.  The President will shut down a significant percentage of the 30% of domestic energy production coming from the Gulf?  Experience? 

Nearly all agree energy is a national security issue, have we just increased our security exposure by 30%.  

If experience is the ability to absorb and anticipate in advance the impact of your decisions, we’ve not seen much of that.  What we do have is exactly what Hillary warned us about!

“Thank you for calling the White House Oil Disaster hot line”.

Press one for “too cool”.

Press two for “professorial”

Press three for “It’s Bush’s fault”

Press four for “stepping on BP’s neck”

Press five for “We’re in charge”

 It’s 3AM!  Answer the damn phone!

  • Bill Hedges

    If obama lived up to his self proclaimed billing as GREEN EARTH’S Savior, maybe just maybe, no global disaster in the gulf, spreading globally, would have happened.

    No Gulf is our BLACK HOLE…

    To be as fair to obama AS I CAN BE , or wish to be, should he HAVE guessed the possible tragedy of deep drilling. SADLY….YES.

    A environmental impact analysis could of stopped this leak. Required ? yes. Done ? NO. Lord knows it has slowed nuclear plants and you name it. Why exempt for ONE MILE DEEP ? Remember THREE MILE ISLAND ?

    Won’t mention such leak on land or shallower waters would have been minor headache. That’s not fair. Just practical. However is Truth.

    America would have hung Bush upside down by his toes if occurred under Bush watch with this mistakes. His corpse would have been treated like Benito Mussolini body was.

    I’m going to drill hard and drill deep to blame Barack Hussein Obama for his part in this OBAMA MADE DISASATER. But for environmental impact analysis not being done, there is a strong POSSIBILITY this BLACK MASS GLOB would never have happened.

    These spins to shield obama reminds me of obama mentioning troubles he might have gone through at ice cream shop in Arizona without papers. Obama was dishonest then, saying that and misleading. AS NOW.

    I won’t be buffaloed by him on this American tragedy and his attempt to use this for his personal gain.

    “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

    Rahm Emanuel

    To be hyper cynical, was reason for no environmental impact analysis , hoping to take advantage of some catastrophe ?

    Yeah, that’s way out there. Well December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor was attacked. There are still folks who believe FDR knew of this coming. He wanted War and this his only way to get it.

    Possible ? Nah ?

    Of course not ?

    Landreaux I must admonish you for your “oil hot line”.. Where are the buttons to pick LANUAGE ?

    Now to Sir James Paul McCartney……

    Did the World hear his cheap shot insult at obama’s gala. (hope they had gulf shrimp while they can).

    Sir Paul said:

    “After the last eight years,” he quipped, “it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.” The audience erupted in laughter.“

    At least when I put obama down I base in facts. Maligning Bush with no justification, such low brow annoyance to me.

    No quotes by me that Bush reads. Cynics won’t believe, sane people already know he does with wife who was a librarian and teacher.

    Go for HARMONY Paul.

  • Bill Hedges

    The President:

    “President Barack Obama bluntly defended his administration’s response to the undersea gusher fouling the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, telling an interviewer he has met with experts to learn “whose ass to kick.”

    Shows his anger and says “ass”. Day 49 by the way.

    But he says Gulf is ‘resilient’. Boy, did the experts jump him for use of the ‘resilient’ word.

    Do I remember people making fun of Bush ? Where are they now ? No cover here now for Barack Hussein Obama, Jr, nickname Barry as boy.'s_full_name&alreadyAsked=1&rtitle=Obamas_full_name

    May have been Liberals who shamed Barry to go down to oily shores on Fridays, skip vacation, cuss, get mad, show compassion, etc.. Or is it campaigning to the masses ? I think the former..

  • Bill Hedges

    Government does best what government was meant for. Social programs isn’t it and they proved that around the world. Instead of solving # 1 problem in America, time wasted on health plan that goes into effect fully 4 years in the future. Along with near $trillion waste in Stimulus. Focus Prez, jobs. You can’t muti-task.

    What limited number of great inventions did government spawn ? Innovations come from the private sector. Men like this:

    Give the entrepreneur the chance, reason, and opportunity. Watch Americans solve problems. Take away his riches to up the poor’s lifestyle, take away many peoples reasons to succeed. Instead YOUR developing more needy people. For the doers are the ones that create JOBS.

    That’s obama’s plan. Defeatism. Following in European ways. A down hill road full of potholes and sinkholes.

    A bunch of boxes all the same…

  • Bill Hedges

    Carley wins Senate nomination for Republicans in Ca. Won against another tea party Republican, but she had Sarah’s backing.

    Boxer has obama out there campaigning for her.

    Will not be a easy win for Carley. But would like to see Boxer unable to demand Generals to call her Senator.

    November loss of both Reid’s would be my joy.

    So Carley and Meg (two successful business candidates, remember Massachusetts…

    California sure needs you. Not Jerry Brown and Boxer. Need I mention Jerry is another big debtor..

    Way to go Angle in NV..

    Tra party night…Tonight

  • Bill Hedges

    Sarah Palin proves charisma is important, so is message.

  • Bill Hedges

    “Martin Schram – How well did Obama do his job?”


  • Bill Hedges

    Going along with previous comment, the great Republican Govenor of LA is skimming oil by the shore and asking for aid from Federal Government.

    Expect Barry obama to take credit for idea,

  • Bill Hedges

    Anybody that knows me, knows few words escape my mouth disbelieving this administration or Democrat Congress.

    This I just heard. Is just too hard to swallow. My limited legal experience says simple not true. I want to hear this trial when company is not paid by BP on Judge Judy Show against the government.

    A company that makes its money shuttling good and workers is asking if BP will pay them for losses because of government’s moratorium in Gulf in Mexico.

    Surprise, answer was YES.

    I dropped my kool-aid in disbelief..

  • Bill Hedges

    I think I can say Conservatives here felt the answer to our economical woes is tax cuts. How often Liberals have argued Bush’s tax cuts caused recession when I pointed out Clinton’s bad home loan policies. I have supplied links showing tax cuts increased government revenue threw job creation. Of course Liberals dismissed with little reason. Ignoring proof.

    Well Barry agrees with me. See tax cuts discussed by him today for small business. To help lower unemployment. How nice if he had begun this before adding $ trillions to national debt now and each and every year in the future.

    As my links have said how taxes are cut is as important as the tax cuts themselves. Wild spending by government hurts tax cuts benefits.

    I can safely say interest rates are not rising fast now because public is holding back on their spending. Open those doors and watch out with all this government debt. Meaning those tax cuts are negated by higher cost. Hurting business growth.

    Barry solution is in query. He worsened Bill Clinton man made disaster with further bad spending debt.

    Benefits of tax cuts is in doubt because of his reckless abandonment of fiscal responsibility. We know the national debt, not amount of printed money. Day of reckoning does come.

    Tax cuts can help. Degree in confusion.

    Daily it seems something hard to believe happens in Barry’s fandango Administration. I might like to dwell on yesterday’s shames. New ones spring up to expound on today instead.

    Trying to get his way but using others to purpose his desire, paragraphs are added to engineer’s report. What a dastardly deed. Adding recommendation of 6 month moratorium on oil drilling. Now not his idea but theirs.

    A obvious deception. Act of desperation. Bound to fail with those engineers watching the news:

    “Oh My!… Team Obama Fudged Report to Push Their Oil Drilling Moratorium”
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Friday, June 11, 2010, 10:01 AM

    “A group of oil drilling experts claimed that the Obama Administration misrepresented their views in order to put a hold on drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.”

    “FOX News reported:”

    “The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported a six-month drilling moratorium — something they actually oppose.”

    “The experts, recommended by the National Academy of Engineering, say Interior Secretary Ken Salazar modified their report last month, after they signed it, to include two paragraphs calling for the moratorium on existing drilling and new permits.”

    “Salazar’s report to Obama said a panel of seven experts “peer reviewed” his recommendations, which included a six-month moratorium on permits for new wells being drilled using floating rigs and an immediate halt to drilling operations.”

    “None of us actually reviewed the memorandum as it is in the report,” oil expert Ken Arnold told Fox News. “What was in the report at the time it was reviewed was quite a bit different in its impact to what there is now. So we wanted to distance ourselves from that recommendation.”

    “Salazar apologized to those experts Thursday.”

    Does Salazar apologize because he got caught ? Regardless, fire the incompetent !!! I know to add my opinion separate, not add my opinion as part of the expert report…

    Barry’s choices for administration helpers is pitiful. Experience matters…