Obama’s Oil Spill Epic Fail

At this point, following President Obama’s anticlimactic oval office address, the concept of federal leadership in the BP oil spill cleanup is non-existent. In fact, despite their condescension, I’d praise BP more than anyone for continuing to attempt plugging the leak despite President Obama’s incompetence in using all possible resources to fix it.

I think the most astonishing aspect of this whole ordeal is how ineffective Obama’s old campaign team seems to be in managing the press. Clearly the honeymoon phase is over and given the potentially explosive environmental impact of the oil spill, fewer and fewer members of the liberal loser media are choosing to look the other way and continue carrying water for the administration.

Luckily I can digress from criticizing Obama’s failure and let the uber-liberal Los Angeles Times do my dirty work. They have summed up Obama’s speech in one pithy sentence:

Obama’s speech: There’s a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let’s build more windmills

It only gets better from there:

Obama had the firmness down OK: Make no mistake etc. We will hold BP accountable etc. He….

…had the God references. The talk of real live shrimpers devastated. An American way of life threatened. And though he likened the spill more to an epidemic, he also brought in the requisite battle metaphors. And, in case anyone hasn’t heard by now, Obama noted has another Nobel Prize winner in his cabinet, Stephen Chu, who hasn’t been able to stop the oil leak either.

But there was something wrong. The first two-thirds of the president’s remarks read just fine (Full text over here on The Ticket as usual). By golly, we’ll get the money, we’ll clean it up, no matter how long it takes.

But watching the president and hearing him was a little creepy; that early portion of the address was robotic, lacked real energy, enthusiasm. And worst of all specifics. He was virtually detail-less.

After almost two months of waiting through continuously contradictory reports, an anxious American public wanted to know, HOW are you going to accomplish all this?

Even Obama’s cheerleaders over at MSNBC were complaining. “Where was the How in this speech?” demanded Keith Olbermann. Seriously.

Yes, astonishingly enough, the cheer-leading squad at MSNBC was none too pleased with their tingle up the leg hero Tuesday night.

But after yelling “JOBS!” for a year and getting a protracted Democratic intra-party fight over Obama’s beloved healthcare instead, Americans wanted some Oval Office specifics Tuesday evening on stopping the uncontrolled undersea oil escape.

Instead, Obama was like a Harvard-trained nurse talking vacation to a new patient bleeding all over the ER floor. Hello, could we please stop the blood flow here before we discuss the long-term recovery?

Obama’s delivery did not really come alive until the end when the ex-community organizer got into his favorite Big Picture stuff. Memo to American Homeowners: Do not call Obama over to fix your leaking roof – or pipe. Have him design a new house, no, better yet an entire neighborhood or city from scratch.

Following the advice of his chief of staff, Rahm “I Got a Rent-Free Apartment from a BP Adviser” Emanuel, Obama is determined to leave no crisis unused. When he got into the decades-long fossil fuel addiction rehab stuff, his eyes shone. His delivery punched up.

It is rather sickening for Obama to be using this crisis as an opportunity to push job-killing cap-and-trade legislation as some of cure for the situation. Oil spills into the Gulf yet he’s discussing plans for “green” energy which has nothing to do with capping the leak or restoring the lives of Gulf coast residents. It pleases me to no end that liberals are coming out of the woodwork to voice their disgust and disappointment with the man they voted for. I hate to say I told you so regarding Obama’s blatant inexperience …. but I effing told you so! Who am I kidding, that felt fantastic!

The real emerging and somewhat unsung heroes in all this have to be Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour among others. Jindal has shown a tireless resolve to protect and defend Louisiana’s wetlands and environment using a common sense approach and all resources at his disposal. Barbour has been on the front lines also doing the same. Hopefully President Obama has one or two more open czar positions for some leaders with true competence and intelligence.

  • Bill Hedges

    I watch Judge Judy a lot, therefore I am a legal brain, right ? If I am in a car wreak and end of suing, Judy is going to laugh at me if I did not rent a car for work but want monetary damages for lost work. Because I did not mitigate my damages. You know, cut my loses.

    This jumped at me when Nate wrote:

    “President Obama’s incompetence in using all possible resources to fix it.”

    Let’s see 13 Countries offered their knowledge and technology. Their ship skimmers. No by administration and no to waver of Jones Act (done under Bush).

    Is obama mitigating damages ? Am I way off base here. Is government exempt ? Things will heat up with criminal prosecution being thrown around. Mad investors, mad citizens. Lawsuits from those feeling they didn’t get enough. Future losses. Never ending story. Enough is enough, invariably will be reached. Fingers already are pointed at obama lack of proper response. Regulations not followed by our government.

    Does mitigate damages apply here ? Can BP say government acted improperly and we can’t be blamed for all this ?

    I understand BP will pay $5 billion soon, then 3 more such amounts later. But no end of responsibility. Not a settlement.

    Holder working on writing out agreement. Wording could cause trouble. I have a feeling it surely will. As signing a unending blank check would.

    I watch a little of CNN and can attest what Nate said obama was lower than dirt on this issue from what I saw pertaing to his speech.. Obama lost his halo.
    “Not Following Bush’s Awesome Katrina Playbook”

    Sarah Palin:

    “Well, you know, even before walking in the room with BP, some orders need to be issued. For one, there needs to be a waving of the Jones Act so that we could have had many, many days ago, weeks ago, some help with skimmers from elsewhere, besides just U.S. flagships, come over and help in this tragedy. And that order needs to be given to Admiral Allen right now. It’s amazing to me and to so many others that though President Bush had been able to waive Jones Act provisions for Katrina, President Obama hasn’t thought to do that yet? And yet surely, that has been suggested by those experts around him.”

    “The unions see it as … protecting jobs. They hate when the Jones Act gets waived, and they pound on politicians when they do that. So … are we giving in to unions and not doing everything we can, or is there some kind of impediment that we don’t know about,”
    “In an official statement by the Unified Command’s Lt. Erik Halvorson, Chief, Joint Information Center of the Unified Area Command said:”

    “All potential foreign technology solutions are being reviewed for their suitability to meet response requirements. As Admiral Allen said this morning, he will review waivers of the Jones Act if they are requested, but so far no requests have been made. I am not aware of any instance in which needed foreign ships or technology have not been accepted due to the Jones Act. The Jones Act is not preventing us from getting the technology that we need.:


    Governor Bobby Jindal has past good performance. Bobby now is running circles around obama. This is The Flim-Flam Man obama’s day of reckoning. Bobby Jindal’s destiny. Is he White House bound ? Way to early.

  • Bill Hedges

    Nate said:

    “I’d praise BP more than anyone… ”

    Nate don’t praise them. Do we have a conspiracy here ???

    Have you seen, in the past, advertisement by BP pushing alternative energy ? I have.

    I think most of us know Alternative energy can not compete on equal footing with carbon fuel. T. Boone Perkins stopped his big wind mills projects when price of gas went down. Alternative energy needs subsidizes, or higher oil prices.

    “Columnist Tim Carney notes that BP, responsible for the massive oil spill, is “a close friend of big government whenever it serves the company’s bottom line.” It lobbied for President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus package, the “cap-and-trade” global-warming bills backed by Obama, and “the Wall Street bailout” that Obama voted for. “BP has more Democratic lobbyists than Republicans.” Obama is the biggest recipient of campaign cash from BP executives.”

    “BP has lobbied for and profited from subsidies for biofuels . . . that cannot break even without government support.”

    The $800 billion stimulus package is using taxpayer subsidies to replace U.S. jobs with foreign green jobs. It is also destroying jobs in America’s export sector.”

    “Obama falsely claimed that the stimulus package was needed to prevent “irreversible decline,” but the Congressional Budget Office admitted that it would actually shrink the economy “in the long run.”

    “Obama’s global warming legislation would also drive jobs overseas, since it would impose a costly cap-and-trade carbon rationing scheme on American industry, while leaving foreign plants operated by multinational corporations unregulated.”

    “Obama is now using BP’s oil spill to push the global-warming legislation that BP had lobbied for.”

    How did Saudis clean their oil spills

    …“ Pozzi decided that the huge, empty oil tankers, sitting in the dock, could be used to simply vacuum up the oil right off of the top of the water.”

    “The result was that 85% of the oil was recovered.”

    “Pozzi believes that the tanker method is the fastest and most effective way of dealing with the Gulf Oil disaster, but no one in the Obama Administration or BP is willing to consider the idea. Instead, they have insisted on using untested techniques, one of which involves the use of chemical dispersants manufactured and sold by a company in which Obama cronies, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Hathaway-Berkshire, and BP, are heavily invested.”


    Obama taking care of his BOTTOM LINE. Not ours.

    Can anyone foresee higher oil prices, making more profits for BP. Plus more profitable for BP’s alternative energy enterprise. $20 billion is peanuts, compared to much higher gas profit.

    A win-win for obama and BP and all of obama’s Wall Street friend.

    Americans loses…

  • “Have you seen, in the past, advertisement by BP pushing alternative energy ? I have.”

    I concur with that, Obama will use them to push windmills and such. The green energy cabal is a sick joke being pushed on the American people. It’s expensive and not viable compared to natural gas, coal and oil. I don’t like BP being on board with it but that isn’t why I’d praise them.

    I have seen the ads they run for green energy and usually laughed at them.

    I simply mean that they continue working to plug the leak, in my opinion, and have done more in that cause than the Obama administration.

  • Bill Hedges

    The connection of obama to BP and Wall Street is my major, next to Gulf, concern. Feeding government money to them. All in the name of mysticical GREEN.

    Richard J. Daley politics is not limited to ‘great hair’ ex-Governor of IL.. The Gulf outrage response by the Laureate Barack Obama, should place him in the Courts and back to community service by way of impeachment.

    I know you meant BP has done more. I get theatrical and long winded at times in my writings.

    I think I left out BP has the worst record of all drillers in Gulf. Is in one of my links.

  • BP has a horrible safety record compared to other titans like Exxon which has an excellent safety record.

    Also, this isn’t boding well for BP:

    “BP acknowledges it never followed blowout preventer law, blames MMS”


    They have not operated in good faith and that is what they should be answering for. Their negligence caused this spill but it does appear they’re using all resources they have to stop it now. Can’t say the same about Obama, he’s done next to nothing except form committees and appoint a new czar.

  • Bill Hedges

    BP sure needs to be figuratively shot like the killer was yesterday. Not alone certainly, add member in White House. Two people bound together by the hip in the past.

    Never want to hear business not as usual again.

    American made ships, equipped with newly bought skimmers imported, crewed by Americans are rushing to save the day. They will do good but unfortunately will not save the day. Being 60 days late and oil on the shores. Unyielding coherence to Jones Act law will haunt the Gulf, obama and hopefully his union unions.

    obama is willing to give help to the World but not from 13 countries in our hour of need. I know now the destiny Nobel committee saw in him to give him the reward and money. To lower the standard of America and leave office after one term. Obama a puppet on a string.

    Bill Clinton rewarded drilling in deep waters with reduced royals. Democrats have blamed Bush for lack of regulation adherence. Yet after a year when new Head of Mineral, with mandate, has done little to clean up Minerals shortcomings. A escape goat was fired.

    EPA have great powers in their future if obama has his way. Yet EPA fought Bobby Jindal for his ideas to save his State. Studies needed. Showing why inflexible regulation is a travesty..
    Democrats are trying to pass legislation to change Courts rulings to allow businesses to get more involved in political life. One obama misquoted in speech saying allowed foreign money.

    Well purposed bill will cut off Republican sources but not Democrats. Ah, fair play the American way…

  • Bill Hedges

    Give American land to ilegals…

    Hillary goes to foreign Country and announces Arizonian is being sued for their up coming illegal law. Though less strict, this is going to Court.

    Obama suspended the fence and said things are better there than before. About a month ago small number of solders promised. To be pencil pushers. Solders not there.

    Calm cool collected obama has all under control, like protecting our Gulf shores while improving his golf game.

    Not !!!!!!

    Why close AMERICAN LAND TO AMERICANS ? Is this admission obama talking through BOTH SIDES OF HIS MOUTH ? Can a Leftist leader go against illegals. OF COURSE NOT. Give the land to Mexicans. Outlaw Americans.

    Mash your teeth watching this video:


    Another obama bad judgment:

    “Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium”


    Obama is having a bad hair administration…