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BHO: The Largest Response In US History

From a gushing Reuters:

Marine One with US President Barack Obama aboard and a second support helicopter fly to New Orleans.

BP siphons gushing oil while Obama defends his actions

By Anna Driver

June 5, 2010

VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, while BP Plc said it aims to siphon off most of the oil gushing from the ruptured deep-sea wellhead within days.

Using robot submarines, British energy giant BP has clamped a containment cap over the ruptured wellhead a mile below the ocean surface.

But initial estimates of how much crude was being collected and siphoned safely to the surface amounted to a fraction of the oil that continued to belch from the ruined well.

The unfolding ecological and economic disaster along the U.S. Gulf Coast, which began on April 20, has presented a stern test of Obama’s leadership. He has faced criticism that the U.S. government has not done enough to tackle the crisis.

In his weekly radio and Internet address to Americans on Saturday, Obama said his administration has put in place the largest response to an environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Larger than the response to Katrina? We don’t believe that.

He said the government had been "mobilized on every front," with more than 1,900 ships and 20,000 people helping clean up the spill

We know that BP has hired 20,000 people to help clean up the spill. Is Mr. Obama claiming that they are working for the government?

And what exactly are these 1,900 ships doing?

BP, facing a U.S. criminal probe amid mounting lawsuits, dwindling investor confidence and growing questions about its credit-worthiness, delayed word on whether it would suspend an upcoming dividend payment to shareholders, as some U.S. politicians demanded

In fact, this is the only way that Mr. Obama has “helped,” by threatening BP with a criminal probe. Indeed, he seems to be trying to drive BP into bankruptcy, so that they won’t be able to pay for the clean up and damages.

Perhaps that is Mr. Obama’s plan, to try to ensure that oil companies will be forever discredited.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

24 Responses to “BHO: The Largest Response In US History”

  1. canary says:

    I think if they used robot submarines we’d see them. They probably bought a bunch of those ‘assembly line robots’ and hope they go a few feet before failure from submergence, then topple over on top of the hole.
    The muddy clay they tried only made oil balls. Obama could improve his drawing a picture in the sand photo by heroically jump out of the helicopter (with scuba suit of course to protect his feathers from being tarred).

    Why didn’t they bring in some ships with stacks of cheap cinder blocks and dump them over the spot, until it was buried. Who cares about the oil bit. The baby fishies would love the tunnels to swim & hide, until they grow into big fishies.

  2. jobeth says:

    “BP, facing a U.S. criminal probe amid mounting lawsuits, …”

    BP may or may not deserve to be criminally prosecuted.
    That remains to be worked out AFTER the fix and clean up.

    But with all these lawsuits coming out of the WH against everyone and everything, deserving or not, if it looks to Obalmy that it will make him look tough and powerful…I can’t wait until karma brings it back at him…and it will.

    How can anyone be as politically dirty as him or his bunch go after everyone else? Retorical

    Karma rules in cases like this. Remember the old saw..”the bigger they are… harder they fall

    Personally I can’t wait to see him quake in his boots in fear. However knowing how jelly kneed our society is today I don’t really expect to see him charged with anything. Even if Michelle was found with Obalmy’s necktie around her neck…he would some how get off.

    I’ll settle with watching him squirm though.

    • Mithrandir says:

      I’m telling ya! If I was BP, I would have a showdown with the White House:

      “If you don’t stop with the ‘boot on our throats’ comments, the bashings, the threats of lawsuits, then we are just going to fold up shop and see you in court, and you can fix this mess all by yourselves.”

      Who in the world would work hard on anything if the customer was hovering around threatening the worker at the same time?

      Our leaders are childish babies! You have to break a few eggs if you want to make an omelet! It’s called PROGRESS, (right ‘progressives?)

  3. proreason says:

    “Perhaps that is Mr. Obama’s plan, to try to ensure that oil companies will be forever discredited.”

    yep. Never waste a crisis.

    “Obama said his administration has put in place the largest response to an environmental disaster in U.S. history.”

    As measured by the number of lawyers involved.

    • heykev says:

      Maybe he’s taking a page out of his comrade Hugo Chavez’s playbook and it’s all a part of privatizing the industry…for their own good of course.

    • Mithrandir says:

      This is why I don’t vote for lawyers, they only protect their industry. And we didn’t become a great nation because we had a lot of lawyers, we became great because ACCIDENTS are part of PROGRESS, not opportunities to fleece companies and drive them out of business.

      We are doomed with lawyers and the courts, they are our greatest oppressors in U.S. history. I prefer Shar’ia law to those criminals masquerading as part of our law system.

  4. MartyCohn says:

    Another focus-grouped foray for the President to say “Look at me. I’m in charge, except when I’m not and then it’s someone else’s fault”.

    He can’t fix the leak. He could direct the bureaucracy to open their ears to the needs of the affected states. Like supplying the booms they requested or granting permission for the barrier islands. But dribbling out help so he doesn’t run out of talking points on a given day is wearing thin even with his supporters.

  5. U NO HOO says:

    Dear BP,

    If you are smart you will say, “What oil leak? We can account for our oil. None is missing. You have me confused with someone else. See you in court. Bring lab tests that show without a reasonable doubt that the oil that caused damages is directly traceable to one of our wells. No more of this Mister Nice Guy stuff.”


    U NO HOO

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    “He said the government had been “mobilized on every front,” with more than 1,900 ships and 20,000 people helping clean up the spill…

    We know that BP has hired 20,000 people to help clean up the spill. Is Mr. Obama claiming that they are working for the government?”

    We can darn well bet these folks are included in the phony job numbers these lying fools put out. Each and every time they hire and re-hire them for the temp clean up work.

    They’ve likely included the “jobs” they created for all the slip and fall attorneys that are headed to the Gulf Coast, too.

  7. GetBackJack says:

    Barack Hussein Obama: “I did not have sex with the oil company.”

  8. crate says:


  9. canary says:

    Obama has started a presidential commission with a former EPA director William Reilly heading it, who will wiggle EPA out of trouble for not doing the mandatory safety inspections, along with the ‘director’ of Phillips-Conoco Oil; a former Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL) who is questioning why BP ignored red, orange, & yellow warning lights that blinked on.

    Graham says Warren Buffet is an owner of BP. Both contributed mega-bucks to Obama’s presidential campaign. Buffet, told Obama to reverse Bushes tax break of not having to pay taxes on profit you make selling you house.

    . So, Obama is yelling at mulit-billionaire Warren Buffet for nickling & diming the clean up. I mean donated panty hose with hair clippings to absorb the oil, and Buffet not paying military to stand on the sea shore trying to hold air-filters up in the tide. Also, the agency that is cleaning the birds are already paid for that kind of work. Shame on greedy Warren Buffet that
    has a log in his eye.

    Video of Graham talking about his new job getting answers & Warren Buffet being owner
    Obama promises that this commission will match the 86 space shuttle explosion.

  10. canary says:

    Pay Illegal Mexicans to clean up the spill. They are really good swimmers. They can earn the money to go back to Mexico and help their families back there.

    • jobeth says:

      The only problem is that they would then claim they got some kind of “toxic condition” from the oil and get supported by the tax payer for the rest of their lives.

      Since they may have been able to obtain a phony SS # they would claim disability…that is after they sued BP, Halliburton and the US gubmint.

  11. ptat says:

    Actually, the WH just left out 3 letters–“The largest NON response in U.S.history”.

  12. Petronius says:

    “BP, facing a US criminal probe . . . .”

    This has got me baffled. What kind of crime? Accidents are not crimes.

    Somebody at BP is about to get nifonged.

    There can be no crime without proof of criminal intent. Criminal intent means foresight of injury, coupled with either a wrongful purpose or with an I-don’t-give-a-flying-rat’s-ass degree of recklessness.

    Thus, if BP, as a matter of policy, operated the oil rig in deliberate violation of government safety regulations, resulting in an explosion which those regulations were designed to prevent, then the BP policy-makers involved may be found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and other crimes to property or the environment. But manslaughter and crimes against private property are not federal crimes.

    They may also be guilty of a conspiracy, if they had entered into a plan to operate the oil rig in an unlawful way. Or guilty of incitement, or as accessories before the fact, if they solicited BP employees or subcontractors to commit such crimes. The government will make efforts to turn BP’s subs. The government will attempt to prove a pattern of behavior, that cutting corners was a way of life at BP, and that BP’s corner-cutting program rose to the level of criminal recklessness or conspiracy. Or perhaps the feds are looking for a RICO indictment?

    Those are the most likely avenues for Tigellinus-Holder to pursue.

    Of course it is unlikely that any such policy or conspiracy existed at BP. The cause of the explosion is yet unknown. And if there were any crimes committed on this rig, the criminals probably died in the explosion. In which case they might not have been BP officials at all, but employees of the rig-owner, Transocean. Halliburton points to Transocean’s decision to displace the well before setting the cement plug as the cause of the explosion. And apparently government inspectors approved this decision. BP points to equipment failure of the blowout valves. And there is the problem of slipshod safety enforcement by Interior’s Minerals Management Service, and the agency’s in-bed-with-industry reputation. All of which tends to make the proof of a criminal conspiracy problematic.

    Even so, however, the criminal law in the wrong hands is a dangerous thing. Much depends on the attitude of those who are charged with law enforcement. In this case that would be Tigellinus-Holder and Nerobama himself. Need I say more?

    Moreover, given the right venue and an O J-type jury, a conviction is always possible regardless of the evidence, regardless of the reasonable doubt standard, and regardless of the presumption of innocence. We remember Scooter Libby.

    • proreason says:

      “What kind of crime?”

      BP’s error is getting in the way of Obamy’s agenda, and, even worse, the results are making the boy wonder look like the blundering idiot he is instead of his movie role as our all-knowing and benevolent Pater familias.

      There is no worse crime than that.

  13. Gil says:

    “What exactly are these 1,900 ships doing?”

    The media isn’t allowed in to determine the answer to that question.
    Why would that be, do you think?
    I read an article saying that there are no rooms for rent in the area but the hotels remain empty, perhaps to keep prying eyes out, and this article as well.

    Limits on access to oiled waters, coast frustrates journalists
    By Laura Maggi, The Times-Picayune
    May 29, 2010

    Ted Jackson/The Times-PicayuneOily grass and absorbent booms mark the edge of Lake Barre, where workers with Clean Harbor are using absorbent pads to wipe the oil from the marsh grass just south of Cocodrie. Times-Picayune photographer Ted Jackson gained access to the area inside the booms aboard a Coast Guard airboat.When a photographer from The Times-Picayune earlier this week tried to hire a plane to fly over Grand Isle, the charter plane company was told that the flight could not descend below 3,000 feet.

    Southern Seaplane owner Rhonda Panepinto said her husband called the BP Command Center on Tuesday for permission to fly photographer Ted Jackson over Grand Isle, so that he could take pictures of the impact of the spreading oil from the Deepwater Horizon well. But the plane company was told by a BP contractor that media flights weren’t allowed in the restricted air space established by the Federal Aviation Administration.

    “They told him absolutely no media or press on any planes. The press flights are limited to Saturdays only and only in Coast Guard helicopters,” Panepinto said.

    Southern Seaplane officials have complained about this restriction, as well as broader controls on their ability to fly other people into the “temporary flight restriction” area in the Gulf, to the FAA. The restricted area is large, including huge swaths of the coastline miles away from the Deepwater Horizon site. The 3,000-feet restriction means that photographers hiring private planes would have to fly so high they are unlikely to get clear photos of the ground.

    In a statement, the FAA maintains that BP employees or contractors are not calling the shots on who gets to fly into the restricted air space, saying those decisions are made by the FAA and Coast Guard. But agency spokespeople acknowledge that media access is limited, saying they are only allowing flights into the restricted area that are directly related to the disaster response.

    While news organizations won’t be allowed to hire planes or helicopters, the FAA plans to arrange pool flights through the Coast Guard, said Laura Brown, the FAA’s deputy assistant administrator for public affairs.

    Sporadic incidents of media outlets being blocked from access to oil-coated beaches or other areas have cropped up in recent weeks. A little more than a week ago, CBS Evening News aired a report showing BP contractors on a boat, along with two Coast Guard officials, who told a news crew to get off an oil-stained beach.

    A Newsweek article posted online earlier this week quoted Associated Press photographer Gerald Herbert recounting a trip to the Breton National Wildlife Refuge with Jean-Michel Cousteau and Plaquemines Parish officials. When stopped by a Coast Guard boat, the party was denied access after learning that journalists were on board, according to the article.

    In an interview, Herbert said he spoke on Friday with Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Tony Russell, who said that if he was indeed turned away because he is a news photographer, that is not appropriate. Overall, Hebert said the Coast Guard has been “phenomenally helpful in getting access,” routinely taking photographers up in helicopters and planes to get pictures.


    • proreason says:

      In every way, every day, these criminals are eliminating freedom.

      If the regime isn’t stopped in November, this is the life you will live from now on.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro, the scary and depressing thing about your statement is I believe you are 100% correct.

    • jobeth says:

      Not enough oil….it needs to cover him…completely.

      Metaphorically speaking of course (note for all the lefties out there)

  14. Reality Bytes says:

    Wait till November – the pollution sucked out of Congress is gonna make this look like a chocolate sunday.

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