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MMS Boss ‘Quits’ Under Obama Pressure

From a conflicted Associated Press:


AP sources: Oil agency chief quits under pressure

By Erica Werner And Matthew Daly, Associated Press Writers May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON – The head of the troubled agency that oversees offshore drilling resigned under pressure Thursday, Democratic sources said, as President Barack Obama moved more aggressively to take charge of the Gulf oil spill.

Now that reports are in that BP has got it under control.

The departure of Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum came just hours before Obama’s planned White House press conference on the oil spill, where he was expected to extend a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling…

Mr. Obama has to push through as many bans on drilling as possible before the crisis ends.

Birnbaum was out after she and her agency came under withering criticism from lawmakers of both parties over lax oversight of drilling and cozy ties with industry…

What criticism is this? All we have heard about is how wicked the MMS was under the Bush administration.

But crazier still, S. Elizabeth Birnbaum is a Harvard-educated lawyer. How on earth could she not be up to any job?

(By the way, we suspect yesterday’s New York Times hit piece on Ms. Birnbaum gave Mr. Obama the idea to make her his latest fall person.)

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of Obama’s midday news conference

Yes, we must not step on Mr. Obama’s grand pronouncements.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “MMS Boss ‘Quits’ Under Obama Pressure”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    Obama is actually going to face the press if it means interrupting Rush’s command of the airwaves for as long as he can draw it out. That says enough.

    But I’m ready for extensive congratulations to be going out to all those bureaucrats who “were on top of this from day one,” as well as those that “kept their boot on the throat of BP to handle their responsibility.”

    Then an extensive set of lies about how BigOil has corrupted the regulatory process followed by the obligatory “we need to stop all offshore drilling until we can right this!”

    Any questions?

  2. JohnMG says:

    “Boom, boom, Maxwell’s silver hammer came down on her head…….”

  3. proreason says:

    Pardon my rare moment of sceptism.

    It occurs to me that BP has probably known for several days the mud fill is working.

    Now, if that is true, understand the chain of events:

    – BP finds the solution but doesn’t announce it
    – The Moron announces a news conference
    – The solution is announced publicly concurrent with the announcent of throwing the MMS lady under the bus
    – The Moron announces he is blocking further off-shore exploration
    – The press conference is held, with the Moron announcing (1) how his boot on BP’s throat has made them fix the problem, (2) that he has fired the toady who didn’t have her boot on BP’s throat, and (3) that he is preventing future drilling problems by banning drilly altogether, which now will all accept even though it means we will all walk to work in a few years, but that’s ok because we will be easier to contorl that way.

    I know I’m being silly to think this isn’t TOTALLY above board, but somehow, I think we just might have been played again.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      He also needs a HUGE distraction because the REAL news is the bribe to Sestak. It does not bode well for him that the republicans are now up out of their chairs and starting to draw attention to a very serious problem. That being that the boy offered Sestak a job in lieu of running for office.

      So, the boy needs a monumental and controversial announcement here today to divert attention away from his lawbreaking. It won’t work. But it will be a problem nonetheless.

    • JohnMG says:

      I have the same suspicions. It all seems too pat–like it was orchestrated. However……

      “we will all walk to work in a few years”……..

      there won’t be any jobs to walk toward. He will have succeeded in collapsing the entire economy.

    • heykev says:

      I would shocked, shocked if that were true. Politicians from Chicago have always been the paradigm of virtue. I’m sure that BP’s US HQ being just outside Chicago is merely a coincidence.

      If I were cynical I would believe that the drilling moratorium was payback for by his Muslim masters in Saudi Arabia who paid for his college degree and along with Mr. Soros funneled untold millions into his election campaign….

  4. Chinnubie says:

    The funny thing about this oil spill that the MSM will obviously forget to mention or ask about is the simple fact that had this well been closer to the shoreline there wouldn’t be anything to report because, they would have been able to “Plug that Damn, Hole” shortly after it broke open. This would have turned out to be a one day story because of the tragedy of the 11 workers. Does anyone know how the well broke open?

    • Right of the People says:

      My guess it was a quantity of C4 or Semtex.

      Those “evil” oil workers were just “unfortunate” casualties. Can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs (or oil workers).

      I feel this administration is capable of anything.

    • Rick says:

      Your point is obvious to most of us. The reason we had the whole problem is that we have pushed the drilling further out into deeper water and the wells are getting deeper. So, it is orders of magnitude more difficult to drill and to fix problems. Even a casual observer would conclude the solution would be to drill in shallower water, but somehow that does not seem to occur to Obama and his minions.

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    We had a cat that had kittens. Once she caught a mouse, snapped it’s neck & gave it to her babies so they could play with it. Obama reminds me of one of them kittens – except I like kittens. Can’t say the same for Obama.

  6. canary says:

    After MMP fired, Nancy Pelosi gives news conference – oil spill is Bush’s fault. She spoke in present sense in her speech, here is partial I was able to find on Radio Talk News…..May 27 2010

    “Many of the people appointed in the Bush administration are still burrowed in the agencies that are supposed to oversee the [oil] industry,” Pelosi said when asked if Democrats could have prevented or mitigated the crisis by keeping a closer watch on the industry…

    … “the cozy relationships between the Bush administration’s agency leadership and the industry is clear.”…

    I’ve heard no complaints from my members about the way the president has handled it,” Pelosi stated….

    http://talkradionews.com/2010/05/pelosi-blames-bush-for-lax-offshore-drilling-oversight/

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”I’ve heard no complaints from my members about the way the president has handled it,” Pelosi stated….”

      I’m not surprised. She couldn’t hear any complaints when 70% of the US population were registering their displeasure over “health care reform” either.

      Botox must make you deaf.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Close, John.
      She “IS” retarded!!

  7. Mithrandir says:

    This is what happens when you hire lawyers. They don’t actually do anything but speak, and move the English language around.

  8. puhiawa says:

    Awwww. Now she must get a job in the private sector to destroy America. Or maybe she can work for a foreign government.

  9. Reality Bytes says:

    In honor of Geat O’s press conference yesterday here the lyrics I put to words. Sung to the tune of The Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte. I call it the Day One Song (aka The Banana Republic Song)

    Day-One, Day-ay-ay-One!
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home
    Day One, say, Day One, Say, Day One Say!

    Me say Day, One Say, Day-ay-ay-One!
    Day One come & me wan’ stay home

    Work all night on a drink a’ rum!
    Day One come & me wan’ stay home
    Stack O’ Stuff, here Limbaugh come!!!
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home

    Come Mister TV Man, tell me ya love me
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home
    Come Mister TV Man, tell me ya love me
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home

    It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot put!
    Day One come and me wan’ Tee Off
    Six foot, seven foot, eight foot chip!
    Day One come and me be in da rough
    Day One come and me wan’ Tee Off

    Day, One say, day-ay-ay-One!
    Daylight come and me wan’ stay home
    Day, One say day, One say day, me One Day!
    Daylight come and me wan’ stay home

    A beautiful bunch a main stream reportahs!
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home
    Hide the deadly black panthahs!!!
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home

    It’s six foot, seven foot, eight jump shots!
    Day One come and me wan’ go home
    Six foot, seven foot eight jump shots!
    Day One come and me wan’ go home

    Day, One say, day-ay-ay-One!
    Daylight come and me wan’ stay home
    Day, One say day, One say day, me One Day!
    Daylight come and me wan’ stay home

    “YEAH – WE’RE FIXIN’ TO DO THAT BARRY IN 2012”

    A Happy & Blessed Memorial Day to all you S & L’rs out there.

    RB – Out!

  10. canary says:

    Obama publicly insisted he knew nothing about her resigning,
    too busy going to a Colorado factory tour. He did quite a skit and jokes for the camera in the factory. He looked & acted like an animated idiot.

  11. Reality Bytes says:

    From the WH talking pts conference on the Gulf Disaster & below the script sung to the same tune.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPuRCetlHvc&feature=related

    Day-One, Day-ay-ay-One!
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home
    Day One, say, Day One, Say, Day One Say!

    Me say Day, One Say, Day-ay-ay-One!
    Day One come & me wan’ stay home

    Work all night on a drink a’ rum!
    Day One come & me wan’ stay home
    Stack O’ Stuff, here Limbaugh come!!!
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home

    Come Mister TV Man, tell me ya love me
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home
    Come Mister TV Man, tell me ya love me
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home

    It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot put!
    Day One come and me wan’ Tee Off
    Six foot, seven foot, eight foot chip!
    Day One come and me be in da rough
    Day One come and me wan’ Tee Off

    Day, One say, day-ay-ay-One!
    Daylight come and me wan’ stay home
    Day, One say day, One say day, me One Day!
    Daylight come and me wan’ stay home

    A beautiful bunch a main stream reportahs!
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home
    Hide the deadly black panthahs!!!
    Day One come and me wan’ stay home

    It’s six foot, seven foot, eight jump shots!
    Day One come and me wan’ go home
    Six foot, seven foot eight jump shots!
    Day One come and me wan’ go home

    Day, One say, day-ay-ay-One!
    Daylight come and me wan’ stay home
    Day, One say day, One say day, me One Day!
    Daylight come and me wan’ stay home

    “YEAH – WE’RE FIXIN’ TO DO THAT BARRY IN 2012″


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