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Obama Tries To Distance Himself From BP

From his stenographers at the Washington Post:

Obama administration moves to distance itself from BP on oil spill response

By Joel Achenbach and Jerry Markon
Tuesday, June 1, 2010; A01

Struggling to convey command of the worsening Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Obama administration is taking steps to distance itself from BP

Er, how can Mr. Obama “distance” himself from BP’s response to the oil spill when he claims to be directing their response? (And we won’t even mention Mr. Obama’s being BP’s top recipient of campaign largess.)

[A]nd is dispatching Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal and state prosecutors. The Holder trip could signal that the environmental calamity might become the subject of a criminal investigation.

Maybe Mr. Holder can “plug the damn hole” by criminalizing it. And if that doesn’t work, maybe Nancy Pelosi can just ‘deem’ it plugged.

Holder has said Justice Department lawyers are examining whether there was any "malfeasance" related to the leaking oil well, and investigators, who have already been on the coast for a month, have sent letters to BP instructing the company to preserve internal records related to the spill. But federal officials indicated that Holder’s trip, which will include a news conference in New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon, will focus on enforcement of environmental laws and holding BP accountable.

And, after leaving New Orleans, Mr. Holder will proceed to Arizona, where he will investigate their “malfeasance” for enforcing federal laws and holding illegal aliens accountable.

The opening of a criminal investigation or civil action against BP, if either were to happen, would create the unusual situation of the federal government weighing charges against a company that it is simultaneously depending on for the most critical elements of the response to the record oil spill

There’s nothing particularly "unusual" about this situation. In fact, this is usually what countries run by tinhorn dictators do. (Cf. ‘boot on the neck.’)

Indeed, the truly advanced tyrannies quickly execute the miscreants — after a fair (show) trial, of course.

The relationship between the federal government and the oil company has been an awkward collaboration all along — "We have them by the neck," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said of BP in congressional testimony last week

Funny, how the Washington Post would choose this quote from Mr. Salazar, rather than his more ‘colorful’ and oft-repeated, “we have our boot on their neck” remark.

[B]ut it reached a turning point Monday when the administration said it no longer wants to share a podium with BP at the daily briefing in Louisiana. Instead, the national incident commander, Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen, will give a solo briefing wherever he happens to be

This truly is the most adolescent administration in the nation’s history. Which is not all that surprising, given that it is led by the First Adolescent, who is also the Adolescent In Chief.

Still, given Admiral Thad Allen’s tendency to misrepresent the facts, you would think it would be BP who would want to distance themselves from him.

Hovering over such squabbles is the bigger question of whose hands are on the wheel of response to the crisis, which began with the April 20 explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that killed 11 people.

President Obama and his lieutenants have insisted that the government has full authority. Before BP attempted the top kill, for example, the federal government issued a statement saying it had given approval for the maneuver. Allen, the incident commander, has said that while BP is the "responsible" party, the federal government is "accountable" for the response and that there’s no meaningful way for the government to assume greater authority

The White House needs to pick a story and stick to it.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Tries To Distance Himself From BP”

  1. proreason says:

    Obamy appears to have St Vitus’ dance.

    He’s jumping from villain to friend from villain to friend from villain to friend like a cat on a hot tin roof.

    He needs to just settle on public enemy #1 and stick with it.

    #1 would, of course, would be us.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What’s this? The shine is dulling on barry’s little tin horn?

    It would seem so. Being as now the MSM is holding him to his previous statements of less than a week ago where he took ownership of the problem (when he thought it was fixed) and how now things have suddenly worked against him.

    The real reason Holder is going there is to punish BP for making the boy who sits in the president’s chair look stupid. He hasn’t figured it out that he does that with absolutely no help at all.

    He’s hoping to find some hapless engineer who he can pin the blame on; Preferably one without the wherewithal to fight back and one with a degree from a state school vs. an ivy league “think-tank”.

    But this is what happens when you have intellectual elites running the show. I run into it a lot when “the best and brightest” keep taking their car to the shop for worn brakes or the like only to find out they drive with one foot on the brake pedal all the time.

    I think the next couple of years will prove to be very comical, provided they don’t get very ugly, of course. The gross buffoonery that occurs now will work to turn most who voted for the boy away from him.

    As more events unfold like this, and people realize that the MSM is working against the truth, they will begin to see the light. Of course, there will be those who will stick to this sinking ship long after it disappears into the darkness, but they are a lost cause and could never really be helped anyway. But when the MSM slooowly starts to turn against its beloved anointed one, you know there’s a shift in the wind.

    I even heard Tavis Smiley on PBS throw out the question of whether “America thought they were voting for someone who could do all these things who can’t, or did they paint him as a ‘green screen’ making him out to be something he’s not”.

    It boggles the mind how the left is soooo slow to actually admit they were wrong.

    But, while the intellectuals “brainstorm” and “think-tank” and “crunch the numbers” while dining on Subway sammiches, the real problem continues and I submit that legal action by Holder will only preempt fixing the problem. For if you piss off the very people who can fix it, their motivation will be diminished if they see they’re going to face harmful retribution anyway. In other words, don’t cuss out the guys holding out the lifeline to you.

    Morons. Ivy-league morons.

    • confucius says:

      Rusty, you must be from the South! I haven’t heard the term “sammiches” since I left there.

      I also haven’t heard “put up the groceries,” “supper time” or “mash the button.”

      Don’t see anyone drinking Dr. Pepper or Mountain Dew up here either.

  3. Right of the People says:

    Standing up and taking responsibility for ones actions is the sign of a mature adult. Judging from the moron’s actions the last month you’d have to be a drooling cretin or a liberal (I’m sorry I’m being redundant) not to see that Barry boy is neither.

    Q: What is the difference between the Boy Scouts and our country in its present state?

    A: The Boy Scouts have adult supervision.

  4. JohnMG says:

    He’s sending Holder down there??!!! It can only be for comic relief, I’m sure.

    This reminds me of an exchange that took place many years ago when football coach John McKay, after his team’s dreary performance and subsequent loss, was asked by a reporter, “How do you feel about your team’s execution.” McKay answered, “I’m in favor of it.”

    In other words Barry, just STFU and “plug the damn hole”!!

  5. Right of the People says:

    Barry the Moose Limb in Chief: “I did not have relations with that BP.”

    • JohnMG says:

      I loved that picture of him in his (somebody’s?) work boots, quizzically sticking his finger in the goo. A perfect caption would read…………

      “What do it be?” “It be pee, dumbass!”

    • confucius says:

      Obama redistributed those boots from his (white) grandma after throwing her under the bus.

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