Obama's Shame

It has been 36 days since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 people, sending torrents of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Obama administration has done nothing but talk, mostly demonizing BP, letting everyone know every chance they get that BP is going to do and pay for everything.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has repeatedly said of BP, “They will be held accountable. We will keep our boot on their neck until the job gets done.”

Apparently, Obama now has faith in a company from an industry he has bashed at every point in his political career.

Obama, planning to make a second trip down to the Gulf since the accident, said this today:

Plug the damn hole.”

Whew. Now why didn’t anyone else think of that? That’s some insightful thinking. He truly is a leader blessed with intelligence.


And this statement was just released by the White House today:

“The administration has mobilized one of the largest responses to a catastrophic event in history, with more than 1,200 vessels in the region and more than 22,000 people, including many of the brightest scientific minds from both the public and private sector, working around the clock to mitigate the oil’s impact,” the White House said.

The “brightest scientific minds” gathered by this administration haven’t come up with squat. And, according to their own statements, it is BP’s sole responsibility to come up with a solution to end this environmental catastrophe. Just yesterday, Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen claimed BP was the only party with the resources to deal with this sort of thing, admitting the government has come up with no resolution to the problem.

Considering the state of things, it doesn’t instill too much confidence now, does it.

The ugly truth is Obama simply does not want to engage in directing governmental resources to help remedy this catastrophe. If he did, he would then be culpable for any lack of progress, and that is just not politically viable for him. By sitting on the sidelines, taking a vacation to Chicago, and attending fundraisers, he washes his hands of the problem, letting others take the responsibility and blame for what is and has occurred.

He also does not want to draw attention to the 800 pound gorilla in the room: That it was his administration which granted a “categorical exclusion” from the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), approving the Deepwater Horizon exploration project on April 6, 2009.

Yes. That’s right. April 6, 2009. That’s during his tenure.

His administration let BP skirt the rules, allowing them to drill this well without the proper responsible governmental oversight.

The massive media cover-up of this fact just further proves that they are in bed with Obama, and will not hold him accountable for things that might damage his reputation.

The events that led to this accident and continue to unfold are sickening.

Obama is a failure.

And Ken Salazar should resign.

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