Dear President Obama, Now You Just Sound Silly

By Yul

Come on, Barack! Now that BP seems on the verge of plugging the damn oil leak, the buck suddenly stops with you?

Yeah, I know, it seems odd only because I “don’t have all the facts.” And I do believe the imminent sliming of the Gulf and East Coast states has been keeping you up nights. But where were you in that tail-wag-dog moment when BP told the EPA to go pound sand when they told BP to stop using dispersants that could prove equally or even more damaging than the oil?

Why aren’t you or BP seriously considering the MANY viable alternatives to clean-up that don’t involve replacing one pollutant with another? Under the circumstances, your “Thanks, but no thanks” attitude toward accepting outside help is unconscionably Bush-like.

And when are you going to comprehend that sometimes Americans NEED drama? The news media is oozing 24/7 gooey video, complete with innocent wildlife suffocating in oil. People want to see their president express some actual outrage. “Angry and frustrated” are just words without any actual emotion behind them. Sometimes I wonder if your face is full of Botox.

BP execs giving interviews don’t seem to think they’re operating at your behest. And once they plug the hole, nobody’s stupid enough to think they won’t leap to evade responsibility for clean-up by instead pouring millions of dollars into Congressional campaign coffers.

Obama, I know YOU personally can’t stop the spill, and nothing you say or do really matters at this point. The time for drastic federal action and ass-kicking passed weeks ago, and now you’re stuck with an environmental disaster of epic proportions. Stop talking about it and get people moving — every which way they can — to SAVE THE GULF.

PS…

On a local note, Virginia’s addle-brained Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, is bummed that Obama canceled drilling off Virginia’s coast. Maybe his TV is broken. Or maybe he’s seen Virginia Beach recently. The water stinks and the sand is so filthy it turns your feet black, according to Karen. Maybe he thinks a disaster like Louisiana’s might not make much difference.

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17 Responses to Dear President Obama, Now You Just Sound Silly

  1. Imabear says:

    I heard either the Alaska governor (don’t know who it is now that SP is gone) or congressman talking about how disappointed he was that the Shell drilling was canceled yesterday by Obama – he was lamenting the job loss. Reminds me of the coal mines in a way, how they are loathe to complain about safety hazards because the owners will shut the mine down and the jobs will go away. Maybe it’s just me but risking life and environmental disaster for jobs seems, well, extremely short sighted at the very least. And as a worker myself, I certainly understand the value of employment opportunities (esp.now when I’m underemployed for the first time in decades). But surely there are better alternatives.

  2. catsworking says:

    Imabear, sorry to hear about your job situation.

    I don’t know who the governor of Alaska is either. And I NEVER knew until McCain unleashed Palin on an unsuspecting world.

    People who work in coal mines and on oil rigs are damned if they do, damned if they don’t, but I think most would probably agree that earning a buck should take a backseat to being dead.

    Instead of bemoaning Obama’s unfairness in denying them the right to make their offshore waters the next Slip ‘N Slides, those stupid governors could be thinking of ways to put people to work creating cleaner, renewable forms of energy, like wind or solar.

  3. Mauigirl says:

    I hear you – I feel as if the response is “too little too late” in my opinion. I think Obama does care but he should have made more of an uproar about it sooner than now. I am sickened by what is happening in the Gulf, it is tragic beyond imagination.

  4. catsworking says:

    Karen said she’d be happy to brush us every day and send our fur to Matter of Trust to be turned into mops to sop up the oil. Hanes donated 50,000 pairs of stockings to stuff it in, and tons of fur and feathers are now sitting in 19 storage facilities around Louisiana, but Bloomberg reported that BP refused it all, saying they have enough of their own booms to do the job.

    Oh yeah? Then WHY are 54,000+ square miles of ocean covered with OIL? It’s absolutely infuriating.

    Some Italian company makes machines to separate oil and water, and they offered enough to do the job. BP said no.

    Obama’s supposed to be in Louisiana today. I’d love nothing better than to see him haul off and punch BP’s CEO Tony Hayward right in the gut, and then shove his head into some oily seawater.

  5. Joanaroo says:

    Hi Yul! Obama has me so frustrated today after that pissy visit that I’m glad I don’t live in Louisiana. If I did I would take one arm and leg and let Billy Nungesser take the other and we’d play Tug of War. Apparently the butthead Obama only spent 3 or 4 hours there, never met with the fishermen, never went to the marsh that Anderson Cooper showed last night and I don’t know if he talked to local officials and people on standby to clean it up. Geebus, if that was me as prez, I would’ve packed up my paperwork, cancelled all unnecessary appointments and set up a temporary office in Louisiana. Crap other meetings could be held by computer conference if needed!

  6. Joanaroo says:

    And WTF is going on with this Top Kill? Yesterday everyone had the billowing footage was marked live, everyone was saying it’s on Hour 18, 20, 22 and 24, but BP never told anyone-the White House, the Coast Guard. What a mess. When you look at the footage marked live it looks like it’s still putting out alot of mud and oil.

  7. Joanaroo says:

    Oops! No, I’m not drunk and that’s what I get for temporary putting my phone down and going back later. That should say footage AS marked live and BP never told the Prez, Coast Guard, media that they had stopped the mud for 16 hours. Freaking BP can get away with anything! The past president of Shell was pissing and moaning yesterday that the rest of the new offshore drilling was postponed and said about jobs lost. I was like, yeah, right, you mean money lost!

  8. catsworking says:

    We are just about to tune in to BBC World. They should have a good story on what went on in LA today. I haven’t heard anything about Obama’s visit except what you just told me, Joanaroo, but if he behaved as you say, he should get his assed kicked and hard.

    George Bush must be laughing his head off and talking about what a “chip off the old block” Obama is.

    I did hear that they turned off the live feed to the leak for a while when they stopped pumping mud into it, but that they were resuming the pumping and adding old tires and golf balls or something. I’d suggest they shove a few BP execs’ big heads down there. They’d have the leak plugged in no time!

  9. Joanaroo says:

    Can you post or comment the gist of what the BBC World Service said? My sister and I went to Target tonight at the time it was on, because last night she was watching a Phillies game during a severe thunderstorm and blew her TV out. It was a nice one too with a DVD player built in but she’s going to try to salvage it since it didn’t burn or smolder. Boy, did the thunder crash after scare us all! Even our Comcast Digital Voice had to be reset!

  10. Joanaroo says:

    That’s why I disconnect mine and the cable wire and cable box plug because when I was a kid a severe storm hit our outside aerial (say that to a teenager! They’re like Huh?) and it made the TV smolder. Scared me so bad I ran into my sister’s bed. I had mine disconnected last night and was on my Mobile Web. Even the 2 storms lightning over head made my phone beep-the storm fronts were meeting over Pottstown. Anyway, on BBC World I love Matt Frei! PURR & MEOW!

  11. catsworking says:

    The BBC’s coverage has been rather benign over the oil spill, and they didn’t say an unkind word about Obama’s brief, superficial visit. Then it hit me — DUH! They’re reporting on a mess made by BRITISH Petroleum.

    It was cute to see Obama on the beach touching tiny little globs of oil. Somebody needed to dump a barrel of it on his head so he could experience first-hand what the birds and fish and going through.

    NBC has been a lot more aggressive, and I almost fell off my cat perch when they reported last night that BP has RUN OUT OF BOOMS to protect the shore and are scrambling to make more.

    WTF? And there are literally TONS of hair, fur, and feathers sitting down there from Matter of Trust, waiting to be used, that BP scoffed at?

    And this morning, I read that Obama pointed out that ONLY 3 beaches are closed right now, so the tourists should keep flocking down there. What the hell is he smoking?

    What’s missing, and what Obama has so far failed to realize, is that there needs to be ONE person in charge, and not someone from BP. All these offers of help are going in different directions and getting shot down by bureaucrats because NOBODY knows who’s calling the shots. Until somebody takes the reins and has the power to make things happen, not just give speeches, it will continue to be a clusterf**k.

    A couple of heads are rolling in Washington over this. Who cares? If Obama thinks that’s impressing anybody, he’s wrong. What people want to see is decisive action. Somebody rolling up their sleeves, organizing those out-of-work fishermen, getting that mess cleaned up, and keeping BP’s feet to the fire to stop the leak and PAY every penny of every cost associated with this disaster.

    I think James Carville is a raving loony most of the time, but for once he’s right. HE’S down there right now screaming at Washington to DO something besides pay lip service.

  12. Joanaroo says:

    Last night I had to laugh at James Carville for saying in that high voice, The only thing I believe that anyone at BP has said is we gotta get this damn leak stopped! I was so pissed that Obama seems to be doing stupid shit on purpose-not talking to the people he should and not giving BP holy hell. Then that crap of busing those people to that beach for a photo op. I’m sure someone could’ve told Obama to go to that marsh where Anderson Cooper et al had been. He didn’t do squat and could’ve just called that meeting in!

  13. Joanaroo says:

    Today on CNN a guy did a demonstration with an aquarium of water that he put motor oil and transmission fluid in, then put peat moss in on top. He let it set for a bit then skimmed it with his hand and it went up in a neat volleyball-sized clump, and there was no oil on his hands at all. Between that, the hair, feathers, and all the other good ideas, BP and Obama are asses for not trying other ideas.

  14. Joanaroo says:

    Here we go again!

  15. catsworking says:

    Joanaroo, you said a mouthful. CNN had another guy on this morning who makes some kind of stuff that soaks up oil but lets water through. Some other guys have proposed to BP spreading hay on the water so soak up the oil. So many ideas — so much lack of response.

    I don’t understand why neither BP nor Obama are making it a priority to sop up as much oil as they can RIGHT NOW, even though the leak isn’t plugged. It’s like they’re not looking 5 minutes into the future. Containing the spill in any possible way seems like a great idea to me, but they seem to be content to just let it spread as far as possible while they scratch their heads over shutting off the well.

    This morning I read that Obama the word “enraging” to describe the mess. What’s enraging is his lack of rage. His poll numbers would shoot through the roof if he’d only let loose face-to-face, on camera, on someone from BP. Rand Paul can say it’s “unAmerican” to go after them, but I don’t think anybody else would fault Obama for socking a BP exec in the kisser.

  16. catsworking says:

    Joanaroo, you said a mouthful. CNN had another guy on this morning who makes some kind of stuff that soaks up oil but lets water through. Some other guys have proposed to BP spreading hay on the water so soak up the oil. So many ideas — so much lack of response.

    I don’t understand why neither BP nor Obama are making it a priority to sop up as much oil as they can RIGHT NOW, even though the leak isn’t plugged. It’s like they’re not looking 5 minutes into the future. Containing the spill in any possible way seems like a great idea to me, but they seem to be content to just let it spread as far as possible while they scratch their heads over shutting off the well.

    This morning I read that Obama the word “enraging” to describe the mess. What’s enraging is his lack of rage. His poll numbers would shoot through the roof if he’d only let loose face-to-face, on camera, on someone from BP. Rand Paul can say it’s “unAmerican” to go after them, but I don’t think anybody else would fault Obama for socking a BP exec in the kisser.

  17. Joanaroo says:

    I’d like to see Obama grow a pair and smack Tony Hayward upside the head. But I won’t hold my breath for it though! I don’t know what he is waiting for either. They could’ve been protecting the marshes and beaches from day 1 because a spill from 5,000 feet down should’ve told them it would take a while to stop it.

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