Obama, Abandon All Hope for the Gulf

By Yul

Smell that meat roasting? It’s Congress grilling oil executives.

Predictably, the slimy crooks testified they never, in a million years, would have dug a well as crappy as BP’s. Boy, were their faces red when someone pointed out their wells are all pretty much the same, and that they obviously copied each other’s Gulf contingency plans, right down to the part about ensuring the safety of non-existent walruses.

Meanwhile, on a still-pristine Florida beach, Obama was taking a stroll with governor Charlie Crist so pointless that he might as well have brought the wife and kids so they could also enjoy it before the tar balls and dead fish start washing ashore.

Only hours before he made his big speech to the nation about the spill, I think Obama could have staged a more compelling lead-in by wading ankle-deep in oil and picking up gunk the size of horse droppings while sucking up some fumes.

I listened, and Obama said some things right, but so what? Tough talk is moot. The ass he should have kicked was the oil’s — as soon as it started leaking.

Today Obama finally met face-to-face with the face we’re all sick of seeing — BP CEO Tony Hayward — and got BP to agree to pony up $20 billion for damages, to be administered by some lawyer, Kenneth Feinberg.

At least Obama didn’t ask Goldman Sachs to handle it. They’d have siphoned off half in fees so their executives could get nice Christmas bonuses this year.

But it’s too late to make things right now. Hundreds of millions of gallons of oil are doing their deadly worst, and we’ve got a president who wasted too much precious time naively trusting BP.

Instead of gratefully accepting international offers of help, for whatever reasons, Obama chose instead to dump the problem squarely in the laps of the region’s unsuspecting and ill-equipped population, and they’ve got to live — and die — with it.

Promising 2 months in to throw everything at the problem is too little, too late. “Everything” won’t cut it with BP expecting the leak to continue into August. Right now they’re preparing to burn the oil they’re capturing.

I guess the rationale for creating more pollution on a grand scale is, “If we can’t kill all the birds in the water or on land, let’s kill ‘em in flight.”

And you don’t hear Obama complaining.


8 Responses to Obama, Abandon All Hope for the Gulf

  1. Joan & Tuxi says:

    Hi Yul! That was Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) who said that the plans were all a carbon copy with walrus that haven’t been in the Gulf for 3 million years. He is also the one who fought to have the camera on the leak 24 hrs. a day. Little Tony didn’t testify today though, Yul. Rep. Markey said he’ll be sliced and diced tomorrow in front of Congress.

  2. Joanaroo says:

    Oops! Yul can you delete my first comment? I had accidentally addressed it from Joan & Tuxi and it may have gone to Spam.

  3. Joanaroo says:

    What I had in the comment, Yul, was it was Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) who said that all 5 big oil companies had the same plan, including the walrus part, and walruses haven’t been in the Gulf for 3 million years. Ed Markey was the guy who got the 24-hr. camera set up on the leak. I think he’s told BP what he thinks better than Obama. Obama’s speech last night could’ve been called in. He sounded like he was doing a campaign speech. I am pissed that he gave that clean-up and have it better crap but he never tells you WHO, WHAT, WHEN and HOW. To me that was just an empty speech with an alternative energy pitch thrown in. Where’s the details, Barack?

  4. Joanaroo says:

    I don’t know what the hell is the matter with Obama, but he could get General Honore down there to get the cleanup organized. The states all say there is disorganization as to where is being cleaned and not and these people BP brought in from other states, who aren’t allowed to talk to the media and have been damn careless, stepping on bird nesting areas and breaking eggs. The assholes even have killed young birds. Then people from the area who know what they need to do to cleanup don’t have enough equipment and some not enough manpower. General Honore said Obama needs to get organization in there and I guess Obama is too stupid to take a hint. The General is from Louisiana so he knows the area.

  5. Joanaroo says:

    Yul, you know who I liked at the grilling? Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) who said to BP America prez. Lamar McKay (close to the ugliest man I have ever seen): I think you should resign now….if these where the Samurai days, we would give you a sword and make you commit hari-kari! LOL! McKay looked scared to death like Joseph was getting up to bring him a sword to hari-kari right in the Congress chamber.

  6. Joanaroo says:

    Hi Yul! I promise no more bogarting the comments tonight but I have been following everything I can on this. I can’t wait though to see Tony Hayward get his radiator flushed tomorrow. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) said Tony is going to get sliced and diced at his hearing. In other words I guess he’ll get a new one ripped for him. I had to laugh when Anderson Cooper said Tony has been very quiet even though he was at the meeting with Obama today. Going in he probably said I- and everybody from BP yelled Shut the fuck up, Tony!

  7. catsworking says:

    Joan & Tuxi, you didn’t go to spam. The comment just needed approval first because it had a new name. WordPress is pretty good about weeding out most of the real spam, which is irrelevant comments, those hawking crazy stuff, or attempts to redirect traffic to other blogs or Web sites.

    Karen will be glad to hear that it was a Massachusetts guy who held the oil execs’ feet to the fire. Tony Hayward is probably wishing he died in his sleep last night, rather than face Congress today.

  8. catsworking says:

    Joanaroo, when you get on a roll, there’s no stopping you. Lots of good points!

    I agree that Obama’s speech was long on fluff and short on substance, like one of his campaign speeches.

    Tony Hayward didn’t look happy at all when he walked out of the White House. They said some reporters were calling the arrival of all the BP execs to that meeting with Obama the “perp walk.” The chairman of BP (that Swedish guy? more on him to come) got a private meeting with Obama, but Tony wasn’t invited.

    He’s been the face of BP here since it began, but I guess when his boss popped over, that turned him into an underling. And he was probably thrilled when his boss made that “little people” comments, because it immediately took the heat off himself. But I have no doubt he’ll come out with some gems today while he’s talking to Congress.

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