Monday, June 14, 2010

Obama's Katrina... or is it his 9-11?

It's day 56. The oil is still gushing. And is starting to come on shore, resulting in dead animals, dead tourism, and a dead economy.

What has the President done about it? Nothing, actually, except use flowery rhetoric (including the ridiculous comparison of the oil spill to 9-11) and draw accusations away from himself. Two months later, has he finally come to his senses???

Well, the President announced yesterday that he will hold a prime time news press conference tomorrow night, after spending two days down in the Gulf. Now, I want you to understand, that his intentions for this press conference will be to spin the story to make it SOUND like he is doing the responsible thing that leaders do. That he has a plan of how to fix this. That he is empathetic to the folks who live in the Gulf. That he is on top of things. But you know what? If he truly was a leader, if he truly was "on top of things", he would have held this press conference on day 3. Not day 57.

This speech will be hailed as the greatest speech ever given - as the second sermon on the mount, or perhaps similar to Martin Luther's "I Have a Dream" - by all the liberal left. He will be cheered on and touted as the man to fix this travesty. But I hope that the American people see that if he truly was "the man", this would have happened weeks ago.

Obama said himself that this will shape how we think about the environment and energy for years to come, but not only will it do that, it will DRAMATICALLY impact the Gulf and the people who live in the Gulf for years to come.

If the President was really set on fixing the problem, perhaps he would have accepted the numerous offers that have come his way in order to help him solve this crisis. We have smart, energetic, and willing entrepreneurs who are offering their ideas and services to both the federal government and BP. We have the Dutch, who offered their skimmers, ON DAY 3, that pumps 50 MILLION gallons of oil a day! That totals removal of over 20,000 tons of oil and sludge. And instead of accepting their help, there was this response:

“The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,'” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.
So tomorrow, as you watch the press conference, keep in mind what Sean Hannity said on the air today, "It's all a little too late, and a little too phony."

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