>> Thursday, May 27, 2010
"The problem with political jokes is they get elected." ~ Henry Cate VII
Five (5) weeks has now elapsed since the BP oil disaster in the gulf took place. Obama has made one (1) short visit to the gulf area in that time.
And, some of Obama's staunchest supporters are, to say the least, disappointed in their hero.
Here's some quotes I came across today:
"He blew it. Obama faces a meltdown akin to the unraveling of his predecessor, George W. Bush. A press conference and a visit to the region are simply too little too late. It doesn't matter whether government could do any better than the oil companies. The political fallout has taken hold. Obama failed to manage a massive crisis. There's no fixing this failure. His only hope now is changing the subject. Good Luck."
"Thinking before doing is one of Barack Obama’s strengths, but not in this oil crisis. The President’s famously deliberative style has not served him well.
When an uncontrollable gusher of this magnitude threatens the economy and ecosystem of an entire region, it’s not enough for Obama to essentially adopt a wait-and-see stance in letting the oil industry tinker and experiment in vain.
The President’s pattern is to swoop in at the last minute and close the deal. He’s good at it.
But sometimes presidents cannot wait to see what everyone else thinks and does before acting. When it comes to the Gulf region in environmental chaos, we needed a starter, not a closer."
"[I]t just looks like he's not involved in this! Man, you have got to get down here and take control of this!..."
...Put somebody in charge of this and get this thing moving! We're about to die down here!"
The first quote is by one of Obama's chief water carriers, Craig Crawford, a particularly rabid Liberal propagandist.
The second comes from an article by Mike Lee, who was commenting on Craig Crawford's quote.
The third quote is by former Clinton Strategist, and Obama supporter, James Carville.
For more from Mr. Carville, watch this:
Unlike Liberals, who placed the full weight of the blame for the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina (an unpreventable natural disaster) squarely on George W. Bush's shoulders, I won't blame Obama for the colossal oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I understand he had nothing to do with the causation of the spill.
However, at least Bush made a fairly timely appearance in Louisiana to assess the situation first hand.
Obama hasn't even attempted a photo op in relation to the oil spill.
Obviously, there is nothing he could have done to prevent the spill, and nothing he could have done to stem the leak. But, he could have at least pretended he was trying to do something.
What is he doing instead, you might ask?
He is appearing in San Francisco, campaigning for California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, and when he is done with that, he will be taking a vacation back in sweet home Chicago. Three campaign events, including a stopover at the home of one America's wealthiest families.
Ironically, a family that gained their wealth in the oil industry.
And, skipping the traditional Memorial Day visit to Arlington to honor the nation's war dead on Memorial Day, something that sitting United States Presidents have been doing annually for decades.
But, you know what? I support his decision not to uphold the Presidential tradition of honoring our fallen soldiers on Memorial day. As I said on my Facebook page,
"I think Obama doesn't deserve to share the spotlight with those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This celebration should be for those who love this country, not those who hate it."
Now, Blogger buddy Lone Ranger says, "Currently, about one out of five democrats who supported him, now oppose him."
It seems to me the only Democrats left who still support this guy are those who are willfully blind, deaf, and ignorant.
Cross posted at Casting Pearls Before Swine.