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Kirsten Powers: Obama and the Keystone Cops

Filed under: Environment,Obama — DRJ @ 3:37 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Democratic strategist Kirsten Powers doesn’t like President Obama’s decision to allow offshore drilling, and she really doesn’t like his Keystone Cops response to the BP oil spill:

“The political firestorm kept growing yesterday, with supporter James Carville ranting that the administraion has been “lackadaisical” and “naive” in its response to the disaster. He urged it to rapidly “move to Plan B.”

But that suggests there was ever a Plan A.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is so frustrated with the lack of response to his plan to stop the slick with sand barriers that yesterday he called on the White House and BP to either “stop the oil spill or get out of the way.”

“Plug the damn hole,” President Obama reportedly barked at staffers in frustration after the explosion. That’s right up there with “Heckuva job, Brownie” in terms of clueless statements uttered by presidents in the midst of nationally televised disasters.”

Then she moves on to the Administration’s failure to oversee BP and the MMS or to have an effective disaster plan in place, even though the protocol to contain a spill at sea was outlined in a 1994 study, and concludes with this:

“If he promised us anything, Obama promised us competence. Instead, we’ve gotten the Keystone Cops.”

In his press conference today, President Obama explained his critics don’t know all the facts and “BP is operating at our direction.” Kirsten Powers and Mary Landrieu aren’t convinced.


15 Responses to “Kirsten Powers: Obama and the Keystone Cops”

  1. as screwed up as the handling of this whole event has been, i have no problem believing that Ear Leader and the rest of his corrupt regime have been completely in charge from the very beginning.

    no one else could be this incompetent.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. Completely in charge, indeed.

    htom (412a17)

  3. Smacks of B.J. Clinton. BP finally plugs the leak, and Dim Won, Obama, steps in to take the credit. Sure Barry.

    DavidL (2a854d)

  4. Obama reminds me of Henry IV,

    Glendower:I can call spirits from the vasty deep.

    Hotspur:Why, so can I, or so can any man;But will they come when you do call for them?

    Obama can tell BP what to do. It is up to them, however, to decide if they will do it.

    Mike K (67e8ce)

  5. Where’s Red Adair when you need him?

    As I understand this, there’s a very long and narrow hole from the sea bed down to the oil deposit. So, all they have to do is disrupt the hole by detonating a small explosive device. Duh. Maybe BP instead wants to preserve the hole so they can pump oil from it later.

    Andrew (c7900c)

  6. DRJ….It’s “Kirsten”, not “Kristen”.

    AD - RtR/OS! (fce032)

  7. Thanks, AD. I’ll fix it, and I thought Kirsten even if I didn’t write it that way.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  8. You’re Welcome, Y’all!

    AD - RtR/OS! (fce032)

  9. People should demand to know in what other government departments has obama failed to fix years of mismanagement.

    pizzathehut (803b85)

  10. Well maybe Malia does ask Barack “Have you plugged the hole yet Daddy?”

    On the other hand, Chelsea Clinton’s probably inquiry to Bill Clinton must have been, “Who did you plug today Daddy?”

    Both statements are equally (im)probable.

    Mike Myers (3c9845)

  11. This could back fire on Jindal quite severely. What can Obama do that is anything more than what BP is already doing? Is Super Obama supposed to go down there and squeeze it shut with his bare hands so tightly it won’t blow out somewhere else?

    I’ve started musing about what even a modest earthquake in just the right location near that oil deposit could do. If a slit were to open up there it’d make BP’s leak look tiny. Fortunately it does not appear to be a fault zone.


    JD (9ac83d)

  12. Don’t think there is a tectonic plate conjuction in the Gulf. The conjunction of the North American Plate, and the Caribbean Plate runs south of Cuba.

    AD - RtR/OS! (fce032)

  13. “I’ve started musing about what even a modest earthquake in just the right location near that oil deposit could do. If a slit were to open up there it’d make BP’s leak look tiny. Fortunately it does not appear to be a fault zone.”

    The slit would have to go all the way down. Do earthquakes make those?

    pizzathehut (bb8086)

  14. Makes you wonder…

    “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff for President Obama

    jeff (31e059)

  15. Re: “no one else could be this incompetent”

    Yeah, certainly not BP, not Haliburton, not Transocean and not any of the other private corporations / subcontractors. No Congress, either, who wrote the laws allowing off-shore drilling.

    Yeah, none of the people who worked for them and made the decisions that got us where we are today (you know, the ones that said no problem we can handle a worst case scenario, or who wrote into law that the DOI approved plans if they weren’t expressly approved within 30 days of submission, or we can go on).

    No, none of those folks could be more incompetent that the government, this particular President in particular. I mean, he should have KNOWN that BP was full of it when they submitted every piece of paper they did.

    In other news, the US agreed to borrow $60 Billion from China to pay for 4 months in Afghanistan. Government contractors around the world rejoiced. But, the GOP will continue to stand firm against unemployment benefits extension for Americans because that would just be socialism.

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    consumetheconsumer (62ad1f)

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