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Crist tells President Obama Floridians are getting fed up with oil leak

by Dara Kam | May 24th, 2010

Gov. Charlie Crist told President Barack Obama Floridians are more than a little impatient about the massive oil leak now in the 35th day pumping thousands of barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico.

Crist said the president joined him and the four other Gulf Coast state governors this morning on a conference call concerning the BP disaster.

President Barack Obama on the phone with the five Gulf Coast state governors, including Gov. Charlie Crist, today

President Barack Obama on the phone with the five Gulf Coast state governors, including Gov. Charlie Crist, today

“We’re all very concerned. I mentioned to the president, I said ‘I appreciate the sense of urgency. And In addition to that, though, on behalf of my fellow Floridians, there’s a bit of agitation. More than a bit.’ Florida’s beautiful. And we’ve got to protect her,” Crist told reporters at a Florida National Guard welcome-home this afternoon.

Crist said president’s participation on the near-daily White House telephone briefings assured him that Obama is “on it” and that “we’re going to see a stronger response going forward.”

Crist, now running as an independent for U.S. Senate, applauded Obama’s commitment to “doing everything possible” to keep Florida beaches clean but is clearly frustrated by the continuous plume of oil now headed toward the Florida Keys.

“I want to make sure all hands are on deck. Number one, I want them to plug the darn hole. Obviously. Number two, make sure we have enough boom, especially for our sensitive areas…and just protect Florida. That’s what I want to do. That’s what we need to do,” Crist said he told Obama.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has complained that the response to the leak is too slow and the federal government should push BP out of the way and take over the clean-up.

“I’m moving toward that direction. I can tell you that. The sense of urgency I know our fellow Floridians feel is clear and present. No question about it. We have Memorial Day weekend coming up. We continue to have all this oil spewing out of the Gulf of Mexico. I mean, they need to plug the hole. That’s the most obvious, straight-forward thing I think all of us share and understand,” Crist said.

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14 Responses to “Crist tells President Obama Floridians are getting fed up with oil leak”

  1. Wow Says:

    If Bush was in office he would be getting slammed by the media for the lack of meaningful response. Obama gets a pass. (as usual)

  2. jaysal Says:

    Lets make believe we live in Haiti, then he may act quicker! Goes to show you thins guy has lied from day one and is the worst leader we’ve ever had run this country!

  3. American Citizen Says:

    CHECK OUT THIS LINK FOR THE LATEST INFO
    REGARDING BP OIL DISASTER:

    http://seminal.firedoglake.com/diary/50368/

  4. Lou Gilardi Says:

    This administration is slower than Bush. He has none of the right people in key positions. His approval rating should take a hit over this and his recent visit from the Mexican president telling us how to run our country. Janice Napolitano Eric Holder and whoever the third person is are not qualified, to oversee this mess. This is going to be worse than hurricane Katrina.

  5. todd Says:

    We won’t see a true sense of urgency until a few (powerful miami/boca attorneys) people are swimming in oil here on the East Coast. This is so sad. There are leaders running our cities TODAY who have made comments about this being blown way out of proportion.
    We’ll see. Happy ‘Memorial’ Day.

  6. Obiwan's bastard son Says:

    Obamas’ legal advisors have told him he does not have the authority to take control of this disaster. Given the severity and looming long term ramifications, I think he needs to declare this NOT a federal emergency but more acutely a NATIONAL DISASTER as it will impact everyone. You gotta be sleeping at the wheel if you do beleive that the oil companies aren’t already formulating how to pass the costs(lost revenue, stopping the leak, cleanup, federal and local fines and judgements, class action suits etc..) onto us, the consumer.
    No Obama did start the fire, but YES his inaction has most assuredly yanked us out of the pan and placed us right in the middle of it.

  7. Obiwan's bastard son Says:

    Obamas’ legal advisors have told him he does not have the authority to take control of this disaster. Given the severity and looming long term ramifications, I think he needs to declare this NOT a federal emergency but more acutely a NATIONAL DISASTER as it will impact everyone. You gotta be sleeping at the wheel if you don’t believe that the oil companies aren’t already formulating how to pass the costs(lost revenue, stopping the leak, cleanup, federal and local fines and judgements, class action suits etc..) onto us, the consumer.
    No Obama did start the fire, but YES his inaction has most assuredly yanked us out of the pan and placed us right in the middle of it.

  8. Obiwan's bastard son Says:

    #7 is the corrected version of #6.

  9. Frank Bottitta Says:

    Just a few days ago there was a NatGeo special about an oil well that blew up. All these ppl did then was to take some explosives down the tube an let the rocks shut it off, it worked just fine.

  10. History Says:

    When Obama finds a way to tax us for it, he will fix the leak!

    Isn’t Crist a Democrat dressed like a Republican?

    Soon we will be able to fill the old oil tank for free on the beach in Palm Beach – fresh from the Gulf, via the Gulf Stream.

  11. bob Says:

    If BP can put a camera to show everyone the mess they are making of the planet.

    Why can’t OBAMA PUT a Submarine down to stop the MESS!

    The cost should be BP’s for EVERYTHING and NOT PASSED ON TO THE TAX PAYER’s.

  12. OBIWANTHEBUTTPLUG Says:

    OBIWAN is too busy being a militant azzhole who is pizzed off at the county,state,country,world,president,etc. He is a grizzled old fool who complains about everything and has not gotten laid in a 100 years. He wears depends and still lives with his mother. he is somewhat racist, very homophobic (I think because he leans towards that side) hates anyone who is for helping people, has a GW blow up doll that he sleeps with, and is generally just a dooucheebag.

  13. nemo Says:

    Since we can see it…we can fix it. There must be some reason obama does not WANT to fix it. Crist is a democrat’ his only confusion comes from who he can bluw first.

  14. Randal H. Cracker Says:

    I think Obama is scared to take this over because he knows he has our economy so screwed up we cant afford to .If he were a real president he would have ordered B.P. to sease all day to day opperations that did not pertain to this leak/spill,order every vessle they have to the region tankers included(tankers can hold millions of gallons and have worked well before when the saudis had a large spill). He should have asked every ally we have for assistance in clean up.B.P. is interested in their bottom line,thats why all their solutions end in (and then pump the oil to the surface).
    Why not pull the well out all together?

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