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LeMieux blasts Obama spill response as ‘dereliction of duty’

by George Bennett | June 3rd, 2010

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While his friend and political patron, Gov. Charlie Crist, defends the Obama administration’s response to the gulf oil spill, Republican U.S. Sen. George LeMieux says the president needs to imitate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and take a more hands-on approach.

“What we’ve seen over the past 42 days is, to me, a real dereliction of duty by this administration,” LeMieux said in an interview Thursday night. “The president comes down twice for photo ops and then goes back home to go golfing in Chicago.

“I think back to when Jeb Bush was governor. He was on the ground working the problems of those nine hurricanes, 10 hurricanes that we had in ’04 and ’05. And I want to see that kind of leadership in my president. I don’t want him outsourcing it or delegating it to BP or even delegating it to his cabinet members.

“We elected him. He’s a very bright guy. He needs to show leadership. He needs to be on the ground pushing for solutions like Jeb Bush was during all those hurricanes.”

LeMieux was appointed to a 16-month Senate stint by Crist last year. He said Crist and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal are addressing the problem the way executives should.

“Charlie Crist right now is over in Pensacola. He’s working this problem. Bobby Jindal’s been on the ground in Louisiana. That’s what executives do,” LeMieux said.

“The president is not the legislator in chief, he’s the commander in chief and this is an American problem. It’s not a British Petroleum problem. He needs to be down here getting the best minds, working with them every day on the ground. I expect to see the president three, four times a week in the gulf until this problem is solved.”

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155 Responses to “LeMieux blasts Obama spill response as ‘dereliction of duty’”

  1. jack Says:

    Sen.LeMieux,the gulf states govs.have little or no plans for disasters,yet they live in an area where major ones
    occur all the time.They are not very proactive govs and cry for federal help all the time while they benefit from the private companies that abuse the
    gulf everyday.

  2. Mark Says:

    I’m impressed with Lemiuex.

  3. Sara Says:

    Mark,
    Why are you impressed? It’s easy to complain about President Obama but what exactly is Lemiuex suggesting he do? Does
    our Senator have a plan? Or does he just want to bash Obama and suck up to Bush?
    Roll up his sleeves and pitch in hauling sand bags?
    Not the best use of his time.
    Interesting how the ones who cry “too much government” are the first to criticize for “not enough government”.

  4. Tom Says:

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  5. danil thomas Says:

    At least George W. Bush went in to the pile of the remains of the WTC with the bullhorn!

  6. Mike Says:

    Sara, nice strawman.

    No one’s asked for a new agency with 10,000 bureaucrats to be created. The problem with Obama’s response is that right now the oil spill is the most urgent problem facing the U.S.

    The Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Government should be there, on the ground, in close contact to oversee the operation – NOT going to fund raisers and playing golf and giving stump speeches.

  7. James Says:

    Sara,
    In this particular case, people are not looking for government so much as leadership. You know, that thing Obama has yet to show. BP instead of government may well be the best organization to deal with it, but that does not absolve Obama of his responsibility, much as he apparently wishes it did. We elected this clown and now we are suffering the just consequences of our wrong actions.

  8. Tom Says:

    Sara, just take a look at what Bobby Jindal is doing in Louisiana. Obama has not a clue what to do and is WAY out of his league on this one. My advice, imitate Bobby…or just sign the checks and get out of the way. But he can’t even do that.

  9. Seth Says:

    This happened in Federal waters, the Federal Government is automatically in charge. No one can move an inch with out their consent/blessing. They have done NOTHING but lawyer-up. Douche nozzles, every one of them, especially the nozzle with ears. There was a time when this country would have shown the world the breadth of our technology and innovation, and solve this problem as well as the clean-up with a passion. This admin only seems determined to ruin as many lives as wetlands.

  10. Dan Says:

    Sara, One thing for certain is that Obama doesn’t have a plan unless it is to blame BP until he can figure out how to blame Bush. Governor Jindal asked for permission to build those barrier islands weeks ago and now it is finally getting approved. Had Obama approved them immediatley they would have been finished and that oil would not be fouling those pristine marshes. Obama’s legacy – when you fail to plan you plan to fail!

  11. Shawn Says:

    Folks,

    I know following the drudge report link forces you to post anti-obama sentiments, but these are still ridiculous in this context. Sure the oil spill is a disater of unparalleled magnitude; however, there remains other issues of national importance that prevent the president from dedicating 100 percent of his time, e.g. 2 wars, economic downturn, and international crises with Israel and North Korea. The fact is enormous federal resources (how about the armed forces?)and efforts have been dedicated to this cleanup. Just admit it, if you agreed with Obama’s agenda you wouldn’t be complaining. It’s easy to criticize him for a going to a couple of “fundraisers and stump speeches”; however, there hasn’t been president in the past 30 years (my lifetime) who hasn’t done so on an election year, despite whatever crises may be occuring.

  12. ricardo maxwell Says:

    mike, Way to put the leftist Obamabot Sara in her place. These anti-Americans continually lie about conservatives and what we advocate. There are certain limited roles for govt as outline in our Constitution. perhaps she should read it some day.

  13. brstevens Says:

    Shawn: On the other hand, Obama was supposed to change the presidential paradigm. Not only has he not done that, but he’s proven to be the most stereotypical politician, maybe ever.

    Also, wasn’t it Obama just a few short weeks ago who claimed he’d rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term one? By going to fundraisers and giving stump speeches, not to mention parties and Paul McCartney concerts at the White House rather than at least pretending to show leadership in the Gulf when everyone is practically begging him to, he’s showing his actions fail to match his words regarding that too.

  14. Giselle Says:

    What the heck? I don’t see the comparison AT ALL! I agree that the administration has been less than competent but for different reasons. How can you compare the Governor of the state with the President? It was Jeb Bush’s state, of course he was there through all the hurricanes and tragedies. The President wouldn’t be there the whole time (and wasn’t, as his own brother wasn’t either – or should have been!). Stick to the argument that Obama hasn’t done all he could but this particular avenue of argument doesn’t hold water.

  15. Roger Says:

    Teleprompter, teleprompter on the wall, why won’t Bush return my call? When Katrina hit he knew what to do, but I’m drowning in oil and haven’t a clue. Every day I pray to heaven, that I’ll never face a 9/11.

  16. Giselle Says:

    What the heck? I don’t see the comparison AT ALL! I agree that the administration has been less than competent but for different reasons. How can you compare the Governor of the state with the President? It was Jeb Bush’s state, of course he was there through all the hurricanes and tragedies. The President wouldn’t be there the whole time (and wasn’t, as his own brother wasn’t either – nor should he have been!). Stick to the argument that Obama hasn’t done all he could but this particular avenue of argument doesn’t hold water.

  17. Jake from FL Says:

    First of all, Sen. LeMieux is the best senator FL has had in decades. Maybe that’s because he is only there for a short time and isn’t living for the next election cycle. Look at what he has proposed since he has been in Washington. He is very thoughtful and LOGICAL. That being said, If Obama has so many things on his plate (wars, economy, natural disasters) Why is he spending ANY time playing golf, giving speeches, vacations??? HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES! This is the BIG TIME Sir…..you can do all that stuff when you are out of office/retire! FOCUS on your JOB….he signed and order yesterday to extend benefits to same sex federal employees …HUH? That’s how he is spending his time when he IS working? It took 4 WEEKS for the government to sign the permits for Jindal to start building the barrier islands, Obama could have done it in 4 min! It’s going to take longer to clean up the Obama mess, than it will the oil spill.

    And does anyone think it curious that within the same month we have the worst coal mining “accident” in 50 years followed by the worst oil spill in history. Today Obama is back to pushing his “clean energy” agenda.

    Makes you go hummmmmm……

  18. eric in NJ Says:

    wow- if W had given the levies a safety award (as BHO Administration did with the BP platform), and took huge campaign donations from the hurricane (as BHO DID from BP) and then took more than a month to meaningfully respond (as BHO did) would you be so understanding and apologetic? oh well, facts are pesky when your only intention is political gain i suppose

  19. Tom Jefferson Says:

    The defense of this clown President is hilarious. “What do you want him to do??” they whine. Frankly, the way he and his party has destroyed to economy, have done NOTHING to create private sector jobs, have promoting anti-semetism throughout the world, bankrupted future generations, rammed through socialized medicine, attacked our free market, maybe it’s best if this oaf stay on the golf course. As the being a “bright guy”, base on what? Surely not any college or law school grades or tests or writings as he hasn’t released those. His law career was a medicore dud. he’s never run a successful private or public business. He’s got us knee deep into Afghanistan. What about his promises to close Gitmo and get us out of Iraq (sorry lefty dopes- the plan to get out this summer was implemented by Bush). He parties like a Roman Caesar will us hard working serfs suffer. He is a racist anti-semite that thankfully will set back the Marxist movement in this country back decades. Blame Bush all you want- the majority of the people in the USA know now what a dope we have elected in Baqrry Hussein Obama.

  20. fltchptch Says:

    Sara,

    Far from big government as the solution, its intervention enabled both the economic and ecologic disasters. Why are we drilling so deep? Why with all of the oil platforms in the world are we- the most advanced country- suffering a spill like this when no other are? Why would any businessman think it wise to loan money to people without means to repay? BECAUSE GOVERNMENT REGULATION MADE IT THIS WAY. Democrats, Republicans- who cares? We are losing our national identity thanks to sell-out politicians who put themselves before the country and people they serve.

  21. fltchptch Says:

    Sara,

    Far from big government as the solution, its intervention enabled both the economic and ecologic disasters. Why are we drilling so deep? Why with all of the oil platforms in the world are we- the most advanced country- suffering a spill like this when no others are? Why would any businessman think it wise to loan money to people without means to repay? BECAUSE GOVERNMENT REGULATION MADE IT THIS WAY. Democrats, Republicans- who cares? We are losing our national identity thanks to sell-out politicians who put themselves before the country and people they serve.

  22. Michael Says:

    Obama should be seen as doing more. Where’s his central disaster center? When and where are meetings being held? What’s being said and by whom? Who’s doing what and what are the timeframes for completion?

    All the worlds eyes are focused on the Gulf of Mexico yet there is near silence coming from Washington and Obama. Instead of being seen as in charge, or even informed, he seems aloof, detached, and utterly unaffected.

    Worse yet is that our state governors are being hamstrung by Washington’s indecision and inaction. Every minute Obama sits on his hands blaming Bush, Cheney, deregulation, Halliburton and BP tens of thousands of gallons of poisonous oil is gushing into our national natural treasure.

    From what I can tell, Obama is more interested in capping and containing the Democratic Party’s corruption than the oil in the Gulf. With each passing minute, he further guarantees a one term presidency.

  23. MotherRedDog Says:

    When Obama/Salazar hired a BP executive to run MMS, this was bound to happen. This is Obama’s problem. The fact that the Obots can’t seem to grasp that simple fact just shows how narrow minded they are. What were the approvals she gave BP in the 10 day run up to the blast? More importantly, the approvals given in the 24 hours leading up to the blast. Colusion plan and simple, and the Gulf states are paying the price. Eric Holder needs looks no further then the WH for crimes committed in this spill.

  24. artist Says:

    Obama had another party at the WH last night.

    Priorities.

  25. Bob Says:

    Didn’t everyone on the left stongly criticize Bush for not being on the ground in New Orleans early on following Katrina?

    Measure Obama by the same standards that Bush was measured on and judge the results…

    It may very well be that Obama made the right decision to have BP continue to lead efforts to shut the well down since BP may have the most skill at doing such work. BUT, THE OIL CONTAINMENT AND CLEANUP MISMANAGEMENT IS SQUARLY ON OBAMA. TWO GULF COAST PHOTO OPS IN 40+ DAYS?….PLEASE REMIND ME WHY BUSH WAS CRITICIZED FOR HIS HANDLING OF KATRINA?

  26. Dan Says:

    To Shawn: I don’t recall any of those excuses being acceptable for GWB. I’m sure you were defending “W” when he was being blamed for blowing up the levees and not caring about “colored” people in NO. This guy is getting treated with kid gloves. I think Bush was blamed for almost everything and anything now even the Gore breakup. Even Obama continues to deny responsibility for anything and is blaming GWB still. This guy is getting a free ride.

  27. NoMarxist Says:

    The reason the gulf states don’t have plans and systems in place to deal with these disasters is because the federal government claims federal control over such incidents. Look at whats going on at the moment. Bobby Gindal wants to build 24 sand burms to prevent the oil from destroying the marsh lands and the nitwits in Washinton first say no, then they say OK, you can build one and after the press conference blasting Washington, they say, OK, you can build five. In the meantime, what has Obama done besides hold a press conference claiming credit for sealing the leak when it appeared BP might plug it. Another incompetent moment for the White House. Today they are dealing with the “open borders” problem which the feds want complete control over and at the same time are doing nothing about. Washinton wants control over every aspect of our lives which it implements based purely on politics. If Washington were turned into a parking lot (iminent domain for the good of the public) this country might actually avoid it’s impending demise.

  28. jim sexton Says:

    The problem grows and grows, with nothing concrete being done, other than send lawyers to La.
    While this idea will not stop the Oil Flow from the well, its deserving of some thought by thinking people.
    WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR THE CLEAN-UP?
    Should the US Govt. levy a lien against B.P., despite the fact they have huge assets at the moment, I question just how willing they well become as the billions of dollars come due for the clean up, ergo, size the assets around the world prior to BP declaring bankruptcy and leaving the american citizens hung out to dry.
    Thank you.

  29. Bayou Bullet Says:

    First of all, I live right in the center of this oil well blowout. This oil spill (should be called OIL & GAS GUSHER) because it just did not spill but it is ongoing. With that said, the location of the gusher is 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. If you understand state territorial sea limit (12 miles off the coast) and United States territorial limit(ecomonic zone 200 miles off the coast), you would know that the gusher is in federal waters not state. The state of Louisiana is trying to stop the oil from getting in our marshes and lakes. This is where sea life (shrimp, crabs, certain fish come in to breed and spawn) also to protect our oyster beds are. Therefore, This is defintely a Federal problem and needed response not the state’s problem except for damage within our 12 mile limit.

    Thanks for Time

    Bayou Bullet

  30. Scott Says:

    Shawn,

    “however, there remains other issues of national importance that prevent the president from dedicating 100 percent of his time”

    You mean issues of national importance like schmoozing with Paul McCartney at the White House so he’ll go out and say nice things about Obama?

    That’s what he was doing last night.

  31. Uhh Huh Says:

    I think Obama is a moron, and LeMieux may havesome valida points here. However, to say he expects Obama to be down there 3-4 days out of each week is just plain idiotic. He points out that Obama is an executive, which is correct (even though he is a very poor one). Successful executives delegate takes to others. It seems obvious that LeMieux has never actually managed anything himself by suggesting that Obama needs to spend all his time down there. I would say that LeMieux is just another average senatorial chump.

  32. Uhh Huh Says:

    I think Obama is a moron, and LeMieux may have some valid points here. However, to say he expects Obama to be down there 3-4 days out of each week is just plain idiotic. He points out that Obama is an executive, which is correct (even though he is a very poor one). Successful executives delegate takes to others. It seems obvious that LeMieux has never actually managed anything himself by suggesting that Obama needs to spend all his time down there. I would say that LeMieux is just another average senatorial chump.

  33. RIK Says:

    Ok, I agree with Sara. This Senator is trying to rack up points for the Republican Party by bashing The President. Note how I wrote “The President” and not Obama. What has this Senator done for his constituents during times of Crisis… wait for it… NADA!!! The President didn’t pull a G.W. when Katrina hit. The President is making sure everything is being done to address the situation without taking over. How would you like it if the Government came to your house to deal with your crisis? Your a baffoon if you think the President should push all other issues to the side. What are the Governors in the Gulf States doing? That’s the question to ask. Are they doing enough? If not, THEN the President should step in. Finally, a President who leads and doesn’t hide in the Oval Office counting the days until his Presidency is over.

  34. Michael Says:

    Jim,

    The American public is already on the hook for this clean-up. That was made clear when Obama declared the buck stops with his office. No matter what happens to BP, the gulf states will be dealing with this and the aftermath for decades to come and it will cost plenty. The money will have to come from somewhere and you already know the answer to who will pay.

    What has me so worried is that Obama is running from one catastrophe to another. Nearly all are of his own making and are worsened by doing the exact opposite of what he should be doing.

    It was he and his community organizing that gave us ACORN and the following unparalleled bankruptcies.

    It was he and his tax policies that have forced our jobs markets to collapse almost as fast as the great depression.

    It was his foreign policies that have taken Israel from being a low warm simmer to a raging boil that might result in another world war.

    And instead of focusing on actually winning the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, he’s unsettling the troops by pushing open homosexuality into the rank and file.

    He’s turned his back on both the Constitution and Arizona (see Article IV, Section Four) by refusing to protect our borders.

    And, instead of actually fixing healthcare, he’s ruined that so that it will now cost even more while receiving even less.

    Adding to that, we’re now learning his office is knee deep in illegal electioneering and quid pro quo by offering high office positions for political favors.

    His vacations, golfing, Wednesday night jam sessions, and his endless basketball playing are seemingly more important than managing the nations troubles and have actually become a distraction.

    He’s polarized Congress and the public more than the Al Gore loss of 2000 did and his endless spending as an answer for everything is setting global records for debt.

    I swear, there’s so much to do and this guy is getting nearly everything wrong. I just don’t know how much more the nation can take. I don’t know about you, but I’m worried sick!

  35. Harold Says:

    The President is clueless when it comes to leading—but you must remember, his only experience prior to the presidency was as a community leader!

  36. yoodles Says:

    Wow, the people who love Obama will fall on the sword for him even as our country perishes. Sad. Obama has no idea what to do, keep playing golf Barrack. What a joke.

  37. juggler Says:

    If those of you who ask want to see what a Guv should do, look at Jindal. He has been on the ground getting ideas and making an irritant of himself to get the Feds to make a decision to allow HIM and the Locals to implement them; frankly the Senator has it right, the Prez should be down there listening to a lot of folks on the ground and telling his chain of command get it done – no one expects him to clean bird feathers, but he can get involved in a proper managerial way, rather than taking potshots at folks who are trying to solve a very hard problem.

  38. Jackie Says:

    Roger:
    You said Bush knew what to do when Katrina hit. Yup stay on vacation.

  39. JGP Says:

    Anyone else find it ironic that while our nation is facing the worst environmental disaster in history and Florida’s economy stands to lose millions of dollars courtesy of British Petroleum, Obama spent last night rocking out with self-proclaimed British environmentalist Paul McCartney in DC.

    Geez, maybe Obama and McCartney could have put on some rubber gloves and picked up some debris for show or at least held the concert on the Gulf Coast and made it a benefit concert.

    Of course, I guess I don’t expect a lot more from a politician who was the largest recipient of BP funds, whose administration approved the Deepwater well despite the lack of an oil spill response plan and who spent the first two weeks of the spill “monitoring” the situation.

    ROCK ON, BARACK!

  40. Michael Says:

    RIK wrote:

    “The President didn’t pull a G.W. when Katrina hit. The President is making sure everything is being done to address the situation without taking over.”

    HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU SAY THAT WITH ANY CONVICTION WHATSOEVER!?

    Bush had to nearly force the Democrat governor of Louisiana to declare a ‘State of Eemergency’ so that aid could be directed to her state. Without it, nothing could be done. He then staged FEMA in a 1,000 mile radius around the expected landfall area to aid in what was expected to be a simple clean-up operation. Had the governor at the time actually prepared for a disaster like every other state had after 9/11, they would have been better able to react to Katrina. As it was, they hadn’t practiced anything, not even once. The Mayor beat feet out of town when the levees broke and the governor issued a day of prayer! Brown tried to direct FEMA in Louisiana but Blanco overrode him declaring States Rights. What was Bush to do? Invade?

    As for Obama, the man sat in his office for nearly 30 days before actually taking any real interest in what was going on with the oil leak. He’s made two trips here and instead of actually approving anything, he milled around the beach kicking at sand all the while declaring “I’m in charge!” Well, all I see is a whole lot of foot stomping and little in the way of action except on the legal front.

    Heck, for all we know, the man had to travel to Chicago last week to be deposed for the Blago trial that’s about to start all the while calling it a ‘vacation’.

    Hooey!

    This man is lost to what a real leader must do because he’s never been one and detests all those he’s ever met with the exception of Chavez and Ortiz who I believe he actually admires.

    You may have love for this man for what he once symbolized but he has failed to live up to anything of true substance.

    This leak is an albatross that will sink his presidency and he’s earning every bit of ridicule he’s getting.

  41. Jenny Bea Says:

    Obama IS NOT an executive. He used to ARGUE for a living. The man has never run a dishwasher. He knows not what he does. This whole mess really is the fault of the libtards who voted this imbecile into office. If people paid attention to the fact that Obama has NEVER done ANYTHING to show he’s capable of leading, they’d have voted for someone else. Hillary should have gotten it- between her and Bill, they’d at least know how to handle this more so than blaming BP, blaming Bush, blaming the GOP’s “failed energy policies”, blamed Big Oil, blamed tax cuts for wealthy (while omitting that Obama benefitted!) all he does is blame people and play golf.

    Stop getting mad at Obama for not doing his job. He doesn’t know how to do his job- he’s all form and no substance. He’s the spokesperson in chief. The poster child. The face (unfortunately) of America. Obama doesn’t get that this is an actual JOB, not just being some sort of mascot. But Obama couldn’t figure this if his life depended on it. Don’t blame him- blame those who voted for him.

  42. Tim Says:

    It was Bush & cronies who had secret meetings at National Observatory a decade ago to plan deregulation of Big oil which made this crisis possible.
    And this guy was not elected nor does he have nerve to run himself. his every vote has been a great diservive to our State on every issue.

  43. patti Says:

    The last 1 1/2 years has been a dereliction of duty.
    Good for LeMieux
    Bring back the ethical, intelligent adults.vote 2010, 2012.

    clue to these little adolescent twerps,
    the truth always comes out.

  44. Michael Says:

    RIK wrote:

    “The President didn’t pull a G.W. when Katrina hit.”

    HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU SAY THAT WITH ANY CONVICTION WHATSOEVER!?

    Bush had to nearly force the Democrat governor of Louisiana to declare a ‘State of Eemergency’ only days before landfall so that aid could be directed to her state. Without it, nothing could be done. He then staged FEMA in a 1,000 mile radius around the expected landfall area to aid in what was expected to be a simple clean-up operation. Had the governor at the time actually prepared for a disaster like every other state had after 9/11, they would have been better able to react to Katrina. As it was, they hadn’t practiced anything, not even once. The Mayor beat feet out of town when the levees broke and the governor issued a day of prayer! Brown tried to direct FEMA in Louisiana but Blanco overrode him declaring States Rights. What was Bush to do? Invade?

    As for Obama, the man sat in his office for nearly 30 days before actually taking any real interest in what was going on with the oil leak. He’s made two trips here and instead of actually approving anything, he milled around the beach kicking at sand all the while declaring “I’m in charge!” Well, all I see is a whole lot of foot stomping and little in the way of action except on the legal front.

    Heck, for all we know, the man had to travel to Chicago last week to be deposed for the Blago trial that’s about to start all the while calling it a ‘vacation’.

    Hooey!

    This man is lost to what a real leader must do because he’s never been one and detests all those he’s ever met with the exception of Chavez and Ortiz who I believe he actually admires.

    You may have love for this man for what he once symbolized but he has failed to live up to anything of true substance.

    This leak is an albatross that will sink his presidency and he’s earning every bit of ridicule he’s getting.

  45. RIK Says:

    So it’s the President’s fault that the economy tanked and the banks failed? It’s the President’s fault that the oil rig blew up? It’s the President’s fault that we bailed out the banks? The President has implied that the Fed will pay for the clean up? Very true, the President along with his staff conducted a clandestine operation in the gulf wearing commando type uniforms and blew up the rig. They also allowed OTC derivatives and the banks to fail (even though he wasn’t the President at the time). He has also stated that you and I will pay for the clean up even though he is firmly planting his foot on BP’s neck and got critisized for doing so. No, Bush was clueless when Katrina hit. President Obama has done a thousand times more to ensure the oil slick is being addressed. He also offered Federal Assistance to the Gulf states and, oh by the way, has done so! Obviously the media is focusing more on what hasn’t been done then what has been done. BP has asked the administration to continue their responsibility for the capping and clean up. Has anybody mentioned the fact that BP hasn’t addressed how they plan on compensating the Gulf fishermen; or how they plan on cleaning this up? Nope, we are too busy bashing the President when we should be bashing BP. The President has not turned his back on the Constitution. He just hasn’t raped it like Arizona did. Israel? The reason why there is a middle east crisis is because of Israel and Palestine. The President is trying to help in reconciling both sides and these stupid Israeli Commandos shoot and kill protestors who threw rocks at them. I mean really?? You do not want the President (any President) to micromanage every single problem. I’ll echoe Sarah’s comment about everyone complaining not enough government and then flipping to too much government.

    President Obama has provided more competent leaderhip for our country than that Republican joke: G.W.

    Hey Republicans, here’s a thought: Instead of bitchin and moaning about the President and our problems how about finding a solution to the problems you got us into in the first place!!

    Falling on my sword. At least I have a sword to fall on instead of an incompetent President the Republican Party shoveled out these last 8 years.

    Yup, blame President Obama for the problems WE created; and then bitch and moan that he and his administration hasn’t done anything to fix it!! Typical cowards!!!

    Lead, Follow, or get the Hell Out Of The Way!!!

  46. NaniB Says:

    Sara, Sara, Sara…you’ve been drinking too much of the kool-aid. Demonstrating some LEADERSHIP is what BHO should be doing instead of playing the blame game. This is his watch, he should take it on the chin, man-up, and deal with it.

    Shawn…ROTFLMAO…so where does Paul McCartney fit into the big scheme of things the prez is supposed to do?

    I am amazed at the lengths some people will go to in defense of our inept president.

  47. Patriot Act Says:

    I agree with LeMieux on every point except one:

    “He’s a very bright guy.”

    I see every indication that our president is a dim bulb who only does one thing semi-well: reading a teleprompter. I have no doubt that if his carefully guarded college grades were ever released, they would be lackluster at best.

  48. Obama Amature Says:

    The incompetence of this administration is amazing. Obama follows the same strategy for every crisis.

    1. Blame Bush
    2. Call in the Lawyers
    3. Grow Government

    Instead of dealing with the oil spill, the Numb Nuts in Chief, was campaigning for Cap and Tax Global Warming Bill.

    “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” (Copy write Obama 2010)

  49. Ranbo Says:

    Obama can’t do anything about this because he hasn’t a friggen’ clue what to do. This is the first tangible thing that has a definite solution or result, not like the bail-outs, the health care that won’t take effect for a couple of years, or anything Obama has been involved with in the past. This is a problem that requires a definite solution and the guy is completely lost.

  50. Michael Says:

    To RIK, lay off the Kool-Aid!

    Your love of the idea that this man represents is not reflected in any reality.

    Democrats owned Congress for the last two years of Bush’s presidency. Instead of staving off the financial crisis headed our way, they focused on demonizing Bush, demonizing regulators, and demonizing capitalism . . . and Obama was all in every step of the way!

    Now, you want to give Obama a pass on everything. The man’s been president for 15 months, but nothing’s his fault, nothing’s his responsibility.

    He ran on a promise of creating jobs. Where are they?

    He ran on a promise of cutting taxes. Bush’s tax cuts expire at the end of this year and Obama is letting them. Let me ask you this, if the tax cuts expire . . . isn’t that the same as a tax increase? Or are you wrapping yourself in the Pelosi excuse?

    No one is accusing Obama of blowing up the well head, but you go ahead and float that straw man if it makes you happy. But know this, he has said he’s personally in charge. Well if that’s true, then he should act like it!

    As for bailing out the banks, do you know why he did that instead of giving the money back to the people who actually earned it? Because he and Congress knew it was Government policies that created this mess. Now, the better fix would have been (if you’re going to go into debt on the public’s dime) would be to give the money not to banks, but to real people who would have then paid off their creditors. Personal debt would have gone down, banks and creditors would have been made solvent, and factory orders would have kept our jobs in place. Obama took the worse of the two options. He paid off the Wall Street gamblers losses with the House money and got nothing in return. Now, everyone’s in debt except the gamblers.

    As for Israel, Obama started this by openly snubbing Israel in high fashon. That set the stage for this very flotilla which was nothing but a Palistinian setup . . . please, expired medicine, rotten blankets, who are they kidding?

    Obama has done nothing but puff his chest, fly his nose high in the air, and spokesperson out haltingly haughty sound bites to the media.

    Heck, Obama can’t hold a candle to GW. In fact, he’s lower than Carter was and nobody thought that would ever happen again. At least not in our lifetime! And, he fell that far in only 15 months.

    As for Repub’s fixing problems, why can’t you understand the words of a truly great leader:

    “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.”

    ~Ronald Reagan~

  51. Kenneth Strout Says:

    Crist is a “RAT”. He is not even a RINO, he is in politics only for himself, shame on him. He got my vote and he lied to me everyone else that put him in office. 0bamba and Crist are like 2 peas in a pod except this is our country we are talking about. “We the people” will take back our country in November, bet on it. Go Marco!!!

  52. danpa Says:

    Senator LeMieux, i just read this article, and i was thinking until the very end that maybe, just maybe, you would be the first public official to call this guy what he is: A LYING S.O.B. but you praise this NO-NOTHING with ‘he’s a very bright guy’…. NO HE ISN’T…..

    WHERE ARE THE POLITICIANS WITH A BACK BONE…??? HAVE WE ANY…?????

    remember America, November 2nd, 2010 is ‘THROW OUT THE GARBAGE DAY’……
    REMEMBER in NOVEMBER…..

  53. neopatetic Says:

    This may be the worst ecological disaster ever to befall the world since the great asteroid strike, let alone in the United States in our brief history. It could dwarf Chernobyl, make the Dust Bowl and Great Depression look like a tea party and rival the desertification of North Africa. Think that is hyperbole? Perhaps, but consider …

    This event threatens a great many species with extinction. Why? It has gotten into the marshes that are used by a great many species as habitat, breeding grounds, and primary, if not exclusive, source of food and shelter from the vicissitudes of Mother Nature and the threats posed by predators, to specifically include us. It is not just the species we eat: it is virtually all of them that live there. The oil kills the grass and other plant matter. That warms the ground and water otherwise normally shaded. That, and the oil itself ruin breeding grounds for many of the microorganisms that form the very bottom of the food chain. As more and more species die off, depopulate or seek survival elsewhere, the dying of the marsh ecosystem accelerates. With the marshes denuded of plant material, there is progressively less to keep the soil intact when the hurricanes come. Before you know it, huge tracts of land that once supported a wealth of plants and animals are at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. It is silting up the Mississippi delta. It is interfering with the vital ship and barge traffic that uses that great waterway to get so very much of our grain to a hungry world.

    That brings up some points about the economic devastation this spill causes. We all know how terribly threatened are the incomes of the oystermen and shrimpers, together with all their brethren, but have you thought of what that means to their communities? Every small business that sells diesel to put in the fishing boats or into the rigs that move their catch to processors, or from processors to the rest of us, is threatened. So are countless restaurants, bars, grocery stores and on and on. How are these people to pay their mortgages, small business loans and other debts? What happens to the value of their homes and the commercial property they and others own? What happens to all of the people who work at banks, real estate offices and insurance companies? What happens to the cities, counties, parishes and states when the tax base drops through the floor? I haven’t even touched on the tourism that is already being sucker-punched. Who wants to vacation on a beach soaked with oil and tar? Who wants to visit a town or city that can no longer afford their hospital, police, fire and aid to the poor? All of it contributes to a death spiral that goes out of control very quickly.

    Is this all BP’s fault? Yes, primarily. There is enough blame to go around, however. I have heard that MoveOn.org has made a video pointing out that when you hire a BP employee to supervise BP, not least when BP is a major campaign contributor, you should not be surprised when BP is allowed to proceed with their drilling without adequate emergency plans and without adequate inspections. Let me also add that BP is the single largest company contributing taxes to Great Britain, our oldest and closest ally. As the fourth largest company in the world, BP is a stock in a great many portfolios. I am in no way arguing that BP should not pay for what they have done. I am simply pointing out that the ramifications of their corporate demise, if it comes to that, will affect a great many more people than just those who are actually to blame.

    Please, President Obama, we need leadership from you. We need for you to put partisanship aside and unite us in a Herculean effort to clean the marshes and beaches to whatever extent possible, to give aid to the suffering, to save as much of the wildlife as we can, and to strive with everything we can muster to overcome this wretched catastrophe. With no other exception but war, please put this at the very top of your agenda. We all know you have many other pressing matters that concern you and which you must address. Just keep your priorities straight, please, sir. Countless creatures and a whole way of life will vanish, probably forever, if we fail.

    May God have mercy on us (a prayer I have never before prayed).

  54. typical white person Says:

    …let me be clear……

  55. ByteRider Says:

    Obama could have been proactive in addressing the oil that had already leaked. To this day, he still is not.

    ENOUGH RHETORIC… It’s time to DEMAND OBAMA’S RESIGNATION…

  56. ByteRider Says:

    @Mike— awesome write up.

    Everyone — read message #50.

    It says it all. Mike, you got class and BRAINS! Thanks for putting into words the thoughts I’ve had for.. when did Obummer get into office? :-)

  57. Darrel Says:

    Hey! Obama gave up 3 hours of his golf time for the oil spill. What more do want from him????

  58. Sam Deakins Says:

    Sara, what is Obama to do you ask? First he can quit blaming Bush and secondly he could resign.

  59. forparity Says:

    Indeed. Pres. Obama. It’s 2-3 weeks late, but call this spill a national disaster, and leave no stone unturned in putting together a national response to contain the oil spill and to clean-up that which hits the coastlines.

    Shift $100-200 billion from the failed stimulus bill funding, and put it to work. Coordinate the feds with state and local governments, and with private industry – and hire a hundred thousand workers on the spot.

    We need leadership – not finger pointing and blame. We all know well enough most of the causes of this horrific accident. You can bill BP later, if that’s your cause, but for now, why are you doing next to nothing, and continuing to allow this crisis to spread out of control. Let BP, under your direction, continue with their efforts – but the federal government should do the rest – and do it now.

  60. MakeMyDay Says:

    The “Annointed One” has been in serious dereliction of the duties of the Presidency, since unfortunately sitting in the Oval Office!! It WON’T happen again!!

  61. Alice Says:

    OBAMA IS NOTHING BUT AND EMPTY SUIT WITH AN EMPTY HEAD JUST LIKE HIS BUDDY CRIST.

  62. Alice Says:

    OBAMA IS OVER HIS EMPTY HEAD RIGHT NOW AND HE CAN VOTE PRESENT JUST LIKE HE DID WHEN HE WAS IN THE SENATE FOR 150 DAYS.

  63. Sheets Madraars Says:

    Barry O is the least qualified Commander-In-Chief this country has ever had. His only ‘work’ experience is organizing and inspiring protestors. He is very talented at this activity. Barry inspired SEIU to attend townhall meetings to terrorize decent Americans. Barry inspired ACORN travel in buses to the homes of bank executives to scare their families. Barry inspired Black Panthers to guard the entrance of polling places to intimidate voters. Obama’s only work experience makes him the godfather of America’s ‘home grown’ terrorists.

  64. X Says:

    Conseratives sure came down with a bad case of amnesia since Obama was elected president of he United States of America.

  65. Anthony Bruno Says:

    My criticism of the president is simple.
    He needed to direct agencies to relax critical time-consuming steps so the requests for berms and other measures to protect the area could have been
    approved immediately.

    Sometimes govt. has a negative impact when strict adherence is not lifted.

    This reminds me of the hundreds of mobile homes planned for Katrina homeless only to be stuck in Arkansas since the govt would not allowed them to be delivered to ‘flood plane’ leaving
    thousands homeless but compliant with Federal law.

    What we are seeing goes beyond a single president, and to behemoth of agencies who have the authority to aid or hinder supported by regulations which frequently contribute to the problem.

    I doubt what is occurring will change the mindset of how legislation is crafted and regulation.

    The only thing we can count on is a continuation of political finger pointing and the American people impacted directly being hit like a
    pinata again and again.
    Anthony Bruno
    ajbruno14@gmail.com

  66. apetra Says:

    We had a 1000 surface ship navy under Reagan, it’s under 300 now but still substantial. We have almost 75 submarines. We have over 300,000 navy personnel. We have the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Civil Engineering Corps of the U.S. Navy.

    How many of these assets are currently committed to sealing the breach?

    This isn’t Obama’s Katrina. It’s worse.

  67. neopatetic Says:

    His rhetoric does not speak well when matched against his record.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzllR24e-FY&feature=player_embedded#!

    Lots of golf, though.

    Please, President Obama: lead! Louisiana is dying! Alabama, Mississippi and Florida are next. The tragedy is upon us. Whole species are in terrible danger, with many thousands of creatures already dead and dying. Stop the politics and act to save the Gulf for our children!

  68. R. WOLF Says:

    Yes. This is the stand to take on the issue – “LeMieux blasts Obama spill response as ‘dereliction of duty’.

    I’m saddened to see such radical ideas foisted on Americans. And it’s worse yet to endure a President with no clear ideas, no plan, and no “common sense”.

    Are you considering a possible run for his office?

    We need someone sensible to help place us back on the straight and narrow track.

    - RW.

    /\/\/\

  69. Blue Belly Yank Says:

    Give it a rest. On the ground? End of the Coast? Oh please.

    No one in the south wants anything to do with the rest of the country until there is a problem. Then its all “help us help us”.

    Maybe you are getting what your seditious hearts deserve.

  70. TheoryAmericana Says:

    Honorable Senator,

    How is it that the President is derelict in a duty that is not part of his Office? Are you suggesting an increase in the powers of the Office of the President? If you are then you do not understand YOUR obligation to uphold the Constitution. That being so, I suggest you retire immediately and allow another, who understands the Constitution serve in your stead.

  71. Ed Wallis Says:

    @ TheoryAmericana

    Ahh, yes. The true limitations of Libertarianism when confronted with REALITY.

    Thanks for showing everyone here why Libertarianism and Anarchism are THEORIES best left as such.

    Citing the U.S. Constitution does not add any legitimacy to your pleading. Yawn.

    Be it the corruption (Romanoff, Sestak deals), the Federal takeovers (AIG, GM…), or “just” the serial incompetence and indifference (just about everything else), I look forward to the political downfall of Obama, for the sake of our great nation.

  72. Andrew Says:

    Resignation is too timid of a response.

    IMPEACHMENT is entirely the only solution to our current disaster.

  73. Ed Wallis Says:

    DERELICTION…whether from “WILL not” or “CANNOT”

    From:
    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=37308

    “While there is an obvious personality flaw emerging with Obama’s recent snappishness, of considerable concern is that the job of President seems too big and too difficult for him to handle,” adds Miss Jacobus, who serves as president of Capitol Strategies PR.

    “His recent claim that this has been the most challenging 18 months or any 18-month period since the 1930’s was very telling – and even more alarming. Especially since he has a Democrat-majority House and Senate,” she said. “It appears he may not be up to the job even in the easiest of circumstances.”

  74. SmartestOne Says:

    Hey Sara,

    Since I pay TAXES, this conservative expects DECISIVE ACTION on the part of government “leaders.” That means assessing the problem, stepping up to the plate and HANDLING it, which in B.O.’s case would mean consulting EXPERTS. Obama turned away the assistance of 17 countries (they volunteered both equipment and expertise like engineers) but then turned around and recruited a movie director for his “braintrust!”

    James Carville ticked off a dozen or so things that this president SHOULD have done and didn’t. Matt Simmons of Simmons International has a very simple 3-point plan. Is anyone in the executive branch listening to these people? No.

    Just because I expect government “officials” to DO THEIR JOB doesn’t mean I want a nanny state big government interfering with my living my life.

  75. pmabbott Says:

    I suppose Lemieux, like other Obama critics, expect him to free dive and stick his thumb in the hole!

  76. Missy Says:

    This is being so disastrously handled by BP–being propped up by 3+ week delays for federal permit approvals, etc.–that it’s scary. God help us if Barack Obama and company don’t stop. When you control a man’s health care, job opportunities and food source, I’ll bet you control the man.

  77. Athena Says:

    If the rig explosion were to be investigated by a neutral third part, it would tie this so-called accident back to the white house. I have never lent my thinking to conspiracy theory, but I can smell the stinking oil devastation from here. There are too many sequence of events that have been handled so badly that you would have to ask yourself “do they mean to destroy teh gulf coast region and the nation’s largest domestic drillers?” The answer is “yes.” Presbo seems quite elated these days and is already talking about this disaster and how it supports the care for Cap and Trade and the Clean Enery bills. Oil drilling, both deep and shallow has happened for over four decades in the gulf coast region. A few accidents have happened but nothing to this magnitude. Is BP this incompetenet and evil, or are the higher-ups with BP doing the bidding of an evil administration. There is currently a cease on domestic drilling as a result of this horrible disaster and that is just the start. Barack Obama is evil and he is going to destroy America at any cost.

  78. joe Says:

    Comeing out in droves to vote November, actions speak louder than words.

  79. IVotedForAnAmerican Says:

    tsk tsk tsk – All you Obama Supporters.
    Reading your comments here and on various other sites at how you defend him used to be jaw-dropping at how completely out of touch, naive, brain-dead and clueless you all are. At one point early on in his administration, it was actually scary at how you Progressives slavishly followed him like zombies – how come you all could not see the disaster he was, when all of us could see it? It was like the movie THEY LIVE – if you had the sunglasses on you could see the aliens, but if you did not have them on you could not see them – that is how it was with you Progressives. Scary stuff. But lately it has just turned in to a cheap form of amusement as our country disintegrates under the leadership of President Obama. It is amusing in that the Progressives will bend themselves in to pretzels to defend him and rationalize his behavior, yet we ALL know full well if President Palin, President Bush, or any Republican had done a tenth of what he has done in the last miserable 18 months, you would all have brought them up for impeachment. Yet President Obama is such a miserable, incompetent, evil, naive, complete failure, and there seems to be no ends to where you will go to defend him and tell us it is all actually President Bush’s fault. We LAUGH at you, Progressives. We LAUGH in your face, we LAUGH behind your back, and you PROGRESSIVES are completely out of touch and clueless as to the tidal wave of Conservatism that is about to crash your little party come November. And 2012 really will be a nightmare for you. We will roll back everything President Incompetent has done. We will have investigations like you have never seen on every member of Congress – Democrat AND Republican – and every member of this corrupt Administration – your Kenyan Manchurian Candidate and much of his staff and many of the Democrats in office currently will soon enough be sporting bright orange attire with 12-digits on the back. We are not standing for this corruption and We will put an end to it. We let the kids take over the government, and this is what we got for our trust in the kids – now it is time for the grown-ups to take back the wheel, put you in the back seat with a pacifier, and get the car out of the ditch you have us in. We LAUGH at you when you blame President Bush – what a joke… so your guy has a problem here, and a problem there, and a problem over here and another problem over there, and not only is he utterly unable to figure out what to do, but you Progressives somehow manage to blame President Bush for it – PRICELESS! So not only are you out of touch with reality, evidently you drop acid as well. (we knew it all along) We all LAUGH at you Progressives and we LAUGH at you President Obama – you are such a failure and your Administration will not only go down in history as one of the shortest (impeachment), but this is the end of the Democrat Party – your party will not recover, can not recover, and most of your leaders will be in prison or exiled from leadership again.
    We LAUGH at you Progressives when you make your immature little nasty Teabagger comments about us – go ahead call us all the immature nasty little comments you want… call us Racist all you want… call us Haters, call us Bigots, call us Rednecks all you want – IT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE… WE DO NOT CARE… WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE ANYMORE BECAUSE WE ALREADY LOST OUR COUNTRY.
    But just because we lost something does not mean we can not find it again. We can find it and we will find it. We will take it back from you evil evil evil people. We will not give up.
    When President Obama was first elected, I was sick to my stomach for weeks because I knew this is pretty much what we all had in store for us, but once I got over the nausea I realized that with every bad thing that happens, a good thing happens. The bad thing that happened was President Obama bringing Marxism to the USA. The good thing that happened, was that President Obama did something not even President Ronaldus Magnus could do – collapse the Democrat Party. Prediction: Democrat Party ceases to exist by 2016.
    For all of my fellow Teabaggers: Let them throw rocks, slime us, and hit us all they want – they are going down, and they are going down real hard this time – they will get the butt kicking they deserve and the butt kicking they have had coming to them for a very very very long time.
    God Bless the USA
    John Wayne.

  80. TrajanLong Says:

    Libs usually recite some dimwit lie that they read in a DNC press release, then when they have no actual facts to buttress their positions, they resort to infantile name calling and whining. Obama has been a dismal president economically with massive and unprecedented deficits, at the Olympic meetings, with his poorly drafted health care bill that half the states are already suing to repeal, and now this latest disaster where even Democratic strategists have been critical. He has no ability to lead and only the stupidest and blindest of his minions can’t see it. BTW, for the blame Bush morons, The Democrats have controlled Congress for 40 out of the last 52 years and from 2006 when everything went south.

  81. Robert M Says:

    Obama is more concerned about meeting an old Beatle, wining&dining in Chicago, playing some golf, shooting some hoops, spending tax payers’ money on entertaining movie stars at the White House,taking vacations, getting oophs! losing Olympic bid for Chicago instead of leading a nation by example. Obama may be the least hard working President in our country’s history

  82. TedK Says:

    Oh more reliance on the govt to clean up everyone’s mess. How about letting private enterprise soak up the costs and consequences rather than the American taxpayer you RINO. I’m sick and tired of bailing out big business when they rake in billions and billions. It started with Bush and his Wall St bailout, and this wahoo wants to continue the fleecing of USA taxpayers with this BP disaster. NO LEMIEUX…LET BP TAKE THE LEAD AND PAY. So tired of watching my hard earned money bailing out bankers and oil fatcats.

  83. Robert M Says:

    I hope the people of Florida do not send a person like Crist to be their Senator. He is another “Spector” that is primarily concerned for himself and will give his vote for what he thinks will advance his status and power. Florida deserves someone that leads rather than someone constantly wiping the “brown stuff” off his nose in a desperate attempt to gain approval. Send Charlie Obama Crist a message to retire from politics or at least admit to being a Democrat rather than misrepresenting self as a conservative

  84. IVotedForAnAmerican Says:

    For you Progressives that ask “Well, just what is it President Obama should do?”, “How is President Obama derelict in a duty that is not part of his office?”:
    Ahhh, good questions!
    Answer: Provide LEADERSHIP. Define the problem and find a solution. Try picking up a copy of LEADERSHIP 101. Or maybe in his case, PRESIDENT 101.
    How is he derelict in a duty that is not part of his office?
    Really?
    Are you seriously asking that question? You asked it soooo seriously and politely – do you really want an answer?
    Answer: HE IS THE PRESIDENT YOU MORON – HE IS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD. Okay, maybe I was a bit harsh with my response – I apologize. He is the President you moron – he is the leader of the free world. Okay, maybe none of us seriously expect him to don a wet suit, hop over the side of a boat, and swim a mile below the water to cap the well, but what we do expect is him to stop the college frat partying, stop with the fundraising, stop with the juvenile finger-pointing and show not only leadership and interest in the problem, but we expect him to show us that he will see that the problem is fixed. That is what we realistically expect. Hmmmm…. if I were President, I think within, oh, say a week, I would have at least been to the gulf coast to inspect what was going on (probably would have gone there several times), I would have given press conferences to at least comfort the nation that the problem would get fixed and that people were working on it, I would not have partied like it was 1999, I would have not taken a vacation and ignored Memorial Day, and I would have cut all the red tape crap so Louisiana can get it stupid booms. I would not have sat by idly while people lost their jobs, lost their livlihoods, lost their careers, lost their homes, and watched their state die in front of their eyes.
    I WOULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING.
    Look at it like this: Your name is President Obama and you just passed monumental Health Care legislation to take care of 300 million people – how can anyone trust that you can adequately administer a flu shot or give a prostate exam if you can not figure out how to stop an oil leak? Yeah, I know, it is way far down below the ocean surface – hey, I have a few ideas to fix it and I think by now I would have been at least have been trying every idea I could come up with… but so far I see they have only tried a hand full of ideas, and I do not see President Obama offering any ideas at all. Look – we do not expect you to swim down there with a knife between your teeth and duct tape it shut, but we do expect you to do something and show some real leadership. So far, all you have convinced everyone of is that you are incredibly and embarrassignly incompetent… that you are a failure… that all you are interested in is enjoying the (very short term) perks of the office… and that you are in way over your head. Us real men have a phrase for you President Incompetent: Don’t ask a boy to do a man’s job. (no, that is not a racist comment, and no, I am not playing your politically correct game and apologizing).
    God Bless the USA,
    John Wayne.

  85. DespiseTheSOB Says:

    Obama will use another ‘crisis’ to score cheap political points. This man has no shame.

  86. SUSAN Says:

    Obama clearly lacks the intellect for the job. His only interest are keeping this vile hate group known as the democrat party in power.

  87. del Says:

    dereliction of duty’ WELL DAHHHHHH!!

  88. richp017 Says:

    LEAVE HIM ALONE. He’s got Paul singing in the White House. Gees, golfing, basketball, weekly parties, hanging with Hollwood types. What’s more important the country or having fun? He did say we needed change and we got it. How’s that working for you BO morons?

  89. Farmer Says:

    Leadership and management requires proactive decision making and good judgment. Had I been President, I would have ordered every available Navy/CG ship with oil spill response capability with all available booms to the gulf within 24 hours. I would have sent the head of EPA to LA to coordinate with Navy/CG, Gulf Gov’s and BP within 48 Hrs and I would have granted special approval to Gov. Jindals request to build barrier islands knowing that the impending disaster to wildlife, land and lives in general was far more serious than any potential impacts of building the barriers which could be unbuilt later. None of this was done. Instead of leadership and management we see blame and finger pointing. No one has seemed in charge here, no crisis management and no crisis management team (CMT). President should have put EPA in charge of CMT and focus on two tasks, BP fix the leak, everyone else collect oil.

    As to what happened and where the blame lies there is only one question I would ask. Show me the documented evidence that the blowout preventer was properly installed and checked out. If it was properly done then this is clearly and accident, if not, someone either didn’t do their job (negligence) or falsified that it was done (fraud).

    Proactive management isn’t rocket science but it does require training and experience.

  90. richp017 Says:

    He can swim dowm there and plug it. His EGO is the only thing that can handle the pressure that far down.

  91. Elizabeth Says:

    I agree with richp017. The only enrage feeling we have seen from Obama is “plug the ^&&* hole.” His EGO could do the trick. The liberals are fast to blame Bush for the Katrina but blind to compare this incident to Obama for his lack and ultra slowness to the BP incident. Obama said during during his run for president that he can answer that 2:30AM call. Well Obama this is the 2:30AM call and you are not answering. You were on vacation twice since this incident. There are no hook up for your teleprompters? The American people need to apologize to the world for a sorry&^*# president we have in the WH.

  92. Aunt Bee Says:

    Time for impeachment. There is no other solution.

  93. moonmac Says:

    BP is trying to spend as little as possible-that is what business is suppossed to do. Fine them 100 Billion right now! Allow the 30 countries to help! Instead of 1000 ships it should be 10,000 boats skimming the oil. Obama wants this as bad as possible to help with his long held position of alt fuels that only work w/ 75 percent subsidies!

  94. David Mikhtam Says:

    I said it before and I will say it again…USA has been taken for a ride by a CON-MAN.

  95. nancy Says:

    The constant lying, the staggering arrogance, the dangerous narcissism, the astound incompetence…Obama the buffoon. the smug smirking con man….need I say more?

  96. James T. Says:

    America has over 400 Billion (“b” as in boy) barrels of oil that the big oil companies have left and abandoned in the wells because they were only interested in getting the cheap, easy oil.

    The Department of Energy has determined that the cheap, easy oil that the big oil companies removed, left anywhere from 60% to 90% of the “original oil in place.” What a waste, imagine, removing only 10% or 40% of the oil, leaving the rest of the oil behind!

    The Department of Energy states that Enhanced Oil Recovery can recover 240 Billion barrels (of the 400 Billion barrles of oil). That’s recovering oil from existing oil wells, not in the deep oceans, but on land.

    Best of all, Enhanced Oil Recovery technologies use “carbon dioxide emissions” and inject the CO2 into the well, which releases the trapped oil from the reservoirs and when the oil is removed from the well, the carbon dioxide is left behind and “sequestered.”

    America produces 7 million barrels of oil each day, but we need 20 million barrels each day, that means we need to buy 13 million barrels of oil every day from foreign countries for the oil we need. That amounts to over $1 billion dollars every day leaving our country, with many of our dollars going to countires and regimes that promote and export terrorists.

    America needs to produce America’s oil and get off foreign oil, and put American’s back to work producing our own oil, in our own back yard.

    Enhanced Oil Recovery is “the” bridge technology that can carry America until we have developed our renewable energy resources such the greenest of all biofuels – Biomethane, B100 Biodiesel, and Synthesis Gas which is generated from Anaerobic Digesters and Biomass Gasification plants – to replace fossil fuels.

  97. Jesse Says:

    I didn’t notice in this article when Senator LeMieux indicated that HE was in Pensacola, FLORIDA to survey the oil damage? Can we expect the Senator there 3-4 times a week as well? What day does that begin?

    BTW, is Senator LeMieux aware that President Barack Obama has more than a few things beyond British Petroleum’s Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe on his plate? The responsibilities of President of the United States of America and Governor of Florida are two vastly different scenarios.

  98. Jimbo Says:

    Obama sucks. He has no clue.

  99. Joe Democrat Says:

    For a supposed “bright” guy, our Prince Charming has shown once again that he is a dimwit. I was never a fan of George Bush until now. There’s a reason why “Miss Me Yet” billboards are popping up across the land. That is one thing that Obama CAN blame on Georgie that actually makes sense. Obama is a perfect description of failed leadership. Yes, Bush had his Katrina, but leave it up to an inept Democrat to make that disaster seem like a walk in the park. Ooooh ooooh that smell. Can’t you smell that smell? Ooooh that smell, the smell of BO that is all around you.

    The Democrats, of which unfortunately for me I am still registered as one, deserve to go down in flames. It’s not just the response to this ruptured oil well that will destroy the Democratic party which already is in the throws of a civil war. Even the most leftist of ideologues will eventually have to admit that Obama is poison.

  100. Optimus Prime Says:

    Goldman Sachs sold 4.7 million shares
    of BP two days before the rig went up.

    Goldman Sachs sold 4.7 million shares
    of BP two days before the rig went up.

    Goldman Sachs sold 4.7 million shares
    of BP two days before the rig went up.

    Goldman Sachs sold 4.7 million shares
    of BP two days before the rig went up.

    For the love of God — notice this!

    http://www.dailypaul.com/node/136466

  101. Optimus Prime Says:

    Also, BHO is evil. An infiltrator
    designed to bring down the country.
    No doubt about it.

  102. normal person Says:

    If a nuclear bomb went off in this country, Obama would golf, blame whity, bow to foreign leaders, and repeat.

  103. William Bedloe Says:

    Actually, Obungler’s response is much worse than Bush during Katrina. Bush probably expected more from the state and local authorities – unfortunately, they were run by the same mealy mouthed liberal do nothings who are coordinating Obungler’s so called Federal response. Blanco and School bus Nagin are a far cry from Jindal, and that should be painfully obvious to anyone with any scraps of brain remaining in their heads. At least Obungler has Jindal willing to go to war down there to do what is needed. If Blanco was still in charge, this disaster would have been even worse. Face it – libs act only when it benefits them. Obungler is no different. He enjoys the benefits of being President (interviews, parties, hobnobbing) but none of the hard work. Unless you consider destroying traditional America hard work – then he excels…

  104. Clay Says:

    Jack is an idiot. The Gulf Coast governors since Katrina have been extremely effective in creating systems. That is since Louisiana elected Jindal, who is a very shrewd and capable administrator. I would say that no states are better prepared for disaster than Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

  105. Freedom Writer Says:

    Oozing oil. Oozing debt. Oozing corruption.

    Hail Oozama!

  106. Jim Jones Says:

    The greatest tragedy of this first black presidency is that because of the abject failure of his administration this country probably won’t see another black president for many years. His actions have severely harmed race relations.

  107. Justin Says:

    Exactly. Obama should be there on the beach since directing the operation because he’s the Commander-in-Chief… Just like when FDR went to Normandy Beach to direct the invasion of
    Europe.

  108. Dan Says:

    The gulf states got what they deserved. They voted in republicans that deregulated the industry and had a cozy relationship with big oil…this is what happens.

    I love how the limited government tea party nutjobs are now crying because government isn’t doing enough.

  109. Dan Says:

    “Actually, Obungler’s response is much worse than Bush during Katrina.”

    You can’t even compare them, despite how much Fox news tells you to. Katrina was the federal government’s responsibility, whereas the oil spill is BP’s responsibility since they created it.

    Also, Obama can very well manage the Oil spill cleanup and response without dedicating 24/7 attention to it, that’s why governments have people other than the President doing stuff…subordinates if you will.

  110. FUPB Says:

    All you conservatives bitching and Moaning about Obama are completely complicit with your support of PRO-OIL Drilling Rhetoric the Last Few Years.
    What a joke, its great that all you old Palm Beach Bubbas and Geezers have figured out how to use the computer, now why don’t you actually try and read some factual information with this contraption instead of Spewing your hate and fear all over the web.

  111. Jim Jones Says:

    Dan says: “The gulf states got what they deserved. They voted in republicans that deregulated the industry and had a cozy relationship with big oil…this is what happens.”

    Dan, have you taken note of the amount of money donated to Barry, not only from “Big Oil” in general but specifically from BP?

    As long as we as a nation continue to blame the “other party”, the Washington pols will only grow fatter and we will continue to suffer. RE-ELECT NO ONE.

  112. unimpressedone Says:

    If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own, and he’s

    really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

    If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands

    of (our) dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC,

    would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had reduced

    your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90%,

    and given the unions a majority stake in GM,

    would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had made a joke

    at the expense of the Special Olympics,

    would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown (England)

    a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs,

    when Gordon Brown had given him

    a thoughtful and historically significant gift,

    would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

    If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had visited Austria, and

    had made reference to the non-existent “Austrian language,”

    would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

    If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem

    to keep current in payment of their income taxes,

    would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had stated that

    there were 57 states in the United States,

    would you have said that he is clueless??

    If George W. Bush had flown all the way to Denmark,

    to make a five-minute speech

    –about how the Olympics would benefit his walking

    out his front door in Texas–

    would you have thought he was a self-important,

    conceited, egotistical jerk?

    If George W. Bush had been as Spanish-illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador,

    when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo),

    and continued to flub it when he tried again,

    would you have winced in embarrassment?

    If George W. Bush had misspelled the word “advice,”

    would you have hammered him for it for years,

    like Dan Quayle and potatoes,

    as proof of what a dunce he is?

    If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel

    to go plant a single tree on Earth Day,

    would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

    If George W. Bush’s administration had okayed

    Air Force One’s flying low over millions of people,

    followed by a jet fighter, in downtown Manhattan-

    causing widespread panic-

    would you have wondered whether

    they actually got what happened on 9-11?

    If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest (where there were more people killed

    or made homeless than in New Orleans following Katrina,

    would you want it made into a major, ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

    If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars

    who report directly to him

    (bypassing the House and Senate)

    on much of what is happening in America,

    would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO

    of a major corporation-

    even though he had no constitutional authority to do so-

    would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had proposed to double the national debt (which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate)

    in one year,

    would you have approved?
    THEN – If George W. Bush had proposed

    to double the debt again within 10 years,

    would you have approved?

    So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him

    SEEM to be so brilliant and impressive?

    Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry.

    He ‘s done all this in 15 months — so you’ll have two years and nine months to come up with an answer!!

  113. neopatetic Says:

    @ Jesse, who posted on June 4th, 2010 at 3:25 am.

    “I didn’t notice in this article when Senator LeMieux indicated that HE was in Pensacola, FLORIDA to survey the oil damage? Can we expect the Senator there 3-4 times a week as well? What day does that begin?”

         The oil reached Pensacola Beach today, Friday, June 4,
         2010, in any real volume, so Jesse may be operating
         under the delusion that Senator LeMieux has a time
         machine.

         http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gIXWYBTpLtSayJtg41LKXpxSxVPAD9G4LTFG1

         ”In Florida, spotters who had been seeing a few tar balls
         in recent days found a substantially larger number
         before dawn on the beaches.”

         Senator LeMieux is only one of 100 Senators and only
         one of 535 members of Congress, not one of whom, as
         Federal legislators, has any executive power or
         responsibility.

         The President does. Anyone can look that up. It’s in the
         Constitution of the United States.

    “BTW, is Senator LeMieux aware that President Barack Obama has more than a few things beyond British Petroleum’s Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe on his plate? The responsibilities of President of the United States of America and Governor of Florida are two vastly different scenarios.”

    We all know that any President of the United Sates has a great deal to do at any given time, many competing priorities, and only limited time and energy to cope with all of it. It has been called the most difficult, or worst, job in the world. However, I think is hilarious, if what Jesse would have us believe is that somehow President Obama managed to remain ignorant of such facts until after he was elected.

    That said, and other than war, it is hard to imagine a higher priority for this President than this overwhelmingly tragic ecological catastrophe. Whole species are in peril. The marshes, a critical habitat, source of food for creatures and man alike, and breeding ground for countless animals, is in terrible distress and may not recover for decades, if ever. On top of that, as the oil kills the vegetation in the marshes they become denuded. When the hurricanes come, there is nothing to hold the soil, which silts up the river channel, clogging shipping vital to the economic health of this country, and washes into the Gulf of Mexico, forever robbing birds, shrimp, oysters and other animals of the habitat in which, over the millennia, they evolved to survive.

    Then, there is the end of a way of life for millions of people who live and work all along the coastline affected by this terrible disaster. The fishermen cannot fish. The oystermen cannot harvest. The shrimpers cannot go out. A full 75% of the shrimp consumed in this nation comes from these waters. Those who transport and process these products can be expected to see their livelihoods disappear for years and possibly forever. The ripples spread across the pond, even as the just-thrown pebble sinks, too. The butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker all suffer. The person who sells truckers or boat owners diesel suffers. The waitress in the newly-empty restaurant suffers. The bank teller, secretary in the real estate broker’s office and the dental assistant all suffer. The two largest industries on the Gulf Coast are the oil business and the fishing business. Don’t forget tourism: the hotels aren’t going to need many busboys, maids and dishwashers if everybody cancels their bookings and doesn’t come back for years, are they? What about all of the other tourist-dependent business?

    Less golf.

    Fewer fundraisers.

    Less partisanship.

    Unite us, Mr. President. This is our, and your, Chernobyl.

    Lead.

  114. calling you on it Says:

    <>

    oh yeah–once again – double standard- LIBS are the only ones allowed to do that.

  115. calling you on it Says:

    “”"”now why don’t you actually try and read some factual information with this contraption instead of Spewing your hate and fear all over the web.”"”"

    oh yeah–once again – double standard- LIBS are the only ones allowed to do that.

  116. Itdoesnttakeagenius Says:

    RIK wrote:

    “The President didn’t pull a G.W. when Katrina hit. The President is making sure everything is being done to address the situation without taking over.”
    MICHAEL wrote:
    HOW ON EARTH CAN YOU SAY THAT WITH ANY CONVICTION WHATSOEVER!?

    Bush had to nearly force the Democrat governor of Louisiana to declare a ‘State of Emergency’ so that aid could be directed to her state. Without it, nothing could be done. He then staged FEMA in a 1,000 mile radius around the expected landfall area to aid in what was expected to be a simple clean-up operation. Had the governor at the time actually prepared for a disaster like every other state had after 9/11, they would have been better able to react to Katrina. As it was, they hadn’t practiced anything, not even once. The Mayor beat feet out of town when the levees broke and the governor issued a day of prayer! Brown tried to direct FEMA in Louisiana but Blanco overrode him declaring States Rights. What was Bush to do? Invade?

    As for Obama, the man sat in his office for nearly 30 days before actually taking any real interest in what was going on with the oil leak. He’s made two trips here and instead of actually approving anything, he milled around the beach kicking at sand all the while declaring “I’m in charge!” Well, all I see is a whole lot of foot stomping and little in the way of action except on the legal front.

    Heck, for all we know, the man had to travel to Chicago last week to be deposed for the Blago trial that’s about to start all the while calling it a ‘vacation’.

    Hooey!

    This man is lost to what a real leader must do because he’s never been one and detests all those he’s ever met with the exception of Chavez and Ortiz who I believe he actually admires.

    You may have love for this man for what he once symbolized but he has failed to live up to anything of true substance.

    This leak is an albatross that will sink his presidency and he’s earning every bit of ridicule he’s getting.~~~~~~~~~~

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    MICHAEL said it all and there is PROOF of every word he posted and then some. I think it is just SO ironic how this is happening – if it were not so completely TRAGIC it would be funny. Perhaps one thing that will now come of this is that the REAL story on Bush and Katrina will be re-examined. He did everything he possibly could do both before and after Katrina hit. He had the nation’s most prestigious meterologist call the mayor of N Orleans himself to tell that DEMO(N)CRAT to get his citizens out and we all saw the busses sitting there – WHY/ The Mayor got his family out, he got out, he left his people. He did not want to spend the taxpayers money FOR the taxpayers safety. THEN HE and the idiot DEMO(N)CRAT Governor and the MAIN(LAME)STREAM media began to loudly blame Bush and it just caught on. People kept repeating it. They play soundbites of Bush saying we dodged the big one and that was BEFORE the levies broke. It was a HUGE LIE that was allowed to be perpetuated because honestly THE BUSH ADMIN WAS LACKING IN good PR staff and advice FOR SURE. Can you imagine if Bush had been having all of these parties and going golfing constantly through all this? Heck, they villified him for going to his OWN ranch that HE OWNED and driving around on HIS tractor , clearing brush. That was a vacation that he apparently never deserved when he did it about once a year. I can take everything that MICHAEL posted and go and find the links to prove it as well as what I said. BUSH DID DO EVERYTHING HE COULD HAVE and B-HO has not and everyone knows it.

  117. Itdoesnttakeagenius Says:

    Jim Jones Says:
    June 4th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    <>

    True that it has hurt race relations and this administration has actually WANTED race relations to be hurt.

    This country proved we are not a racist nation when we elected him. (either that or ACORN really did steal the election by falsifying votes. )

    And yet, the even sadder fact is this- ONE THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT! His skin is black- he is HALF black. We have yet to have a black President. And that half is NOT African American. African American as we know it are decendants of slaves. This man is Kenyan American. He is no more the first black President than Derek Jeter is a black shortstop. Would you call Derek Jeter the first black President? Well he is as black as B-HO! This one was yet another piece of crap lie that was perpetuated to the American people and we have allowed it to be repeated as fact. He is not the first black President , he is the first biracial President. Saying so does not make me a racist either. It is a fact. The first black Supreme Court Justice NEVER got the credit he deserved. The first black woman Secretary of State did not get the honor she deserved- CONDI! The BRILLIANT economist THOMAS SOWELL does not get the recognition and honor he deserves. I wonder what all three of these have in common. Where are Jessa Jackson and Al Sharpton to point out the double standard in the way these TRUE African Americans were and are treated? They won’t say anything because those great TRUE African Americans are Conservatives.

  118. neopatetic Says:

    @ FUPB, who wrote the following on June 4th, 2010 at 8:34 am:

    All you conservatives bitching and Moaning about Obama are completely complicit with your support of PRO-OIL Drilling Rhetoric the Last Few Years. What a joke, its great that all you old Palm Beach Bubbas and Geezers have figured out how to use the computer, now why don’t you actually try and read some factual information with this contraption instead of Spewing your hate and fear all over the web.”

    The President today cautioned BP that they should not, as he put it, “lawyer up.” This, from the same guy who insists we read terrorists their rights. Get this straight: we are facing an unprecedented environmental disaster. It is a Federal problem originating outside the geographic control of any State, which has already spread to the shores of multiple States.

    FUPB seems to have forgotten a very salient fact. Let me refer him to the following article at:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/science/earth/31energy.html

    The headline:

    “Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time”

    The date: March 30, 2010

    Just to remind any who may have lost track, the fire on the Deepwater Horizon began on April 20th, 2010.

    Oops. It is now obviously impossible to escape the fact that no less a personage than President Obama, himself, is “completely complicit” with his support of, as FUPB put it, “PRO-OIL Drilling.” If I may, I would just like to take this opportunity to express how little I envy FUPB his meal of oily crow.

    (For the record, I am both a native and resident of northern California, and am nothing resembling a “bubba.” I am no computer illiterate, having programmed my first one in 1968, and having owned a succession of them since 1984. I still own most of them. Some, I admit, may feel that makes me a geezer.)

  119. Weneedanswers Says:

    Could someone explain why Louisiana has not been declared a Federal Disaster area yet? Is there some reason for this? The state is obviously impacted by this disaster as well as 4 others. We all will be before it is over and I am SHOCKED gas is not $6 a gallon already. SO WHY HAS THIS NOT BEEN DONE? GW Bush always designated places disaster areas before storms would even hit because he wanted the Fed Gov’t to do the only thing they were established to do- SERVE the people and go ahead and use taxpayer money for taxpayers in disaster. This President is only in a HURRY when it comes to spending all of our money, when rushing to pass bills that they majority do not want, and which give gov’t more power.

  120. Weneedanswers Says:

    http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters_state.fema?id=22#diz

    The
    last disaster declared in LA was in December 09 for storms.

  121. OnDaFlipSide Says:

    LeMieux’s ideas are ridiculous! He wants our President to be at the gulf full time when there are wars going on, an economy that needs serious help and so on. Why? So then Republicans can say “Terrorists just wiped us off the face of the map while Obama plays in mud”. People will find fault in everything and everybody. Nobody finds the good in anybody anymore. When Bush was president, I respected him because he was PRESIDENT. I found good in some of the things he’d done. I’ve never called him names because I respected him.But now we have a Democrat as a President, all the people hate the guy and all you people can do is lash out at the guy. I’d like to see you do a better job!

  122. Muckraker Says:

    Time for the Mainstream Media to do its Job (Don’t hold your Breath):

    http://www.bloggybayou.com/2010/06/charlie-crist-and-barack-obamas-pas-de.html

    Cheers

  123. notanidiotlikeyou Says:

    You Obama haters are idiots. Bush spent on third of his presidency, 487 days at camp david and 490 at his crawford ranch, in the midst of 9/11, two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, and the destruction of our entire economy…all while he was riding his bike and trying to learn how to speak english without tripping over his own stupidity……..This is BP and Bil Oil’s fault, not Obama’s

  124. Hiram Wanous Says:

    Not sure why yahoo sent me to your blog but I must say I am now overall intrigued by the comments you have aggregated together. How much effort did it take to begin to get this many users to your internet page? I am very new to this web site stuff.

  125. Dale P Says:

    notanidiotlikeyou covers it. All you BHO haters are perfectly fit for the situation we are ALL in now. Complaining w/out hindsight, fact-picking/fabricating, lack of ability to admit complicity of BOTH parties which bilk the US out of our natural wealth at the expense of our natural diversity for HUGE profits.
    I am not a Barack fan, but Bush was a huge loser. He didn’t run things as much as Cheney and the rest of the Spooks from George Sr.’s deeply oil biz connected administration, so take a look at history before talking Kool-Aid.

    No wonder this Country has lost it’s Greatness, and is in this Great Mess.
    Take account of your own lives before you keep throwing cowardly stones back and forth with no effect.

    God Help Us. We can’t seem to.

  126. Dale P Says:

    neopatetic,

    WELL PUT!!!

    I am already sick to my stomach from reading as many posts here as I could,
    so am glad I just caught yours before leaving these blithering idiots to their
    Partisan Flakes.

    Be well, Oldtimer!

    ps – remember the old 386?

  127. JB Says:

    How did I know this was going to be a GOP blame game on Obama? LiMieux and Bobby Jindal were yelling “drill ,baby, drill” with the other extreme morons just this past January,what is this? Selective memory? Anyone mention that DICK Cheney has had his hand in the way this is an oil company problem and the govt. is limited as to what they can do, gee….sounds suspicious since Cheney has alot of cash invested on the drilling??? Figures LiMieux wants to use this disaster for his own political gain, what,Rushdidnt invite you to his bigoted wedding?

  128. evan Says:

    Bush sent thousands of troops to their deaths for no reason whatsoever. CASE CLOSED…NO NEED FOR DISCUSSION. This was treason out in the open and we let him off the hook. NOthing obama does can be as bad…ever.

  129. Getreal Says:

    FROM THE WASHINGTON POST ARCHIVES:
    What Clinton and Barry O said about Iraq- the war began in 2003.

    2004

    July 26.2004 In an interview with the New York Times, prior to his speech at the Democratic Party convention, Obama (at this time an IL senator) declines to criticize presidential nominee John Kerry for his 2002 vote to authorize the Iraq war. Says he was “not privy to Senate intelligence reports.” He then continued: “What would I have done? I don’t know.”

    July 27.2004 Obama tells Chicago Tribune that U.S. forces should remain in Iraq to stabilize the war-torn country. Says “there is not much difference between my position and George Bush’s position at this stage.”. In keynote speech to Democratic convention, Obama avoids criticism of the war, saying “there are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and patriots who supported the war in Iraq.”

    September 19.2004 Associated Press reports that Obama, running for Illinois Senate seat, would be willing to send more troops to Iraq if it would create conditions for eventual withdrawal. Says it would be “an extraordinary accomplishment” if U.S. could withdraw from Iraq in four years.

    2005

    Jan. 4.2005 Obama sworn in as U.S. senator.

    Jan. 13. 2005 Obama tells Secretary of State designate Condoleeza Rice, in Senate confirmation hearing, that he is “rooting for success” in Iraq.

    Feb. 19. 2005 Clinton, making her second trip to Iraq, says that “insurgency is failing” and much of Iraq is “functioning quite well” despite a rash of suicide bombings.

    GET REAL- History shows the facts. Bush did not send thousands for no reason and not without a great majority of support. The fact that the weapons WERE there seemed very obvious to the people who read the Intelligence Reports.

  130. Getreal Says:

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/01/clinton_vs_obama_on_iraq.html

  131. youreclueless Says:

    I suppose it’s also Cheney’s fault that Barack Obama and members of his administration are completely inept.

  132. jpb Says:

    Why did the mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana not act when the federal gov’t tried to warn them about Katrina? Bush got smeared by media bias unfairly. The trailers couldn’t be there 4 days on a flood plain- geez- they were there though because Bush declared LA / MS/ AL disaster areas BEFORE Katrina hit! And he personally called MAYOR of NO and tried to tell him to get his people out! He even had the head meteorologist of the country call him too! Then when Katrina hit it even looked like NO was spared until the next day when the levies broke. The aid was there but it is FACT that it could not get in. Yet somehow this LIE about Bush’s Katrina has been told and told when it was simply not true. That is why I think in this case it is ironic that the ineptness of the PRES is true. It is ironic because if the Left wingnuts and biased media had not MADE UP A HUGE LIE about Bush being direlect in Katrina , then there could be no Obama’s Katrina. Hmmm. It would be funny except there is NOTHING funny about this. But how anyone in their right mind can condone how BHO is acting and also continue to spout off crap about Bush is beyond idiotic.

  133. heisnotabrightguy Says:

    FROM:

    http://www.redstate.com/muckraker/2010/06/05/charlie-crist-and-barack-obamas-pas-de-deux/

    Now the oil is coming to our famed “sugar sand” beaches of the Emerald Coast. My sister was at her condo in Destin last night. As she sat on her porch, she could smell the oil when the wind shifted. Reports from aircraft say there are thick, heavy tar patches, one up to six miles in length, just south of our shores here in Florida. Already, the stories and whispers are that Crist’s led preparations, despite a 45 day heads up, are ill-planned, mismanaged and uncoordinated. And so far, Florida is an afterthought to the Feds. They are playing catch-up in Louisiana and have no time for us. You can run all the ads you want on TV, but in the world of TIVO and DVD’s, as well as a 24 hour news cycle and a live feed of the well spewing millions of gallons of Crude Oil, it is too little too late. And let’s be honest…once the oil comes ashore in force, we will have no choice but to keep people out of the water and off the beaches for health reasons. There is no escaping this fact.

    This is a disaster that a) occurred in our territorial waters and b) crossed state lines. That means it met the text book definition of a “Federal Emergency”, in spades. That meant that Barack Obama was in charge the second that oil well blew up. He has failed to do what he was elected to do. Take charge and lead. Word is finally percolating that Obama knew the scale of this disaster from day one. Now is not the time for formal investigations, but when the time does come to investigate who knew what and when, then this issue should be question number one. If this report proves true, then Obama and company should give serious consideration of doing what LBJ did in 1968; Go quietly into retirement in 2012. If Barack Obama and his Chicago Thug staff were more concerned about shielding their reputation and preserving what little political capital they had left instead of telling the American People the truth, then history’s and America’s judgment should be harsh and quick. No President should be allowed to be re-elected after so horribly misleading his country.

  134. heisnotabrightguy Says:

    Obama was elected to lead, not run away when things get hard, but when you’ve done nothing your entire life except blame others and complain, of course he’d not know what to do when the country needed him to step up. What about getting in oil tankers like the Saudis did to suck up the oil? That could be going 24/7. I’m sure one of these southern states being devastated could start digging a hole to store the oil as a last resort if the tankers available is limited. It could be a 24/7 operation.

    according to this:
    Obama knew in April how bad it would be, but in his awesomeness decided it would be better to wait 37 days to communicate his “concern” to Americans.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-06-04/obama-briefed-in-april-by-carol-browner-on-how-bad-bp-spill-was-/

  135. Rik Says:

    Yes, Bush was one of the worst Presidents in our history. Saying that Obama is worst is laughable. Bush received reports from the CIA chief (and this was reported on the news) that there was reason to believe there were WMDs in Iraq but that they were not 100% sure enough to support the recommendation for military action… Bush went anyway. Bush was advised by then Secretary of the Army GEN Shinseki that there were not enough troops for post war security… Bush didn’t increse troop strength, sent in the military anyway, and fired GEN Shinseki. Bush declared victory in Iraq in 2003 yet we are leaving in 2010. It took Bush almost 4 weeks to visit Katrina… Obama went in 12 and has gone two more times within a 34 day period. Obama is keeping his foot on BPs throat in order to ensure they assume FULL responsibility for the mess in the Gulf. Bush.. heck, I don’t even know what he did. Obama tackled a controversial issue: Health Care. A multi-billion dollar industry that has its hands in politican pockets. Nobody had the balls to do so for fears of political suicide yet he did. At least he and his administration is trying to fix the problems no other Presidents tried in the past and more importantly fix the mess Bush left behind. Yes, I’m pointing the finger at Bush because what would you do if you kept getting blamed for something you didn’t do to the point where people actually believe it’s true like: the economy, the deficit, wall street, Iraq, Afghanistan. These are messes Bush left behind and heck, even McConnel admitted that Obama would have an uphill climb cleaning up President Bush’s mess… and he’s a Republican! I can’t remember who said it (either McConnel or MCain): President Obama will be inheriting the issues the current administration has developed and who have been unable to correct. Heck, even Bush’s own “peesos” hung him out to dry.

    So again, the idea that President Obama is a worst President than Bush is laughable.

  136. youreclueless Says:

    “”It took Bush almost 4 weeks to visit Katrina… “”

    Spouting lies again?

    According to cnn:

    Bush visited three times in the first
    12 days and this does NOT include flying over the 2nd day at all.

    On Sept 11, 2005 CNN WRITES:
    The visit is Bush’s third to the region but his first chance to get a first-hand look at the streets of New Orleans, which were flooded after levees protecting the low-lying city broke.
    After sleeping on the USS Iwo Jima which is docked off New Orleans, Bush will be briefed on the recovery effort Monday morning before heading out to tour New Orleans and parts of Mississippi.
    GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT! He visited 4 times in the first 12 days !

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/11/katrina.impact/index.html

  137. youreclueless Says:

    “So again, the idea that President Obama is a worst President than Bush is laughable.” SO why is no one laughing?

  138. Rik Says:

    Bush had a surplus when he became President (the fist time); and the dollar was strong. Prior to Obama taking over, we had close to a 12 Trillion deficit; the Chinese currency was stronger than the dollar… and rising; we had two wars that was draining our budget (1 Billion per DAY and counting). I’m sorry, how is Bush NOT WORST than Obama? And, how is President Obama supposed to react when he is being blamed for everything I mentioned above? Would you stay quiet while someone blamed you all the time for something you didn’t do?

    LeMieux is looking to make a name for himself by bashing Obama because that is all the Republicans know how to do. The Republican Party used to be a Party of leadership (yeah, corrupt also but at least they did a good job of leading) until Bush came along. Not to mention the current incompetent Republicans in Washington. All they can do is bash the President because they can’t come up with better ideas to solve or at least manage some of our issues.

    This is the best the Republican party can do: critisize, bitch, and moan; because leading is not one of their strong points.

  139. moonmac Says:

    It’s too bad Bush killed Saddam Hussein, poor Obama’s got one less Dictators pole to smoke, he’ll probably just create another Dictator to bow down to. Obama is too stupid to realize BP is a business who’s soul purpose it to earn profits for shareholders. That’s capitalism, but when companies mess up they need to be punished, although BP is still handing out Billions to investors! USA should of hired a million clean up workers a week after the spill & then billed BP, that Co is worth TRILLIONS! This moron that can only read a script well is way over his head!!!

  140. Rik Says:

    “So why is no one laughing”? Is this your comeback? Is this your debate? Oh, I forgot, you a Bush supporter.

  141. youreclueless Says:

    Bush visited the hurricane hit areas FOUR TIMES within the first 12 days and BHO did not even go until day 12.

    ACCORDING TO CNN- Not exactly a bastion of Conservatism I might add:

    Article date is 9/11/05
    Senators blast ‘spin’

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/11/katrina.impact/index.html

    Democratic Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu on Sunday criticized what she described as an effort by the White House to blame state and local officials for shortcomings in the governmental response to Katrina.

    “Over my dead body will you put the blame on mayors, city council members — Republicans or Democrats — [and] local elected officials,” Landrieu said.

    “The buck’s going to stop right here in Washington when all is said and done,” Landrieu said.
    (Preach it Mary- Does that still apply?)

    And Sen. Barack Obama, an Illinois Democrat, criticized Bush for responding to the crisis with a “spin operation” but no apparent sense that the government had failed its people.
    ( oh really! hmm- Pres Bush went FOUR TIMES in the first 11 days after Katrina hit, and you did not go once in the first 12 days and have only gone THREE times in over 2 months time???
    Trusting that EVIL BIG CORPORATION , you know , the ones that can’t be trusted, to handle this?)

    The article also said:

    FEMA said Sunday it has paid $758 million to more than 364,000 households affected by the storm.
    (By 12 days time that had been done by FEMA. Sounds direlect? Meanwhile over 2 months after this oil spill, NO OFFICIAL FEDERAL DISASTER HAS BEEN DECLARED BY THIS ADMIN! Astonishing- but just go to the FEMA site and check for yourself. Why?)

  142. Rik Says:

    You honestly think that President Obama is going to let BP off the hook? If I had stock in BP I would sell immediately. That company is about to fold… at least here in the states.

  143. JULIET Says:

    Re Katrina:

    Governor Blanco made major mistakes. After asking and getting the federal government to declare the hurricane zone a disaster area two days before the storm hit, the governor failed to send any National Guard troops in to secure New Orleans and the surrounding parishes before the storm. Why?

    She also failed to ask for more troops from the feds, knowing she only had about 6,000 to control a city of 1.3 million. Why not ask for more? Like the mayor, Governor Blanco has no explanation. Surely she knew the potential for chaos. Why not send the Guard in immediately? Then, when the levees were breached, the Guard found itself unable to get into New Orleans. They’re outside. It was not until Wednesday, August 31st, three days after the storm hit, that Blanco admitted she didn’t have enough security in the city.

    THen she and Nagin and all of the Democrats in the country, particularly Reid and Pelosi, began LOUDLY spouting lies about how it was all the administration’s fault.

    They failed their own people and they knew it so they immediately tried to pin it all on who else? Bush.

  144. JULIET Says:

    Blanco Refused To Act… Governor’s Indecision Cost Precious Time

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1484139/posts

    Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 7:32:12 AM by Ellesu

    Just before midnight on August 26, three days before Katrina was to make landfall, Kathleen Blanco received a phone call from George Bush. The president had been through a series of briefings from Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin and knew the potential dangers to New Orleans and the surrounding area from a storm the size of Katrina. Now he was attempting to convince the Governor of Louisiana that she needed to take immediate action.

    His pleas fell on deaf ears. It seemed that the Governor was more concerned with the legalities of accepting federal assistance, and the appearance that her office could not handle the emergency.

    Despite Governor Blanco’s reluctance to coordinate the state’s efforts with federal assistance, President Bush declared a state of emergency for Louisiana two full days before Katrina hit the Louisiana coast. The move allowed FEMA to begin staging relief supplies for immediate distribution in New Orleans once the storm had passed.

    The president’s emergency declaration also allowed FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and to provide appropriate assistance in a number of Louisiana parishes. All that was left to do was wait for Kathleen Blanco to request Federal assistance. Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which was revised after 9/11, the Federal Government and FEMA are not allowed to interfere with local operations unless they are authorized by state and local leaders.

    Meanwhile Blanco had her own advisors insisting that the President was actually making a request for federal takeover of the Louisiana National Guard, and asking to put Louisiana State Police under federal control. They were concerned that this would be the same as martial law and lead to abuse of power by the federal government.

    The next day, August 27, Bush called Blanco again and urged her to order a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans, she refuses.

    By August 28, with Katrina less than 24 hours away, Governor Blanco had not made the decision to allow FEMA workers to assist with relief efforts. On this same day, Max Maxfield, the National Hurricane Director, called Mayor Ray Nagin and educated him on the force of nature was bearing down on his city.

    He stressed to Nagin that this storm could clean New Orleans off the map. “A storm this size and intensity will destroy the levees in New Orleans, they were not built for this,” he said. Apparently Maxfield made his point, Mayor Nagin issued a mandatory evacuation order for New Orleans on Sunday, August 28. At 6:44am on August 29, Hurricane Katrina crossed Caprien Bay and slammed into Buras, Louisiana packing winds of 144 miles an hour and pushing a 24 foot wall of water ahead of her. The tidal surge fanned out in a cone ahead of the eye wall. As she crossed the Biloxi Wildlife Management Area and into Lake Borgne, the wall of water entered Lake Ponchartrain and began to affect the levee system of New Orleans.

    The eye continued north and made landfall again at the Mississippi/Louisiana border. As Katrina progressed inland the wind shifted, forcing additional pressure on the 17th Street Canal levee.

    On the afternoon of August 29, in downtown New Orleans and the French Quarter, the brunt of the high winds had passed. Residents began to peek out and discovered the city was mostly intact. There was wind damage, and some water in the streets, but they had seen this before and weren’t concerned. Sometime during the night of the 29th or early morning of the 30th, water began to poor through the 17th Street Canal levee. New Orleans began to flood.

    By Tuesday, August 30, the federal relief effort began shipping food, water and medical supplies toward Louisiana for use in New Orleans. The same operation was underway in Mississippi and Alabama. The governors of those states had a already signed on to federal help and relief was pouring in. Governor Blanco was the lone holdout. She had still not made a decision.

    The Department of Defense sent search and rescue experts, doctors, nurses and support personnel. FEMA was there to help as much as they could but local and state officials would not allow them to participate because Governor Blanco still had not given her permission .

    Residents of New Orleans watched as the flood waters continued to poor through the breach in the 17th Street Canal levee and by Wednesday their frustration began to boil. The summer sun baked survivors on rooftops. Those who made it to the Superdome were now wandering through the gutted building, waiting for relief supplies and help which never came. Mayor Ray Nagin cursed everyone who failed to move fast enough, but Kathleen Blanco toured the stricken city in a helicopter while she conducted a news interview for CBS. On the ground, state officials were struggling with the magnitude of the disaster, but were rapidly being overwhelmed.

    Federal officials were on standby, ready to move, but Governor Blanco had still mot made a decision to ask for federal help.

    That evening, Blanco watched as reports of rapes and looting poured into the command center. National news agencies began to run video of looters breaking into stores and making off with garbage bags of goods. One policeman was shot in the head.

    Other rescue workers reported hearing bullets zinging around them as they tried to save lives. New Orleans was out of control, and the media was wondering who was in charge.

    On Thursday, September 1, amid a growing clamor of questions about the lack of action being taken in New Orleans, Blanco finally signed Executive Order KBB-2005-23, giving permission for the federal government to enter Louisiana with military assistance.

    FEMA began to move supplies into the stricken parishes along the path of Katrina. The Red Cross was finally given permission to deliver the food and water it had stockpiled in the area. Lt. General Russel Honore arrived and began to take command of the military assets which were already in place. As he barked orders, things began to happen, rapidly. Mayor Ray Nagin said, “He came off the doggone chopper, and he started cussing and people started moving.” Nagin called Gen Honore a “John Wayne kind of dude!”

    In the first 12 hours after Governor Blanco relinquished control of the rescue and relief effort in New Orleans, military helicopters flew more rescue missions than in the previous three days. Un-official count of those taken out of the flooded city topped 10,000.

    By Friday September 2, the federal relief effort was in full swing. Gen. Honore was now totally in charge and the effects of a firm leader were evident. A convoy of about 50 military vehicles arrived at the Convention Center where 7,000 storm survivors had waited for 4 days without food or water. When the convoy arrived military police quickly took charge and began to assist the survivors. State officials had halted the evacuations from two New Orleans hospitals, however, under Gen Honore’s command, the Army and National Guard began ferrying the injured and sick to safety.

    State Police, along with Military Police and other federal law enforcement agencies began restoring order. President Bush visited command posts in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to personally make sure that everything that could be done, was being done. When he returned to Washington on the evening of September 2, he signed a temporary spending bill directing 10.2 billion dollars in aid be sent to Katrina affected states. The situation was beginning to improve.

    When the sick and injured are evacuated, the looters arrested, and the water drained, New Orleans will begin the enormous task of clean up and reconstruction. Already there are those in Congress who recognize that Louisiana has a reputation for being the most corrupt state in the country. They are strongly advocating that any federal money sent to Louisiana NOT be put into the hands of Louisiana officials.

    Rep. Tom Tancredo suggested that all federal money be funneled through a House Committee. “Given the long history of political corruption in Louisiana, I am not confident that Louisiana officials can be trusted to administer federal relief aid.”

    Currently, three officials with Louisiana State Office of Emergency Preparedness are under indictment for mis-handling of 30 million dollars in FEMA funds. In typical Louisiana fashion, Mark Smith of the Louisiana Homeland Security office said, “Really, it’s not that the money was misspent here or misspent there…it’s just a case of improper paperwork.”

    Justice Department officials have said that 30 million dollars is a lot of misfiled forms. Reports state the money was spent on professional dues, up-scale leather briefcases, large screen T.V.s, stereo equipment, and a trip to Germany.

    As coastal Louisiana begins to recover from this disaster, the voters in Louisiana are beginning to re-evaluate their choice of leaders. The voices for change in a state that has been called the nations only “banana republic” are growing louder. They vow to rebuild, both their beloved New Orleans and the political system that failed her.

  145. the spinners now pay Says:

    POSTED ON SPET 5, 2005

    On freerepublic.com

    What I find astonishing is the almost immediate response from Bush Bashers to blame everything that happened, from the actual hurricane itself, to the anarchy that quickly erupted, on the President and his administration. When they do so, they not only distort the truth, they outright lie to the public, and they are doing so daily through any media venue that will give them the opportunity.

    Lie #1: President Bush doesn’t care about the people of New Orleans.

    This outrageous lie is thoroughly debunked by the fact that it was President Bush who pushed for a mandatory evacuation of New Orleans.(1) Governor Blanco issued only a voluntary evacuation order, but admitted that she received a call from the President on August 27, 2005, urging her to make it a mandatory one. He wanted as many people as possible out of the path of the storm.

    So much for the President not caring.

    Despite the fact that New Orlean’s own Emergency Response Guidelines call for a mandatory evacuation of the City if a strike by a Category 3 Hurricane is projected, with 72 hours advance notice to all residents, Mayor Nagin didn’t order a mandatory evaluation until Sunday. Further, he only did so after Max Maxfield, the National Hurricane Director, called Nagin at his home to plead that he empty the City. (2)

    Why did Nagin wait so long? He was worried about the legalities. If people want to affix blame, perhaps they can look at lawyers.

    How ironic, that The Drudge Report (3) and Free Republic (4) have pictures of dozens of New Orleans’ submerged and now useless school buses, buses that could have been used to transport residents out of the City prior to the storm, bring in supplies after the storm, and help evacuees escape the flooding. Meanwhile, Governor Blanco issued a request to the State of Louisiana to provide her with buses from local school districts.

    According to a Washington Post report on Sunday, September 4, “Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state’s emergency operations center said Saturday.”

    Bush’s offer to have the federal government aid in the evacuation was rejected. (5)

    Lie #2: The Bush Administration was slow in coordinating help.

    Mike Brown, Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for Emergency Response and Preparedness, received the order from President Bush on August 27, two full days before the storm hit the region, to prepare for Katrina disaster relief. (6) The President also declared the entire region under a State of Emergency, so that FEMA could coordinate efforts at the request of the Governors. (7) Under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, the Federal Government and FEMA are not allowed to interfere with local operations unless they are authorized by state and local leaders.

    Blanco did not authorize this until September 1, 2005.

    Further, according to an Association Press report on August 30, “The federal government began rushing baby formula, communications equipment, generators, water and ice into hard-hit areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, along with doctors, nurses and first-aid supplies. The U.S. Defense Department sent experts to help with search-and-rescue operations.” (8) FEMA was there and helping, in the capacity that was allowed by local officials, but could not swing into full gear until after Blanco gave them permission.

    Lie #3: The Bush Administration did nothing to control the anarchy.

    The local and state governments have control over law enforcement activities in their state, and such activities could only be coordinated through the federal government with their permission. It was not until terrible reports of rapes and violence, videos of looting, and reports of shoots being fired at rescue workers did Governor Blanco relinquish any claim of control on an out-of-control city.

    An August 31, 2005 Fox News Report reveals, “The looting prompted authorities to send more than 70 additional officers and an armed personnel carrier into the city. One police officer was shot in the head by a looter but was expected to recover, authorities said. Blanco said she will ask President Bush for military troops to help keep looting under control.” (9) Almost immediately thereafter, FEMA, the military, and the Bush Administration began to restore order.

    Further, on September 2, 2005, the Bush administration “sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law.” (10)

    Lie #4: The Bush Administration did nothing to prevent the flooding.

    Predictions of wide spread devastation have been known since Hurricane Camille in 1969. Despite these, it was local officials who reportedly appropriated funds designated for levee improvements towards such necessary purchases as a casino, hotel, and other projects.

    Amazing, isn’t it?

    From the carnage inside the Superdome, to the massacre of the truth on television, this is a sad time for all of America.

    Just don’t forget who helped all this to happen….because despite what the media wants you to believe, it wasn’t President Bush.

    Linda Prussen-Razzano

  146. notanidiotlikeyou Says:

    The whole USA SAW Katrina coming on TV for DAYS!!!!! Did ANYONE, other than the men being put in danger by the actions of BP on that rig see this coming? How in the world could Obama have stopped this? There are 17,141 miles of tidal coastline and 1,264 miles of general coastline from Louisana to Florida along the Gulf. The spill has closed 73,604 square miles, or 1/3 of the Gulf. There is not enough barrier booms or skimmers on earth to clean up that much coastline and open waters. It’s time for the Oil Industry to divert a portion of their billions in profits towards research and development of spill prevention, response, and clean-up measures to prevent this from EVER happening again.

    $223 BILLION in profits from 2007 & 2008 alone by just the Top 5 Oil Companies (BP, Shell, Exxon, Conoco-Phillips, & Chevron)……How much of these profits went to spill prevention? On how to stop a spill in progress? What about spill clean-up technology?…….Looks like it was ZERO to me!

    As for saying “Bush is gone now get over it”, is like standing in the middle of Strand Avenue Galveston in February of 1902 and saying the September 1900 Hurricane is gone now. It would not have mattered much to the families of the 8,000 people who were lost or to the 90% whose homes were destroyed in the storm.

    Disasters, both natural and political, have lasting, even generational effects. Thanks to Hurricane W, nearly 800,000 jobs were being swept out into the sea of despair when he handed the keys to White House to Obama. Thanks to Hurricane W, the Cat 5 winds whipping down Wall Street blew away over $13 trillion in American household wealth. Thanks to Hurricane W, there is a storm surge of hate in the youth of the muslim world that did not exist until his complicity in the tortures at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo (Intelligence Professionals say it is Al Qaeda’s #1 recruiting tool)……..Yes he is gone, but like most disasters of epic proportions in the history of mankind, not easily forgotten.

  147. Anthony Bruno Says:

    Its interesting that people quick to cite the billions in profits neglect to mention the billions in taxes paid by the oil companies, their employees, and all businesses/employees directly linked to the oil industry.
    The problem is not with Obama, but with Federal dept. prove once again (like Katrina) they have a long way to go before the public can be confident the govt can do more than answer phone calls and collect taxes.

  148. notanidiotlikeyou Says:

    Hey Anthony Bruno are you out of your mind? Oil company TAXES? Just for you and all the other completely uninformed and unaware conservatives I got something for you to chew on whilst you cheer on the “Free Markets”…….Last week, Forbes magazine published what the top U.S. corporations paid in taxes last year. Big Oil giant Exxon Mobil, which last year reported a record $45.2 billion profit, paid the most taxes of any corporation, but none of it went to the IRS:

    Exxon tries to limit the tax pain with the help of 20 wholly owned subsidiaries domiciled in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands that (legally) shelter the cash flow from operations in the likes of Angola, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi. No wonder that of $15 billion in income taxes last year, Exxon paid none of it to Uncle Sam, and has tens of billions in earnings permanently reinvested overseas

  149. Anthony Bruno Says:

    Notanidiot,
    Pls. direct me to ref. of “not to IRS”, also,did the oil co. do anything illegal
    to reduce their tax burden.
    Perhaps, if Congress were not so greedy for sticking it to US companies they would
    not be seeking tax havens elsewhere.

    Since you are seem to “no” so much, can you provide the amount of taxes paid by workers in both oil and coal industries?
    Continue to fight “Big Oil” bike to work!

  150. Rik Says:

    This Senator is trying to make a name for himself by blaming Obama for not cleaning up this mess that BP made. So, Obama is supposed to organize all capping and clean up efforts and not ensure that BP does it? Obama has taken responsibility as expected by our President. Responsibility by ensuring BP is under constant pressure to cap the oil well, clean up the mess, and compensate all those financially affected by their blunder. This Senator is trying to make it look like Obama is supposed to be out there doing what BP is supposed to do. Allocating Federal Funds to clean up this oil spill is basically taking away the responsibility from BP. Declaring a Federal Disaster will automatically release funds that should be provided by BP. By the way, these Federal Funds would be OUR TAX money that would be used instead of the Billions that BP has. You ask me, DO NOT DECLARE A FEDERAL DISASTER that would result in OUR money being utilized that should come from BP. I think Obama’s tactic of keeping the spotlight on BP is exactly what should be done in order to ensure they take FULL responsibility to include financial responsibility. Don’t believe the political hype this inept Senator is trying to convey.

  151. Rik Says:

    Additionally, Presidential responsibility in this case would involve oversight of ALL of BP’s efforts to cap the oil well, clean up the oil spill, and compensate all those financially affected by this mess. This type of responsibility DOES NOT involve physically overseeing all efforts. This is why you have Governors, Senators, and FEMA (to name a few). Their updates should reflect the President’s endstate: “BP needs to take full responsibility and not get complacent with their efforts surrounding this catastrophe”. Also, BP will be made financially responsible through fines that I believe are in the 100′s of Millions per day. THIS IS THE WAY TO STICK IT TO THE OIL COMPANIES BY MAKING BP AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY GET COMPLACENT WITH THEIR SAFETY PROCEDURES.

    BRAVO MR. PRESIDENT… BRAVO!!!

  152. Rik Says:

    Ok, so let me get this straight, Senator Pe-Pe-Le-Pue is saying that the President should declare the Gulf states a Federal Disaster Area which would mean the release of Federal Funds (in the millions) to the Gulf States for cleanup efforts? Funds equating to OUR TAX MONEY. Meaning that we would be financially contributing to the cleanup efforts hence taking away X-Million dollars of financial responsibility from BP? Not sure if that’s a good idea. I can’t speak for everyone else but I DO NOT WANT MY TAX MONEY paying for BP’s mess.

    I have to agree with the President on this one: DO NOT DECLARE THE GULF STATES A DISASTER AREA.

    Did anyone read the part were Pe-Pe-Le-Pue states “this is an American problem. It’s not a British Petroleum problem. He needs to be down here getting the best minds, working with them every day on the ground. I expect to see the president three, four times a week in the gulf until this problem is solved.” Not a BP problem? Really? Is this guy smoking crack or something. The President needs to be down there 3-4 times a week. So drop everything else, push the Governors/Senators/Mayors aside and micro-manage the situation and relieve BP of all responsibility? This guy is a severe moron to think this. OMG. He was actually voted into office and to think he can influence our tax money and our laws. Senator Pe-Pe-Le-Pue is very scary.

    Besides, if he does he’ll get slammed by the GOP for spending Federal Funds on something that BP should be spending on.

    Sounds like a catch-22: Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

    P.S. – What happened to all of the other posts?

  153. Rik Says:

    Sorry for the repeat. Original posts were not visible at first and I wanted to ensure my opinion was posted.

  154. neopatetic Says:

    @ Dale P

    “neopatetic,

    WELL PUT!!!

    I am already sick to my stomach from reading as many posts here as I could,
    so am glad I just caught yours before leaving these blithering idiots to their
    Partisan Flakes.

    Be well, Oldtimer!

    ps – remember the old 386?”

    Thanks, Dale, and indeed I do. You be well, too!

  155. earl Says:

    I have heard blistering remarks from both sides of the issues afore mentioned. My opinion is for the U.S. Federal Government to silence EPA, and begin drilling in the boundaries of the USA, and stop depending on foreign oil, in addition to making vehicles to burn propane gas of which I have heard there is plenty.
    Kooldrink

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