As the spill blackens the Atlantic coast, the news of Obama’s pay-off from BP made it out

BP Enjoys Lobbying Strength, Close Ties to Lawmakers as Federal Investigation Looms

During the 2008 election cycle, individuals and political action committees associated with BP — a Center for Responsive Politics’ “heavy hitter” — contributed half a million dollars to federal candidates. About 40 percent of these donations went to Democrats. The top recipient of BP-related donations during the 2008 cycle was President Barack Obama himself, who collected $71,000.

.It wasn’t BP, silly, it was BP-s employees, B0botland offered. How many times do we have to explain this one – we already did with Goldman Sachs!

By the time the headline hit Politico as well

Obama biggest recipient of BP cash

.the Obama media had to spring in action. (or to use my recent lesson – not the media, silly, the B0bots in the media)

Here’s what New York Magazine had to say yesterday about it – note the quotation marks around “answer for”

Obama Has to ‘Answer For’ Donations From BP

they hand Politico a dose of righteous South Park snark

Now he and “members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years,” according to Politico. Why did you take money from a company whose oil rig was going to explode two years later, Obama?!? Bastard!

Be careful what you snark, New York Magazine. How many ways did those money pay off for BP? Let me count the ways:

We know that since his campaign, Obama changed his mind (flip-flopped – if this were a regular candidate) on off shore drilling. But as NY Magazine said he couldn’t know their rig was going to explode two years later, right?

Not quite. It seems that before he was to embark on this disastrous policy, there were inklings

NOAA Warned Interior It Was Underestimating Threat Of Serious Spill

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration officials last fall warned the Department of Interior, which regulates offshore oil drilling, that it was dramatically underestimating the frequency of offshore oil spills and was dangerously understating the risk and impacts a major spill would have on coastal residents.

But NOAA’s views were largely brushed aside as Obama went ahead and announced on March 31 that he would open vast swaths of American coastal waters to offshore drilling

And what else did BP money buy? WaPo has another headline

U.S. exempted BP’s Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study

.So, after being warned by their own agency of the potential consequences

The Interior Department exempted BP’s calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.

So the recent empty promise that future leases will be given under further scrutiny merely meant :no more preferential treatment? (knowing there were no scheduled future leases).

And yet, the only headlines connecting Obama to the spill are

Obama vows ‘relentless’ response to oil spill

I bet he does. But he still didn’t change the off-shore drilling policy. Because as New York Magazine says

Why did you take money from a company whose oil rig was going to explode two years later, Obama?!? Bastard!

because as Condoleeza Rice famously said, “nobody expected planes to fly into towers”..

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