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I followed that on NPR’s stream on line – which spared me the sights and sounds.

Two things I noticed: although the purpose of this was to show him on top of this – he was unaware  about the Feds approval of the barriers in LA as well as the firing of Birnbaum.

Here’s the talk of the barriers

So let’s take the example of Governor Jindal’s barrier islands idea.  When I met with him when I was down there two weeks ago, I said, I will make sure that our team immediately reviews this idea, that the Army Corps of Engineers is looking at the feasibility of it, and if they think — if they tell me that this is the best approach to dealing with this problem, then we’re going to move quickly to execute it; if they have a disagreement with Governor Jindal’s experts as to whether this would be effective or not, whether it was going to be cost-effective, given the other things that need to be done, then we’ll sit down and try to figure that out.

All the political effect of this disaster is a verbal moratorium of 6 months on drilling?

He still made the case for continued drilling

David Gura (NPR News):

“I continue to believe what I said at that time,” he said. “That domestic production is an important part of our overall energy mix.”

“We’re not going to be able to transition to these strategies right away.”

“During that time, we’re going to be using oil.”

Thursday May 27, 2010 1:35 David Gura (NPR News)
David Gura (NPR News):

It is important, he ads, that we not rely on imports.

Also, just like W after 9.11 urgd us to shop and fly to the fabulous destinations

He encourages Americans to visit the beaches affected by the oil spill.

His entire speech was centered on stopping the gusher, not much about the clean-up, which prompted me to comment


Thursday May 27, 2010 1:56 Citizen
[Comment From Notyoursweetie Notyoursweetie: ]

Does Obama know there’s clean-up to be done? Irreversible damage? It didn’t appear so

Thursday May 27, 2010 1:56 Notyoursweetie

I immediately got 2 answers

Frank James:

To Notyoursweetie at 1:56

I think Obama knows there’s clean-up needed and irreversible damage. He said as much during the news conference.

Thursday May 27, 2010 1:57 Frank James
[Comment From 2ndCitizen 2ndCitizen: ]

@Notyoursweetie – I believe he said, there will be areas that are damaged in heart-breaking ways, and it will be years before some areas recover. So, yeah, I think he’s aware.

.However, what I got is that he feels his job is damage control – and I mean political damage

“My job is to make sure that everybody in the Gulf understands that this is what I wake up to in the morning, and this is what I go to bed thinking about every night. The spill.”

.There was a point when he reminded me of W when he called the war “a dot in history” or something similar.

Obama’s version of derision was

“We’ve gone through a difficult year and a half,” the president said. “This is just one more piece of difficulty,” referring to the oil spill.

The illustration to this is what Google images gave me for “piece of difficulty”.

And who can forget the Helen Thomas highlight

Thursday May 27, 2010 1:31 David Gura (NPR News)
David Gura (NPR News):

A question from Helen Thomas: When are you going to get out of Afghanistan?

Thursday May 27, 2010 1:31 David Gura (NPR News)
David Gura (NPR News):

“Don’t give us this Bushism,” she said: “If we don’t go there, they’ll all come here.”

I am hoping this is true

Top Kill Stopped Flow of Oil Into Gulf, BP Says

s. “They’ve been able to stabilize the wellhead, they’re pumping mud down it. They’ve stopped the hydrocarbons from coming up,” said Admiral Thad Allen. The operation can only be deemed a success once the well is sealed up with cement–which can only be done once the pressure from the well is at zero.



Unfortunately, the earlier optimistic statement is being walked back

“Top kill” bid on Gulf well still ongoing -admiral

Screencap from yesterday interview demonstrating how hard presidentin’ really is.

This interview was given yesterday, oil-kill day 36

yeah, we know about fundraisers and trips to Chicago and skipping Memorial Day

but this is a new level of entitlement. Notice in the caption text – he doesn’t say “I don’t get to play lately” – just not quite that often.

You dirty, dirty spill! messing with Oprecious’s game!

The video is here

You will enjoy the opening sequence with the ball with the presidential seal on it and Oprecious name on it.

But it was that particular line

these days I play once about two or three weeks

that made an impression on me – why with the 38 days since an ecological disaster is unfolding.

Reminds me of W cutting on sweets as his war effort. But in light of his renewed – today – pledge of not resting till the oil-kill is stopped, this interview taken yesterday a way even more arrogant and clueless.

As the nation holds its collective breath for the stopping of the oil-kill, USA Today gets cover of the day for correctly assessing its political implications  under the headline “IS OIL SPILL BECOMING OBAMA’S KATRINA?” Funny how that word “spill is still used

Stills of the live cameras that keep the nation mesmerized on the internet have made their appearance on page ones, most prominently  on WSJ to illustrate their article on the causes of the explosion

.The oil kill coverage is gone from page ones of LA Times and Boston Globe but it’s featured – for the first time in Moonie Times – in the context of Barbara Boxer’s expensive fundraiser

.In LA, where they are suffering, they are losing patience

.as they assesss the damage, holding their breath for “top kill”

.Miami hera;d writes about BP’s judge shopping

.while unaffected Florida areas feel the domino effect

.In DC, the Examiner warns about stealth taxes

.while in NYC there’s Coney Island fun


Not Your Sweetie

May 2010