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it might have been the huge Gary Coleman headline that made me miss this gem this morning

tAll together now: Awwwww!


The oil-kill photo-op on BP spruced up beaches didn’t get great headlines either. See Ny Daily News, which has the news nestled under some stripper story

.The article starts

Irate Gulf residents had one simple message to President Obama: either get to work or get lost.

Reminds me of yesterday’s cover of the day. Anyway, for all the trashing Carville got from the B0bots, seems the Daily News headline writers heard him too.

By en large, the topic is off page one today. But where it still is, Obama’s pic is just sitting there next to disaster talk

Such as Miami Herald

,or the more trivial coverage in Bradenton herald

,He is mentioned in LA. Daily Advertiser does it right under the 1000 deadth in Afghanistan landmark

,but the Advocate has more important things to headline

,Wall Street celebrates yet another landmark

While WaPo wants to relive the good old days of Clinton bashing


How could I miss this?


and the planet began to heal?

This McCain commercial recals it best (ht WMCB at the Confluence)

I guess he forgot to specify that the slowing down of the oceans would be accomplished by replacing the water with oil.

Here’s Philippe Cousteau on it

“I could cut my leg off, I could cut my arm off, I could gouge my eye out, I’d still probably survive, but not very well,” Cousteau said. “And that’s what we’re doing to our oceans.”

Pointing to massive annual dead zones off the U.S. coast, Cousteau explained that our oceans are past their tipping point:

Heck of a job, Oprecious!

For added fun, use this map to compare the size of the spill to your home town. Here’s mine. Can you spot NYC?

Just as we didn’t know that the cleaning of the beeches in LA would be done by BP hired tmps for Obama’s photo ops

“The level of cleanup and cooperation we’ve gotten from BP in the past is in no way consistent to the effort shown on the island today,” Roberts said by telephone. “As soon as the president left, they were immediately put back on the buses and sent home.”

Reminds me of the good old days when Ceausescu was touring farmers’ markets and truckloads of  merchandise were preceding him, moving the same potatoes and carrots from market to market.

I always wondered then who was supposed to be fooled by this trick.

Later, I found out: not the Ceausescus, as later, when visiting Macy’s in New York she told him: “I bet they loaded all this just before we came”

More details from Obama’s Ceausescu moment

Roberts said that since oil started coming ashore in Grand Isle last week, no more than a dozen workers hired by BP have been seen on the beaches in the area, until Friday when the president arrived.”I’ve heard estimates of 300-500 people there today,” Roberts said. “They were given T-shirts and pants and handed a shovel and taken to the beach.”

“So, just to be clear, there are allegations this was just a dog and pony show for the president. So you’re saying this was nothing more than a sheer coincidence that the president shows up and all the workers come out in force on the same day?” asked WDSU I-Team reporter Travers Mackel.”Yes, absolutely a sheer coincidence,” said BP contractor Donald Nalty.

and yeah, it was BP putting on a show for Obama. Just like Macy’s.

Except here’s the ad for hiring those people, and it’s not from BP, it’s a local government page

Ashland Services, LLC needs 500 workers to assist with the oil spill cleanup in Grand Isle. Recruitment is taking place today, Thursday, May 27, 2010 only at 7528 Main Street (old unemployment office).

Workers will be paid $12.00 per hour and are expected to work 14 hour days 7 days a week. Transportation to Grand Isle, breakfast and lunch will be provided daily. All required safety gear will be provided by Ashland Services, LLC.

So, yeah, I’ll remember the moment the planet started bleeding to death when Obama authorized off-shore drilling.

I’ll akso remember how when he was grandstanding about suspending permits and six months moratoriums in the presser meant to show he cared about oil kill, they were lifting the ban on shallow water drilling. Check the date on that: it’s May 27.


Oh, and Malia, Daddy didn’t plug the hole just yet. But he’s certainly trying hard  to make it so we think he did.

Updated cover of the day

No, Obama didn’t get the headlines he hoped for with his once a year press conference!

I had trouble today picking the cover of the day. Would it be The Express with “HIS MESS?.or NY Post: “Even Ovama’s daughter wants an answer

or the surprise hit from the cheerleader Daily News striving to keep up with the Post

.Although the worst headline of all comes from Rahm post surprisingly


.as oil-kill finally gets on most page ones. The Miami Herald writes of a karmic turn:

the currents may take the oil to Texas after all

.and sure enough there’s some coverage there now too

.In LA they hang on to the hope (so do I)

.Wall Street Journal continues the exposee on how the rig explosion came about

.And to top it all, USA Today, reminds us about our oldest war in history

.Updating with a few more covers. From Florida

.From Alabama

.From Minnesotta


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.”

Not Your Sweetie

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