The consequences of the Dimocratic establishment gifting Barack Obama the nomination are coming home to roost. We mocked George W. Bush when he was wholly unprepared, regardless of all the warnings and strategy memoranda, for the attacks of September 11, 2001. We held Bush accountable. We mocked and held George W. Bush in contempt for the incompetents hired and the failure of agencies, such as FEMA, under his watch.
The Bush government noted at the time that the September 11 attacks came only eight months into his watch. We Democrats vilified George W. Bush for his excuses. Now it is more than past time for the American people to hold Barack Obama to account. Hillary Clinton and those of us who supported her knew that we needed a president who would be ready on Day 1. Barack Obama was not ready on Day 1. Barack Obama is not ready on Year 2.
Barack Obama is not ready on Year 2 and never will be ready because the elemental fact about Barack Obama is that he is NOT qualified to be president. Barack Obama plays a president on TV, but he is not qualified to lead the United States. Obama knows it. He himself as said it. He is NOT qualified.
The latest evidence, the latest consequences of a gifted nomination, come from the Gulf of Mexico.
Barack Obama terrified of Grizzly Momma Sarah Palin squeaked out a “Drill, Baby, Drill”. But unqualified Barack Obama did not bother with inspections to make sure the “Drill, Baby, Drill” endangered the Gulf. Barack Obama ordered the drill, but excused away the inspections. Maybe it is because Obama is in hock to the owners of the Deepwater Horizon, British Petroleum.
During the campaigns of 2008 Barack Obama and his DailyKooks attacked Hillary Clinton on the question of lobbyists. “Lobbyists corrupt” said Chicago Obama and his DailyKook clown posse. We take Chicago Obama at his word that “lobbyists” corrupt him and note how his campaign from the very beginning relied on British Petroleum.
In December of 2007 we noted Barack Obama’s British Petroleum lip-lock. Obama political aides were on the payroll of British Petroleum even as they worked for Barack Obama. Big Media will not now mention
Cheney’s Halliburton Obama’s British Petroleum history. But indeed the Obama British Petroleum history is long and crude.
Have you seen Obama’s British Petroleum connections featured in any Big Media outlet lately? Of course not.
A few random mentions of responsible officials gifting safety awards to the owners of the Deepwater Horizon rig have surfaced. But thus far no connect the dots blaring headlines of Obama’s British Petroleum lip-lock.
Also NOT featured in Big Media headlines is the remarkable Barack Obama statement, a few weeks before the fires in the Gulf, before mile thick oil slicks. Obama said:
“It turns out the oil rigs today generally don’t cause oil spills. They are technologically very advanced.”
Perhaps very advanced at avoiding inspections but clearly something went wrong. As with most machinery you have to keep your eye on it, not go golfing – as Obama has done. You have to have repeated inspections not go golfing. Instead of Gulfing, Obama has been golfing.
Caught with his golf shoes on, Barack Obama once again resorted to publicity stunts. The message for the publicity stunts was coordinated but the actual emergency response was near non-existent. The publicity stunts propagandized “we were ready”, but the reality was a Katrina response.
Competence was on the links with Brownie:
“The ferocious oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening President Barack Obama’s reputation for competence, just as surely as it endangers the Gulf ecosystem.
So White House aides are escalating their efforts to reassure Congress and the public in the face of a slow-motion catastrophe, even though it’s not clear they can bring it under control anytime soon.[snip]
The promise of rational, responsive and efficient government is Obama’s brand, his justification for bigger and bolder federal interventions and, ultimately, his rationale for a second term.
So there was a “little bit of panic,” according to one administration official, when White House aides sensed the oil spill narrative getting away from them last week. The White House was particularly alarmed by the rash of stories comparing the Obama administration’s initial response with President George W. Bush’s sluggish response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Katrina was one of the first issues Obama seized upon after his election to the Senate in 2004 — and he made a highly publicized visit to New Orleans during the campaign, using the Bush administration response as a metaphor for incompetent and uncaring government.“
The excuses and publicity stunts have been many. But the incompetent and uncaring facts remain:
“On Sunday, one day after keeping his date at the annual Washington insider laugh fest known as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and two days after appearing with rock star Bono at the White House, Mr. Obama got to the Gulf Coast. He flew into New Orleans, held a few private meetings and issued a statement that first referred to the bomb scare in New York City. He acted way too much like George Bush after Katrina.
In the first crucial days after British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, the Obama administration wrongly let BP control the response. There was every reason for the company to minimize the severity of the leak and the potential for a catastrophic spill, and BP also had to deal with the 11 workers missing and presumed dead from the explosion.
If BP had public relations issues to consider, so did the Obama administration. [snip]
At first, the White House response lacked an sense of urgency. As The New York Times reported Sunday, the administration initially discounted the likelihood of a major spill. The platform sank on April 22. At first, Coast Guard officials speculated that there might not even be a leak. Not until nine days after the explosion did the Obama administration acknowledge the possibility of “a spill of national significance.” That hope-for-the-best response delayed an official request for help from the Defense Department.”
Oh, that misguided HOPE. “Hope-for-the-best” is not a strategy. But as we know, HOPE is opiate of the clown posse.
The publicity stunt government of Barack Obama finally figured out the environmental disaster in the Gulf would not be good publicity:
“The rapidly expanding environmental catastrophe caused by the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is presenting a growing political challenge to the Obama White House, with Mr. Obama and his aides at pains to defend the response and forestall comparisons to the Hurricane Katrina crisis.[snip]
Failure to get control of the relief effort and contain the environmental challenge could pose the same kind of political threat to Mr. Obama’s popular standing that the much-criticized handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina did for former President George W. Bush. And unlike Katrina, it is likely the federal government will be the clear lead authority in dealing with the BP spill.
But Mr. Obama only Thursday dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to help coordinate the federal response to the potential environmental disaster.[snip]
Mr. Obama’s response to the disaster will be closely scrutinized for parallels to the response of Mr. Bush to the devastating Hurricane Katrina that blew into New Orleans in August 2005, destroying levies and damaging the below-sea-level city. [snip]
Then, the federal government was critcized for not taking over the local effort by state and local agencies. So far, no one has complained that the federal government has not taken over the operation now led by BP.”
George W. Bush was accused of not caring for the black people of New Orleans. Now we have the Bush mirror image in Barack. It was the white working class suffering in the Gulf, so Obama did not care (and let’s not forget the Tennessee floods). Those are not “his” voters.
“The federal agency responsible for ensuring that the Deepwater Horizon was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy that the rig be inspected at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation shows.
In fact, the agency’s inspection frequency on the Deepwater Horizon fell dramatically over the past five years, according to federal Minerals Management Service records. The rig blew up April 20, killing 11 people before sinking and triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Since January 2005, inspectors issued just one minor infraction for the rig. That strong track record led the agency last year to herald the Deepwater Horizon as an industry model for safety.
The inspection gaps are the latest in a series of questions raised about the agency’s oversight of the oil drilling industry. Members of Congress and President Barack Obama have criticized what they call the cozy relationship between regulators and oil companies and vowed to reform MMS, which both regulates the industry and collects billions in royalties from it.”
What about the cozy relationship between Obama and British Petroleum? It’s another “see no Rezko evil, hear no Rezko evil, speak no Rezko evil”.
Obama’s palms were greased, or should we say “oiled”:
“Earlier AP investigations have shown that the doomed rig was allowed to operate without safety documentation required by MMS regulations for the exact disaster scenario that occurred; that the cutoff valve which failed has repeatedly broken down at other wells in the years since regulators weakened testing requirements; and that regulation is so lax that some key safety aspects on rigs are decided almost entirely by the companies doing the work.
The AP sought to find out how many times government safety inspectors visited the Deepwater Horizon, and what they found. In response, MMS officials offered a changing series of numbers. The MMS has had long-standing issues with its data management.”
We suppose Obama will blame Bush, or blame the staff. Obama surely will not blame the lobbyists from British Petroleum that worked, or is it work, for him. Whatever happened to those lobbyists? Has Obama been in contact with them lately? Have they been in contact with Obama lately? Obama denounced Billy Tauzin of Big Pharma while secretly meeting with him and cutting deals with the very same Billy he ran campaign ads against. Is Obama meeting with his British Petroleum lobbyist friends?
What we do know is that inspectors were not bothering with inspections of Obama’s British Petroleum lobbyist friends’ oil rigs:
“In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by AP, the agency has released copies of only three inspection reports — those conducted in January, February and April. According to the documents, inspectors spent two hours or less each time they visited the massive rig. Some information appeared to be “whited out,” without explanation.
Since the explosion, the agency has reiterated several times the inspection-once-per-month assertion, which appeared on its website at least as early as 1999.
In an e-mail to AP, an Interior Department official emphasized with italics that the MMS inspects rigs “at least once a month” when drilling is under way. Monthly inspections of offshore drilling rigs are an agency policy, though not required by regulation, said David Dykes, chief of the agency’s office of safety management for the Gulf region.
Last week, at a joint Coast Guard-MMS investigatory hearing in Kenner, La., MMS official Jason Mathews asked Michael Saucier, MMS’s regional supervisor for field operations in the Gulf, “And how often do we perform drilling inspections in the Gulf of Mexico?”
“We perform them at a minimum once a month, but we can do more if need be,” Saucier said.
The job falls to the 55 inspectors in the Gulf who are supposed to visit the 90 drilling rigs once per month and the approximately 3,500 oil production platforms once per year.
The Deepwater Horizon’s inspection frequency numbers struck Kenneth Arnold, a veteran offshore drilling consultant and engineer.
“I’d certainly question it,” he said. “I’d ask, ‘Why aren’t you doing it?‘” [snip]
A summary of the inspection history that the MMS officials provided AP said the Deepwater Horizon received six “incidents of noncompliance” — the agency’s term for citations.”
The problems were with the blowout preventer. The device that failed. There once were inspections and citations. But apparently since Obama has been in charge, or golfing, some inspections have gone missing. Under the despised Bush, inspections occurred and major citations served. As late as 2007, under George W. Bush, there were inspections and citations served. Last year, under Obama’s watch, the Deepwater Horizon was awarded a safety prize.
The damage to the Gulf is growing, just like the damage to America is growing:
“Energy giant BP’s latest desperate attempt to siphon gushing oil from a broken pipe in the Gulf of Mexico has failed as the toxic slick grows to 10 miles long.
As BP struggled to contain the environmental disaster, scientists have found enormous oil plumes lurking beneath the surface of the water, including one as large as 10 miles long, three miles wide and 300ft thick.
The discovery suggests that the leak could be ‘substantially worse’ than estimates given previously by BP and the government.”
British Petroleum was in charge. Obama was golfing. Sixty Minutes interviewed the workers on the rig. Those that survived. British Petroleum, Obama’s pals were in charge.
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No mention of Obama and his British Petroleum campaign aides appears on Big Media. Obama’s pals at British Petroleum, his lobbyist campaign aides from and of British Petroleum, were in charge. That’s the unvarnished, unrefined truth. It’s Obama Crude.