Chris Matthews appeared on the Jay Leno show last week and droned on and on about former Vice President Dick Cheney and his connections to Halliburton and Big Oil. Only after insulting a woman guest did “tingles” bother to address the inaction of the current occupant of the White House.
In December 2007 we briefly mentioned Obama’s British Petroleum (BP) connections. We directly addressed the issue of Obama’s BP connections in our recent Obama Crude article. From the day 1 when Obama oozed out of the Chicago swamps BP was right by his side. But Big Media continues to protect Barack Obama on his connections to BP and Big Oil.
Hillary Clinton supporters remember the “transparency and accountability” debates well.
It is odd to us that the only public figure that will discuss Obama’s Big Oil connections is Sarah Palin. Governor Palin has yet to explicitly mention Obama’s BP political aides, the ones we wrote about in 2007, but she might get there.
“Right-wing darling Sarah Palin accused US President Barack Obama on Sunday of leading a lax response to the Gulf of Mexico spill because he is too close to the big oil companies.
The former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, who champions off-shore drilling, criticized the media for not drawing the link between Obama and big oil and said if this spill had happened under former Republican president George W. Bush the scrutiny would have been far tougher.
“I don’t know why the question isn’t asked by the mainstream media and by others if there’s any connection with the contributions made to president Obama and his administration and the support by the oil companies to the administration,” she told Fox News Sunday.
More than 3.5 million dollars has been given to candidates by BP over the last 20 years, with the largest single donation, 77,051 dollars, going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.”
Hillary Supporters know if this spill had happened under a President Clinton I or II, Big Media and DailyKooks would be on attack. The lobbyist connections and the political aides from BP would be under 24 hour home watch. But for Obama and BP only protection:
“Palin suggested this close relationship explained why Obama was, “taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there, and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico.”
The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers, and sank two days later. Ever since, hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil, perhaps millions, have been spewing each day into the sea.
The resulting slick, now the size of a small country, threatens to leave Louisiana’s fishing and coastal tourism industries in tatters, ruin pristine nature reserves, and cause decades of harm to the ecology of fragile marshes that are a haven for rare wildlife and migratory birds.[snip]
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs mocked Palin’s suggestions that Obama was somehow in bed with big oil because of 2008 presidential campaign contributions.
“Sarah Palin was involved in that election, but I don’t think, apparently, was paying a whole lot of attention,” Gibbs said.
“I’m almost sure that the oil companies don’t consider the Obama administration a huge ally. We proposed a windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge for gasoline.
“My suggestion to Sarah Palin would be to get slightly more informed as to what’s going on in and around oil drilling in this country.”
It is no coincidence that the Obama thug attack against Sarah Palin is exactly the same as the Chis Matthews attack line on the Jay Leno show. The attack is to denounce as an ‘airhead’ the woman who makes a truthful critique. To great guffaws and a Jay Leno high-five, Chris Matthews attacked a woman (Chelsea Handler) when she lightly mocked Matthews’ fast talk. “You know my dear, you’re beautiful, but if you concentrate, you can keep up” sneered Matthews. Chelsea Handler was right that Matthews was fast talking so she got called an airhead by Matthews.
Perhaps the “tingles” from Big Media should worry more about BO BP than Cheney and Halliburton, now that the BO BP crowd are in charge.
Sarah Palin is right when she notes the BO BP connections so Palin is called an airhead by Obama thug Gibbs.
We note that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is not called an airhead when he denounces the Obama inaction in the Gulf. So frustrated is Governor Jindal that he is taking a page from the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer playbook:
“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said the state will not waiting for federal approval to begin building sand barriers to protect the coastline from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Oil has pushed at least 12 miles into Louisiana’s marshes, with two major pelican rookeries awash in crude.
Gov. Jindal was critical of the amount of boom his state received to ward off the oil seeping toward the coastline. But his major gripe comes at the expense of the Army Corps of Engineers, who have yet to give the go-ahead for the building of sand booms to protect the Louisiana wetlands. He used photographic evidence of oil breaking through hard booms, soft booms and another layer of protection, before being finally being corralled by a sand boom built by the National Guard.
“It is so much better for us. We don’t want oil on one inch of Louisiana’s coastline, but we’d much rather fight this oil off of a hard coast, off of an island, off of an island, off of a sandy beach on our coastal islands, rather than having to fight it inside in these wetlands,” Gov. Jindal said, making the case for sand booms.
The governor said he has been forced to protect Louisiana without the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is weighing the ecological impact of the construction of more sand booms.
“We are not waiting for them. We are going to build it,” Jindal said.
“We can either fight battle — we can fight this oil — on the Barrier Islands 15 to 20 miles off of our coast, or we can face it in thousands of miles of fragmented wetlands,” Gov. Jindal said, clearing favoring the first option. “Every day we’re not given approval on this emergency permit to create more of these sand booms is another day when that choice is made for us, as more and more miles of our shore are hit by oil.”
The oil spill, which has lasted 33 days since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, has yet to be stopped by British Petroleum at the source. The situation is dire for Gulf coast states.
“It is clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here,” Gov. Jindal said. “Oil sits and waits for cleanup, and every day that it waits for cleanup more of our marsh dies.”
Jindal, like Palin and Brewer is telling the truth. Sarah Palin is telling the truth by pointing out Obama’s ties to Big Oil. Perhaps some other truth telling will be heard soon. We’ll discuss some of our favorite questions tomorrow.