May 25, 2010

Time For Obama To Lead On BP Spill

I love the headline from this USA Today piece, which is "Government puts pressure on BP to stop Gulf spill". Pressure? Exactly what type of pressure are we talking about? Well, they held a press conference. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano waddled her ass up to the podium and spouted of BP, "they will be held accountable." Stirring.

The leak, which occurred over a month ago, has spewed over six million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. BP officials are no closer to plugging the leak than they were 34 days ago. But government officials are going to get tough with BP. "
We will keep our boot on their neck until the job gets done", said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

With all of this rhetoric, one person seems to be conspicuously absent: Barack Obama. Now, some might say that he is doing the right thing in allowing his chiefs to take the lead on this environmental disaster, and I might not disagree, except for one glaring problem with that theory: George W. Bush was crucified for his handling of Hurricane Katrina.

To make matters worse, Katrina was a natural disaster, out of the control of any mortal man. Nevermind that some idiot thought it was a good idea to build a city in an area that's below sea level. Or the fact that the entire planet knew that Katrina was coming and the smart ones evacuated the city, leaving the nutbags who didn't leave. They then blamed the federal government for their plight. But Bush was to blame for all of it - what a crock of shit.

Now, less than five years later, we have a man-made disaster that has been allowed to continue to ecologically devastate the United States for 34 straight days, and no one dares to mention Obama's utter failure to handle this situation properly. It is a sickening double standard to have blamed Bush for Katrina then allow Obama to slide on BP.

Obama wants to have his cake and eat it too. He wants to lead when it is convenient for him and when he gets him the golden photo op, but turn things over to his lieutenants when the fire gets to hot for him. He needs to realize that if he wants to be considered an effective leader, he needs to lead all of the time, through good times and bad. Unfortunately, he seems to get a free pass from the media on his repeated leadership failures, including this one that will take decades to recover from. It seems voters, based upon the results of recent significant elections, are not giving Obama the same free pass. Good for them for getting it.

1 comment:

lido said...

Great point...and you're definitely not alone in recognizing the double standard...

http://www.examiner.com/x-367-Politics-101-Examiner~y2010m5d25-A-Tale-of-Two-Tragedies-Katrina-and-BP