Skip to comments.Obama's Katrina
Posted on 05/03/2010 6:10:49 PM PDT by Kaslin
Media Bias: As the Gulf Coast faced ecological disaster, the president yukked it up with White House correspondents. His Saturday radio address didn't even mention the oil spill. President Bush, call your office.
Rarely has media sycophancy been on such sharp display as in the largely indifferent response to President Obama's own indifference to the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The coverage has been far different from that given to President Bush's handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The White House announced Saturday morning that Obama would head to the Gulf Coast on Sunday, just a day after saying he would not go. During a brief visit Sunday to Louisiana, nearly two weeks after disaster beckoned, Obama said: "I'm not going to rest ... or be satisfied until the leak is stopped at the source (and) the oil on the Gulf is contained." It was about time.
Eleven oil rig workers are missing and presumed dead in the blast. A mention of them and their grieving families would have been appropriate during Saturday's presidential radio address. Instead, the president droned on about the need for a campaign finance overhaul as the Gulf faced an Exxon Valdez-size calamity on steroids. America's future energy security also hangs in the balance.
As the St. Petersburg Times editorialized about the damage that could soon hit Florida's shores: "President Obama met U2's Bono in the Oval Office on Friday when he should have been headed to the Gulf Coast." The fragile marshes and shorelines of the Mississippi Delta could wait. Bono was in the house.
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This admnistration must be stopped.
Can you imagine if either Presidents Bush (41 or 43), Reagan, Nixon or Ford had been in charge when this catastrophe happened? It’d be all you’d hear about 24/7!! Just like there are no homeless people when a Democrat is in the White House!!
The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) was signed into law in August 1990, largely in response to rising public concern following the Exxon Valdez incident. The OPA improved the nation's ability to prevent and respond to oil spills by establishing provisions that expand the federal government's ability, and provide the money and resources necessary, to respond to oil spills. The OPA also created the national Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, which is available to provide up to one billion dollars per spill incident.
In addition, the OPA provided new requirements for contingency planning both by government and industry. The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) has been expanded in a three-tiered approach: the Federal government is required to direct all public and private response efforts for certain types of spill events; Area Committees -- composed of federal, state, and local government officials -- must develop detailed, location-specific Area Contingency Plans; and owners or operators of vessels and certain facilities that pose a serious threat to the environment must prepare their own Facility Response Plans.
Finally, the OPA increased penalties for regulatory noncompliance, broadened the response and enforcement authorities of the Federal government, and preserved State authority to establish law governing oil spill prevention and response.
Let's be clear, this is the same administration from DAY ONE never had the resources (fire booms) to fight the leak they KNEW was growing due to the reports from THEIR US COAST GUARD!
It won’t be his Katrina because the press will do everything possible to deflect blame away from the teflon don.
Unlike when Katrina hit, were within 24 hours, CNN and the rest of the MSM were all down there doing “oh the humanity” reports and already screaming about it all being Bush’s fault, the press is doing everything they can to deflect this away from Obama.
So where’s Kanye West claiming Obama’s lack of action to this oil spill is because he hates black people?
President Obama is sooner or later going to do something that's obviously impeachable. He's going to do this something on purpose, and in full public view.
He's then going to dare the congress, which may well by then be in GOP hands, to impeach him. He's going to couch it as "if White America wants to hold a congressional lynching, let's rumble."
The media will go wild, and will put themselves at his disposal.
It only can be stopped when we win the Hose back in November and gain enough seats in the Senate to limit the rat’s 60+ seats majority
I sure hope we hose them...
Unfortunately we are stuck with this POS until 2012 and maybe 2016.
The media is not going to hold anyone on the left accountable for anything, no matter how outrageous and or illegal.
The best we can hope for is to limit the damage.
It cannot be “Obama’s Katrina” because that would require the government press to act like an independent press. Won’t happen.
Sigh. I think you're right.
Simple truth is Obama hates white Americans period.
Have you noticed that when he and or Michelle visit schools, you only see African American Children?
Can someone please explain why Janet From Day One Napolitano is running the show on the oil spill? Seems like the HSA sec has more legitimate work back home in AZ or at Times Square. Where are the secs of Interior or Energy or the head of EPA?
He has already done several things that are impeachable. Unfortunately right now it would be a waste of time to bring it up.
Excellent question, but doesn’t that prove that the whole administration along with the arrogant p o s, are nothing but amateurs?
Well, I suppose you're right, at the level of not upholding the Constitution he took an oath to preserve, protect, and defend. But under that standard, FDR should have been impeached, too.
What I'm talking about is an action (or actions) that are calculated to be both blatantly, obviously impeachable and to be crowd pleasers that the MSM will swoon over. That's what he'll do. In his second term for sure, but if it looks like there's no way he'll get a second term, he'll do it before this term ends.
Sorry but this isn’t even remotely of the scale of Katrina.
And the GOP will put its tail between its legs, whimper softly, and roll over on its back.
I don’t agree. Calling this Obama’s Katrina basically requires accepting that Bush was at fault in Katrina’s aftermath.
Nashville is under water and 20 people are dead with nary a peep from our “president” yet the oil spill is Obama’s Katrina?
Well, you have to remember it took him nine days to respond the the oil spill, so you can’t expect him for a quick response to a flood
Probably not. The media won't hang this one on The One because they have one of their usual punching bags (Big Oil) they can blame for the catastrophe. Katrina also was a natural disaster, while this one was created by an ECE (Evil Corporate Entity). He will get a pass.
[He will get a pass. ]
Maybe so but Janet Napolitano may get thrown under the bus. With her misreading of the Christmas Day plane bomb attempt,
Times Square, and now this, Obama may realize he has one too many bull dikes on the payroll.
Agreed, and to borrow their excuse, this administration should have been targeted for being stopped “from day one.”
You can be assured of two things. First, the current Administration will find a way to place blame for the slow response squarely on the shoulders of the Bush Administration. Secondly, look for a name change from BP to Obama Petroleum Oil (OPO). Since the current goons in the Administration will be looking for clean up reimbursements, damages and fines in the range of “billions” we can look for another government bail out, stock trade or out right seizure of assets for the public good.
The standard Obama tactic whenever anything went wrong had been to blame “Bush, President.” With the oil spill he’s just streamlined that to “BP.” Nothing else has changed.
This thing started on April 20th and obama is just now visiting? Pathetic!
The man is too worried about Vera Baker to be concerned about what has happened in the Gulf.
There have been several states with flooding, tornados, or ice storms in this past year, and probably a 100 lives lost so far. I haven’t heard him say a word about ANY of it.
He only speaks to a “disaster” when it plays into his agenda. What a POS
I remember those events. We have the oil spill and flooding right now, but not a word from the MSM. They elected the guy and they will protect him to the bitter end....
Obama is gay. He is not at all worried about Vera. Vernon maybe, but not Vera. Just ask Michelle.
I certainly wouldn’t dispute that. Anyone seeing him throw a baseball would know he’s very suspect.
Additionally, his gay agenda seems more important to him than anything else .... certainly more important to him than the oil spill in the Gulf.
This is really bad and will be worse, but nothing
in this could compare to those poor people standing and
sitting on an overpass for days and days. That was a
horrible day in America.
I cast no blame because I don’t know what happened during Katrina , but this is not yet at that point concerning people. That this land is in great harm and will be worse in days to come I do not dispute.
When damages get to $100 billion it will be similar.
Agreed. Under the constitutional framework, the state of Louisiana under Governor Blank-0 was tasked with being the lead, and the Federal government is required to accept a supporting role (unless invited by the Governor to take over). Blank-0 was offered help in the early hours of Katrina and for more than 48 hours declined that offer. In this case, with the disaster emanating 48 miles offshore, and the response authority codified in the 1990 law, the Feds had the lead from the first hour.
And of all people, why did Obama trust the oil companies he has repeatedlyvilified as irresponsible, dishonst and greedy to take care of things?
“Have you noticed that when he and or Michelle visit schools, you only see African American Children?”
Yes she hates whites.
Yes, but remember, Tennessee is only flyover country and its also part of the hated, racist South. EmperorObama had some very important parties and golf events to attend...
As revolting of a thought as Zero as president until 2016 is, I think that it is probably a strong possibility. Short of him being shown as non-qualifying, or gets caught in bed with a 12 year old boy, I think that he will get another term. As for me, I would rather he got a couple of 20 year terms to run consecutively.
Nashville has a huge AA population. I thought he’d at least pretend to care.
Those highly advantaged (employed, clean and sober) families who will do the work of homeschooling or paying for private school have already removed their children. Many of them, btw, are black.