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Obama tours Gulf in politically charged photo-ops
Yahoo News ^ | 5/28/10 | Holly Bailey

Posted on 05/28/2010 12:12:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

As he travels the Gulf Coast on Friday, President Obama is trying to reinforce the message he pushed during a White House news conference Thursday: that he and his administration are "fully engaged" in trying to fix, and clean up, the increasingly devastating oil spill. "I take responsibility," Obama said. "It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down."

Obama needs to reinforce the message that he's accepting responsibility for the Gulf mess — especially since recent polls show that the public is increasingly dismayed over his handling of the catastrophe.

But stepping forward with a more prominent message of responsibility is also politically tricky, because the spill is a situation that neither he nor anybody in his administration seems able to really control. As Obama acknowledged Thursday, the government does not have the technology to take over BP's attempts to plug the underwater well. And it's BP that's in charge of the coastal cleanup.

Obama has argued that the government is in control because it is policing BP's attempts to fix the mess. But as he told reporters Thursday, the government largely relies on BP's word. "It's a legitimate concern," Obama admitted.

In making his second trip to the region, Obama could also be exposing himself to even greater political fallout, especially if BP can't get the spill stopped. No doubt a presidential photo-op can be helpful in pushing the main players in an emergency to get their acts together. But if these moves are ultimately meaningless in fixing a situation, it's damaging to the White House.

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KEYWORDS: deepwaterhorizon; gulf; obama; photoops; tours
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1 posted on 05/28/2010 12:12:48 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Yup. Looks like oil to me. Must be a spill around here somewhere.

U.S. President Barack Obama and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph survey damage along the Louisiana coastline at Fourchon Beach caused after a BP oil line ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico, May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing


2 posted on 05/28/2010 12:13:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Did he find some stones to make a cross out of?


3 posted on 05/28/2010 12:14:53 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger (Our constitution was written so that we could have equal opportunity, not equal results.)
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I got your back on this one.

U.S. President Barack Obama is greeted by National Incident Commander U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen after arriving in Louisiana before touring the damage caused by a BP ruptured oil line in the Gulf of Mexico, May 28, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing


4 posted on 05/28/2010 12:14:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sarah got him again. hee hee.


5 posted on 05/28/2010 12:15:23 PM PDT by Republic (Stop the horrific liberals from spending ONE MORE DIME before they destroy our nation.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Look who's behind the wheel!


6 posted on 05/28/2010 12:15:25 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: NormsRevenge

In that pic it still looks like he’s on the golf course, sizing up his next putt. All that’s missing is his putter.


7 posted on 05/28/2010 12:15:27 PM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: NormsRevenge

“It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down.”

now if you will excuse me i have to join my family in chicago for vacation....


8 posted on 05/28/2010 12:16:12 PM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: EmilyGeiger
I don't know. but he found oil. ;-]


9 posted on 05/28/2010 12:16:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Anyone ask him where Jindal’s berm permit was ?

It’s only been two or three weeks after all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jQUfOZTK-Y

“After BP oil has been found in the marshes of the parish, a frustrated Louisiana Parish President, Billy Nungesser, is interviewed after a press conference at Venice Louisiana on May 23. Nungesser, in responding to questions from Bayoubuzz.com said the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Thad Allen, could step up take better control of the oil spill operation which has resulted in oil-affected lands. Nungesser criticized Allen, a top BP official and others. He said something stinks, claimed that they were told to hold that permit up for some reason in referring to an emergency permit to build a barrier. Nungesser also said, its criminal, they ought to go to jail. “


10 posted on 05/28/2010 12:17:30 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: NormsRevenge

Just watched our incompetent sociopath president try to worm his way out of any responsibility once again. It’s not all about ‘stopping the leak’ OBAMA! YOU WERE SUPPOSE TO BE THERE 30 DAYS AGO MITIGATING THE SPILL IN THE OCEAN AND ON THE BEACHES! YOU HAVE DONE NOTHING THAT WAS REQUIRED BY LAW FOR YOU TO DO!!

ANOTHER EPIC FAIL AND AS ALWAYS>>IT’S THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT SUFFER FROM YOUR FOOLISH INEPT LEADERSHIP!

(sorry for shouting...just PISSED OFF!!)


11 posted on 05/28/2010 12:18:21 PM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: EmilyGeiger

Now can he please eat his waffles...........


12 posted on 05/28/2010 12:19:30 PM PDT by Carley (DADDY DIDN'T PLUG THE HOLE YET)
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To: NormsRevenge
This complete Idiot is all that stands between us and our mortal enemies?? it is a wonder he did not do a low level fly by in Air-force One.
13 posted on 05/28/2010 12:19:53 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: NormsRevenge

Friggin' sand trap!

14 posted on 05/28/2010 12:20:09 PM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: NormsRevenge

The King of Photo ops?

He is a Maggot Kenyan usurper who needs to GO.

Resign already.


15 posted on 05/28/2010 12:20:29 PM PDT by wac3rd (Prepare for the November 2010 Tsunami)
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To: NormsRevenge
My brother had an idea. He thinks they should freeze the spout with some kind of freezing element.
16 posted on 05/28/2010 12:20:57 PM PDT by GinaLolaB
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To: JennysCool
CNN and his other pole danicing media whores are purposely not showing Obama with these pics of the spill:
17 posted on 05/28/2010 12:21:34 PM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: NormsRevenge

Lyin’ Politicians.

It’s so damned easy to say “I take full responsibility”. One simply opens ones mouth, and utters the words.

“I take full responsibility”.

Just another damned lie from another damned Politician.


18 posted on 05/28/2010 12:21:40 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (The Left draws criminals as excrement draws flies. The Left IS a criminal organization.)
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19 posted on 05/28/2010 12:22:26 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I take responsibility," Obama said. "It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down."

"So...I'm going to read my teleprompter a few more times and hope somebody does something to cover my a$$.
Thank you all for coming."

20 posted on 05/28/2010 12:22:29 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow...he’s there, gesturing and kneeling.

It’s all good, problem solved.


21 posted on 05/28/2010 12:24:38 PM PDT by chris37
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To: JennysCool

LOL. Sand trap.


22 posted on 05/28/2010 12:24:45 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: NormsRevenge

When’s the visit to Nashville ?


23 posted on 05/28/2010 12:24:56 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: JennysCool

Tar Baby takes a trip to the beach!


24 posted on 05/28/2010 12:25:20 PM PDT by SonOfDarkSkies (Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?)
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To: concerned about politics

POS Kenyan had to READ his lyin’ speak at the press meeting this morning...WTH is FLORIDA Gubnor Crist doing in LOUWEEZIANA??? Why not Miss Gov. Barbour?

KENYAN FILTH!!!


25 posted on 05/28/2010 12:25:51 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Is he making a CROSS like Clinton did? geesh...what aPHONY man.


26 posted on 05/28/2010 12:26:34 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: NormsRevenge

Public was not allowed access!


27 posted on 05/28/2010 12:26:54 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2063871/posts


28 posted on 05/28/2010 12:27:03 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

No Jindal did I see at Bammy’s presser......guess Bobby was WORKING!


29 posted on 05/28/2010 12:27:54 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: NormsRevenge

If we had a real president he would have ordered the EPA and all the other federal jokers to stand down, issue permits to the State of Louisiana and let them get to work. But this doofus is doing a photo op and heading off on another vacation. nice.


30 posted on 05/28/2010 12:28:06 PM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: NormsRevenge

two little too late


31 posted on 05/28/2010 12:28:53 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: GRRRRR
WTH is FLORIDA Gubnor Crist doing in LOUWEEZIANA???

The oil leak isn't important. It's the photo ops that count. Why, if it weren't for Crist being on the scene , the oil spill would be....uh....even worse (so make sure he gits yer vote).

32 posted on 05/28/2010 12:28:59 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: NormsRevenge
He acts like it's hard to find! HERE IT IS OBAMA:
33 posted on 05/28/2010 12:29:10 PM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: chris37
All week long, CNN has been showing the REAL pics from the oil spill...suddenly all they can show today is little tar balls that Obama has a hard time finding...GIVE ME A FRIGGIN BREAK!!
34 posted on 05/28/2010 12:31:50 PM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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To: NormsRevenge

where’s his mop?


35 posted on 05/28/2010 12:32:27 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants"-Albert Camus)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Dey do look kinda da same now, don’t dey?


36 posted on 05/28/2010 12:32:29 PM PDT by chris37
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To: NormsRevenge

Texas tea?


37 posted on 05/28/2010 12:33:01 PM PDT by Lurking in Kansas (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Texas resident

Jindal should go for broke and send out some dozers with media in tow. He’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain.


38 posted on 05/28/2010 12:34:03 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: NormsRevenge

I already saw a pic of him walking down a beach with the same look he had when he went to Hawaii to seal his birth cert records.

FAKE.... too much too little too late


39 posted on 05/28/2010 12:35:30 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NormsRevenge
And this photo op which closed the town and interstates helps whom?


40 posted on 05/28/2010 12:37:30 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: NormsRevenge

Read somewhere he’s spending 3 hrs touring the coast whereas on any given day he spends 5 hrs golfing. Wow. Thanks for that chief!


41 posted on 05/28/2010 12:38:46 PM PDT by jackv (The darkness hates the light!)
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To: dalebert
two little too late

omg. The left is trying to blame Bush. No joke - they really are - a year and a half later. LOL. Talk about stuck on stupid!

42 posted on 05/28/2010 12:38:48 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: penelopesire

Penelope, I feel your rage on this issue and I’m just as peed-off at how this Chicago style admin is trying to weasel itself from the Sestak scandal.

I wake up every morning and it’s something different with this incompetant and un-qualified so-called president.


43 posted on 05/28/2010 12:39:03 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
Why Yes, Mr. Pres__ent, there's a golf course about three miles down the coast.. Bring your clubs?

Oh, Yeah. and cart too.


44 posted on 05/28/2010 12:39:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"And back in Kenya, this is just how we perform our 'morning constitutional'... and y'hold your right hand far away 'cause you use your left hand to do all the dirty work when you're done..."


45 posted on 05/28/2010 12:40:18 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: NormsRevenge

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/11/you-guys-make-a-pretty-good-photo-op-president-obama-jokes-to-troops-at-osan-air-base.html


46 posted on 05/28/2010 12:41:11 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: jackv

( I wrote this in another thread)

I was most struck with how he “read” off his written remarks in front of him, his supposedly heartfelt remarks, were all cradfted in advance, laid out in large text so he would not lose his place, word for word...it was ridiculous..he did not extrapolate for a second when it came to these choreographed, packaged-up “caring” statements..it was bizarre...looking up and looking down to read each word about how he was ‘so concerned’ yada yada...

The only two times he risked’ flying without his net’ (his pre-written script) was an aside in mentioning booms ( a convo he had moments before going on TV..obviously within his short term memory radius) and a canned ‘thank you’ wrap up.

He is the tin man....or I should say pot-metal, tin is too refined, too genuine—he is anything but genuine.

Does this man ever speak from the heart?


47 posted on 05/28/2010 12:45:57 PM PDT by cycle of discernment
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To: JennysCool
gross the oil turned my hand all brown


48 posted on 05/28/2010 12:47:49 PM PDT by edzo4 (You call us the 'Party Of No', I call us the resistance.)
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To: NormsRevenge
recent polls show that the public is increasingly dismayed over his handling of the catastrophe.

More more O-bots are learning a new word: DITHERING

49 posted on 05/28/2010 12:47:56 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Kevin in California

You know what? It would appear to me that there are more conservatives pissed off about this economic and environmental catastrophy than liberals! Liberals are such hypocrites! They don’t really care about our environment..it’s just a tool to use to pass their marxist plans! If President Bush had been President and acted like Obama has during this spill..he would have been pillored by the media 24/7 and he would have deserved it!

Obama gets a total pass from everyone! BTW..Where’s Hollywood? Where’s Sean Penn? (eye roll)


50 posted on 05/28/2010 12:50:12 PM PDT by penelopesire ("Did you plug the hole yet daddy?")
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