Skip to comments.Obama tours Gulf in politically charged photo-ops
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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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
Did he find some stones to make a cross out of?
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
Sarah got him again. hee hee.
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.
“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....
Anyone ask him where Jindal’s berm permit was ?
It’s only been two or three weeks after all.
“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. “
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!!)
Now can he please eat his waffles...........
Friggin' sand trap!
The King of Photo ops?
He is a Maggot Kenyan usurper who needs to GO.
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.
"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."
Wow...he’s there, gesturing and kneeling.
It’s all good, problem solved.
LOL. Sand trap.
When’s the visit to Nashville ?
Tar Baby takes a trip to the beach!
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?
Is he making a CROSS like Clinton did? geesh...what aPHONY man.
Public was not allowed access!
No Jindal did I see at Bammy’s presser......guess Bobby was WORKING!
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.
two little too late
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).
where’s his mop?
Dey do look kinda da same now, don’t dey?
Jindal should go for broke and send out some dozers with media in tow. He’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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
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!
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!
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.
Oh, Yeah. and cart too.
( 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 genuinehe is anything but genuine.
Does this man ever speak from the heart?
More more O-bots are learning a new word: DITHERING
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)
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