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White House Tries to Regroup as Criticism Mounts Over Leak [Epic Fail]
New York Times ^ | 5/31/2010 | Clifford Krauss, John M. Broder and Jackie Calmes.

Posted on 05/31/2010 2:01:43 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

HOUSTON — The Obama administration scrambled to respond on Sunday after the failure of the latest effort to kill the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. But administration officials acknowledged the possibility that tens of thousands of gallons of oil might continue pouring out until August, when two relief wells are scheduled to be completed.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bobbyjindal; bpoilwell; kenitosalazar; louisiana
To stem the Gulf oil gusher and clean up the mess, Obama has been mustering all the incompetence his entire administration could manage under the circumstances. His biggest achievement thus far is watching this drag out for over a month before realizing Bush isn't getting blamed.

Beginning with his news conference last week, Obama has wanted everybody to realize all the hard work he's put into his failed response to the leak, and that not a day goes by on the golf course that he doesn't think about the Gulf Coast. Obama -- ready from Day 38!

Eager to let Americans know he's on top of the situation, Obama put energy czar Carol Browner on TV Sunday to reassure Americans that this is "the biggest environmental disaster" in American history. Obama makes history again! I'm swelling with pride now.

After eventually being briefed that BP's "Top Kill" effort had failed, Obama released a statement from his vacation spot in Chicago saying that he was 'enraged' and brokenhearted. The "Top Kill" procedure consisted of pumping heavy drilling mud into the damaged well, followed by a "junk shot" of golf balls, rope, tires and Obama's campaign promises.

In his statement, Obama added boldly that "we will not relent until this leak is contained," and the tar balls are defeated. We shall fight them on the beaches, we shall fight them on the marshes with photo-ops and environmental impact assessments! Better to fight them in our wetlands than out in the sandy barrier islands.

A day after issuing his statement, as if to emphasize he's not taking matters lying down, Obama was off to the gym for another workout.

Obama's incompetence has become so obvious that even Colin Powell has noticed it, forgetting that he endorsed him. Going out on a limb, Powell said Sunday that Obama was slow to respond. Obama insists that, from the very beginning, he's been "in charge" of this disaster -- referring to the oil leak, not his presidency. Appearing on ABC's The Week, Powell, who was slow to respond to Obama's slow response, suggested ways Obama could appear less inept, such as giving "the comprehensive speech he gave the other day" a few weeks earlier than he did. This is timely advice.

Even Adm. Thad Allen, who's overseeing the government's non-response, responded to Ken ("boot on their neck") Salazar's remark that BP should be pushed "out of the way" with: "To replace them with what?" Obama? Janet Napolitano? Oil rig expert Rahm Emanuel? Kenito Mussolini Salazar? It requires some degree of managerial competence but these chaps don't do competence -- just symbolism, such as Obama showcasing Janet Napolitano as proof he's been handling the oil leak manfully.

The ever-shrinking ranks of Obama defenders still insist that this is not Obama's Katrina. Obama can't even handle an oil leak, much less show the crisis management smarts to deal with the wrath and aftermath of the levee-breaching wind and wave mega-monster with the 27-foot storm surge. Five weeks into this, Obama's just figuring out no "bi-partisan commission" or speech or press release can plug a hole at the bottom of the Gulf or clean up the mess. His peculiar fetish for dialogue isn't a good bet either since that broken riser pipe may be open but not to dialogue. Bring back Bush and Cheney.

Anyway, that's...
My Two Cents...

To all our fallen HEROES and PATRIOTS this Memorial Day, we thank you and honor your service and sacrifice! RIP.

1 posted on 05/31/2010 2:01:43 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2

0bama took ownership of the spill when he thought topkill was going to work and was greedy for the credit.
Now Deepwater Horizon is a good description of his political future.

2 posted on 05/31/2010 2:08:21 AM PDT by counterpunch (GOP: Government's Other Party)
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To: counterpunch
0bama took ownership of the spill when he thought topkill was going to work and was greedy for the credit.


And we've seen the very same type of greediness before.

Remember when Barry dropped into Copenhagen at the last minute; - to join Michelle and Oprah when Chicago was just about to be awarded the 2016 Games...?

Remember the egg all over their faces after the IOC gave the games to Rio de Janeiro...?

3 posted on 05/31/2010 2:33:51 AM PDT by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: JohnHuang2

4 posted on 05/31/2010 2:38:39 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: JohnHuang2

One can bet the kitchen sink too that our enemies are watching very closely as the Obummberler prances around not leading nor solving anything.

5 posted on 05/31/2010 2:41:28 AM PDT by RSmithOpt (Liberalism: Highway to Hell)
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To: counterpunch

“0bama took ownership of the spill when he thought topkill was going to work and was greedy for the credit.”

You got there first! Let’s see obama drown in oil over that statement now. The only way out is that he starts throwing people under the bus because THEY told him wrong information.

6 posted on 05/31/2010 2:46:18 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: Cyropaedia
Chicago is out? Chicago is OUT??
7 posted on 05/31/2010 2:56:01 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: JohnHuang2
Obama and the DNC have no interest in stopping the disaster
any more than they want to stop the attacks on America by terrorists (their allies).

Obama's Oil

1) Pres_ _ent Obama and Rahm and the DNC gets $$$$$ from BP ............. check
"Obama biggest recipient of BP cash
BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million
to federal …with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama"

"Obama White House and British Petroleum (BP), which pumped $71,000 into Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign
are covering up the magnitude of the volcanic-level oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico."

“Top PR firm for BP tied to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
PR firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner "helped BP plan and evaluate its successful re-branding campaign,
focusing the company's branding on energy solutions, including the development of solar and other renewable energy sources."
The firm's Stanley Greenberg is married to Rep. Rosa De Lauro, D-Conn.
There was something of a flap last year when it was pointed out that White house Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had been living in the couple's Capitol Hill townhouse and resulting in a lot of questions about whether or not this arrangement violated congressional ethical guidelines.
Further, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid Greenberg's firm some $500,000 in 2006 and 2008 while Emanuel was living with Greenberg, and Emanuel was even in charge of the DCCC during the 2006 election cycle.."

Bombshell expose'. The real reason the oil still flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
The real money is in the use of dispersements.
There is a company called NALCO. They make water purification systems and chemical dispersements.
NALCO is based in Chicago with subsidiaries in Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia. "

2) The secret reasons for the $$$$$ to Obama ............. check
BP oil leak: Fallen Deepwater Horizon was tapping second largest oil deposit in the world
If there is a single aspect to the dangers of the BP oil leak,
it lies in the question CEO Tony Hayward and other BP executives
have been avoiding since the first drop of oil went rogue: How much oil is leaking?
The real answer is - more than anyone wants to admit,
because the well holds enough oil to make Saudi Arabian drillers jealous."

3) Pres_ _ent Obama exempts BP from normal requirements ......... check

Gulf oil spill: BP has a long record of legal, ethical violations
…. the London-based company has a penchant for putting profits ahead of just about everything else.
Over the past two decades, BP subsidiaries have been convicted three times of
environmental crimes in Alaska and Texas, including two felonies. It remains on
probation for two of them. "

Federal Regulator Repeatedly Failed to Inspect Deepwater Horizon - Including for... Obama Presidency
ABC News has learned that in the 16 months from January 2009 through April 2010
MMS failed to inspect Deepwater Horizon four times - in May 2009, August 2009, December 2009, and January 2010."

"U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study"

"Obama admin exempted BP's Gulf drilling from environmental impact study "

"Obama sheltered BP's Deepwater Horizon rig from regulatory requirement"

"Red Flags Were Ignored Aboard Doomed Rig "

"US allowed drilling 'without required permits"

"U.S. Said to Allow Drilling Without Needed Permits
The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP …
to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits "

4) Pres_ _ent Obama creates a dangerous, negligent environment ......... check

Internal Documents Show Early Worries About Safety of Rig
BP internal documents show they knew the risk of using thin casing in high pressure, lied to MMS."

BP reports warning signs before gulf oil rig explosion"

"Heated Argument on Rig Hours Before Blast ( Deepwater Horizon oil spill )
Mr. Brown said Transocean's crew leaders-including the rig operator's top manager,
Jimmy W. Harrell-strongly objected to a decision by BP's top representative, or
"company man," over how to start removing heavy drilling fluid and replacing it with
lighter seawater from a riser pipe connected to the well head. Such pipes act as conduits
between the rig and the wellhead at the ocean floor, and carry drilling fluid in and out of the well."

"Workers on doomed BP oil rig: Corners were cut to save money
Two workers injured when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico told Congress on
Thursday that the companies in charge of the doomed drilling operation cut corners and
neglected maintenance in a race toward higher profits.
MMS official Jason Mathews, one of the panelists who questioned Harrell, noted that the
project was several weeks behind schedule, a delay that had cost more than $20 million at
a daily rate of $525,000."

"BP Used Riskier Method to Seal Oil Well Before Blast
Several days before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, BP officials chose,
partly for financial reasons, to use a type of casing for the well that the company knew
was the riskier of two options, according to a BP document.
BP's decision was "without a doubt a riskier way to go," said Greg McCormack,
director of the Petroleum Extension Service at the University of Texas at Austin"

"U.S. oil drilling regulator ignored experts' red flags on environmental risks
Minerals Management Service officials, who can receive cash bonuses in the thousands
of dollars based in large part on meeting federal deadlines for leasing offshore oil and gas
exploration, frequently changed documents and bypassed legal requirements aimed at
protecting the marine environment, the documents show."

5) Pres_ _ent Obama, BP, and the DNC begin the obstruction ......... check
"There Was 'Nobody in Charge' (Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Fire)
In the minutes after a cascade of gas explosions crippled the Deepwater Horizon on April 20,
....Andrea Fleytas, a 23-year-old worker who helped operate the rig's sophisticated navigation machinery,
suddenly noticed a glaring oversight: No one had issued a distress signal to the outside world,
she recalls in an interview. Ms. Fleytas grabbed the radio and began calling over a signal monitored by the Coast Guard and other vessels.
"Mayday, Mayday. This is Deepwater Horizon. We have an uncontrollable fire."
When Capt. Kuchta realized what she had done, he reprimanded her, she says.
"I didn't give you authority to do that," he said, according to Ms. Fleytas, who says she responded: "I'm sorry."

Limited Media Access to Oil Spill?
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Media organizations say they are being allowed only limited
access to areas impacted by the Gulf oil spill through restrictions on plane and boat traffic
that are making it difficult to document the worst spill in U.S. history."

"McCarthy: Obama hasn't returned call of lawmaker representing district of rig!! "

"Obama sat on sand berm request 2 weeks, still no reply"

"Frustration over sand barriers boils in Louisiana as federal government offers few answers"

6) Pres_ _ent Obama, BP and the DNC begin the coverup ......... check
BP's Photo Blockade of the Gulf Oil Spill
As BP makes its latest attempt to plug its gushing oil well, news photographers are
complaining that their efforts to document the slow-motion disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
are being thwarted by local and federal officials—working with BP—who are blocking
access to the sites where the effects of the spill are most visible."

BP buses in 400 for photo op with Obama

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, whose district encompasses Grand Isle, told
Yahoo! News that BP bused in "hundreds" of temporary workers to clean up local
beaches. And as soon as the president was en route back to Washington, the workers were clearing out of Grand Isle too
A local radio host suggested that the White House was behind the effort to set up the photo op. ."

"Parish official: BP shipped in workers for president's visit
Roberts said the workers were offered $12 an hour to come out to the scene at Grand Isle and work.
But, when Obama departed, so did the workers, he said."

"Oil Spill - CBS Threatened With Arrest For Filming The Oil Spill (Coast Guard: "This Is BP's Rules."

"Lab Chosen To Test Oil Spill Water & Animal Samples Has Ties To BP
In addition to this potential conflict of interest, federal officials have mandated that BP
gets to hire the companies that collect data as part of efforts to rescue wildlife covered with oil."

President Delays Oil Spill Recovery Efforts For San Francisco Fundraiser With Getty Oil Heirs"

7) The REAL DEAL: Pres_ _ent Obama displays utter incompetance (again) ......... check
"Louisianans take oil cleanup in own hands as frustration mounts."

"Worst Press Conference Since " I Am Not A Crook"
It's hard to imagine a Republican president getting away with the weasel words offered
today by Barack Obama. The President couldn't determine if MMS head Elizabeth
Birnbaum was fired or she resigned. Even the Obama bread carriers at CBS were skeptical:
Elizabeth Birnbaum's departure was first reported as a "firing." Later, a "resignation."
When asked for clarity, President Obama told the press corps today he had no idea."

"President Obama Returns to LA to Assess the Oil Crisis
Prepare for another impact from the deep water Horizon accident: higher energy prices.
It`s not the rupture of the well itself that`s going to influence prices, but a six-month
extension of the moratorium on new deep water drilling projects declared yesterday by
the Obama administration. Bernstein Research predicts if the moratorium continues
for a year, it would cut global oil supplies by 500,000 barrels a day between 2013
and 2017. …The Bernstein report expects new regulations to add about 10 percent
to the price tag of offshore production. U.S. drillers will get hit first, but if the new
tougher regulations become the worldwide standard, then offshore drillers every."

8) The REAL DEAL: Pres_ _ent Obama destroys America (again) ......... check
"Analysis: Could U.S. Lose 200 Rigs by the End of Summer?
The Philadelphia Oil Service Sector index, commonly known by its ticker OSX, is based
on the stock market movements of 15 oil service company components.

Most recently the OSX peaked on April 23rd at 228.22, the day after the Deepwater
Horizon sank. Subsequently, the index has fallen 20% as both the broader markets have
been roiled by European concerns and the oil prices have begun to re-couple with
fundamentals (i.e. excess inventory levels). Crude oil has fallen 14% in recent weeks.
If the recent fall of the OSX and commodities foreshadows a similar move in the US rig
count, then a pullback to 1300 rigs or a 15% decline from current level of 1518 rigs
would not be a huge surprise. Of the 200 rigs that would be sidelined, a split of 45% oil
and 55% gas rigs removed from the count seems plausible."

8 posted on 05/31/2010 3:23:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Article IV - Section 4 - The United States … shall protect each of them against Invasion)
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To: counterpunch

He’s still on vacation, golfing! I thought that was a no-no.

9 posted on 05/31/2010 3:25:48 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: JohnHuang2

0bama looked up from his desk-yelled FORE!!!!-then continued with his basket weaving project

10 posted on 05/31/2010 4:11:08 AM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: JohnHuang2
Ms. Browner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, “but it’s important for people to understand that from the beginning, the government has been in charge.”

From the beginning, Ms. Browner? Not very good at it, are ya?

11 posted on 05/31/2010 4:12:47 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Great point!!

12 posted on 05/31/2010 4:42:56 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience....)
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To: counterpunch

.....Now Deepwater Horizon is a good description of his political future....

I would hope that is not the case. The gusher will be contained. The flow will be stopped. But it must be realized that the source of the gushing high pressured gas and light crude is a monster capable of untold production.

Rather than condemn a disaster there should be celebration of the bounty.

13 posted on 05/31/2010 4:49:56 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: RSmithOpt
One can bet the kitchen sink too that our enemies are watching very closely as the Obummberler prances around not leading nor solving anything.

Cha-ching! There's the thought that should be keeping Americans of all stripes awake at night....

14 posted on 05/31/2010 4:53:36 AM PDT by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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To: JohnHuang2

“The Obama administration scrambled to respond on Sunday after the failure of the latest effort to kill the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. But administration officials acknowledged the possibility that tens of thousands of gallons of oil might continue pouring out until August...”

let me get this straight. in 40 days the well has gushed between 18 million and 40 million gallons of oil but the new york times reports that administration officials acknowledged the possibility of only ‘tens of thousands of gallons...’ might continue to pour out over the next 60 days?!?!?!?

hey nyt...shouldn’t it be ‘tens of thousands of gallons PER DAY’?

but then again, it is the nyt reporting on 0bama...what should i expect

15 posted on 05/31/2010 5:08:22 AM PDT by mreerm
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To: bert

I’m just saying that some deepwater is on 0bama’s political horizon.
But thanks for reading way more than necessary into it. ;-)

16 posted on 05/31/2010 5:24:22 AM PDT by counterpunch (GOP: Government's Other Party)
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To: Recovering_Democrat

Somewhere on FR is a post regarding Rahm E actually living with the person who does BP’s PR. and another post of the people who bought large blocks of stock, last fall in the company that produces the chemicals BO wanted to use in the clean up (Soros BUffet etc etc)....The chemical that the engineers said last week would do more damage than good.

Someone needs to gather all the information in one location. (wish I had.)

17 posted on 05/31/2010 5:56:18 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: counterpunch

I like to take a long view. I do agree that on the short term, there will be turbulence and troubled political waters.

I would love to see the Messiah outfit himself in shiny new jeans and a freshly pressed and creased unfaded blue denim shirt and make an appearance somewhere cleaning up or maybe in a hard hat appearing before his teleprompter.

Hypocrisy is his strong suit

18 posted on 05/31/2010 5:58:17 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Ostracize Democrats. There can be no Democrat friends.)
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To: JohnHuang2

Jindal was a wuss too.

When he should have defied Obama and created the sand burms to block the oil spill.

It worked for chicago daily when he bulldozed the airport runway.

19 posted on 05/31/2010 7:56:57 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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