Skip to comments.Biden acknowledges message lapse on oil spill
Posted on 06/02/2010 3:18:34 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
WASHINGTON (Reuters) The White House has been deeply involved in the effort to staunch the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from the start but may have made a mistake by failing to communicate effectively about its efforts, Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.
"I think if there's any mistake made (it's) that we haven't communicated clearly enough what the president has done on this oil spill from the beginning," Biden said in the transcript of an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose television show.
"We were there the first day, the first morning after that well ... blew and that platform collapsed. We were in the Oval Office," Biden said. "He mobilized everyone in the White House in the West Wing, made it clear that every single asset of the federal government should be made available."
President Barack Obama, facing one of the biggest challenges of his presidency, is under relentless pressure to stop the gush of oil and gas from the broken BP Plc oil well far below the surface of the Gulf.
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The Administration that couldn’t shoot straight. One hundred percent engaged since day one, but no targets hit.
You know it’s bad when Joe Biden begins sounding ‘Presidential’. We are so screwed.
Hello, no targets identified, no guns brought to bear. All bluster and gas.
I was watching Band of Brothers on memorial Day and was struck by the contrast (and a supposedly accurate account) of two of characters, Sobel and Dike.
Sobel was cagey but could actually command; given enough authority, in training school, he was able to bully his men, like Obama and his community organizing but he never made it past that point. He was actually good at training his men and was always credited with making them as tough as they were, even though it was for his glorification rather than the good of the unit. He was more transparently dangerous, however and had no juice and was removed before he could cause any harm on a battlefield. He had none of the following characteristics that Dike had and that Obama shares;
Dike was there because of connections, and only because of his connections. He was totally unqualified for any command, let alone command under pressure. He could never be found when a decision needed to be made. He left command decisions to others and wandered around, making excuses for where he needed to be that took him from the action. He was always in need of stress relief and was obviously indifferent to others.
He was a coward. He had enough powerful connections to get him into a military unit where he was going to build a rep (a la John Kerry) for his future political career. They could shield him until he froze in the field, and needed to be relieved because he was cowering while his unit was shredded; he was so obviously in over his head and there were eye witnesses to his being incapable of command under fire; they could no longer conceal it. There was death and destruction all around him because of his inability to face reality and make command decisions.
Obama is Lt. Dike. We are screwed if he isnt relieved.
He needs to be relieved.
But not by Biden. Biden is the dumbest and most corrupt SOB to ever walk the halls of Congress...and that is saying a lot.
If the government was so “up” on this catastrophe, then can someone explain to me why no booms were sent to the Gulf to contain the spill and keep it from reaching shores? Jindal made repeated pleas for help with getting booms down there.
Epic fail. Threatening and intimidating BP all day long isn’t going to stop the oil leak or solve the major crisis lapping up on the shores of the Gulf.
Sarah Palin says, “Hello!”:
If the President really was fully focused on this issue from day one, why did it take nine whole days before the administration asked the Department of Defense for help in deploying equipment needed for the extreme depth spill site?
Why was the expert group assembled by Energy Commissioner Steven Chu only set up three weeks after the start of this disaster?
Why was Governor Jindal forced more than a month after the start of the disaster to go on national television to beg for materials needed to tackle the oil spill and for federal approval to build offshore sand barriers that are imperative to protect his states coastline?
Obama can be enraged all day long, that’s not going to solve anything. What sort of expertise does James Cameron and Kevin Costner bring to the table? For the last 40-odd days, all I’ve seen and heard from this White House is threats of “boots to the neck” of BP employees and Obama golfing on the Gulf.
And if Holder keeps threatening legal action, my question is: what’s his goal at this point? Sounds punitive with all the blaming. Why would bankrupting BP be good for anybody, since the federal government would get stuck with the entire tab of the cleanup.
What am I missing here?
Does anyone honestly think that if he actually WAS involved from the second it happened that he wouldn’t have blasted this information all over? The guy is always looking to toot his own horn. He thrives on adulation.
He did jack, and everybody knows it. This administration is falling apart. I expect some very bad things from Obama as his perfectly choreographed charade falls apart.
This administration was going around criticizing BP for not having a contingency plan in place while they’re begging foreign countries to borrow berms and skimmers from them.
See post # 11.
The one nice thing about Biden, is he plays poker with a mirror for a face. Talk about your loose canon...
I responded to 11
That is exactly the message that GWB tried to sell after Katrina. It didn’t work then.
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