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Posted on 06/13/2010 8:25:40 PM PDT by Steelfish
Obama Plans First Oval Office Speech to Put Pressure on BP
By JACKIE CALMES June 13, 2010
WASHINGTON President Obama will use his first Oval Office speech Tuesday night to outline a plan to legally compel BP to create an escrow account to compensate businesses and individuals for their losses from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, administration officials said on Sunday.
It would be part of a week of activities intended to convey presidential command of a crisis that continues to test both the government and the company.
Mr. Obama will press for the escrow account if BP does not establish one voluntarily. The board of the London-based company will discuss the idea and other spill-related issues including a brewing controversy over a big dividend for shareholders coming due this summer at an emergency session on Monday, company officials said.
But it does not expect to announce decisions until after its chairman and chief executive speak with Mr. Obama at a meeting he has called for midweek.
We are considering all these issues and look forward to constructive conversations on Wednesday in the White House, said Andrew Gowers, a senior BP spokesman.
On Monday, the president will begin a two-day tour of three gulf states and return in time for Tuesdays prime-time, nationally televised speech
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
I thought the liability cap was $75M? Or are we making laws ex post facto now?
Previous presidents used this format to take on countries. Reagan/Russia, Bush/Iraq. Today our current president is gearing up to sue a company doing business. It doesn’t have an army or a navy or an air force.It has no nuclear weapons, no chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction.
Is our president up for the challenge? Are we going to support him and our troops of attorneys? Can we make the hard sacrifices?
What did 0bama know and when did he know it?
This White House is showing its incompetence. Putting pressure on BP is not going to plug the leak or clean up any oil. They are just looking for another fall guy to demonize. Watch out that you don’t become the fall guy.
Better get those ash trays out of sight.
“Mr. Obama will press for the escrow account if BP does not establish one voluntarily. “
The New York Times charitably gives Barry an assist. BP has already agreed to set up a pool of cash for claims, yet Barry and the Times are telling us that Barry is taking a leadership role in demanding this. Barry just needs to go out golfing and when he returns to the club house he is credited with earth saving actions. Sweet gig if you can get it.
“4 days later, England declared War on America...”
The company where I work was participating in drilling several deepwater wells with rigs suspended by the Residential order, now we just get invoiced for the rig costs, no drilling. We will just send those invoices to Barry Petroleum to get paid by the escrow held by the Feral Goobermit.
I wonder if the typical American flags behind the president desk will be in sight? Hmmm!!!
How else would the O’s fund their vacations.
Good question. I wish BP would become very vocal about obamarama's incompetence. Maybe do a "We may be incompetent, but we're not as incompetent and as Stupid as 0bama".
Will he sit in a wing chair and wear a Jimmuh Cardigan?
You know, I see all kinds of complaints about BHO going golfing, playing basketball, date nights, etc.
I find I prefer that it would be fine with me if that was ALL he ever did his whole time in office. Run along now, go outside and play....the grown ups have work to do.
He’s going to be blocking traffic in Alabama, Mississippi and Florida tomorrow for a few good photo ops.
Pressure? - does he think BP’s not really trying to stop the oil flow - haven’t they already agreed to pay all legitimate claims against them - aren’t they already helping to clean up the spill - he’s just trying to set up a straw man - I doubt that he’s tough enough to kick even that ass......
As BP should say "MAKE ME", lol. What a twit, next thing BP will take all their marbles and go home. Keep pushing them IDIOT.
Of course we were all warned by Maxine Waters, weren't we?
Nothing is going to float his sinking ship.
This is pathetic, nonsensical, and ridiculous.
BP does not and cannot have the resources to solve this problem. It is obvious to everyone other than our “finger pointing” POTUS.
Forcing BP into Bankruptcy won’t solve anything good. Of course, it will jack up oil prices that will get our “dear POTUS” his wish for inflicting more economic misery on Americans.
i have car insurance. and let’s say i get into an accident. who is responsible for fixing the car and paying for it?
the insurance company (although i do the leg work of moving the car around)
similarly, the oil rigs in the gulf have been paying a fee to the US federal government in case of an accident... so the US gov’t can clean it up, as mandated by law.
how is this any different than car insurance?
i’d have to admit... i’m unsure which side i’d be on.
Don't bother actually solving the problem. Capitalize on the crisis, and make it worse if you can so you can capitalize on it even more.
Shake down...give me the money says obama...if pressure was all it took BP would have solve the problem on day one ...
See the Bay of Rigs thread - wow!
The guy gave me the creeps . he behaved like a ghetto thug and his entire inner circle is all black !
All the white people in the room were props .
He said the same situation exists with Gov Patterson of NY.
He left the meeting completely freaked out since the Obama was such a classless snide creepy thug.
I can’t take this anymore. I can’t take it. This pig in the WH has managed to destroy so much of this country...and now, becaue of his complete and utter incompetence, the Gulf coast will die. I want him gone...GONE.
They referred to him as Mr. Obama twice before the excerpt. Curious..
“... I will not seek nor accept the nomination to....”
Is he awake?
I see BP going CH11.
I think the speech would carry much more impact if he held it at the 18th hole.
No he wants it where he can get his slimy fingers on it! ! !
Like any good socialist he doesn’t want the money,
he just wants to control the money
Avoids any possible news conference questions screwup.
"I am Obama.
I hate capitalism.
I am failing to follow the law requiring me to clean up the oil spill.
I want to destroy a private company, so I am asking for an "ex post facto" law, in violation of the Constitution to do so.
Did I mention I am Obama?"