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White House Shuts Barn Door After Horses Escape

Now that the gigantic oil spill has reached the Louisiana coast and now that we know the oil spill may be worse than the Exxon Valdez, the White House, in the person of senior advisor David Axelrod, has announced that no more offshore drilling will be approved until the cause of the leak is investigated.

“All he [Obama] has said is that he is not going to continue the moratorium on drilling but… no additional drilling has been authorized and none will until we find out what happened here and whether there was something unique and preventable here,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod said on “Good Morning America” today, defending the administration’s policy.

Axelrod said no new offshore drilling will go forward until “there is an adequate review of what happened here and what is being proposed elsewhere.”

According to Fox News, Axelrod:

…deflected comparisons with the government’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, telling ABC’s “Good Morning America” that such speculation “is always the case in Washington whenever something like this happens.”

The last time “something like this happened….”


49 Responses

  1. I was just chronicling the B0bots reaction to the foreshadowing of this announcement yesterday – got to update

  2. I am not sure, but I think there was an explosion and some people were killed. Maybe they should start “their investigation” there.

  3. OT, Jeff has always been better at politics than business.

    @Howie Kurtz: Zucker also says he might run for office, in NY, if the timing was right. Says he’d get less scrutiny as a candidate than as NBC’s boss.

    • “Says he’d get less scrutiny as a candidate than as NBC’s boss.”

      By whom I wonder. If he’s had no affairs or nude photos or he’s not a woman, he’s probably right.

    • That’s OK. Treat this as an open thread.

  4. Maybe we’ll get a picture of Obama staring out the window of AF1 while he “surveys” the damage.

    • Every one I know in Plaquemines and St Bernard Parishes are pretty panicked. They know they’re about to lose their livelihoods. I’m going to buy some shrimp boots this afternoon. I think I’m going to go volunteer to help with the clean-up

      • Meanwhile, the New England fishermen are about to be driven out of business by the U.S. Department of Commerce regulations, according to a story I heard on NPR this morning.

  5. All week this has been a slow motion train wreck ObamaCo hasn’t bothered to deal with.

    It does have Katrina written all over it.

  6. Gee, lax regulation of the oil drilling industry, ya think?

    Goes along with the lax regulation of the FIRE sector.

    So far the only energy he has shown is in besting the Clintons by getting his health care “reform” passed.

    • Don’t forget lax regulation of the Coal Mining industry also.

      • and ALL three of those sectors are now under criminal investigation … too bad their congressional and white house enablers of the last two administrations won’t be held accountable.

  7. I remember well the Exxon Valdez, and this latest situation approaches deja vu. My friends on the West Coast were involved in the Exxon cleanup. Do we never learn?

  8. This is another example of the President talking out of both sides of his mouth:

    “All he [Obama] has said is that he is not going to continue the moratorium on drilling but… no additional drilling has been authorized . . .”

    The additonal drilling wasn’t going to be authorized tomorrow anyway. The key words are that he’s not going to change his mind about off-shore drilling and the subtext is that this little tidbit is to satisfy the Republicans and counter “Drill Baby Drill” mantra. Afterall, the next nightmare to push through Congress is Cap and Trade. Don’t want to spoil that. The delta, the marshlands, the wildlife, the people? Oh well, we all need to make hard choices, doncha know.

    This Administration is a disgrace!

  9. Obama calls military to quell spill (It may take three months to cap the spill)

  10. …it may take three months to cap the spill….say it isn’t so sod.

    Your other quote of BO’s made on April 2, 2010 is so telling – who is they?

  11. T. Boone Pickens: Way too much is being made of BP oil spill, it will get cleaned up

  12. Obama reassured Gulf Coast communities that the federal government is “fully prepared” to meet its responsibilities to them as the spill gets worse.


    That’s reassuring,eh?

    • Which means he [Obama] will flap his lips in double time. Because the last thing they want is a comparison to Bush’s Katrina response with elections a-coming in November.

      Reassuring? Not so much.

      I hate being such a cynic. I’ve never reacted to headlines or events in this way before. But everything I hear coming out of the Federal government right now sounds fishy. Smells that way, too.

      Of course, the true tragedy is what is and will happen along the Gulf coast. This is an absolute nightmare. Driving home, I just heard on the radio that the estimate to stop the leak, the now 250,000 gallons per day spillage, is . . .

      Three months.

      Nightmare city!

  13. will someone pull this ostriches head out of the oil

    • we’ve stocked up on blue Dawn down here and we have about 60 field biologists on call.

      • Lived vicariously via friends through Exxon Valdez, so wish you the best. You and like minded people are heroes. It takes a lot of time, a lot of patience, a lot of care and a lot of pain to try to rescue after an oil spill. I don’t have any money, otherwise I’d be there with you. My best wishes, and please don’t let it get you down. You can only do what you can do, you cannot perform miracles.

  14. My co-worker just came to my door and, referring to the oil spill, said “Well, I wonder how that “drill, baby, drill” is going for Palin.” I looked at him with complete disbelief and said “Obama wants to drill, baby, drill.” He seemed a bit perplexed and taken aback and then walked away. I guess I haven’t had enough kool-aid today.

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