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"Morning News" by Cooper

Good Morning Conflucians!

The BP oil spill is still the top story in the news and with each day that passes, it becomes clearer that President Obama not only dropped the ball on handling this nightmare, he never picked up the ball in the first place. And once the ball was thrown in his lap, he attempted to hide it for as long as he possibly could. As always in politics, the cover-up is worse than the crime, and in the end the truth eventually comes out anyway.

We now know that Obama knew from the beginning [warning: right wing link] how bad this catastrophe could be, yet he continued taking frequent vacations, meeting with various sports teams, and hanging out with over-the-hill rock stars and Hollywood celebrities.

In concert with BP and the Coast Guard, the Obama administration made every effort to prevent news organizations from covering the shocking damage caused by BP’s reckless irresponsibility:

Journalists struggling to document the impact of the oil rig explosion have repeatedly found themselves turned away from public areas affected by the spill, and not only by BP and its contractors, but by local law enforcement, the Coast Guard and government officials.

To some critics of the response effort by BP and the government, instances of news media being kept at bay are just another example of a broader problem of officials’ filtering what images of the spill the public sees.

Scientists, too, have complained about the trickle of information that has emerged from BP and government sources. Three weeks passed, for instance, from the time the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and the first images of oil gushing from an underwater pipe were released by BP.

We now know that offers for help with the crisis came from a number of foreign countries, including the Dutch government, which offered expert help just three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The Dutch government

was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

Now, almost seven weeks later, as the oil spewing from the battered well spreads across the Gulf and soils pristine beaches and coastline, BP and our government have reconsidered.

U.S. ships are being outfitted this week with four pairs of the skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed within days. Each pair can process 5 million gallons of water a day, removing 20,000 tons of oil and sludge.

At that rate, how much more oil could have been removed from the Gulf during the past month?

Obama has now lost Rolling Stone and Jon Stewart. Yesterday, Jon Stewart suggested that President needed to kick his own (Obama’s) ass, since Obama has declared himself responsible and said the buck stops with him.

Anderson Cooper has been doing a good job of covering the situation on the ground in Louisiana for CNN, but others at CNN are still trying to explain away Obama’s inability or unwillingness to deal with the disaster. You probably guessed it already–it’s because he’s black.

If you’ve followed the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, you’ve heard the complaints that Obama isn’t showing enough emotion.

But scholars say Obama’s critics ignore a lesson from American history: Many white Americans don’t like angry black men….

“Folks are waiting for a Samuel Jackson ‘Snakes on the Plane’ moment from this president as in: ‘We gotta’ get this $#@!!* oil back in the $#!!* rig!’ But that’s just not who Obama is,” says Saladin Ambar, a political science professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Some of the same people crying for Obama to show more emotion would have voted against him if he had displayed anger during his presidential run, says William Jelani Cobb, author of “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.”

“It would have fed deeply into a pre-existing set of narratives about the angry black man,” Cobb says. “The anger would have gotten in the way. He would have frightened off white voters who were interested in him because he seemed to be like the black guy they worked with or went to graduate school with — not a black guy who is threatening.”

Of course all of these discussions ignore the fact that Americans don’t really care if Obama gets angry. They just want him to DO something–and if he were actually angry about what has happened, maybe he would act. And BTW, Samuel L. Jackson was black the last time I checked. How come white Americans like him so much if they dislike angry black men?

So now Obama’s approval ratings are dropping lower and lower. So what does he plan to do next besides belatedly accepting help from the Dutch? Well, he is finally going to meet with BP CEO Tony Hayward next week, according to Jake Tapper.

Though no final decision has been made, White House officials are planning to meet with Hayward, and the president will also likely have a few words to say to him.

Hayward is scheduled to appear on June 17 at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee.

Asked earlier this week why he hadn’t yet spoken to Hayward, the president told NBC that “my experience is when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he’s going to say all the right things to me. I’m not interested in words. I’m interested in actions.

OMG! He’s not interested in words, just actions. Here’s hoping Jon Stewart picks up on that quote.

Obama will also meet with David Cameron about the BP spill, according to today’s Guardian UK.

A spokesman for the prime minister said he was “sure” that the pair would speak about BP during a telephone call this weekend, in a further sign that the Deepwater Horizon disaster has now escalated into a political issue.

“The prime minister understands that there are many people who are angry and emotional about what has happened,” said Cameron’s official spokesman.

“This is an environmental tragedy and the impact will be much broader than the environmental impact, and that is why we are encouraging BP to find a solution as soon as possible,” he added.

If BP’s shares keep dropping, will the company even be able to meet its obligations to clean up the mess and pay restitution to those who have lost their livelihoods?

At long last, Obama will meet with families of the 11 men killed in Deepwater Horizon blast.

President Barack Obama is offering condolences to relatives of the 11 workers who were killed when an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

Obama wrote to the families and invited them to visit the White House on Thursday.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama also wants to hear the families’ thoughts on changes the government can make to ensure that future deepwater oil drilling is safe. Obama put a temporary halt to such drilling after the April 20 explosion off Louisiana’s coast.

Isn’t 50 days after the fact a little late to be offering condolences? I don’t think I’d be very happy about this if I had lost a relative to this disaster.

Actor Kevin Costner appeared before Congress yesterday to again offer help with the clean-up.

Actor Kevin Costner told Congress on Wednesday that he has a solution to ocean oil spills: a machine that separates oil from water.

Costner said he has spent more than $20 million for the patent and development of the machines since 1993 because he was inspired by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill in 1989. [….]

Costner said he had a hard time initially getting anyone interested in buying the device and that tests performed for the Coast Guard, private companies and other government agencies drew no response.

“My enthusiasm for the machine was met with apathy,” said Costner.

Suddenly that has changed, and BP has ordered 32 of the machines.

I know there is plenty of talk about the recent primaries in the news as well, but again I’ve filled up my post with oil spill news. What are you reading this morning? I hope you will all make up for my deficiencies in posting non-oil spill news.

Have a terrific Thursday!!!

155 Responses

  1. This is among the things new to me from the Rolling Stone article:

    “In fact, the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan – the federal regulations that lay out the command-and-control responsibilities for cleaning up an oil spill – makes clear that an oil company like BP cannot be left in charge of such a serious disaster. The plan plainly states that the government must “direct all federal, state or private actions” to clean up a spill “where a discharge or threat of discharge poses a substantial threat to the public health or welfare of the United States.”

    Incredible.

    • Wow! WTF is wrong with Obama and his henchmen anyway?

      That was a rhetorical question…

    • This is so surreal.

    • I’m speechless, Peg. The law says the administration is in charge……but Gibbs has equivocated much of that for weeks.

      What I can’t figure out, is was this willful (knew the law, played politics), or was it just stupid (didn’t know the details).

      Anybody?

      • I’ll say willful – as in “if the President does it, it’s not a crime.”

      • I’m guessing willful on the part of the few who actually are aware of it, everyone else was busy playing beer pong. Jeebus.

        • I’m guessing stupid in Obama’s case. I just heard on NPR that he thinks he can make BP pay for the entire cost of his 6 month drilling pause. The guy still thinks he’s king and can just do whatever he wants.

    • How can Obama not be aware that the govt has these kind of plans for everything?

      It is a blueprint for actually being presidental and no one bothered to follow it.

      And exactly Mary, I can’t figure out if it was willful or stupidity that brings us here.

  2. From the other side of the pond (http://tinyurl.com/2ft3gq9), the Daily Telegraph U.K. captures growing British anger at Obama and the U.S. for BP’s declining share prices:

    BP’s position at the top of the London Stock Exchange and its previous reliability have made it a bedrock of almost every pension fund in the country, meaning its value is crucial to millions of workers. The firm’s dividend payments, which amount to more than £7 billion a year, account for £1 in every £6 paid out in dividends to British pension pots.

    Sorry, Brits, I love ya, but stupid portfolio management on your part cannot be blamed on us.

    • Don’t tell me, let me guess. This is snark? Cuz I read it as snark.

      • I wish it was snark, but it seems that most British pension funds bet the ranch on BP and now they think that we should ease up our criticism of BP in order to save the company’s share price. If you look at some of the reader comments in the BP-related articles at various British newspapers, the Brits are really angry that BP is getting all the blame. They aren’t seeing all the articles we see here on how BP has a long history of having the most egregious safety record among all oil companies, or the fact that, unlike other large oil companies, BP seems to outsource the actual drilling operations. (Sort of makes you wonder whether BP doesn’t do that deliberately to muddy the waters in cases where there is liability for death and destruction.) For them, BP represents British Pride, not Broken Promises.

        • I somehow managed to post my reply to Peter in the wrong place. Sorry, wasn’t meant for you. Of course, yours isn’t snark.

    • Eventually, some of the plumes from their beloved pension holder’s screw up will reach their beloved shores…Probably by next year. Let’s listen to their tune then!

      • In England we wouldn’t be ‘Bitter Knitters, we would be called:

        some old, embittered British trade unionist-Peter Renolds

        You brave Edgeoforever you, going over to England to have your say! Charming!

    • WMCB once had a great line, which can be applied to so many things:

      Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on my side.

      I love it.

  3. (COMMENT DELETED)

    • He’s just doing what we all expected here … sorry you were so taken in! Next time think before you vote.

      • (COMMENT DELETED)

        • Where is…Ask Alice Peter, ask Alice!

        • uh dude ~ if you had been paying any attention he was never measured, thoughtful, independent, courageous and came corrupted and that was plenty evident when he became president by cheating.

          • Amen.

            Obama is, and always was, an empty suit with a razor thin resume. A And a puppet of the corporations who paid his way to the big time.

            Get a clue, dude.

        • Unless you’re a decisionmaker at BP, why would I hold you responsible for this mess that greets me daily here in New Orleans? I’m not even holding the peons at BP responsible. If you’re a business, you profit maximize. If you’re a pol, you vote maximize and fundraise maximize. Those last two criteria don’t always lead to the best outcome for the Public and giving either a CEO or an elected official a second chance without having your eyes open about their optimizing behavior is a tad naive.

        • . Where is the measured, thoughtful, independent, courageous man I thought he was?

          Madison Avenue

          • In Plouffe and Axelrod’s planning notebooks.

            It was NEVER real.

          • (COMMENT DELETED)

          • (COMMENT DELETED)

          • If you like him so much take him! He’s all yours…. oh wait, you can’t because we’re stuck with him. So kindly butt out.

          • Well, right back atcha Peter. I’d rather deal with reality and facts(and sound cynical, jaded, and devoid of hope) then keep clapping in hopes that Barackbell figures out how to handle the crisis.

            As for blame I blame BP slightly less than I blame the government that was supposed to provide oversight to BP and that has continued to fail in doing so. As Dak said, a company is supposed to maximize profits. It’s the government’s jb to ensure they pursue their agenda safely and without harm to assets the public owns. This disaster was a complete fail and YES, I hold the person in the highest office of our government responsible for not providing adequate oversight of his cabinetry.

        • Q: “Where is the measured, thoughtful, independent, courageous man I thought he was?” That man never existed (which anyone could see if s/he were actually paying attention).”

          A: The Great O was/is only a figment of his/your imagination. Best to disabuse yourself of this image. O has always been a puppet of the corporate & banking masters.

          Q: “Does US politics corrupt so quickly and so completely?”

          A: Yes, unfortunately, ever since 2000 when the global corporate forces went on overdrive to destroy democracy in the USA and run it to the ground.

          • evidently said troll never read how the light bringer got into office to start out with … definitely go ask Alice who he stabbed in the back.

            and then he should talk to Bobbie,

            and then poor children whose parent’s divorce record accidentally got put into the public who are going to know how their dad was trying to drag their mom to sex clubs all the time.

        • Too much Kool-aid!

        • he cheated his way in to office just like Dubya. How can anything good come from that? The voters in their WISDOM, prefered Clinton. The DNC allowed and participated in fraud. Now we are all suffering.

    • Your blog is a satire site, right?

    • OK, this HAS to be snark. Is it? Please, please tell me it is!

    • Just in case my coment doesn’t make it out of moderation at your blog, here it is

      A “mistake” you say? Have you looked at pictures from the Gulf lately? Just wait about one year when the “mistake” reaches your shores. It will, scientists predicted it.
      As for Obama’s words,don’t take them too seriously. He is just trying to pretend he cares, like the media instructed him to. You know, to appease the peasants. Don’t worry, he is just acting. Poorly, I might add.

      • (COMMENT DELETED)

      • By the time I read this thread–I work nights and sleep days–this Peter Reynolds fellow’s comments had been deleted. Is he a member of the Oborg Collective, a paid shill for Blundering Polluters, or both?

        • A Brit who believes in looking for the best in the ligthbringer and BP despite all evidence that suggests neither is acting in any one’s interests but their own.

        • you can probably read all that brit angst over on his blog if you really want to subject your mind to circuitous logic

        • just seems to be a misogynist–he has a disgusting post on the sex and the city women–and know it all who considers name calling and abuse to be humor and logic …

          pathetic really

  4. stunning—jaw dropping incompetence!!

    the story about the Dutch help just blew me away–I sent it to Anderson Cooper. I hope somebody reads all my e-mails. Marshes and wild life could have been saved and that Jones Act is a crock. All Bambi has to do is declare an emergency and that gets over ridden.

  5. No other news agency but the Daily Telegraph U.K. seems to be picking up on this one (http://tinyurl.com/3ak5yaj):

    Deutsche Bank said today that it has a net £900m short position on Spanish government debt and a £660m short on the Portuguese sovereign, as the German government attempts to ban all short sales in European sovereign debt.

    The position will be doubly embarrassing for the German government, as Deutsche Bank’s own shares are currently the subject of a short trading ban imposed by the country’s authorities at the same time as sovereign ban.

    Germany’s unilateral ban last month on the short selling of euro-denominated government bonds, credit default swaps based on those bonds, and shares in the country’s 10 leading financial institutions initially surprised other Eurozone governments, but has since gained support.

    Angela Merkel is pissed, not to mention red-faced.

  6. He’s meeting with the families only now? WTF?

    I continue to laugh at all this caterwauling from O’s apologists about how the criticism is so unfair because of his aversion to empty gestures and “emoting” and how people asking him to show anger is treading such a fine line because of the Angry Black Man stereotype. This is the candidate who put up Greek columns to accept his nomination and went out of his way to tell his supporters to “Get in people’s faces.” He’s got no aversion to empty gestures when it’s about propping himself up. And, nobody would be begging for signs of how he feels if, like you said bb, he would just ACT and LEAD, you know, do what’s at his “pay grade.”

    • I even heard ole Nora O’Donnell on Morning Joe lament (with teary eyes) that the WH staff are having “oil spill nightmares” and are under great, great stress.

      I changed the channel. GAWD, Nora.

      • Exactly my reaction. I was disgusted. Have you even heard sympathy for the families of 11 people who died due to this tragedy?

    • Obama should just pretend BP is a woman — i.e. a b#$%tch — so that he can muster up some genuine anger.

  7. About the meeting with the families of the 11 men – do you remember the initial response?
    Two days after the explosion on the rig—when a mobilization to stop the looming spill should already have been underway and with the fate of the 11 dead workers still unknown—the White House could not hide its indifference. When a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs if Obama had yet “reached out to anyone in Louisiana over the oil rig explosion.” Gibbs responded, “Let me check on that. I don’t believe so.”
    http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/may2010/spil-m29.shtml

    • Un-effing believable.

      At LEAST the families of the lost workers could have been consoled.

      WHAT IS THIS MAN”S PROBLEM?

    • I really hope the families reject him. Better even, if about half of them do. So when one half is letting the WH have it, the others would go on TV and talk of the indifference until now, and how they are insulted by this posturing.

  8. BB you’re funny.

    How can anyone

    Have a terrific Thursday!!!

    after reading all these stories?

    At least it’s very hot here today. We are really getting into the summer.

  9. BB: Thanks for continuing to bring up other things about the spill. The thing just overwhelms us down here.

    The Jon Stewart thing amazes me. Obama’s not only lost him, Stewart is actively using him as the butt of all jokes. Stewart shapes a lot of perceptions of young adults. I see this as major.

    Also, saw Louis Black go off on him too last night.

    The Karmic Wheel is just running the ONE over right now …

  10. Why is he meeting with the families?
    To apologize for the lack of government safety standards enforcement for the drilling industry?
    The Obama administration really stepped in it this time.
    That phone rand at 3AM, he unplugged it and went back to sleep.
    You just know that the republicans and their propaganda arms, Fox and AM talk radio, are going to ride this right up to November of 2012.

    • “That phone ran[g] at 3AM, he unplugged it and went back to sleep.”

      Nice image!

    • The phone rings at 3AM directly to the State Department’s line that Hillary has set up, and she deals with the calls.

  11. The Olbermann clip compared the Iraqi information minister with the BP CEO.

    So I cruised around the blogs today.

    Republicans bad.
    Unions got screwed.
    BP bad

    Abramoff released.

    Hmmm, the “tanks are rolling in” and the access blogs pretend nothing is happening. Not even a slight speculation about whether the govt is doing it’s job. Truly amazing disinformation is going on.

  12. (COMMENT DELETED)

    • Now you’re just trolling. Give it up. At least you have the NHS.

    • Conspiracy obsessed cynics? You mean like this comment and your response from your blog?

      You say yourself, Obama should be professional and not make angry statements. He should! The effect on the share price of BP is absolutely disastrous, they are suffering horribly, and that will extend to the whole of the UK financial market.

      Blame is pointless. As the Mayor also said, the best thing is to keep cool heads. The main thing is to solve the horrendous problem.

      angelnstar

      June 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm
      Reply
      Absolutely 100% right!

      Peter Reynolds

      June 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      So now the U.S is responsible for the dire straits of the U.K. financial markets? Take a look in the mirror, mister. I’d say you’re the one who’s sad, miserable and obsessed.

    • Troll alert. Cleanup on isle 2. Please don’t feed the troll.

    • We’re glad you’re not an American too, PR. We have too many Bots as it is.

  13. We’re glad you’re not an American too. We have too many Bots as it is.

  14. Please don’t feed he troll.

  15. Guess who said this:

    In an interview aired this morning, President Obama admitted that he hasn’t met with or spoken directly to BP’s CEO Tony Hayward. His reasoning: “Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he’s gonna say all the right things to me. I’m not interested in words. I’m interested in actions.”

    First, to the “informed and enlightened” mainstream media: in all the discussions you’ve had with the White House about the spill, did it not occur to you before today to ask how the CEO-to-CEO level discussions were progressing to remedy this tragedy? You never cease to amaze.
    (…snip…)

    Second, to fellow baffled Americans: this revelation is further proof that it bodes well to have some sort of executive experience before occupying the Oval Office (as if the painfully slow response to the oil spill, confusion of duties, finger-pointing, lack of preparedness, and inability to grant local government simple requests weren’t proof enough). The current administration may be unaware that it’s the President’s duty, meeting on a CEO-to-CEO level with Hayward, to verify what BP reports.
    …snip …

    Mr. President: with all due respect, you have to get involved, sir. The priorities and timeline of an oil company are not the same as the public’s. You cannot outsource the cleanup and the responsibility and the trust to BP and expect that the legitimate interests of Americans adversely affected by this spill will somehow be met.

  16. Ah, it’s so nice when the troll droppings are removed from the shop floor. Thanks!

  17. Seeing a pattern here–during this whole gusher disaster, Obama has been totally reactive. When criticism reaches a high enough level, he reacts. Going to La., meeting the families, talking to the CEO,meeting with local people—-…

    Never pro-active, always reactive to criticism. Makes me think 1) clueless-doesn’t know what to do or care and 2)thin-skinned-really can’t take being criticized.

    He reminds me of a child that you tell to clean up his room. After a while, he picks up a few toys and says ‘ok-I’m done, now back to play.’ Only this child is playing with dangerous toys.

    • Everything is “above his paygrade.” He was just hired to look good and speak pretty.

    • you can always take the line all the obots are taking: Look over there! It’s Sarah Palin!!!

      • Didja hear she was exposing her cleavage??? Wonkette discovered that she has BOOBS!

        • Ya mean they don’t know boobs come with all the other lady parts 😯 !

        • Yeah, if all else fails, let’s speculate on a boob job!

        • Oh my god, that is so gross!!! What if she got in there and was contaminating the place with all those boob germs before we found out???? We would’ve had to DEMOLISH!!!!!

        • someone on a rightwing blog had a catchy phrase: boobs on boobs!

          Obots are really, really trying to get this out there, so as to get attention away from her facebook letter to BO on oil spill, and her kicking a*s in the Tuesday primaries. They are trying to generate controversy on this. Some idiot (perhaps on Greg Sargent’s blog post?) commented that poor Sarah, “they” only talk about her boobs and therefore she is not serious. The idiot forgot that his side is doing all the talking and rumor spreading.

          I really, really disagree with Palin on many issues, on some of them, I vehemently disagree. However, I am going to defend her against sexism.

          • That really reminds me of Hitchens. He’s always making reference to women’s body parts and looks in his pieces, and we’re supposed to go nudge nudge wink wink if all the guys are talking about how hot they think she is (or how un()$&able they think she’s is), then she should be ashamed and we shouldn’t take her seriously. Meanwhile, if Katrina Vanden Heuvel couldn’t comment on a man without gushing over his attributes (or lack) and rating him on the hot or not scale–it would indicate that she’s a total flake and bimbo and never to be taken seriously, no reflection on the guys whatsoever.

  18. A distracting meme floating around is that we are all responsible for the spill because we use petroleum based products. Propaganda warning bells go off when I hear that line of reasoning. (example: http://bit.ly/bnhret)

    Excuse me. I am NOT responsible for BP’s malfeasance and greed. I am NOT responsible for Obama’s lackluster response. I am NOT responsible for the greed and ineffectiveness of the regulatory agencies. I am NOT culpable for decades of corruption that gutted our mass transportation systems across the country. (http://bit.ly/dllsn6)

    Don’t try and shine the light over here to take the heat off of those despicable incompetents who put their profits above Nature’s well-being. Don’t try and mitigate culpability with a big “We’re all in this together”.

    I AM responsible if I vote for those who support off-shore drilling, deregulating oil companies, invading countries for oil etc. I AM responsible if I fight against alternative energy. Otherwise don’t you dare drag me into the equation to mitigate corporate culpability.

  19. yeah–until ‘real’ things happen.

  20. eeeww. I think I am stuck in the freshly sprayed spam filter.

  21. Ruh-roh.

    Latest Gallup shows The One down to 44% approval.

    Why so high?

  22. a second try to post this

    A distracting meme floating around is that we are all responsible for the spill because we use petroleum based products. Propaganda warning bells go off when I hear that line of reasoning. (example: http://bit.ly/bnhret)

    Excuse me. I am NOT responsible for BP’s malfeasance and greed. I am NOT responsible for Obama’s lackluster response. I am NOT responsible for the greed and ineffectiveness of the regulatory agencies. I am NOT culpable for decades of corruption that gutted our mass transportation systems across the country. (http://bit.ly/dllsn6)

    Don’t try and shine the light over here to take the heat off of those despicable incompetents who put their profits above Nature’s well-being. Don’t try and mitigate culpability with a big “We’re all in this together”.

    I AM responsible if I vote for those who support off-shore drilling, deregulating oil companies, invading countries for oil etc. I AM responsible if I fight against alternative energy. Otherwise don’t you dare drag me into the equation to mitigate corporate culpability.

  23. Sorry completely O/T but your pic upbove reminds me of Elizabeth Warren who was on tv this morning on one of the business shows fighting the good fight.

    Anyway, back to reading the post.

  24. Obots ARE waking up all over the country and while their is some level of schadenfreude it is actually very sad. Some legacy he’s going to leave. I found this in the comments over at GG’s. I actually feel sorry for this voter who thought they were doing the right thing:

    The Obama Legacy — NOT what I thought

    I am simply rocked by thinking someone is one thing, putting your whole being into that person and then finding out he is something else to the detriment of millions!

    More and more I am beginning to think our president is NOT all that smart and that he is INEFFECTIVE.

    I have a viceral reaction to so many of his polcies which lead me to believe he is bought and sold just like every other corporatist who occupies the presidency. The oil spill is I believe his Katrina times 1000.

    Matt Lauer briefly asked him if the oil co BP did not have the proper developed techniques to drill one mile down why did the president allow it and he said the error was in taking THE WORD OF AN OIL COMPANY that they could handle everything???? I am dumbfounded. This supposedly liberal environmentally oriented president took the WORD actually took the WORD of an OIL COMPANY that everything was hunky dory? Is he just a plain IDIOT or does he think we are? What is up with him? His inexperience shows or something is rotten in Denmark.

    If he KNEW this was a first of its kind drilling and he led his adoring public including me, into thinking that he would NEVER be the kind of president that took HUGE corporations’ word for anything how in god’s name did he do that with BP the 4th largest corporation in the world? THAT was the blunder!! IT WAS HIS blunder for taking the word of a behemoth corporation whose only concern is money like all the other corporation’s like Goldman Sach’s who have infiltrated his administration or like the maintenace of the corporate war machine? WOW was I DELUDED!!! So BP must have given him SOME big time money. Now I’m FURIOUS that I could be so DUMB as to love him and work for him and give his campaign money. I AM FURIOUS at myself for misjudging character SO pathetically.

    He will NEVER see my vote again. I had a migraine headache yesterday because I was SO upset about mainly the ecosystem and those gorgeous innocent birds and other animals. I was just utterly sick. The human cost is awful BUT humans at least can figure out a way some but the animals oh my god the animals I just truly had a migraine yesterday and was sick. IT was in empathy with the poor animals. I cannot look at them oil soaked I just can’t. So like an ostrich I bury my head in my couch and not look as if that means it doesn’t exist. I KNOW it does. I contributed funds I really do not have to the international gulf fund for the animal clean up. I urge all those who can do contribute to do so to this fund: http://www.ibrrc.org/

    I will simply step on my own toes and NOT vote in 2012 unless he changes his act. I am DISGUSTED and it’s more than the oil spill as if that wouldn’t be enough but there are other actions he has taken in opposition to everything I thought he was and Glen has talked about many civil libertarian ones.

    • “? Is he just a plain IDIOT or does he think we are?”

      Both!

      • He obviously has gotten ahead by just using the velvet schmooze and not much else. I think he thinks he can just charm us all into forgetting things because it’s worked well for him with a lot of folks including the White House Press Corps.

        • His core supporters only expect three things from him, look cute, be male, read off TOTUS–and they’re flexible on #3. His problem is his core supporters couldn’t even carry him through the primary, everyone else’s expectations are a lot higher, and he’s got nothing.

    • I have members of my family that dropped everything to go work on his campaign…unfortunately I am still waiting for them to wake up.

      • Same here. Sigh.

      • We should put together an intervention manual. Probably could use a lot of the same tactics as have been used for years against cults.

        • Didn’t Myiq, or his alter ego the Captain, suggest something like that back in 2008? IIRC, the technique involved smacking the Oborg drone in the face with a wet fish. 😈

          I reckon an petroleum-soaked fish would be appropriate now. 😈

          • We have a new & improved technique.

            After tying the Obot drone securely to a chair you douse him with petroleum crude and set him on fire. Then you hold up a picture of Obama and ask “How do you like him now?”

          • Uh, over the line there. 👿

            I say stick with the wet fish. 😈

      • I wonder if my obot cousin has woken up yet. I’m too polite to ask her.

        Test post. Using new laptop with unfamiliar touchpad technology and a different browser. Regular computer sick in hospital.

    • I’m sure many Obots feel this way and mean it when they say they will no longer support Obama. But….come election time, all the corporate string-pullers will have to do is threaten them with Sarah Palin (whom they have deliberately marketed to the left as a dangerous, reactionary idiot), and the Obots will go running back to Daddy because “at least he’s not that woman”! In my opinion, that’s why the O administration doesn’t even to seem to care about doing a good job of even trying to fake it. They know the fix is in, they’ve seen the script.

    • omg that crazy unity pony is back too! *runs screaming*

      • As disturbing as that pony image is, I cannot help but LOL every time I see it referenced as the Unity Pony! How appropriate!

    • MR. GIBBS:  Well, I think that everybody that supported one of the Democrats will have an obligation to now, as the President would, and has, in races that the nominee he has supported hasn’t won, now support the Democratic nominee.

      Maybe Obama won’t even bother campaigning, “You owe me your votes, b——” sounds like the strategy that wins.

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