I’m also old enough to remember the experience of the Kennedy Administration. PR hip & cool, they believed that giving the impression of action was more important than taking action itself.
The original explosion on the BP rig took place April 20th. The initial news from the Obama Regime was simply expressing minimal concern for the loss of life. If any alarms were sounded, they were so muted that no one heard them.
Now BP is a very politically-connected multinational firm. They backed Obama in the election, yet they spread their largess around including to the always open pockets of the House Republican Leader.
BP is used to getting their way. In fact, they descend from the oil firm which had the CIA overthrow the government of Iran back in 1953 and restore the Shah. This was to undo nationalization of the firm. (The USA’s problems with Iran date from that point.)
The Obama Regime’s response for nearly a month was to let BP handle it and hope for the best, fingers crossed. BP tried to keep the media away, though they have no lawful authority to do so. Even some of Louisiana law enforcement went along with this fraudulent usurpation.
The Obama Regime lost valuable time doing nothing except hoping for the best. They knew the erstwhile progressive orgs were bought off. In any case, they’re used to ignoring them anyway. More centrally, they knew the Republicans had zero credibility on the issue. Their mantra has long been the simplistic ‘Drill baby drill!’
But the damage and the pending peril could not be ignored. But, am I the only one to notice that the Obama Regime always seems to ‘a day late and a dollar short’ on this?
Conservative columnist Sher Zieve is often too outre for my taste. But her column today, 6/28/10, is spot on. I close with excerpts:
“Although Barack Hussein Obama may not have pulled the trigger on the BP Gulf oil rig explosion, his abrogation of sand berms and virtually all other means to minimize the damage from the toxins and protect this US coastal region places him in the position of destroyer-in-chief. Through his actions involving apparent criminal mischief leading to the destruction of entire ecosystems and their attendant wildlife–including but, not limited to human life and livelihoods–Obama has placed himself firmly in the position of the most destructive and vicious leader of the USA that America has ever witnessed.”