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Remember who has been in charge from "day one"

It is important to note because that’s the claim made by the president and this is the reality of the situation:

From the beginning, the effort has been bedeviled by a lack of preparation, organization, urgency and clear lines of authority among federal, state and local officials, as well as BP. As a result, officials and experts say, the damage to the coastline and wildlife has been worse than it might have been if the response had been faster and orchestrated more effectively.

Also don’t forget that in addition to claiming to be in charge from “day one”, it was claimed that BP was doing what the government told it to do as it pertains to clean up, containment, even “plug[ging] the damn hole”.

And yet the New York Times calls the effort “chaotic”.

The other day, President Obama called the spill an echo of 9/11. Of course that’s preposterous. But it certainly is giving off more than a faint whiff of Katrina smell. At least as it pertains to the preception that the federal response then was slow and fell short of expectations.

We’re almost 60 days into this and the quoted paragraph is describing the scene today. Obama is visiting the Gulf region again and will address the nation on Wednesday night from the Oval office.

My only question is how much blame-shifting and scape-goating with the one in charge from “day one” engage in that night?



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12 Responses to Remember who has been in charge from "day one"

  • It doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any, but from the beginning I didn’t see serious discernible leadership with this spill.

    The most disturbing thing I’ve heard so far is about the Dutch skimmer ship that was offered on or about Day 3, but the offer was not accepted. And then there are apparently a number of ships or outfits from various places that have spill clean-up expertise that simply are not on the scene of the worst spill we know of.

    Then, yesterday, I hear Obama telling people on the Gulf coast that it’s not actually a bad thing when the oil washes up on the beaches because that makes it easier to clean up and that in a year or two it will be back to normal. Well, what about that idea of getting to it before it washes up?

    It always takes a while for an observer to get a grip on what is happening in a situation like this, but I am beginning to get a sense that the White House is in song and dance mode (i.e., making it up) and that they are also controlling what BP has to say about it.

    Now we hear from Obama that this is “like 9/11.” An odd comparison. But as long as we’re going there then maybe it’s this White House that is like 9/11.

  • I figure President Obama will tell us Wednesday that it’s all our faults because of the way we consume energy and push for for a “Cap and Trade” bill.——CONEBREAD

  • To hear Obama compare this to 9/11 truly enrages me.   It smacks me as a comment made from someone who really didn’t care all that much about it when it happened.  And given the poison atmosphere he surrounded himsef with for years, terrorists like Ayers, America-Haters like Wright……I honestly don’t think that’s too far-fetched. I really don’t.

  • Obama was responsible from day one…if not aware of his responsibilities….  The law put him in charge of creating a plan, testing the plan, and working the plan.  Much like the authorities in Louisiana with Katrina.
    But the funny thing is, Mr. President, a lot of those people passed a law back in 1994…the National Oil And Hazardous Substances Contingency Plan Act…that MANDATED–(h/t Climate Audit)

    a plan for dealing with various scenarios around oil and hazardous substances
    testing that plan to assure it worked
    effective response to a large oil spill was a national priority that could overwhelm regional resources
    the EPA and the Coast Guard are in charge of the plan and its testing and implementation

    So, it is instructive, isn’t it Mr. Obama?  We already have a law, and clearly defined Federal lines of responsibility (consistent with the Commerce Clause, BTW) that MANDATED you have a response “in case of a catastrophic spill”.  The crazy lady you picked for your EPA chief?  Where is she?  Isn’t she, or somebody she names, supposed to be the chair of the National Response Team?  You know, the one in charge of making the plan YOU are supposed to have workShe has been in the news lately, but it isn’t because of her work along the Gulf coast, is it, Mr. President?

  • If you’re into fighting slogans with slogan, “This is more Katrina, than 911!” says it in a nutshell. 

  • As a result, officials and experts say, the damage to the coastline and wildlife has been worse than it might have been if the response had been faster and orchestrated more effectively.

    For the NYT to admit this tells me that the situation is so utterly horrible that even they won’t try to whitewash it.  The simple fact of the matter is that Imeme and his regime full of clowns, thugs, and incompetents have, either through stupidity or malice, allowed a disaster to turn into a catastrophe that may dwarf just about any single event in our history outside the Crash of 1929.  Huge swaths of the Gulf Coast will be poisoned for years.  Industries there will die, perhaps never to return.  Energy prices will rise due to the knee-jerk response of the moratorium (nothing like shutting the barn door AFTER the horse has gone, eh?), harming the entire country and, by extension, the world.

    Obviously, Imeme is not responsible for the original disaster.  But his response since then – a combination of indifference, fecklessness, phony outrage, and general incompetence – has made it FAR worse that it might have been.  Even the NYT recognizes it.

    This isn’t Obama’s Katrina.  Frankly, I can’t think of a parallel in our history in which the president so badly bungled his reponsibility and shirked his duty.

  • I believe that Obama is doing his “My fellow Americans…” speech Tuesday night, not Wednesday.