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The latest "crisis" speech

In a word, unimpressive.

Now there are those who are going to say that this man could say nothing that would impress me. Not true. He could say I’m resigning for the good of the country and I’d be mightily impressed. Mainly because that would be the right thing to do and I’d respect that.

However, that’s not his choice. Instead he gave an uninspired speech with a few falsehoods and a few mixed messages.

Primarily it did absolutely nothing to ease my mind or calm my fears that there is any coherent plan in place. In fact, if you review the so-called “response”, it has three components.

1. Continue to try to clean up. We got a lot of statistics and a lot of claims, but essentially oil is still washing up on the shore.

2. Make BP pay. Of course that’s been the plan since the beginning.

3. Appoint lots of commissions. Ray Mabus will form one to develop a “long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan” as quickly as possible. And Obama claims to have established a “National Commission” to “offer recommendations on what additional safety and environmental standards we need to put in place.”

And that’s pretty much the plan. Of course we will have a czar appointed as well, so that Obama can remove himself from these pesky leadership demands once again.

The rest of the speech was an exercise in what Obama does best – selling smoke. He begins it with a false premise:

But a larger lesson is that no matter how much we improve our regulation of the industry, drilling for oil these days entails greater risk. After all, oil is a finite resource. We consume more than 20% of the world’s oil, but have less than 2% of the world’s oil reserves. And that’s part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean – because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.

Of course his claim about drilling in deeper water because we’re running out of places to drill in shallow water is false. 97% of the shallow water on the Outer Continental Shelf -97%- has been placed off limits by government. The oil companies are forced into deeper water not by the lack of oil, but by government refusing to allow them to drill there.

He also uses the figure for “proven reserves” of 21 billion barrels. However, estimates for the OCS run in the 150 billion barrels and the Bakken Formation (on land) 134 billion barrels.

But those falsehoods provide a platform to launch into another “crisis” that only government can handle – completely revamping our energy mix and insisting on changing it now. After this and health care, who would trust him and the Congress to do that?

And, he tells us the solution he prefers – the House version of cap-and-trade (what he calls “a strong and comprehensive energy and climate bill”). He further states, in the midst of a horrible recession, that “there are costs associated with this transition”. Of course there are – and certainly no guarantee any of it will do anything to either “change” the climate or mitigate our energy needs. But it will certainly give government control over another aspect of our lives.

Finally, he throws out a bunch of legislative and regulatory trial balloons all based on breaking our “addiction to fossil fuels”. Like “raising efficiency standards in our buildings” – straight out of the House bill which would require a federal inspector to OK your house before you could sell it to ensure it meets all fed standards. He pitched wind and solar energy as a new “standard”. And he also wasn’t happy with the amount the energy industry was spending on research and development for new sources of energy. He’d like to see that boosted.

In effect, the bottom line is more government – much more government. The same government so magnificently handling this crisis in the gulf and may others.

If nothing else, this speech cemented in my mind what this President is – an administrator, not a leader. And in that position, that is not a good thing to be.

~McQ

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80 Responses to The latest "crisis" speech

  • During the speech Obama looked and sounded like he was practicing to pass a polygraph examination.

  • This was my initial take on Obama’s egg-laying last night:

    He must earnestly embrace the idea that you and I are stupid, and will believe what we are told.  Some of us gave him some reason for that idea.  He was elected.  But you cannot say to intelligent people in a paroxysm of self-exoneration, “I was assured that this was absolutely safe”.  Because intelligent people will immediately say, “Nothing is ‘absolutely safe’; nothing“.  Then they will say, “Either nobody ever said that, which means you are lying to us, Mr. President, or someone did say that to you, and you are the greatest fool on the planet”.

    • But you cannot say to intelligent people in a paroxysm of self-exoneration, “I was assured that this was absolutely safe”.

      Obama isn’t Spock, he’s Lando Calrissian.
      “They told me they fixed it. I trusted them to fix it. It’s not my fault!”

      • I tend to think of Eddy Haskel (I’m older than a lot of you) on Leave It To Beaver.  Or, more currently, Bart Simpson, without the excuse of his age, without any charm, and without…well, any redeeming quality.

  • How about Sarah Palin for oil czar? She has had more experience, and more success,  bringing the major oil companies to heel than the entire Obama administration. She is certainly qualified for a seat on that national commission thing. Not only would that make it a bipartisan deal, but she would improve their equal opportunity statistics.

  • well that didn’t work.  next step they should let el presidente man the helm of one of those oil tankers.  they can put up a banner on the platform and get some coast guard types to stand there at parade rest as he docks.  he’ll look awesome in those tighty whites the navy guys all wear.  he won’t even have to stuff a pair of socks down below to enhance the experience like w did.

    sure you guys will still bellyache but the rest of us will sleep like babies.

     

    • “he won’t even have to stuff a pair of socks down below to enhance the experience like w did.”

      Right, him being black and all.
      Poor taste, even for you.

      • actually i never made that connection until you brought it up.  i guess it won’t hurt my run for office after i move down to the carolinas though.

        • “actually i never made that connection until you brought it up”

          Sure, I understand. W’s genitalia are just always on your mind.

          • sure,  wasn’t everyone’s?  i thought that was reason number 1 why everyone wanted to have a beer with the guy.  my interest was purely academic though,  i never did figure out how someone could talk so loudly while carrying such a small stick.  since w’s keeping a low profile nowadays perhaps you could help a compadre out. how do you do it?    muchas gracias in advance,  as they say.

    • I told you dude, W took that whole Mission Accomplished banner with him when he left.

      There’s a banner Czar who’s been appointed to do a 6 month study to see if the “O” symbol from the Obama campaign should replace the “O” in Mission, or the “O” in Accomplished (or both….) or if the words “Mission Accomplished” should just be set in the center of a white “O” on a blue background over the red stripes.  It’s important to get these things right.

    • but the rest of us will sleep like babies.

      Sure, no reason to change.  Sleep like babies, vote like babies, post  like babies, cry and whine like babies…you get the trend.

  • Oh, and whatever happened to that vaunted eloquence? Did little Timmy Matthews get that shivery thing?

  • Speech given, blame placed,
    asses kicked, crisis managed,

    find out if McCartney golfs, call the club and see if I can get a 10:00 tee time!

  • Wow, your ODS is on display.  I’ve been impressed by his leadership in very difficult times, for once the country chose a leader not afraid of making tough decisions, and putting doing the right thing ahead of politics.  All you can complain about here is that he can’t stop the oil spill (well, duh, anyone who think the government could go in and stop it is out of touch with reality), and you don’t like the commissions he’s created.   At least he didn’t go to unnecessary wars that weakened the country and caused the death of tens of thousands.   I mean, you’re criticizing him for not solving a problem government cannot solve, but you forgave the last guy who made horrendous decisions that cost the US a chunk of its power, its economic vitality, and killed tens of thousands of people needlessly.   Instead of dying to protect our freedom, American soldiers died because of a President’s fantasy of spreading democracy.   When did you say Bush should resign.

    Nope, we’ve got a President who will likely be remembered there among the greats, precisely because he’ll be the one in charge as we work through momentous problems.   But funny how you mocked “BDS,” but now can’t seem to realize how absurd your ODS is.   I’m still glad we finally have a competent leader in the White House, and one with far more moral character than Clinton.   It’s amusing to watch the right wing stew.   But you got to watch the left wing go through similar feelings the last eight years, and I’m sure it’ll turn around again, and again, and again…but as a scholar of politics, I know that your take on Obama is colored by your wild partisanship.

      • Erb goes over the cliff like this when his guy is tanking. He was like this, even worse, when Palin was selected VP and McCain was coming up almost even with Zero in the polling.

        As Zero continues to crash and burn, Erb will become increasingly unhinged.

    • Waaa???  Even MSNBC is criticizing the guy for his lack of leadership.  And putting aside politics?  When and where?  Everything this guy has done has dripped politics.

    • Ah dude, you’re having us on now, there’s no way you can believe what you wrote here.  We’re talking about the oil spill, not about some war you want to invent in comparison, and no one expect him to actually STOP it (unlike you we don’t REALLY believe it when we call him superman or the Messiah).  What we expected, days and days ago, was something approximating leadership, not 60 days into it.  Not appointment of commissions 60 days into it, not appointments of Oil Czars, not lies about how we’re running out of fossil fuels, not an opportunity to slip in another one of his screwed up agenda items under the guise of a crisis that will further tank an already reeling economy.   And I certainly expect the President of the United States to understand there are laws in place that demonstrate the owners/BoD/CEO of BP can tell him to go take a flying leap and then take them to court.  He has ZERO authority to order them to do anything.   He can ask, he can suggest, he can even threaten them with legal action, but the picture he painted last night was part of his Imperial Presidency where he can ORDER them to do things.  It’s a fantasy.

      So get with the program, only you are childish enough to think we’re asking him to actually FIX the problem himself and plug the well.  We’re just asking that he demonstrate the leadership abilities that he was hired to demonstrate, and we’re asking that he stop the continuous litany of lies and take responsibility for the things he IS responsible for as President.

    • Oh, and before you get down on your knees to him again, you may want to consider the NYT and a good number of your fellow collectivists aren’t impressed either.   I don’t suppose it should surprise anyone who reads you regularly that you’re further left than Olberman or the New York Times.

      • Oh, HEAVEN FORE-FEND…NO…!!!  Why, as a moderate, and a political scholar, Erp is quite above any partisanship.  What ARE you thinking…?!?!?

        • Really?  This post has made me seriously consider when we joke about medications, he’s actually on them.  I’m seriously wondering if we’re being cruel.

      • looker, you’re making an assumption that Scott actually pays attention to what’s going on around him. He doesn’t.

    • After the last President, who weakened the US with two ineffective wars, causing the world to no longer fear US power, who ran massive deficits during a low unemployment bubble economy, whose de-regulation of big finance helped support a massive ponsi-like scheme by big money, and whose diplomatic ineffectiveness marginalized the world, you have the gall to fire cheap shots at Obama who is trying to handle a problem that the government really can’t solve (this is beyond the scope of government capacity) just because, well, I’m not sure what your problem is.  It sounds like “this is a horrible problem so let’s just blame as much of it on Obama as we can.”   Pathetic partisan hackery.  Oh well, he’s almost certain to get re-elected, so be ready to keep whining for seven more years

    • Really Scott?  You are impressed with Obama’s leadership?  You belong, then, to a very small club.  In fact, you might be the only member.  It is a real stretch to claim he is “putting doing the right thing ahead of politics”.   In fact, what part of this is doing that?

      No one is complaining Obama cannot stop the leak.  We are complaining that Obama is showing nothing  but ineptness by “boot on the neck” and sending Holder to look for felonies.  But mostly, we are complaining about the total ineptness of his handling of mitigation and cleanup.  As of yesterday, Destin and Jindal had planned to just go ahead in the face of threatened lawsuits by the feds an do what needs to be done.  The complete lack of management experience and the thin skinned personality shows at every turn.

      Scott, it is irrational for you to claim Obama will be remembered as among the greats.  Even you can;t believe that.  The only thing Obama will be remember for is being compared unfavorably to Carter.  If you think that is great, well, to each his own.

      • Scott Erb isn’t the only one impressed by Zero’s leadership. Hannity interviewed some chick who was impressed. She was impressed with his handling of the oil spill. She didn’t know about anything else he did, however.

      • Paul Bagala (!!!!) thought (!!!!!) that Obama fired a three-pointer from “down-town” and found nothing but net.  ‘Course, he is a paid liar….

    • “ I’ve been impressed by his leadership i…

      No doubt.

      “ one with far more moral character than Clinton.”

      High praise, indeed.

    • Wow, your ODS is on display. I’ve been impressed by his leadership in very difficult times, for once the country chose a leader not afraid of making tough decisions, and putting doing the right thing ahead of politics….

      Nope, we’ve got a President who will likely be remembered there among the greats, precisely because he’ll be the one in charge as we work through momentous problems….

      Screw it. This is so g*dd*mn stupid, lame, and out of touch with reality that I can’t make fun of it. Jeez, Professor Mooselips, give me something to work with here. All that’s missing from this on-your-kneepads oration is something about Obama’s Christlike visage.

      • Dammit, Ott!!!  Another keyboard just caught a mouthful of coffee!  Warn me when you are gonna do that - it will save me some pocket change!

    • “Nope, we’ve got a President who will likely be remembered there among the greats, precisely because he’ll be the one in charge as we work through momentous problems.”

      I have always thought you were an independent thinker but now I know better.  You are a PAID HACK for the Obama administration!  This can be the only reason you will write such shit!  When the rest of the known world is berating this President for “phoning it in“, for once again voting “Present“, for walking away from the chamber just as a controversial vote is being called to the floor, you call him the greatest thing since sliced bread.  The only other person in the ether making such statements is Paul Begala and he is paid to do it.  So you have to be in the same league with him.

      Next time when you make a comment on this blog you should also make a disclaimer that whatever you write is a paid political opinion!

  • McQBut those falsehoods provide a platform to launch into another “crisis” that only government can handle – completely revamping our energy mix and insisting on changing it now. After this and health care, who would trust him and the Congress to do that?

    Well, if I recall the latest Gallup poll correctly, about 43% of the country approves of the job he’s doing.  I suspect that most (if not all) of that bunch of idiots would totally trust him to do just about anything.

    But a larger lesson is that no matter how much we improve our regulation of the industry, drilling for oil these days entails greater risk. After all, oil is a finite resource. We consume more than 20% of the world’s oil, but have less than 2% of the world’s oil reserves. And that’s part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean – because we’re running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water.

    Nobody in MiniTru will call him on this, I’m sure.  At the very least, any criticism of this pack of lies will get far less coverage than Dan Quayle misspelling “potato”, W’s “Mission Accomplished” photo op, or Sarah Palin’s ample bosums (Are they real??? Inquiring liberal minds want to know!).

    McQIf nothing else, this speech cemented in my mind what this President is – an administrator, not a leader.

    He’s not even an administrator.  Even if we assume that his response (or lack thereof) thus far has been the result of mind-boggling incompetence and indifference and NOT calculated malice, it shows him to be a lousy administrator.  Even the NYT has described the response as “chaotic”.  Once again, Imeme shows himself as incapable of anything beyond reading a speech off a teleprompter (assuming he’s not prolonging this crisis for his own purposes, that is).

    I am really starting to think that, while Imeme didn’t cause the disaster, he is certainly doing what he can to take advantage of it and that includes making it worse.  The more oil contaminates the Gulf Coast, the more people in the fishing and tourism industries are driven out of work, the more MESS is caused, the better he likes it because it gives him more and more leverage to impose regulations that ultimately lead to cap and trade and the ultimate collapse of the US economy.

    • Amen.  A capable competent administrator knows what his mandates are, and he executes them.  Obama has no idea what his mandates are, nor does he show any sign of caring to learn.

  • Now there are those who are going to say that this man could say nothing that would impress me. Not true. He could say I’m resigning for the good of the country and I’d be mightily impressed. Mainly because that would be the right thing to do and I’d respect that.


    Like you, I have dreams too.
    Most notably the one where I live atop the Big Rock Candy Mountain.  Next to the cigarette trees, the lemonade springs where the bluebirds sing; where the cops all have wooden legs, the bulldogs have rubber teeth, and the hens lay soft boiled eggs; a lake of stew and whiskey too; where I’m bound to go, where there aint no snow, the rain don’t fall, and the winds don’t blow.

    But if Obama were to relinquish command – and I of course resided in a palace on top of Big Rock Candy Mountain – who would you like to see take his place?

    We’re talking fantasy of course, so if you had your pick, who would it be?  Got anyone in mind?
    I’m sure it would be someone like Mr. Drown G. McBathtub, but if he wasn’t available, who?

    While you ponder that, would you mind telling us what do you think the President should do?  We’ve read a lot of rightly placed criticism, but save that, what do you think he should do?
    Specifics, please.

    Anyone?

    Cheers.

    • Leadership…especially from someone who respects the law…would look something like this;

      Day nine (charitably): I want a report from each cabinet head on my desk tomorrow evening, detailing the current legal mandates their department has for dealing with a oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  I also want a report on all technology anywhere in the world for dealing with an uncontrolled release of oil into the sea, and what needs to be done to make it available here.

      Day ten (charitably) at the next cabinet meeting: To the extent that your reports reflect crossed lines of authority and responsibility for effective response in the Gulf, I am going to name one agency to be in charge of this problem.  I will expect all other departments and agencies to facilitate the work of that one agency.  You will report to me explicit actions each of you will take.  I want to make certain that both the states and private interests who can help with this are NOT impeded by red tape.  If there are permits required, issue them unless you have a well-founded concern that you think you can balance against the potential damage this oil could do if we allow it to reach our coastal areas.  You will answer to me, and to the American people, if you stand in the way of anyone with a viable solution.

      Day twelve (charitably):  Gov. Jindal and the other Gulf Coast governors are here today to show the people of this region and the United States that we are united in our response to the threat that oil may soon reach our southern shores.  I have ordered the Jones Act to be suspended during this crisis, and eagerly welcome the offer of other nations…nations who have faced this same sort of threat…to provide the technologies they have successfully deployed in the past.  I have directed all agencies of the Federal government to actively assist the state governments in their efforts to defend their people, businesses, waters, land and resources against the threat a tide of oil might pose.

      Day thirteen: All of us are pulling for the dedicated people out on the Gulf Of Mexico, working literally around the clock to control the wild well.  Our priority is to support their work in stopping or stemming the flow of oil.  This is not the time for recriminations; the time will come to thoroughly examine the causes of this tragic accident, to learn what we can, and to do all humanly possible to assure it is not repeated.  But now, today, we want every person’s skill, talent, and thoughts focused solely on one object; contain the well, contain the oil, and protect our waters and our coast-lines.

      It would look something like that…leadership.

      • Sounds pretty good, Rags.  Well done.
        Just one thing though,
        I have ordered the Jones Act to be suspended during this crisis, and eagerly welcome the offer of other nations…nations who have faced this same sort of threat…to provide the technologies they have successfully deployed in the past.

        How do you expect other nations to come to our aid if you’ve abandoned the accepted international body for diplomacy and booted them off our land?
        Just sayin’  ;)

    • “Anyone?”
      Heh, I’ll bite.
      Not so much what he CAN do now Pogue, what he SHOULD have done already – let’s start with a specific that he claimed credit for last night – the sand barriers which Jindal was/ is going forward with, and prior to last night, was doing so without him.  He COULD have done whatever Presidents to to make that happen sooner, no?
      How about placing an actual phone call to the President of BP to sort of pretend he cared enough to make a call like that?  You know – sort of -”This is the Prez, the big guy, the head American Honcho, and I’m calling you because, hey, I care.  Dude, we have a problem, what ARE you going to do to fix it?  What CAN the might of the US government do to help?  ”

      How about scattering people hither and yon about the country finding out where equipment is that can deal with a spill is and gathering it and sending it to the Gulf – sort of like everyone expected Bush to pull the magic house trailers out of his butt to send to Louisiana to deal with the Katrina refugees?

      He can actually be a leader, that’s what he can do, and giving speeches and explaining how the MMS has remained the corrupt den of iniquity for the 16 months he’s been in charge is like looking back over the trail and going “shit man! We really should have taken that left turn at Albuquerque”.  It’s not telling us where we’re going.    Recognizing that building windmills powered by moonpony farts is a grand plan, but it doesn’t help the problem we have right NOW, so how does it help?  So why mention it?   He took an opportunity, once more, to avoid focusing on the problem, and grabbed the opportunity to tell us it will be hard, but the future will be better if we just get off this darned fossil fuel addiction we have.

      Not mad at you man, but every time he has an opportunity to demonstrate leadership, he takes it as an opportunity to be exactly the same guy he’s been all along.  You know the type, you live here in Texas, “All hat, no cattle”.

      Heh – By the way, I would have thought Fiddler’s Green would have been more your style, or am I being too ethnic?

      Cheers

      I don’t expect him to move mountains, or plug the leak.  This isn’t easy, I didn’t WANT him to fail at this, but you know at this point I don’t WANT him to get out from under the shit pile he laid on himself by being himself.  I don’t WANT him back in charge in 2012.  I don’t want McGrampa in charge either, I don’t even have a guy I want in charge from the Republican party at the moment, Christie is too new, Jindal maybe?  But it’s not a problem because I don’t have to concern myself about it for a couple years.  But I DO have an arrogant boob in office right now that I don’t want to see come back.

      • Not mad at you man, but every time he has an opportunity to demonstrate leadership, he takes it as an opportunity to be exactly the same guy he’s been all along.  You know the type, you live here in Texas, “All hat, no cattle”.

        Good points, looker.  And yeah, I know the “all hat, no cattle” type.  I also know the “all cattle, no hat” type too.  Equally worthless.  Seems like with this situation, we have a “no hat, no cattle.”

        Can someone get this man a hat and some cattle, please?  Maybe a chainsaw as well… there’s gotta be some brush needin’ cuttin’ ’round here somewhere.

        Heh – By the way, I would have thought Fiddler’s Green would have been more your style, or am I being too ethnic?

        Fiddler’s Green sounds like a nice place.  But from what I understand, there are no cigarette trees or a lake of whiskey.  Also, the schools are terrible and there is no Universal Health Care – not so with the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
        And besides… who wants to live next a bunch of drunken Irish fisherman?  Oh, the humanity!  :)

        Cheers.

        • “And besides… who wants to live next a bunch of drunken Irish fisherman?  Oh, the humanity!”
          Heh, with the women all pretty?  I’m thinking  it would be a real hoot.   I expect my grandfather will be there along with at least one granduncle.
           

    • Right now, I’d take Joe Biden.

    • In answer to your other question, presidents have resigned in the past, or have you forgotten.  It is not fantasy, but history, and there is a constitutional order of succession.  Biden would be president.  Duh.

      • When you say “presidents have resigned in the past”, I know of only one.  Singular, not plural.
        Nixon, of course.  Only because he faced criminal prosecution, not because he felt that he was incompetent or overwhelmed.

        And I didn’t ask who would take over, but who McQ would wish to take over.  It was a hypothetical question.  A question venturing into who McQ thought would make for a good president.  Ideally with an answer singling out someone from the current crop of GOP hopefuls.

        Duh.

        • ‘K.  Duh.  I just read what you wrote.  Maybe after I have more time interpreting your posts…
          Context…

          • I admit that by design, my writing can be somewhat cryptic.  But I don’t see how I failed to provide context with “who would you like to see take his place” and “if you had your pick.”

            It might take a few dozen exchanges, often heated – but you’ll come round.  You’ll love to hate me (or hate to love me), soon enough.  ;)

            Cheers.

          • What about that question, though, Rags?  Who would you like to see take his place out of the current crop of GOP hopefuls?
            The question posed to McQ was not only hypothetical, but knowingly pointless as well, as I fully do not expect McQ to give an answer.  He never does to questions of that nature.  That would involve McQ actually having to invest some credibility in his answer.  It would demand answers to the obviously flaws among the entire crop of GOP hopefuls.
            Something McQ isn’t willing to do – calling for him to take flight from his comfortable perch of blogger critic into the vast obstacle ridden space of having to defend his choice.  I understand though.  I have a La-Z Boy myself, and damned if it isn’t hard to get up and clear the rubbish bins.

            But what about you, Rags?  Got anyone on your radar?

            Cheers.

          • Oh, you mean GOP – how about Chris Christie? I’m even feeling better about Bobby Jindal.

            How about you smart ass?

          • How about you smart ass?

            Speaking only for misef, I’d have to know a lot more about Poque before I could support him…

          • Heh … yeah, that’s one way to take it, but Pogue knows what I’m asking.

          • How about Jon Henke?  It’s just as plausible as Christie or Jindal at this point.
            And yeah, it did rain in Houston.  :p

            Cheers.

          • Oh so now it’s just not good enough to put who I wish up there, it’s has to pass some sort of sodden Pogue test?

            You asked, I told you. Either would be better than Obama.

          • It rains in Houston on almost any given day.  Do NOT tell me you are in Houston…

          • Pssstttt…near enough to hit you with a flung potato.

          • Oh, shoot…  There are lots of people who could adequately serve.  Who do I think would be ideal…?  I dunno.  I supported Romney as the best of the lot in the GOP primaries last cycle, behind Thompson in some respects (but he had no fire to win).  I think McAnus is a Fabian, and could be MORE dangerous than THE ONE, though I voted for Palin.  Daniels shows some promise, tho I just don’t know enough yet.  Ryan is a fine broth of a boy, and seems to really have some sand and smarts.  There are others, but no ideal choices of which I know.  I suppose, if he was electable, Thomas Sowell would be one of my fantasy choices.

        • Pouge,
          I’d take just about anyone over Obama. That includes Biden and either Clinton.
          Anyone on the GOP side would be better. Chris Christy and Jindal are both looking good now. Palin. And on and on. At this point I don’t have a favorite, I probably have until 2012 to make a final choice.

        • I love it when you hit the pub before getting on the computer. Musta rained in Houston.

    • While you ponder that, would you mind telling us what do you think the President should do?  We’ve read a lot of rightly placed criticism, but save that, what do you think he should do?

      – Resign?

      – Take a very large and pointy object and shove it up his rectum?

      ………oh, you should’ve been aware of the opening for fun that question left us  ;)

      But to actually give you a serious answer…… how about he gives Bobby Jindal a freaking helping hand for starters? The guy is basically doing what he has to do with zero help because of the red tape, etc.  

  • Øbama’s short answer: He is going to remove dollar bills from your purse, attempt to stuff them down that well, in order to plug the leak.
    When the sun doesn’t shine & the wind doesn’t blow, Øbama’s ideas cease to solve our energy problem.
    No mention of nuclear or fuel reprocessing, no mention of natural gas; just taxes, stop driving, stop heating & cooling your homes. That’s leadership?
    The People who live in cold climates made their homes as energy efficient as they could possibly afford after the first energy crisis, that was 1973, for those who weren’t born yet.
    The people who have come up with real energy alternatives in the past are either murdered or bought-off, the powers that be, simply aren’t going to allow the sheeple to not pay blood money to the kings of this world. That’s the way it’s always been, that’s the way it will always be.

  • Hell, Carter would be better than Obama!

  • What I find especially interesting is that Obama always circles back to his campaign based plan from early 2008.
    They said Bush wouldn’t admit any failure and set out in a new direction (just before he started the “Surge”).   Even though we could easily say that may things have changed since early 2008, Obama is still using the same plan that he outlined early in his Presidential campaign.   When diverted by “events,” he uses those “events” to reset course back to the original course of ObamaCare, Cap-and-Trade and of course we will get back to the “Bush Tax Cuts” since they are about to “sunset” at the end of the year.
    Hope and Old Change.

  • What can I say?