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    Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

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    Quote(Nine days after British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew apart and began spewing 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, a massive oil slick is set to wash ashore on the southern coast Thursday evening and, experts say, could dwarf the damage caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

    Failure to get control of the relief effort and contain the environmental challenge could pose the same kind of political threat to Mr. Obama's popular standing that the much-criticized handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina did for former President George W. Bush. And unlike Katrina, it is likely the federal government will be the clear lead authority in dealing with the BP spill.

    But Mr. Obama only Thursday dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to help coordinate the federal response to the potential environmental disaster.)

    Must be something about living in the White House that deters it's occupants from taking events such as 'Katrina' and 'BP oil spill' seriously.

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    Barack Obama doesn't care about white people.

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    Please people, no politics on this, please. People got hurt, people died(more than likely), and the coast is up **** creek. Let's keep it constructive.
    Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    He dispatched the Navy and the Coast Guard. Did people think he was going to put on a wet suit and go down himself to fix things?



    Once it became clear that those agencies were unable to fix the problem and that this was potentially a massive catastrophe, it was then appropriate for Obama to visit himself and send his people.

    But, the role of a president is primarily to ensure that the proper people to do the job are delegated to do so.
    Last edited by Catz Part Deux; 05-01-10 at 03:16 PM.

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    April 30th 2010
    (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama won't be heading to the Gulf Coast in the next few days. But press secretary Robert Gibbs left open the possibility of a later presidential visit to assess the spreading oil spill.
    May 1st 2010
    Quoted from The Atlantic
    (President Obama plans to visit the catastrophe zone off Lousiana's coast within the next 48 hours as SecDef Gates mobilizes the Lousiana National Guard and WH convenes a principal-level homeland security response meeting. Republicans begin to question speed of Obama's response.)

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    Does Obama have specialized "oil slick assessment" skills? Jesus Christ. This country is becoming ridiculous.

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    He dispatched the Navy and the Coast Guard. Did people think he was going to put on a wet suit and go down himself to fix things?



    Once it became clear that those agencies were unable to fix the problem and that this was potentially a massive catastrophe, it was then appropriate for Obama to visit himself and send his people.

    But, the role of a president is primarily to ensure that the proper people to do the job are delegated to do so.
    Just a tad unfortunate that this President like Bush needs X number of days to talk about forming a committee to discuss a problem prior to actually deciding to actually do something.
    Makes one wonder why he is so anxious to remain in Washington?

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    Ever since his election all we have seen are his oratorical skills, does he have any other skills?

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Makes one wonder why he is so anxious to remain in Washington?
    Because that's where his job is? This expectation that presidents will tour national disasters is simply ridiculous. They can't DO ANYTHING on site. Do you really think that what the gulf coast needs right now is more lookie loo's?

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    Re: Oil slick poses political peril for Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by jujuman13 View Post
    Ever since his election all we have seen are his oratorical skills, does he have any other skills?
    Was "repairing oil derricks" on his resume? Your post is pointless partisan political posturing.

    The coast guard was dispatched immediately:

    Robot Subs Dispatched to Gulf for Oil Rig Leak - AOL News

    That is "doing something."

    Please stop posting stupid hyperpartisan koolaid drinker b.s. We aren't your brush to tar your political scapegoats down here.

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