I have been shocked and frustrated from the start of this disaster that the focus has been on the wrong area. The focus should have been on plugging the damn hole, as Obama would say. In order to do that, the emphasis should have been on bringing in all of the leading scientists, engineers and oil company experts from all over the world. There should have been no talk whatsoever about blame. Was it really necessary to have all the quacking ducks in Congress holding "hearings" about who's to blame, when they don't even know what they're talking about? When the gusher is still gushing?
The insipid blame-game that has been going on makes me furious! It does not take a rocket scientist to see that BP is to blame. Was it really necessary to waste time and energy painfully elaborating the obvious?
Obama has also been seriously at fault. First, before the crisis he told us all oh-so-confidently that offshore oil drilling was perfectly safe with the wonderful new technology available. John McCain's words, actually. As a Floridian, living in a state that has long banned offshore oil drilling (that helps a bunch now!), I thought that was a rather shocking statement for an someone who is supposed to be a conservationist.
I have also been shocked at Obama's astounding lack of leadership on bringing together experts to solve this problem. He has behaved like a 10-year-old child who just wants to say "It's all your fault" to nasty horrible BP. Obama doesn't seem to give a damn about the Gulf and about the Gulf states. I'm seriously beginning to believe that he is "punishing" the Southeast for not particularly supporting him in the election. I think that the guy is a 100 percent Chicago politician scammer. I can't understand what anybody sees in that phony.
I never thought that I'd say it, but yes, I wish that Bush were still president. At least Bush would do something, instead of sitting around giving stupid speeches. I still find it impossible to believe that nothing can be done about this oil disaster. I think that Obama is dragging his heels on it and just thinking about how he can exploit it for one his dumb political agenda points. He is rapidly earning a place as the worst president in American history!
Jack W. Orf
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Jun 11 2010 - 10:25am