If James Carville has nothing stupidly supportive to yapyapyap about the current administration’s reaction to the oil spill, that’s terrible. At least you could count on him to purvey the straight party-line BS. As Tip O’Neill said, “all politics are local”, and Carville’s backyard is covered in grease.
George HW Bush (41) once was derided for his statement about not putting much weight to “the vision thing”. What’s President Obama’s excuse? Dude, you were ALL vision, all about something new? Where are your advisors? Isn’t the presidency a permanent campaign? Where are all the political geniuses?
I wasn’t so perturbed by the healthcare thing, that’s just presidential overreach and all presidents should overreach on policy effort…historians will give credit to a failed policy effort because usually these things highlight the moral questions of the day. The failures allow the side supporting the failed effort to continue to articulate their stance, and those who stop it come up with alternatives because everything surrounding that topic is now in question. This is how our republic works.
This thing with the oil spill though…Peggy Noonan wrote today that this is Obama’s Katrina. No this is worse. This is getting into space of the Presidential bunglers of the 1850s.
Mr. President, there is no “event horizon” with a disaster like this. You can’t avoid it, skirt along the edge of it, or blame it on your predecessor. Supporters have complained that you inherited wars and an economy from GWB and have been dealing with that…that’s over guys. This is now an Obama’s economy, Obama’s wars/peace and now an Obama’s disaster…
To be fair, you could not have personally prevented the initial oil rig disaster, you probably couldn’t have done a lot to prevent the oil from washing up someplace. However, you seemed to think that you could run away completely from this. BP sucks of course, but BO ain’t doing any better. In fact, the thing that I don’t understand is that with your policy of ever-expanding government (which I took on as a calculated risk when I voted for you 2 years ago), this event should have been your dénouement, the culmination of everything you believed in, your moment to pull together all the pieces of government as an example, your First Iraq war moment (not the second Iraq war), your proof that government can work. This, and NOT healthcare and not the economic crisis, could have defined your Presidency. You could have pulled a Rudy Giuliani and given us the straight facts each day or two. We can disagree agreeably about social or economic policy but when disaster strikes everyone wants the President to show up, tell us what the problem is, and deal with the current issue. People want their President to succeed now, in situ, not later for historians.
Dude…What the hell?!