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Screw The Gulf Coast

June 9, 2010

Well, yeah, pretty much.

Screw the Gulf Coast. White House Staff Plays Beer Pong & Water Guns
In an image obsessed White House, this is not the image they want. Or is it?

Source: RedState.Com

Had Bush administration staffers been caught out on the Sunday after Katrina playing beer pong, reporters would be demanding to know first why they weren’t in church and second how was it responsible to be out playing beer pong instead of bunkered down at the White House trying to solve the problem.

Luckily for White House spokesman Tommy Vietor and Barack Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, the press would never dare hold them to the same standard. We, however, can and we can ask why an impromptu game of Sunday beer pong instead of being at work.

Now, we know they don’t care anyway. Every state affected by the BP oil spill voted for John McCain save Florida, so screw them. Besides, aren’t Obama staffers allowed impromptu games of beer pong? Answer: yes, they are not Bush staffers.

But then there is the senior staff. Shouldn’t they be working on the BP oil spill? Maybe their water gun fight on the South Lawn was some super secret strategery to deal with the effects of the oil.

I mean, surely someone is working in the White House to solve this mess unless . . . unless . . . they really don’t care. After all, not to repeat myself, none of the states affected are going to go their way in 2012 anyway and none of them did in 2008 and they still won.

So screw them. I guess — just like Nashville, a subject Barack Obama never addressed after its horrific floods.

Because, you know, actions speak much louder than words.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah Baram permalink
    June 10, 2010 1:04 pm

    It is not the White House’s prime responsibility to handle the BP situation and clean it up. The spill was and is BP’s fault, they should be solely responsible for fixing it, and quick. The government has expressed their concern and given deadlines, which have not been met but that does not mean the fixing falls in to their hands. Hurricane Katrina was an all too different scenario, and in my mind, the two cannot be compared. There was no one directly responsible for what happened during HK, but in this oil spill…. There is.

    • June 10, 2010 1:28 pm

      Uh, it IS the Federal Government’s (not solely the “White House”, either) to protect the citizens of America. To call out troops, send FIMA and other aid, and organize SOMETHING. Or is that only the case… say… when the president is George W. Bush and the “situation” is a hurricane. I mean, Hell, Bush taking several DAYS to address the hurricane AFTER weeks and weeks of warning messages is just absolutely unacceptable. Here we are over a month after the oil spill and nothing. But hey, the president is BarryO and the “situation” is an oil spill. Wait, though, he IS looking for someones’ ass to kick, amiright?

      Now, let’s travel back in time. I want you to think about those Ecotards. You know, the ones who are oh so worried about Mother Earth, who won’t let us drill for our own oil, those who are so against anything that might be “damageful to teh environmentz” to such an extent that the rest of us are stuck dealing with limits, caps, regulations and ALL that good stuff… Had the Ecotards let us drill closer to our own shore for oil; handling something like this oil spill wouldn’t be nearly as difficult. Smaller target areas, shallower waters, and all around safer conditions for those who work in the oil industry.

      Now, Let’s say the oil spill just happened… yesterday? Yeah, yesterday will work. Remember those ecotards I mentioned just a second ago? Yes? Well you can thank them for not letting us burn the top oil before it got out of hand. You can thank them for not letting use relatively harmless chemical dispersions. When I say “relatively harmless” keep in mind; it’s all when compared to the massive amounts of destruction the oil spill will bring.

      Why is it that Katrina and this Oil Spill are different when it comes to our elected officials stepping in and making decisions? Anyone can give deadlines. Anyone can “look tough” talking about finding someones’ ass to kick. (HA. As tough as a pussy willow)

      Do you not think that strict regulations on oil companies have nothing to do with the severity of this oil spill? Do you not think that this is the perfect opportunity for the ecotards to push their green agenda?

      Oh, right. I forget. It’s all good. This isn’t Bush. This isn’t Katrina.

      You DO realize that oil is a natural resource, yes?

  2. Sarah Baram permalink
    June 10, 2010 1:38 pm

    I do, and I also know that BP is known for not following all regulations thoroughly so I’m not sure why you are trying to blame this on ‘ecotards’. They aren’t the ones drilling, right? I didn’t think so. It’s BP.
    BP is also a private company. They don’t HAVE to accept the help, if we were to give any. Just like they have denied handfuls of the press to come in to see the oil spill.
    If BP was willing to drill, they are in turn willing to clean up their crap. This spill mirrors Valdez so closely and will end in the same way, as it should. President Obama didn’t spill the oil, neither did any one from the U.S. government. Tony Hayward and his employees did.

    • June 10, 2010 2:25 pm

      Following regulations thoroughly? When there are so many restrictions and regulations placed on top of a company just because they’re in a specific industry; who really is to blame for anything that goes wrong? Believe me, I don’t think BP has clean hands, but they cannot possibly clean this up themselves, and we need our government. This is a national emergency. Local state governments can do whatever they are able, but this is whacking out several states. Hell, the whole country is going to feel this before it’s all over through the price of gas and other energy expenses.

      If BP is willing to drill, yes, they should be willing to clean up their crap. When regulations cause for unsafe drilling situations, then who is supposed to be “willing to clean up their crap”? Surely not our elected officials, no? They’ve got more important things to worry about. Beer pong… water gun fights… Wednesday night “White House Parties”. You know, typical elected official stuff.

      Believe me, Sarah, if ANYONE out there was offering BP help, they’d accept it. Please… enlighten me… exactly what help are they denying?

      Also, you mentioned BP being a private company. Was GM not a private company? Insurance agencies and medical facilities? Are they not usually private companies? When those companies “oopsed”, why did our government shovel more money than we have into fixing, socializing, and taking over these particular companies, but when it comes to BP… the story is different?

      Why do Americans care so much about this oil spill? Based on the actions of our elected officials, it’s small potatoes. Or, you know, not.

      Also, no, the ecotards are not the ones drilling. They are the ones making a stink about the WAY we drill, where we do it, how we do it, who can do it, and because of that there are insane regulations placed on industries such as BP. When something like this happens, where are they? Oh, right. They’re all over the media whining about something they’re partially at fault for.

      If Obama is willing to be president, then he should be willing to lead. Or beer pong. Whichever works best for him. No, Obama did not spill the oil. No, nobody from the US government did either. Does that mean nobody has a sense of responsibility and a big enough heart to go out there and lead and direct a cleanup? Taking advice, suggestions, and doing anything and everything they can do to clean this up? Our South East coastline is going to be so so screwed. Remember; Obama didn’t spill the oil. Nobody from the government did. But even more than that; no American citizen did. Because nobody can locate an ass for Obama to kick, Americans are suffering? Animals? Sea life? The fishing and oil industry? But hey, it’s whatevvvvz.

      You know, for what it’s worth… Before Katrina hit New Orleans, the people who were in danger of being hit by the hurricane were given weeks worth of notices to get the crud out. Bush didn’t blow the hurricane. Neither did anyone in the US Government. Why was he held to such a higher standard when it comes to cleanup and rescue than BarryO and his pals?

      I’m just glad he and his staff could find leisure time while in the middle of two wars, a plummeting economy, unemployment rates higher than they’ve been in my lifetime, elections, the biggest oil spill in American history… He’s got an awful lot on his plate and surely he and his staff deserve to have water gun fights and games of beer pong. Boy, I was worried about his leisure time. Thank the good Lord in Heaven that he’s got some down time.

      Some good reads:
      http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSLDE6582NC20100609

      BP has said it will pay for the clean-up and direct damages to those affected by the spill, such as fisherman. But the source said the moratorium was a government decision, and so the costs related to it were a different matter.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/7815713/Barack-Obamas-attacks-on-BP-hurting-British-pensioners.html

      Experts have said that the clean-up costs of the oil spill will run to between £10 billion and £20 billion but the biggest cost to the company is from investors dumping stock for fear of BP being further punished by the US Government.

      Those fears have been heightened by Mr Obama’s increasingly aggressive rhetoric towards BP, which some investors see as an attempt to deflect criticism of his own handling of the crisis. Last month, a White House spokesman said the President’s job was to keep his “boot on the throat” of the company.

      Is that really the president’s job? No. No, it’s not.

      This is a little bit like the Exxon Valdez spill, except the Exxon Valdez “situation” actually resulted from a ship carrying oil hitting the Bligh reef. Direct irresponsibility from the ship “captain” or whatever they’re called. Pirate? 🙂 No, really though. He handed the wheel over to an employee who shouldn’t have been navigating the ship to begin with.

      After the oil started to spill, Exxon Valdez was able to use dispersant, which didn’t work the way it was supposed to because of the lack of waves in the ocean to help “mix” it. BP? They were never allowed to use a chemical dispersant. Exxon? They started to use booms and skimmers to help with the oil, yes, one day after the spill and were criticized for not doing anything immediately. BP? Their hands are tied – all they can do(that abides by the strict regulations), they’ve done.

      One thing you’re overlooking here is that Exxon Valdez and their actual spill in the Prince William Sound had volunteers; citizens, private companies, their own companies, and finally, the US Government. Even today, a spill that can’t even compare to the BP oil line bursting, is still effecting habitats, animal life, microbiology, etc.

      We refer to this BP thing as a spill, I guess out of habit, or because Americans are just too simple to know the difference between a burst pipe and an act of irresponsibility.

    • June 10, 2010 7:08 pm

      Now that I’m home from work, lemme toss a question your way. If the government is not at ALLresponsible for the BP oil situation, and it’s solely BPs problem/fault/etc… then why even bother micromanaging the offshore oil drilling industry? How does one explain the passing grades in every aspect of their operation — as inspected by those enforcing the federal regulation…? Surely the government cannot be held in ANY way responsible for something they so heavily regulate!

      • Sarah Baram permalink
        June 11, 2010 1:23 pm

        The government micromanages to avoid situations like this, simple as that. I had seen an article mentioning BP’s faults in parts of their operations. I can’t find it at the moment, but I’ll do my best! I just didn’t want to leave this unanswered, it would bother me the whole day. 🙂

  3. June 11, 2010 1:57 pm

    “The government micromanages to avoid situations like this, simple as that.”

    What a wonderful job they’ve done. Not only have they placed insane restrictions on an industry that all of America depends on, but for the first time in about two decades – a no-fault accident occurs and all of a sudden – forget about the oil, the gulf, investigations, cleanup, and BP… we’ve got beer pong and water gun fights going on. Even with all of the hoops and jumps BP has to go through… this happens.

    Way to go, restrictions!

    Hm. I guess I just figured that since BarryO was a “community organizer” before he became president… that perhaps… JUST PERHAPS he would.. organize a community… You know – get people together to help tackle this problem. A very serious problem that isn’t just going to go away on it’s own.

    • Sarah Baram permalink
      June 11, 2010 2:39 pm

      But, don’t you think with all those hoops and jumps, BP should have had a process of repair ready just in case?

      • June 11, 2010 2:53 pm

        Sarah, BP DID have a several processes of “repair” ready just in case. They weren’t allowed to use them. They weren’t allowed to burn it because of the damage it would cause. Same with the chemical dispersant solution. Here we are, coming up on two months after the initial discovery of the problem and nothing has been done. BPs hands are tied at this point. They’ll do what they can, but it’s just gotten worse and worse. They could skim it, but at this point why? It wouldn’t do much good and would be a waste of time, money, and manpower. Had they been allowed to burn and/or use a dispersant from the beginning do you think it would have gotten to this point? Absolutely not.

      • June 11, 2010 2:54 pm

        Don’t forget about the booms that are just sitting there, not being used… kind of like transportation and school buses sitting in parking lots in New Orleans when Katrina hit.

  4. June 11, 2010 3:12 pm

    DB,

    Spot on as always!

    • June 11, 2010 3:14 pm

      Thanks, JC. 🙂 I say we all road-trip to the Coast and DO SOMETHING. Holy crud. Surely doing SOMETHING — ANYTHING, is better than doing absolutely NOTHING. o_o

  5. June 16, 2010 8:17 am

    Please also bear in mind it’s these same enviro-nazis that were forcing BP to do the dangerous deep sea drilling in the first place. They wouldnt let them do it closer, they wouldnt let them drill on land, and furthermore, the fact that it’s so fucking deep out there is also a huge factor in why they couldnt cap it right off the bat.

    And the fact that Obama didn’t respond for 3 weeks is ridiculous. The coastal state’s governments called for help, it just wasn’t delivered. Controlled burns, clean up, all of this could have been done and saved many coasts, and hundreds upon hundreds of animals. Whose population may not recover fully in any of our life times.

    To say that the lack of response from the Obama administration is anything but irresponsible is completely laughable.

  6. June 19, 2010 2:17 am

    I thought you might enjoy this:
    http://melissahardytrevenna.wordpress.com/2010/06/18/the-gulf-oil-spill-%E2%80%93-it%E2%80%99s-on-you-america/

    Another one of Obama’s drones ranting and raving about how brilliant Obama is and (literally) how the sun shines out his ass.

    • Sarah Baram permalink
      June 20, 2010 1:36 pm

      I bit and went to the link. I left a lengthy comment basically reiterating my last post. Now it makes sense that most of the commentators harbor a deep love for Obama and there isn’t much worthwhile discussion. She deleted mine pretty quickly.

      • June 20, 2010 6:57 pm

        I don’t know why these people insist on backing this man WHEN HE is IN THE WRONG. Seriously… what is it going to TAKE to snap these people OUT of it?!

        Now, this is probably going to come across wrong, but who cares. If Obama wasn’t bi-racial (see also: giving the illusion of being black), and he wasn’t OH so “historic”… would he even have half of the free passes he’s been given?

        I cannot stand people who delete other peoples’ comments… especially on a political topic… especially when they post their thoughts and ideas on a PUBLIC FORUM that ANYONE can visit.

        These people are batty. What is this… I don’t even…

      • June 20, 2010 10:51 pm

        I agree with Danger, deleting comments with differing opinions is fucking CLASSY. And it totally validates your points.

        But yeah, Sarah. She doesn’t deserve your time.

        I just couldn’t believe it that she admits freely that she’s got idol worship for this man. I truly can’t believe that. How can you idolize this man AFTER ALL THE CRAP!? Jesus. It’s like OJ killing his wife and people still rooting for him.

    • June 20, 2010 6:55 pm

      Oh, haven’t you heard? He farts skittles and peppermints and his breath always smells like unicorns!

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