A consensus has formed, on the left and the right, that Obama isn't getting the job done in the Gulf. Theories on why vary from the administration's healthcare monomania, to the president's love of leisure, remoteness from regular Americans, and weakness for the luxe life. Or perhaps he's so afraid of owning this disaster that he refuses to get near it. You choose.
Legal Insurrection: The first victims of Obamacare
From the day Barack Obama took office, the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress have been obsessed and possessed.Read the rest.
Everything took a back seat to passing Obamacare. [. . .]
The most historic administration "since the Great Depression" watched and waited and twiddled its thumbs and dawdled and ditherered and yawned and blamed others and did little when it counted most in the ongoing Gulf oil spill.
The psychological infirmity which gave rise to the obsession with transformation has left this nation weaker abroad, a laughingstock to every tinpot dictator with a Twitter account, a debt-engine heading for a cliff, in a jobless quagmire, and with its first victims.
Doug Ross: Now is the time on Sprockets vhen ve juxtapose headlines!
Just one question: During a time of severe economic dislocation, rampant unemployment, an oil spill in the gulf, an Iranian nuclear crisis and a Korean peninsula on the brink of war -- try to imagine a fawning media treating a Republican president's opulent, over-the-top party (hosted by Reagan or Bush, for example) like this.Good point. Don't miss Doug's brutal photo essay.
Another Black Conservative: Welcome to Club 1600, the ultimate escape from reality
You know what this spectacle reminds me of, all those dime store dictators and despots who live high off the hog as their people suffer. Castro and Kim Jung Il readily come to mind. Perhaps this “let them eat cake” attitude really is part of the statist ideal.RTR.
It really chafes me when I think how this gaudy display was paid for with money stolen from our children’s future and for what? To celebrate a little lying hypocrite who comes over here to bad mouth one of our states? This is just too much to be believed.
If any of the GOP 2012 hopefuls are really smart, they will use these images for one hell of an attack ad.
Patterico: Obama golfs as oil gushes
Wow. Also critical of Obama, Chris Matthews and James Carville. Matthews, for once, seems to get it:
The oil from the BP spill has arrived at Louisiana’s coast and President Obama rushed home to Washington … to go golfing.
Meanwhile, even Democrats are criticizing Obama for his handling of the crisis as the oil continues to gush in the Gulf:
“Is the Obama administration doing a good enough job responding to the BP oil spill?
No, said Cokie Roberts and Donna Brazile on the “This Week” roundtable. “The oil is gushing and we’re being lied to by how much oil is gushing…and the administration has now named a commission,” Cokie Roberts said derisively. “Now this is what you do when you really don’t have anything else to do: you name a commission,” she said. “That’s not going to stop the oil.”
“One of the problems I have with the [Obama] administration is that they’re not tough enough,” Brazile said. “They are waiting for BP to say, ‘oh we have a new plan to stop the oil leak.’ They need to stop it, contain it, clean it up and try and help us conserve our coastal wetlands,” Brazile said.”
“The President scares me,” he said. “When is he actually going to do something? And I worry; I know he doesn’t want to take ownership of it. I know politics. He said the minute he says, ‘I’m in charge,’ he takes the blame, but somebody has to. It’s in our interest.”Well, Matthews gets part of it. What evidence has been produced in the last year and a half that Obama is concerned about what's in our interest? Read the rest.
Then there's always corruption, and good old-fashioned incompetence.
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