The political Idiocracy, Democrats such as James Carville and Republicans like Sarah Palin, brayed so loudly for Big Daddy O to take over where Big Oil was failing to stop the spill in the Gulf of Mexico—that BHO relented. Baiting Barack with a takeover is cruel—to all of us.
“It is my job to make sure that everything is done to shut this down,” the president declared in the first news conference the People’s Presidency has given in quite some time.
The meddlers got what they demanded, and then some:
Obama announced new steps to deal with the aftermath of the spill, including continuing a moratorium on drilling permits for six months. He also said he was suspending planned exploration drilling off the coasts of Alaska and Virginia and on 33 wells under way in the Gulf of Mexico.
BHO beat on breast, apologizing for making “the mistake of believing that oil companies ‘had their act together; when it came to assessing worst-case scenarios.” Be careful what you ask for, Silly Sarah.
BHO’s previous stance on the spill made sense to me:
“while the government was overseeing the operation, BP had the expertise and equipment to make the decisions on how to stop the flow. … BP was responsible for the cleanup and the government was accountable to make sure the company did it.”
BP’s incentives to clean up and minimize mounting costs it is incurring are manifestly obvious. Obama resisted imputing evil motives to the company just becasue it was Big Oil; our political Idiocracy did not.
As to the state of the operation to stop a spill that “has surpassed the Exxon Valdez in Alaska as the worst in U.S. history: BP [is working] furiously to pump mud-like drilling fluid into the blown-out well. It [is] an untested procedure but seemed to be working, officials said Thursday.”