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Obama’s oil oratory — Katrina, drill baby drill, boom and shave

May 27, 2010

President Barack Obama, in his first formal press conference  in almost a year (since July), answered questions about his handling of the oil spill.

There was the one about Katrina comparisons. (Slow federal response to Hurricane Katrina turned into an albatross for former President George W. Bush). OIL-LEAK/OBAMA

“I’ll leave it to you guys to make those comparisons … and make judgments on it, because what I’m spending my time thinking about is how do we solve the problem?” Obama said.

But it turns out he did have an opinion about future judgment about past actions. “I’m confident that people are going to look back and say that this administration was on top of what was an unprecedented crisis.”

Did he regret calling for expanded offshore drilling before the spill? Obama said he continues to believe that “domestic oil production is an important part of our overall energy mix,” but is insufficient to meet future needs, which is why investment in clean energy is needed.

Then, the president, himself, without any prodding, brought up the phrase that Sarah Palin made famous.

“Extraction is more expensive and it is going to be inherently more risky,” Obama said. “And so that’s part of the reason you never heard me say ‘drill, baby, drill’. Because we can’t drill our way out of the problem.” (If someone wanted to get technical, he actually did say it to make the point that he never said it).

And there was lots of  boom talk.

OIL-RIG/LEAK“Let’s take the example of boom … I’m not an expert on this but this is as it’s been explained to me — predeploying boom would have been the right thing to do. Making sure that there’s boom right there in the region at various spots where you could anticipate, if there was a spill of this size, the boom would be right there ready to grab. Unfortunately, that wasn’t always the case,” he said.

He repeatedly hammered the point that he cared – ”this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about. The spill.”
 
“And it’s not just me, by the way. You know, when I woke up this morning and I’m shaving, and Malia knocks on my bathroom door and she peeks in her head and she says, did you plug the hole yet, Daddy?”

Obama will visit the Gulf Coast on Friday. What do you think of his handling of the spill so far?

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama at news conference), Reuters/Sean Gardner (Garret Graves shows his hand after collecting oil samples in Louisiana)

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I believe The President is sincere in his efforts to do everything possible to fix this gargantuan catastrophe. The origins of this problem date back to the Bush administration, and the Department of Interior section that was responsible for inspecting the drilling operations.That office was scandalous and results of mismanagement and loose oversight are floating in the Gulf right now.

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he seems to be using this oil spill thingy as an opportunity to throw quite a lot of people out of work… the more people what are dependent on the government, the better for the socialists in November must be the theory.

Posted by happyfeet | Report as abusive
 

I think the president is sincere however, every effort should be made to solve the problem. This spill will impact not only the gulf, it will affect the entire nation and ocean currents will carry it beyond our shores.
NASA has great photos showing the movement of the oil, noting that the under current could be more severe than what is on top. They also lists books available on line priced at less than 50 dollars that explain the dangers and the impact on the environment oil catastrophe produce.

At the present time it can be seen being draw and surrounding the Mississippi Delta.

Volunteering ideas is fun, but we need people to get on board and clean up the mess and political leaders with resources and wit, and financial means to engineer an answer to stop the spread of the oil.

Hilary spoke today about smart power…? Does she realize she is speaking the will of the people for green energy?

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