Comments on: Is Louisiana trip Obama’s ticket Down Under? http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/06/03/is-louisiana-trip-obamas-ticket-down-under/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: lorreann http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/06/03/is-louisiana-trip-obamas-ticket-down-under/comment-page-1/#comment-408321 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 04:46:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=27533#comment-408321 I think the difference here between Obama and Bush is that when Bush realized Fema wasn’t getting the job done (along with the Mayor and Governor who split town) and he went down there to Katrina he immediately called in the Military and National Guard and the situation turned around quickly. I know this oil spill is different but from what I’ve heard President Obama is not responding quickly to the requests of the Governor to protect the shoreline. Also, I heard on the news today that the CEO of BP Tony Hayward (the one that is running the PR commercials) says that he has never spoken to President Obama once since the spill began. It seems that a crisis like this would warrant daily briefing with him. Having photo opps of that would inspire more confidence than all of his state dinners and basketball photos do. It’s not his fault that this happened but he is our leader and we need to see some leadership now.

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By: OilOptionTrader http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/06/03/is-louisiana-trip-obamas-ticket-down-under/comment-page-1/#comment-408297 Sat, 05 Jun 2010 06:47:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=27533#comment-408297 I am retired from the oil lease option business. Facts are that less than 5% of offshore oil drilling goes to the US. Most is BP proprietory oil to be bid on, in the international market. None, if any, benefits the US. Secondly, legally the US has released its sovereign perogative of control over the drilling processes to the free market forces. It does not surprise me that neither G.W.Bush or Obama would be in any rush to respond to this problem. For the most part, the US Congess and the Executive Branch have already given up any/all jurisdiction over the drilling procesess and the oil that is yielded from under the Continental Shelf.
This is the way things work in a Foreign/National/US global economy. Get real, either you’re in favor of Free Market Captalism and Democracy or you’re in favor of a rigidly controlled socialism.
In my opinion, Gov.Jindal most likely knows this and I think he will likely urge the resumption of off-shore drilling ASAP. Its been my observtion that most Gulf Coast politicans, be they republican or democrat, benefit greatly from the large political contributions from the major oil production players. After all, corporations have the same rights as people under the law. It is not due to bigger government; its just the way it is with the multi-national corporations and the free market capitalism that drives our way of life.

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By: ArmisticeX http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/06/03/is-louisiana-trip-obamas-ticket-down-under/comment-page-1/#comment-408285 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 20:22:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=27533#comment-408285 I absolutely agree with Gotthardbahn.

The biggest concern we should all have over this situation is the extent of collateral damage that is likely to ensue.

Liberal political posturing here is leading to bigger government, higher taxes, and most importantly for most of us HIGHER FUEL costs.

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By: Gotthardbahn http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2010/06/03/is-louisiana-trip-obamas-ticket-down-under/comment-page-1/#comment-408283 Thu, 03 Jun 2010 19:59:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=27533#comment-408283 I once read that Maureen Dowd was one of President Obama’s greatest fans, if not THE greatest. For her to criticize Mr. Obama, well, perhaps this Gulf business really is hurting him. Speaking as a Canadian, I really cannot grasp why Mr. Obama is being blamed for this mess, nor could I understand why President Bush was pilloried over Hurricane Katrina. Not being a fan of Mr. Obama – definitely not a fan! – I’d rather see him fall on a substantive policy issue that just didn’t work due to his arrogance or intransigence, rather than over an accident that, really, he didn’t cause and is powerless to affect in any meaningful way. Colour me puzzled.

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