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Finally, Democrats blame George W. Bush for Gulf oil spill--Chris Dodd video as the blather spreads

Hey, it's worked before. If you watch no other video today, you gotta watch this one.

Don Imus on the Fox Business Network Tuesday interviewing jolly old Democrat Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who was forced into retirement by the certainty of defeat this November.

Democrat president Barack Obama with his ubiquitous cellphone

Like pretty much everyone else on the planet except the makers of oil dispersant, Dodd is 110% very safely opposed to the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He's also appalled.

As is the Obama White House.

Actually what the White House is appalled over is that the fingers of blame are starting to turn toward the Obama White House, the Oval Office to be exact.

Not that the White House has the technology either to address an oil spill of this magnitude and oceanic depth.

The Obama administration can't do anything about it, except lay on the PR. But the president wants to spend Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

And how would that look enjoying Hyde Park and maybe yet more golf or a Sox game while one of the nation's worst environmental disasters gushes unabated down south?

So to assuage that anticipated criticism, the White House has quickly laid on a Friday presidential trip back down to Louisiana, his second. He didn't see a drop of oil during the first one. But it looks good on TV. (See Related Items links below the video.)

Chris Dodd has been in the U.S. Senate now for five six-year terms and might have been looking into drilling safety precautions instead of special mortgage deals. So he too is eager to spread blame elsewhere.

You'll never guess which recent Republican president Dodd tries to finger for last month's underwater blowout.

You'll get a good chuckle out of Imus' incredulous response starting around the 1:20 mark.

Related Items:

Gulf oil spill: Obama's Katrina?

The revealing story behind Obama's Gulf trip and skipping New Jersey

Obama's Gulf visit: Flyover or soil his shoes?

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Obama is a fraud and a scam artist. He is a traitor to the US Constitution, a closet Muslim, a Marxist, and a liar. He is in no hurry to fix this mess in the Gulf, he thinks it helps him, of course, it does not, but his ego is too big for him to think otherwise. His people in his cabinet are fools and arch-leftists that do not know how to fix anything.

How would a license or any other document have stopped this accident?

If anyone believes anything these bought and paid for/compromised Jolly Rogers say, then they must be on more rum or medication than the electorate.

Now you know why you were voted out.

Blame bush for everything. Yeah... Good one. Only a douche (a democrat) would come up with such an excuse.

Not sure if anyone has addressed this yet, but Dodd blamed the rig because it's been there for years and years. Uhhhhhh, the rig might have been there for years, but the just drilled this year, idgit.

@michael tarkowski and folks that think the same.

Uh - Obama's been in office for more than a year. PLENTY of time to "change" things around from what Bush and Co. did.

It's Obama's Gulf
It's Obama's Iraq
It's Obama's Gitmo
It's Obama's (insert favorite topic here)

He may have "inherited" a mess, but he doesn't have to keep it.

I think if we plugged the hole with corrupt politicians it should cork it up pretty good...

John Revelle writes and I respond in parentheses:
Bush and Cheney turned the regulation of oil drilling into a free-for-all that had the regulators doing drugs and having sex with the regulated (And this insider knowledge comes from where? Additionally, I would love for you to show me what regulations were relaxed by law or presidential fiat under Bush which led to this disaster).

Eight years of do as you please and when the excesses finally result in a disaster it is Obama and the Democrats who are to blame (Does it occur to you, or maybe I should ask if it is possible for you to understand that sometimes the road to ruin is paved with good intentions? How do I mean this in response to your absurd assertion you may be asking…allow me to ask the following: Is it easier to clean up a spill on land or 50 miles out to sea under a mile of ocean? I could just as easily blame the leftist enviromaniacs for the inability to shut off this leak because had they not forced oil platforms so far out in the first place in the name of dogooderness through regulations, the leak would already be plugged).

It took a ruling from the Supreme Court to keep Cheney's deals with big oil secret. Why on Earth is the LATimes trying to spin the baloney that Democrats are to blame for what BP and Halliburton set in motion during the Bush/Cheney years, (I do not see the media blaming Obama for an oil accident, but he is president and has remained in appearance a tad too aloof, and I think they are simply asking “Where are you on this Mr. President?” ?

You are not informing your readers, you are misinforming your readers and you understand that perfectly well. Why? (It seems to me that you are the one misinformed, or maybe just simply un able to consider things in depth)

What a bunch of losers, How many more years of "bush did It"

One has to wonder if deep-sea drilling would even occur if Democrats, hand-in-hand with environmentalists and lawyers, hadn't thrown up so many roadblocks to nuclear power plants, coal plants, and yes, drilling in the "pristine" Alaska wilderness.

Serious people should consider the answer. Energy does not come cheap, easy, nor clean.

Can you imagine what the dems would be doing if this oil disaster happened while Bush was in office? Sorry libs, this one belongs to your guy. It's a good thing he was on it since day one, at least that's what we are supposed to think. Too bad he doesn't have a clue what to do.

This spill could have been stopped within days if drilling in shallow water close to shore was allowed. Its the environmentalists that pushed drilling off shore and into mile deep water. So reap what you sow greenies.

The Deepwater Horizon began drilling, at the current location, in September 2009...9 months into Obama's presidency. Obama's administration even awarded a saftey citation to this same rig which means they had every opportunity to scrutinize the setup.

The drilling and subsequent disaster both took place on his watch.

1. He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine - Driving a stake thru the heart of Hillary's Presidential aspirations - something that no Republican was ever able to do. Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out of you?
2. He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty - No more Kennedy's trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home. American women and Freedom are safer tonight!
3. He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes!
Dennis Moore had never lost a race - quit
Evan Bayh had never lost a race - quit
Byron Dorgan had never lost a race - quit
Harry Reid - soon t o be GONE
These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed! By the end of 2010 dozens more will be gone.
In December of 2008 the Democrats were on the rise. In the last two election cycles they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. In just one year, Barack Hussein (ashamed of his name) Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the house, if not the senate back to the Republicans.
4. He has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Every Generation seems to need to relearn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. He is bringing home the lesson very well.
Liberals tax, borrow and spend - check
Liberals won't bring themselves to protect America - check
Liberals want to take over the economy - check
Liberals think they know what is best for everyone - check
Liberals aren't happy till they are running YOUR life - check
5. He has brought more Americans back to conservatism than anyone since Reagan. In one year he has rejuvenated the Conservative movement and brought out to the streets millions of Freedom Loving Americans. Name me one other time in your life that you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America !
6. His amazing leadership has sparked the greatest period of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law-abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a "stimulus" to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded or moved off-shore.
7. In all honesty one year ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not of the economy but of the direction our country was going. I thought Americans had forgotten what this country was all about. My neighbors, friends and strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the Greatness and Wisdom of the American people was flat wrong.

8. When the American People wake up no smooth-talking-teleprompter reader can fool them!
Barack Hussein (ashamed of his name) Obama woke up these Great Americans! Again I want to say Thank You Barack (Who is Insane) Obama! This is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately needed.

Thank you Mr. Obama for honoring our service men and women at Arlington Cemetry, NOT!
Thank you Mr. Obama for taking care of our Kentucky and Tennessee brothers and sisters, NOT!
Thank you Mr. Obama for sitting by idly while the NYC Council approves a mosque at 9/11 Ground Zero, NOT!
Thank you Mr. Obama for corrupting our national election by offering Sestak a job, NOT! (Can you say impeachment?)
Thank you Mr. Obama for securing our Mexican borders, NOT!
Thank you Mr. Obama for alienating our allies while honoring banana dictators, NOT!
Thank you Mr. Obama for dividing our nation, NOT!
Thank you Mr. Obama for giving the Unions so frigging much power, NOT!

Mr. Obama -- keep up the great job....we're all getting thrills up our legs...

Obama is a disgrace to the Presidency. His administration is corrupt. The stimulus money has gone to foreign banks; he dismisses the American citizen; divides its citizens; tries to ILLEGALLY offer Sestak a Cabinet position to pull out of a congressional race; refuses to seal the Mexican border; refuses to uphold the US Constitution; has an extramarital affair; destroys our economy; attacks the job producers; oppresses the poor through Orwellian policy; hoodwinks the minorities into thinking they can't achieve on their own; considers the United States to be greedy and arrogant even though America's compassion has helped every country on earth; continues with Machiavellian tactics to implement Communism.

In November the Democratic Communist party will be voted out of office. Then perhaps we can impeach Barack Hussein (ashamed of his name) Obama for treason, corruption, incompetence, and a lack of moral character. At the very least let’s make this Muslim Communist a one-term President. Mr. Obama has disgraced the Presidency of the United States.

Whatever happend to "the buck stops here."

Blame game, where is the Eveidence that its Bushes fault. If there is evidenace why hasn't Cheney or Bush been subpoena. With that kind of blame game I can blame the whole energy problem on the Dems because they have blocked any more construction of Nuclearu power plants in the past 30 years. Blaming something on someone else is eveidence of immaturity and no sense of intelligence in a person. Don't 5th graders and sibilings blame it on the other person when its either their fault or they don't get their way.

This is like a bad comedy sketch gone wrong. That bloated criminal Dodd using his PR trained turn arounds to dodge the heat. What a joke! Bye bye Dodd, and bye bye Professor Hussein in 2012!! We should have been building nuke plants since the 70's, but the enviro cult members protested and now we have what we have because of them.

BP was a major contributor to the Boy Wonder campaign. 'Nuf said.

I am not a US citizen or even resident, but if I remember correctly from social studies, the US has an Executive, Legislative and Judicial branch of government. Each independent of the other. Is not the legislative branch (ie congress) responsible for budgets, laws etc. If so, who had control of congress for the last 8 years and determined budgets, legislation etc? Was it not the democrats? I just have to smile if I hear both party representative trying to "snow" the electorate and how they get away with it. It is shocking to see the ignorance of US voters about their own system of government. No wonder the country is in such doo doo.

Never let it fail, that when Drudge links to an article, the comments follow the familiar Conservative/Rush/Hannity/Fox News talking points.

At least I don't have to pay attention to any of those intellectually dishonest losers for the next few weeks as they repeatedly stand up for Big Oil and employ their usual victimhood nonsense with, "...well if this happened while Bush was in office, or if we had a Republican President the media would be all over them yadda yadda yadda".

This is an involuntary reflex. Obama does something wrong blame bush.

Barack Obama and Robert Gibbs - Losers....

It is the year 2058, and the Dems say it is Bush's fault for the asteroid that smashed into the Peoples Republic of Berkely.

James Carville and Bill Nelson -- two who are close to the situation -- are certainly not blaming Bush. Feared that Carville was going to have a heart attack while he was charging Obama with DOING NOTHING! Carville is not a happy camper, and gave the republicans one sound bite after another to use in future campaigns! Folks, it has been 37 days, and good, bad, or indifferent, Team Obama has yet to step up to the plate. Way too much finger pointing and too less action!

Someone dented my car door today. It must be Bush's fault!!

isn't it amazing that the Dems have someone to blame for every problem that occurs on their watch failing to realize that when they are pointing the finger at Bush there are three pointing back at them...laughable....

Obama and his "talented" administration have their version of " heck of a job Brownie "

Who cares? It's only a little oil.

Danger reared its ugly head (the oil leak in the gulf) Obama turned his tale and fled. No leadership here. As far as this being George Bush's fault, you can't blame everything on Bush. Lets rewind it a little more and say thanks to the Clintons we are exporting all of our industry to places like China and Mexico. Want to go back a little further, LBJ and Ted Kennedy gave us the immigration problem we have today. How about Harry Truman, this man gave us both the Korean and Vietnam wars as well as dropping the bomb on Japan. Or something a little closer to home, How about U.C. Berkeley producing the the type of politicians that we have today under such banner movements as the Hippie movement, The Flower Children, The Beatniks, all taught by communist sympathisers left over from the days of the manhattan project.

George W's fault? Of course, why not?

what a freakin moron HA HA HA HA HA HA you dimwits are toooooooooooooooo much

This is so absurd it's hard to foment a comment so I won’t but I will be with 200 million other Americans when I comment in that voting booth in November. And that comment cannot be moderated. Good evening all…..

Obama blaming Bush has jumped the shark!

An agreement on GOM oilspills in 1994, repeat 1994, called for the Feds to have available "flame booms" for early use during a spill when the more volatile components are still present.

2010, blowout; how mant booms did the Feds rush to the scene ? None.

They eventually found just one in a box in a warehouse.

michael tarkowski
It was the barry administration that gave this rig an award for safty.
Good grief liberals are stupid.

But according to the Washington Post, dated May 5, 2010, it was Obama that signed off on lowering safety standards in March of 2009. In order to lower standards, they had to be higher before he entered office in January 2009. Put that together with the fact that Obama was the single largest beneficiary of BP campaign contributions and you have a major scandal. Fortunately, the MSM will play it down in order to give both the Obama administration and the Democrat party not only a pass, but enable them to pass the blame to others. We do live in a sad world today.

For you libs that are buying the Progressive spin on this, do a little investigating yourself and see how many "waivers" your boy obama has given oil companies...and then check to see how many "waivers" he has signed SINCE THE BP ACCIDENT! Pull your heads out people and get a clue!

John Revelle, you are a moron! Please stay in California and leave the rest of us alone!

From some of the inane comments I read here, that people in LA actually blame Bush for this fiasco, we all clearly understand why L.A. is in the deep doo doo they are in.

I think someone will soon blame Reagan.

Look simple it was B P, and then Obama sat there for a month and did what he always does, nothing, but talk and cast blame to whomever he can villify. The Gulf spilled oil while Obama ( Nero) fiddled.

Nice to see Obama was in CA this week fund raising for Boxer at the oil money Getty's home while the gulf slick keeps getting worse. Nice touch L.A. His chief for this job remained on vacation when this happened and Obama is off playing Golf and taking another vacation, while the debt is so out of control we will all have to live to 290 to pay our taxes.

You can blame anyone you desire, out there in LALA land but the facts are the facts. Obama is a lying neophyte, racist, anti semite, and is a total incompetent. He has been worse in 18 months than Carter in 4 years, and Carter is the worst Prez in this countries history bar none until Rev Wrights protege and Wm Ayers friend came along. He makes Nixon look like a saint as well.

Guess which administration gave the Deepwater Horizon a SAFETY
award last year (2009)?


OBAMA did!!!!!

Typical democrat response...blame Bush.

Woa, wait just a minute! Bush and the republicans blamed the lax and pathetic response to terrorism for the 8 years prior to 9-11-01 on the previous administration, but yet the blame for 9-11-01 was laid squarely at Bush's feet by the left and the media. Now the demoncraps want to blame the previous 8 years for this oil disaster instead of being consistant and accepting the blame. I recall the phrase, "it happened on his watch" thrown at Bush 9 months into his first term. Demoncraps honestly don't expect to hear "it happened on his watch" a full 16 months into Obama's term? You guys are unbelievable.

We need Harry Truman back, he always said " the buck stops here" . Obama will be known for saying "quick pass the buck". I am sorry to have to tell his sheep, but your Shepard is planning a large dinner party with the main course being rack of lamb.

What a 2009 (under Obama's administration) the Federal Agency responsible for inspecting the BP oil rig that exploded several weeks ago, the Federal Minerals Management Service, failed to live up to its own policy of inspecting the oil rig once a month. Last year, the MMS awarded that same oil rig with an award last year for its “exemplary” safety history. But let's put the blame squarely on the Bush administration???

Man the Democrats can always be relied on to blame President Bush. Fifty years from now they'll still be blaming everything on President Bush. You Democrats/liberals, do me a favor, sit down and read what President Bush did in his first term in office and then read what BO has done! Might really surprise you what no-load BO has done (or actually what he hasn't done!)

Finally?...Wow idiot! That's what they do with everything. So what's news about that. It's almost like Obama isn't the president. To bad that part isn't true. I guess the country will just have force him to take some responsibility. He will be impeached and cast out as an object failure and fraud for all the destruction he is imposing on Americans. This man is a useless piece of human debris.

It's appalling that Dodd put the blame on Bush. What a sick creature! How did this jerk get elected?!

WHAT AND IDIOT>>>> Thirty years of this CREEP........

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