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Obama's speech: There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills

Florida governor Charlie Crist checks out the uh oil situation on one of his state's beaches

Gov. Charlie Crist checks a Florida beach for signs of oil

For all his reputation as the nation's Top Talker, Barack Obama took his sweet time giving a maiden Oval Office address to the country. And waiting another nearly 60 days to speak nationally about the oil spill that’s become the worst environmental disaster in the nation’s history.

Obama, the first modern president to pass his first full year in office without addressing the country from his historic desk, had the setting right. Just back from a day-and-a-half on the gulf coast listening, reassuring, talking tourism, eating seafood. He wore the proper suit, had the requisite flags and family photos in the background.

For 18 minutes he delivered the words crisply and forthrightly, though too often distracting anxious viewers with his fidgeting hands like the lecturing professor he once was. Or wait! Was Mr. Cool nervous? (See video below.)

Obama had the firmness down OK: Make no mistake etc. We will hold BP accountable etc. He....

...had the God references. The talk of real live shrimpers devastated. An American way of life threatened. And though he likened the spill more to an epidemic, he also brought in the requisite battle metaphors. And, has Obama ever mentioned, there's another Nobel Prize winner in his cabinet, Stephen Chu, who hasn't been able to stop the oil leak either?

But there was something wrong. The first two-thirds of the president's remarks read just fine (Full text over here on The Ticket as usual). By golly, we’ll get the money, we’ll clean it up, no matter how long it takes.
Democrat president Barack walks to the Oval Office shortly before his national speech 6-15-10

But watching the president and hearing him was a little creepy; that early portion of the address was robotic, lacked real energy, enthusiasm. And worst of all specifics. He was virtually detail-less.

After almost two months of waiting through continuously contradictory reports, an anxious American public wanted to know, HOW are you going to accomplish all this?

Even Obama's cheerleaders over at MSNBC were complaining. "Where was the How in this speech?" demanded Keith Olbermann. Seriously.

Everyone's assumed that fixing the leak was a given since Day Four, which was still five days before the Democrat got his big plane and presidential entourage down there.

Local gulf coast officials are tearing out their hair trying to comprehend and comply with seventeen (as in seven more than 10) federal agencies falling all over themselves to do The Boss’ bidding and help and impose and superimpose their visions and regulations on what is a war zone with hundreds of ships and some 30,000 people involved, many of them frightened. And all of them inexperienced on a disaster of this scale.

Trust me, the president said, tomorrow I'm going to give those BP execs what-for. As CBS' Mark Knoller noted on his Twitter account, the president has allotted exactly 20 whole minutes this morning -- 1,200 fleeting seconds -- to his first-ever conversation with the corporation responsible for the disaster.

Then, he's got an important lunch with Joe "I Witnessed the World Cup's First Tie" Biden.

Well, just-believe-in-my-change-to-believe-in may have been good enough to win Obama's party primaries and the general election in 2008 and drag along into office enormous congressional majorities of fellow party travelers.

Democrat president Barack Obama gives his first Oval Office Speech 6-15-10

But after yelling "JOBS!" for a year and getting a protracted Democratic intra-party fight over Obama's beloved healthcare instead, Americans wanted some Oval Office specifics Tuesday evening on stopping the uncontrolled undersea oil escape.

Instead, Obama was like a Harvard-trained nurse talking vacation to a new patient bleeding all over the ER floor. Hello, could we please stop the blood flow here before we discuss the long-term recovery?

Obama’s delivery did not really come alive until the end when the ex-community organizer got into his favorite Big Picture stuff. Memo to American Homeowners: Do not call Obama over to fix your leaking roof – or pipe. Have him design a new house, no, better yet an entire neighborhood or city from scratch.

Following the advice of his chief of staff, Rahm "I Got a Rent-Free Apartment from a BP Adviser" Emanuel, Obama is determined to leave no crisis unused. When he got into the decades-long fossil fuel addiction rehab stuff, his eyes shone. His delivery punched up.

Now, that is an issue that requires greatness. Another galactic reform out of Hyde Park. It sounds swell unless mega-trillion-dollar federal deficits are on your mind, which voter polls now show ranks with terrorism as Americans' top fears.

Obama’s historic presidential campaign was not only big in terms of an unprecedented three-quarters of a billion dollars to win. It was about Big Promises. He was going to change America, radically reform the entire education system, healthcare, comb the entire federal budget line-by-line, oh, and change the 200-year-old partisan ways of the capitol. About the only big change the White Sox fan didn't promise was getting the Cubs a World Series ring.

It was all impractical, of course. But the country wanted to believe.... his change to believe in. And it did, handing complete control of the federal government over to Obama and his Democratic party. And today, after 17 months of lop-sided Democratic majorities now nervously confronting midterm elections Nov. 2, about 60% of Americans would like the new healthcare bill repealed. And they're hinting they'd probably like some more Republicans in Congress too.

President Obama has said he doesn’t sense an appetite to address something as large as the illegal immigrant issue this year. But suddenly – watch the left hand over here because he wants you to not focus on how long it’s taken him to take charge of the spill – he thinks there’s a compelling need to spend a motorcade full of moola that the federal government doesn’t have in order to change the country’s energy habits.

And we've gotta start that right now because of an underwater leaking pipe 40 miles off Louisiana that we haven't plugged and don't really understand how it broke in the first place. So let's do the electric car thing and build more windmills now.

And if, by chance, the nation’s politicians end up fighting over an energy plan during the next five months until the voting, maybe the politically damaging healthcare regrets and hidden costs will drown in all the words like so many thousands of seabirds in all the gulf’s still-surging oil.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Mr. Malcom - I'm sorry I wasn't clear - I thought it was clear I was commenting on Tom Degan, not your article.

Your article is funny. Tom Degan is unintentionally hilarious, though.

You can leave the comment you made on my comment stand, of course, because it was probably unclear to other readers as well.

All the best.

The Pillars of Apathy
Every time I write something optimistic about the future of the United States, I hear from some doomsayers who assure me things will never get any better. Pessimistic conservatives say we’re locked into a death spiral, at the mercy of a system running on autopilot and programmed to crash. I also hear from some liberals who maintain there is no morally acceptable alternative to unsustainable Big Government, so we’re honor-bound to hold our course… right into the giant iceberg of insolvency approaching off the port bow.

I maintain my optimism by rejecting the ideas serving as the pillars of apathy.

I refuse to believe government programs launched in the Forties, Sixties, and Seventies are indestructible features of our lives, immune to repeal or reform. I don’t believe a nation with a 234-year history of courage and industry is destined to suffocate in a shallow pool of nanny-state cement, poured only a few generations ago. It will be difficult for the American giant to rise again… but history unfolds in the space between difficult and impossible.

There is no such thing as eternal legislation. Even the Constitution can be amended. It’s only a question of how much willpower it will take for us to cast aside the intolerable acts of our political class. We are descended from men who showed great vigor in resisting intolerable acts.

I don’t believe the American electorate is a hopeless mass of imbeciles and parasites. Of course, we’ll always have plenty of both… along with a breathtaking population of hard workers, visionaries, and heroes. It’s terribly short-sighted to write off a populace that ignores its expensive media apparatus and fills the streets for Tea Party rallies – joining people loudly accused of racism to denounce a supposedly inevitable system of total State control, run by a man they were taught it was sinful to oppose. The allegedly stupid proletariat of the United States just made Friedrich Hayek’s 66-year-old masterpiece, The Road to Serfdom, Number One on the bestseller list. Our fellow citizens are thinking, and questioning. Questions are acid to statism.

I reject the notion that politicians are universally corrupt and treacherous, leaving the voters with no meaningful power but to select the next batch of crooks to rob them blind. There are some men and women of true character and integrity in public offices throughout the land. There should be more of them. We should demand it. Throwing up our hands and accepting the notion that all of them are charlatans set the bar low enough for a useless “community organizer” with a shady past to stumble over it. It’s what got us trillion-dollar spending bills full of vague assumptions and lies, pushed by a government that has no serious plans beyond making itself larger. It’s how we ended up with a chief executive who only bothers to come into the office long enough to write himself a bigger budget, and looks honestly stunned when his country expects him to do something productive, or even take their side in an international debate.

A country of three hundred million is entitled to demand a few hundred honest men and women step forward to accept the responsibility of serving as representatives. We can also insist on patriotic leaders who view their seats as high honors, not stepping stones to their dream jobs as General Secretary of Earth.

Above all, I reject the essential premise of statism: the belief that we don’t need each other.

This is the distilled essence of Obama liberalism, which teaches us to look to the State for our needs, instead of seeking the voluntary cooperation of our fellows. Draining money from the private sector is a means of limiting our ability to work together. It damages our ability to generate wealth by finding opportunities for mutually beneficial trade. Nationalized and subsidized industries represent the forced reversal of our decision to avoid doing business with certain companies. You paid a lot of money to General Motors this year, even if you’ve never driven a GM car in your life.

There is a message hissing through the static of bailouts, moratoriums, takeovers, and mandates filling the past year. The code for that message was written in the pages of the New Deal and Great Society. It says we’re foolish to offer our services to each other, or invest in each other’s designs. Only the State can be trusted. Only compulsive force can resolve the great challenges facing us. The State requires all of us, and it’s the only thing any of us needs.

The apathetic victims who accept that message are sitting around Hoping for Change, instead of hiring each other to get things done. Free men and women exploit opportunities, instead of waiting for rescue. The cause of our double-digit unemployment is a shortage of opportunity, not a surplus of workers. Everyone standing in those unemployment lines is a potential producer, consumer, and investor. The job market only looks like an insoluble problem to people who think the State creates jobs.

I know that we do need each other. We will find each other, guided by the invisible hand of the marketplace, once we’ve disposed of the all-too-visible foot flopping around on the beaches of Louisiana, blindly searching for an ass to kick. We will remember that our highest laws were written to restrain the government, not its citizens. Watching the Democrats heave the ObamaCare Etch-a-Sketch for another shake will help us rediscover the value of private contracts, and the honesty of fair competition.

A great deal more than this Presidency is in the process of failing. Dismantling the bankrupt system we’ve accepted for our entire lives won’t be easy, and success is not guaranteed, but I see plenty to be optimistic about. Nothing prompts Americans to create alternatives faster than angry politicians insisting there aren’t any.

It's Bush's fault. Reggie Bush, oops.

The fact is there were plenty of regulations on the books to prevent this. It was OILbama's handpicked team at Interior that approved the permits and failed to regulate as per the law.

He dithered on the clean up. Where are the Dutch? Norwegians? etc.

Anyone think the $20B from BP will be anything other than Chicago walking around money?

The fact is if we shut down offshore drilling and do not expand on-shore FAST, we have to burn more coal, kill the economy, or import MORE foreign oil. Facts.

I think it's a vast right wing conspiracy. That oil rig was just fine three months ago. I think Sarah Palin and them teabaggers had something to do with this.

for saying what we all are thinking. I did not vote for him and I am a Democrat I didn't believe in his "change" platform because he never has told us how he was going to change anything and he still hasn't said how.

Once again he just talks a big game but doesn't really say anything does he? He spins things around that by the time you finish listening you aren't too sure what really just happened. I hope more and more people realize that President Obama is not good for this country and that all he really is doing is spending our money for parties and trips on Air Force One.

You people are all missing the point, a picture IS worth a thousand words - look at the picture! Obama doesn't matter anymore, because Good Time Charlie Crist is on the job in Florida. Guess he thinks suntan oil is also a hazard, or perhaps he's just looking for a spot to drill a relief well. LOL.

You poor idiots in Florida actually elected this buffoon.

Remarkably he is still campaigning for President.

Pres. Obama's Administration allowed this spill to happen, by negligently waiving the environmental impact study for the rig.

In April 2009, Pres. Obama's Administration granted BP's Deep Water Horizon rig a "Categorical Exemption" from doing the standard NEPA environmental impact study. If the study had been done, the enormous risk would have been documented, and the obvious standard of care, drilling a relief well before risk-filled operations, like they do in Canada, would have been prescribed.

This was gross negligence by Pres. Obama's administration, by ignoring the need to consider the only viable prevention measure beforehand.

Tom, you are way too easy on him. Chairman Barry is wasting time, dithering with the Capitalis crowd. He should go ahead and Chavez us so we too can have our living at the expense of anyone else. What's he playing at??? Why wait till actual high-way/long-distance electric cars are invented??? Lets just get in and drive imaginary ones NOW! Screw the power grid thing. WHo needs additional power generation infrastructure? We don't need no stinking power plants when we've got the brilliance from The Chairman's own mind to propell us all to the next abyss, I mean utopia.

hey Charlie keep your eyes on the beach .

all i have to say about YOUR president's performance is: "I Told You So!".

you are the idiots that supported him, that refused to point out he had no experience, and refused to do even the slightest research into his background.

well, you got what you wanted, so deal with it.

but i'm not worried about y'all learning from your willful error, because you'll pick the incompetent liberal loser again in the next election too.

its what you do best.

Mr. Degan,

Generally one doesn’t initiate conversation or debate by opening with disparagement of those whom you wish to address. That being said, I would ask for a little clarification on your insult; do you mean to say that we are stupid or foolish (from the classic Greek) or that we are mildly retarded (from the medical definition of the early 1900’s)?

Following your baseball analogy, if His Majesty did get to first it was either by error or a base on balls. Your surprise at his political expediency is disingenuous, the man is a politician first and as much as you might wish him to be pure in his progressive philosophy he is still restrained by the political facts on the ground. Hence the old adage about the politics being the art of the possible. He can’t stop the oil. Even were he to federalize the situation, he’d end up working with the same engineers and workmen BP has currently addressing the problem. Odds are fair, that his doing so would make the situation worse by involving the bureaucracy and domestic politics. The current argument about foreign sweepers and the Jones Act as an example.

As to your being let down, for what were you hoping? What bold action do you desire?

I’m curious to know what you find in the record of Franklin Roosevelt that you’d like to see emulated in our modern age. Second, while I don’t know your age and hence your experiential depth of knowledge on previous presidencies, your concern that His Majesty compares to Mr. Clinton, in many eyes, might not be bad. Personally, I think he bears a much greater resemblance to Mr. Carter; his conduct of foreign affairs in particular. On the domestic side, other than health care, he bears a similar “malaise” attitude. Lastly, the question of who advises him leads me to ask, is his limited record due to his initiative or that of his advisors? And if the latter, as you’re displeased with what you’re seeing now, then does not that render the man an empty vessel?

I voted for George Bush, twice, and regretted having to do so both times. Such was the choice available.

Now, I hope you’ll forgive me for a basic lesson in English but your “serious facts” are nothing more than opinions. Opinions to which we are entitled, as you’ll share them, and to which we are entitled to disagree. I am delighted to hear you sleep well, me too (although much less than when I was younger). As for your slur of Mrs. Palin, all I’m really curious to know is how you can apply the epithet “Fascist”? Allow me to save you some time in reply by making clear that fascism, communism, socialism, and any other collective form of tyranny all stem from the same philosophical root; so please don’t use the right/left dictatorship analogy.

On a lighter note, I have to say I do delight in hearing the left bemoan the criticism His Majesty suffers from the right. Turnabout, I believe they say, is fair play.


Tom Degan said: "We can all sleep a little easier tonight knowing that John McCain is not running things and that Fascist Barbie is not a heartbeat away from the presidency."

You might want to do some research on what fascism is before posting again. Fascism requires a centralized big government in order to force suppression of the opposition. So how can someone be a fascist if they believe in small, limited government, as Palin does? Do you really believe that Hitler was able to accomplish all the evil that he did without a large intrusive government?

We warned you. But you didn't listen. You morons put the most corrupt inexperienced person you could into the White House, an usurper at that.
All because of your liberal white race guilt.

Now we have the unintended consenquences. Never trust the American public to do anything intellegent. Just look at those that voted for Barry. Those are the same people you see on Jerry Springer.

We have the government we deserve, well at least YOU deserve.

Obama's inexperience and ideology is doing more harm than the BP disaster.

He's checkin for something- but it ain't oil!

When are we going to get it through our heads...He is not stupid. He is not making mistakes. He is systematicly destroying our Nation in the name of the "New World Order". "barack the deceiver" must be removed from office and thrown into Gitmo!

Several years of campaigning, 18 or so months in office, it took a huge oil disaster and people are just NOW noticing that Obama never says HOW he will do what he says he will do????

"Cut taxes 100% on all forms of alternative energy, infrastructure, equipment and power. Cut utility regulation of the sales of power from alternative sources. Encourage the use of natural gas for; Integrated heating cooling and power (ICHP) and for use in hybrid, trucks and buses. ICHP technology has been up and running for years already. ICHP is extremely reliable and proven. NG and ICHP are not a total solution, nothing is, but while we await the next big government "investment" winner" and Obamatopia, shouldn't we be building with our already proven reality based solutions? Cut taxes on all forms of alternative energy and Build Baby Build." - sorebird

Cut taxes to promote growth, you dirty libertarian shill, that idea is entirely too logical. LOL, just kidding, I couldn't agree more.
Is there such a thing as too much energy? We should be pursuing EVERY form of energy production. Oil, coal, natural gas, nuclear, dams, geothermic, gassified biomass, mining the moon for HE3, solar, off-shore wind farms, tidal farms, extra-terrestrial solar, etc. If it were even possible to achieve surplus power, the rest could be exported to other countries. Not shooting ourselves in the wallet with this bogus cap and trade garbage. Cap and Trade is a scheme, based on a debunked myth, which guarantees the destruction of our economy, the raping of the middle class, the end to small energy related business trying to compete with corporate giants (due to bogus regulations), and the inevitable rise of economies that ignore gas emission regulations (hint China).

Shut up. Quit railing on Obama. There's nothing you can do. Wait till the next election you idiots.

Do you really want this incompetent monster(government) in charge of your personal well being? If it takes them this long to do nothing about something this important, how long do you think it will take them to approve a by-pass surgery?

Remind me again why people thought Obama had some gift of oratory? Apparently now he doesn't even have that.

" ... Obama noted has another Nobel Prize winner in his cabinet ... " yeah, he has intellectuals and teachers in the cabinet, but no damn executives and business savvy individuals. Absolute FAIL!

Sure, lets build lots of Windmills, with huge plastic blades and towers made of petrochemicals...

With massive turbines lubricated with... Petrochemicals...

Made or massive copper windings, mined from strip mines with heavy equipment fueled and lubricated by... petrochemicals...

lastly, lets cover the entire nation with tiny turbines on windmills just to equal the power being produced by the massive turbines in our current nuclear / natural gas / coal fired plants...

Sounds reasonable... maybe even enlightened.... NOT.

How about we quit pussyfooting around and build 10 ultra modern nuclear plants in every state, and convert all vehicles to CNG via a tax credit plan, continue drilling our oil and limit it only to domestic use for lubrication and industrial / commercial applications?

That should cover our energy needs for about the next 2000 years.

Wow.. that was hard, right?

Tom Degan, you are part of the problem with this country. this guy isnt enough of a socialist for you that you are wishing he was more like FDR? at least FDR spent all of our money on something useful but nonetheless he prolonged the depression by 7 years if you believe UCLA. this guy on the other hand is hastening our demise.

i would love to have McCain or Palin running the show right now and when we end up flat broke and our country in ruins we will be looking at people like you for what you are. part of the problem. I didn't vote for this guy and am thankful to have that much common sense.

CAP and TRADE Will Create Companies TOO BIG TO FAIL

Ignore the proselytizer and find out from those who “shaped” the Bill ….

Turning the oil disaster into a political campaign for Cap and Trade is pathetic.

Immediate Action is the unhesitating application of a probable remedy to reduce stoppage without investigating the cause.

This Comment is from the the armed forces to know their weapons so that if there's a problem with their fire arms they fix it on the spot. Nobody cares what caused it, their life is on the line.
Obama doesn't understand that concept. His logic is like a freshman in high school, it's convoluted, defragmented. Obama talks about rearranging coat hangers while the house is burning down.

He said he had a plan, was gonna tell us what it is. He certainly told us alot, but didn't really SAY ANYTHING, other than money will be thrown at the problem in hopes it can plug the hole.

Why is the Left so surprised that the Emperor has no clothes? This man was the must unqualified man to ever run for president. He had no executive or manageraial experience, yet 52% of the voters of this country thought that was OK. In fact, if he had taken his resume in 2008 to any fortune 500 company, he may have gotten a mid-level job as a lawyer, nothing more, certainly not CEO of that company! He and his Dem collegaues are going to do so much economic damage to this country, it may be irreverseable!

Headline: Obama's speech about the oil spill in the Gulf.
Times that "Obama" is mentioned: 14.
Times that "Gulf" is mentioned: 4.
Times that "BP" is mentioned: 3.
Times that "Florida" is mentioned: 0.... See More
Times that the governor of Florida is mentioned: 0.
Picture: Gov. Charlie Crist looking at a girl wearing a bikini.

Obama is lost... still doesn't know what to do, and it shows. Weak leadership skills, and just another hot air speech with no real plan or specifics; and another opportunity for a few political agenda plugs. Well, that's OK, we have a bunch of Nobel Prize winners working on it. That'll get'er done... geez.

The oil spill crises in the Gulf, and Obama's complete inability to demonstrate any effective leadership shows him to be an empty suit.

Obama's response so far is typical of him: endless rhetoric, commissions appointed to study the issue, stoney-faced poses for the cameras, and a complete lack of any hard decisions necessary to actually address the problem.

Obama is basically a weak coward, afraid to commit to any decision that he can be held accountable for.

So many people voted for this guy because of race. Alone. It cannot be disputed-90% of blacks voted for him. Why ? Because he was SO qualified ? Right. If he had been a white guy with the same utter lack of qualifications he would never have been elected. Its very sad that the first black President will be remembered for being such an inept sorry excuse for a leader. It would ahve been wonderful and marvelous had our first black President been a true leader, we would have loved him and embraced him ! But those who voted for him simply because they wanted to get the first black president in office NO MATTER WHAT, REGARDLESS of his lack of experince and his questionable past, and blantant associations with marxist advisors,frieds and colleagues shall forever hold the shame of their choice soley based on skin color. They just could not wait until a black man of SUBSTANCE and INTEGRITY came along to garner their vote. Sad. Very Sad. But you reap what you sow.

Are you people waking up to the fact that democrats are the biggest danger we face as a nation and as individuals YET? The border is being swarmed over, the JOKER is sitting there wondering why Hugo has not sent more troops to arizona yet! Scum traitor pigs!!

He has the same answer for every problem. Raise taxes, more regulation, less freedom. He is about controlling every aspect of our lives. His energy secretary plainly says he wants us to pay the same for our gasoline as Europe. How many of you want $7.00 gallon gasoline? He wants our utility bills to quadruple. That will put all of us into hibernation. The already bad economy will collapse. This guy is a disaster in every sense of the word.

Dear Mr. Malcolm,

Thank you for your thoughtful analysis.

All the best,


This is getting scary.
This guy is so far out over his skis!
But what can we do?

In a corporation if a CEO was this out of touch he would be fired, ASAP.
As the dead-man-walking over at BP.
But we are stuck for 2.5 more years!

We are in big trouble... then, let's sum up shall we? Obama is an incompetent boob, Tom Degan is one of his swooning, moon-pie, sh!t-wit, sycophantic leg-tinglers, and Andrew Malcom hit one out of the park.

Almost wants to make me subscribe to the LAT again..


Here's what I'd have done:

1. The speech would've been a PowerPoint presentation with maps, Gantt charts, bullet points and org charts detailing an attack plan using the US military against this oil "invasion" of our shores.

2. Wednesday morning the Gulf coast would've awaken to the sound of dozens and dozens of Black Hawk and Apache helicopters that would hover over the beaches and marshes while troops would rappel down and immediately form clean-up crews to clean the oil.

3. Navy ships would be laying out containment booms all around the spill, while Army Corp of Engineers units would be building sand barriers off shore.

4. Nuclear subs would be stationed near the leak and shove nuclear-tipped tropedoes down the hole and use the Russian technique to PLUG THE HOLE!! ...

5. After it's all done I'd hang a huge MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner on Pensacola Beach and invite the personnel involved and all the locals to a jambalaya-and-gumbo feast to celebrate.

6. Military accountants would add up the cost of all this and give BP the bill.

This is better that getting together a bunch of Harvard egg-headed pukes to tell me whose ass to kick.

The Q

What ? The on the job training program for the most powerful office in the world going poorly ? All those millions of dollars donated to Obama's campaign by overseas entities who hate America and want to see her destroyed (Middle East) donators is paying isn't it..

Ann Coulter was right when she pointed out every generation or so people need to elect a Democrat to remind themselves how bad Big Government can really screw things up.

Finally, a reality check on Obama that comes from the LA Times. Now, if we can get a similar reality check on the terrible record of Obama's State Department since Hillary and her village of useful idiots took over, we will begin to see some balance in their reporting and we will have hope that these guys won't dunderhead away our political and economic leadership in the world. By the way, great picture of what Charlie Crist is doing these days.

Cannot believe this is in the LA Times..closest thing to balanced journalism in years.

(AM responds: Believe it, Greg. Feel free to bookmark us and spread the word. And thanks for stopping by.)

-- Andrew Malcolm....keep up this kind of journalism and I may just re-new my subscription to the LA Times.

(AM responds: I'm sure the paper would appreciate it. And meanwhile you can bookmark us for free and spread the word. We're here every day, the last three years and five days. Thanks for joining the group.)

With reference to alternative energy like, wind, it’s a fantastic idea. However, without a serious commitment, from our leadership, both government and industrial, to upgrade and modernize our nation power grid, everything else that is being discussed in the clean energy sector is superficial.

When is somebody gonna tell Obama to stop voting "present?"

Obama is that guy that starts anew in your office that all of the peers and subordinates abhor because he is a snake oil salesmen and the upper level loves his words and credits any results in his area to him...but he doesn't reall DO anything.

Obama is a highly educated man with two huge ears but decides to use his mouth altogeher too much. Seems every time I see a clip with him in it he is doing all of the talking...but, what does he really have experience in to share?

Palin was a very successful executive of a huge state that was immensely popular. Imagine her marshalling resources, and getting dirty; taking responsibility.

Obama, as smart as he is truly struggles with word definitions. "Transparency" is not a simile for "behind closed doors." "Responsibility" is not a simile for "blame."

It is too bad for Obama and for our country that the oil spill isn't a late term abortion he can write and vote for legislation to do precisely as he wishes...

Copy this article and email it to all of your Obama koolaid drinking friends/family members.


WHY??------because of the unions/union workers----and because he wanted to let this disaster get as bad as possible, so that he could push his cap and tax bill.

Bush waived the Jones Act IMMEDIATELY after Katrina hit-----to allow foreign countries/ships to help.

Steffy: U.S. and BP slow to accept Dutch expertise

Houston Chronicle
June 8, 2010

"Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.

It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,'” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

Now, almost seven weeks later, as the oil spewing from the battered well spreads across the Gulf and soils pristine beaches and coastline, BP and our government have reconsidered.

U.S. ships are being outfitted this week with four pairs of the skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed within days. Each pair can process 5 million gallons of water a day, removing 20,000 tons of oil and sludge.

At that rate, how much more oil could have been removed from the Gulf during the past month?"

Yep. Obummer has really done it this time. This makes the health-care fiasco look like child's play. Watch and see as the nation's long-term care industry goes belly-up because the money that was to be used to take care of our elderly goes to programs that helps those that don't want to help themselves. As for the Gov. Crist and the first picture, perhaps he's thinking about drilling.

I thought Charlie Crist was in that picture. If he was I didn't notice.

In that picture above it looks like Charlie Crist is checking out more than the beach!

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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