Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Obama's underwhelming speech last night was woefully short on substance and long on self-service and ambivalence. In the first two minutes he repeated three times how his administration was on top of the situation from day 1. Obviously any person who is not Rachael Maddow, David Axelrod, or insane must call BS on this claim. Only after pressure from the public and media, weeks into the crisis, did Obama even gaze in the direction of the Gulf. Insulting Bush with Paul McCartney must have been just too much fun to notice.
Then he comforted delusional democrats by telling them about the commission and czar he wisely appointed to handle the particulars of cause and clean-up.
He closed with a predictable call for comprehensive energy policy changes. What he means is cap and trade, a disastrous maneuver that will finally finish killing what is left of the American economy. I guess nobody told him the cap-and-trade bill was dead in congress already. Never the less, his attempt at craven exploitation of the spill to make political hay is abhorrent and embarrassing.
In between his dishonest opening and inappropriately political closing, was an unconstitutional threat to seize BP profits for his own use, and pitiful attempts at convincing us he is an engaged President, with sympathetic anecdotes of gulf-coast hardships from his four brief photo-ops down here. In short, it was a thin, pointless address that reminded us of the lack of depth, experience, and competence of Chairman Zero.