More people now see the federal government's response to the oil spill as worse than during Katrina. As he watches his poll numbers continue to decline Barack Hussein Obama is starting to get mad. Solving the oil spill disaster is turning out to be a lot more complicated than trying to buy off Democrat primary challengers with jobs.
Criticized for lavish White House parties while the oil continues to gush and he's seen doing nothing but a few photo ops and some meetings with a bunch of egghead college professors isn't the job done. He says he is going to get after BP to work harder yet he hasn't even spoken with the head of BP about the spill.
Now, Obama says he's going to kick some ass. Oh goodie! Perhaps he should start with his own. Why didn't he kick some ass when the federal government dithered over Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's urgent and repeated pleas for action to avert damage to the marshes by giving permission to erect temporary sand berms? Now, it's mostly too late.
Obama: He's not the god we thought he was!
Liberals are left defending Obama by saying we expected too much of him. Well, I never did, but surely Obama oversold his own talents and experience did he not? Froma Harrop writes that we can't blame Obama for "not being a god." She goes on to say that "Stopping the waves is a job for Neptune, not a president. Obama cannot raise his trident and force the oil back into the hole." Harrop concludes that despite all of Obama's failures to live up to his campaign promises, create jobs, end the war in Iraq and bring a new competence to government things could be worse. I'm not sure how.
Remember that this is the same President, who as a candidate, boldly declared that with his nomination "this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal." Sounds a lot like Obama is taking on the powers of Neptune doesn't it?
Campaign experience doesn't translate to governing competence!
During the 2008 campaign, Obama countered criticism of his lack of any executive experience by pointing to his slick campaign. Byron York has the full story on that in Tuesday's Washington Examiner:
If you're worried about my [Obama's] lack of my executive experience, look at my campaign. Running a first-rate campaign, Obama and his supporters argued, showed that Obama could run the federal government, even at its most testing moments. He could set goals, demand accountability, and, perhaps most importantly, bend the sprawling federal bureaucracy to his will.In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Obama said Bush's handling of the crisis showed "unconscionable incompetence." Yet, more and more people wish that Bush were still around to manage the oil spill.
Fast forward to 2010. The oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is gushing out of control. The Obama administration is at first slow to see the seriousness of the accident. Then, as the crisis becomes clear, the federal bureaucracy becomes entangled in itself trying to deal with the problem. "At least a dozen federal agencies have taken part in the spill response," the New York Times reports, "making decision-making slow, conflicted and confused, as they sought to apply numerous federal statutes."
A few days before Obama won the White House, Bill Clinton joined him for a late-night rally in Kissimmee, Fla. Clinton, who became president after 12 years as a governor, told the crowd not to worry about Obama's lack of executive background. Given the brilliance of Obama's campaign, Clinton said -- and here the former president uncharacteristically mangled his words a bit -- a President Obama would be "the chief executor of good intentions as president."
Chief executor of good intentions? Perhaps that's what Obama is now. But with oil gushing into the Gulf, that's just not good enough.
A former community organizer with a teleprompter is no substitute for leadership and experience in a time of crisis!