Dick Morris, a former Pres. Clinton adviser, wrote a scathing yet insightful article for The Hillconcerning Obama’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf.
Conservatives are so enraged at Obama’s socialism and radicalism that they are increasingly surprised to learn that he is incompetent as well. The sight of his blithering and blustering while the most massive oil spill in history moves closer to America’s beaches not only reminds one of Bush’s terrible performance during Katrina, but calls to mind Jimmy Carter’s incompetence in the face of the hostage crisis.
America is watching the president alternate between wringing his hands in helplessness and pointing his finger in blame when he should be solving the most pressing environmental problem America has faced in the past 50 years. We are watching generations of environmental protection swept away as marshes, fisheries, vacation spots, recreational beaches, wetlands, hatcheries and sanctuaries fall prey to the oil spill invasion. And, all the while, the president acts like a spectator, interrupting his basketball games only to excoriate BP for its failure to contain the spill.
Mr. Morris gets right to the point by calling Obama out on his lack of reaction and his hand wring yet unless response. Oil has been flowing for over a month, ecosystems may be forever damaged and the only real response is to investigate for civil and criminal offenses. I fully believe that BP must be hold legally responsible for all of this but the first thing we have to do is STOP the oil!
And the truth begins to dawn on all of us: Obama has no more idea how to work his way out of the economic mess into which his policies have plunged us than he does about how to clean up the oil spill that is destroying our southern coastline.
Both the financial crisis and the oil come ever closer to our shores — one from the east and the other from the south — and, between them, they loom as a testament to the incompetence of our government and of its president.
I was just a kid during Jimmy Carter’s presidency but I do remember sitting with my dad in long lines at the gas station, often waiting for hours to full up our old wood paneled station wagon. I don’t want my kids to look back and have to say “when I was a kid we paid $8.00 a gallon for gas! Boy, those were the good ole days.” We need to hold BP and other accountable while investigating new oil resources and alternative energy to become energy independent.