Friday, June 04, 2010

Obama's Idea of "Singular Focus" on the Gulf Oil Disaster

Obama's remarks on May 27, Day 38 of the Gulf Oil Disaster: In Thursday's East Room address, Obama also hit back at critics who have accused his administration of taking a hands-off approach to the Gulf spill. He said the White House had been "singularly focused" since the disaster began.

BS, Barry. Although to our man Barry, maybe what he's been doing does seem to him like focus.

h/t to HotAir, where they remind people of the official count:
  • Two days of media events
  • Three days of fundraising
  • Four commemorations (graduations, Cinco de Mayo, etc)
  • Six days of vacation
  • Six days of campaigning
  • Six sports events
  • Seven days of golf
  • Three days in the Gulf
Update. Here's an opinion piece from Politico by Keith Koffler: "Obama fails the test of leadership."

Instead of an uplifting message of unity rallying the country to confront the horror and assuring all Americans that we will deal successfully, one way or another, with its disastrous effects, the nation is treated to petty lecturing of BP — even a refusal to let BP evildoers sully the stage the administration uses to discuss the latest failures.

The spill is becoming one of the great catastrophes the country has faced. Think of how other presidents have risen to the occasion under similar circumstances.

Who can forget that moment when, touring the ruins of the World Trade Center, former President George W. Bush — with a spontaneity hard to imagine from Obama — grabbed a bullhorn and declared to the workers at ground zero that revenge was coming:

“I can hear you! I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you! And the people — and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon! The nation — the nation sends its love and compassion — to everybody who is here.”

 . . . . what do we get from Obama?

A bloodless news conference at which even his description of his daughter beseeching him as to whether the crisis was solved was given with all the emotion of, say, Michael Dukakis.

The entire article is worthwhile.

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