When certain situations occur, I usually try to reserve judgment until there is enough information to form an opinion. I think the oil leak has reached that point.
First off, we should have never been drilling in the ocean. We get so little oil from the area that it hardley makes a difference in the world production. Also, it's not like the oils is sucked up out of the Gulf and poured right into your local gas station. It actually hits the world market and ends up going to somewhere other than the US. It is hard enough to contain spills on land. When you add water and more than a mile in between the rig and the tap into the equation, you are asking for something bad to happen. Well guess what, something disastrous happened.
So you may ask why I am calling Obama a joke in this whole debacle. It all comes down to one reason: he is as much of a corporate shill as the last president, and the guy before that, and the guy before that, etc.
As soon as this leaking started pumping out thousand of gallons of oil into the Gulf, the president should have been slamming heads together around BP and getting every engineer and physicist in the world together to stop the leak. Instead, he sat back with a frown and let BP handle their mess. Great idea!
I love the stories of Obama getting angry and yelling at the CEO of BP. Yet, as soon as he is done, he lets this bastard go back to doing the same thing he was doing before. Then, he says he is going to stop any new drilling in the Gulf while almost simultaneously telling the oil companies “Sure, do whatever you want.” Yelling at someone and then allowing the same practices to continue is not genuine, it is as fake as Heidi Montag's nose.
Now today we hear that Obama has yelled at BP and the republicans, scolding them for being bad kids. In the same speech, he talks about expecting accidents when drilling for oil and essentially says we are going to continue drilling for oil. How about this, grow a pair of balls and actually do something other than acting like you are pissed off.
Don't get me wrong, pissed off is good. As a matter of fact, I think he needs to be pissed off more often. But when you get all pissy and then do nothing, you just look like a Doberman that has had his lower jaw removed. I'll go ahead and say it here and now: I think Obama is too much of a coward to actually penalize BP. He I too much of a coward to force the republicans to vote for legislation against the oil industry or to stand with the oil industry whilst they sink into the gulf along with all of the wildlife the oil leak is killing.
We saw the same thing during health care and financial “reform”. Obama comes out with strong words and marshmallow action. I would love nothing more than to be proven wrong, but if history is any indicator, we can expect a TARP-style response: privatized gains and socialized losses. We are already going to loose the fishing industry and the coastal states along with it, so lets see how much we end up having to pay BP, TransOcean, and Halliburton to clean up their mess.