Obama, BP and the Gulf Spill

Obama says he’s going to hold BP responsible for the oil spill.

Oh, wait, BP already assumed responsibility.

Obama says he’s going to make BP pay for the damages.

Oh, wait, BP has already set aside billions for cleanup and damage reimbursement.

Obama says he’s going to keep his boot on the neck of BP and make sure they are dedicated to cleaning up the spill.

Oh, wait, BP is the only one doing anything at all to clean up the spill and what they are doing is being slowed down by federal intervention.

For as much as Obama says that he’s taking the reins of this disaster, his actions are nothing more than commanding a sleeping dog to lie down.  His speech last night from the Oval Office was a disaster no matter what wing of the media you are listening to.  Gloria Borger of CNN said the president sounded “a company man with a PowerPoint presentation.”  America tuned in expecting to hear a leader taking charge and all we got was another campaign speech.  Instead of ideas and plans on how to stop the leak and clean up the spill we got an excuse to talk about cap and trade and push more needless agendas.  We are seeing more proof that Barack Obama is not a leader.  He doesn’t know how to be a leader.  His tactics for a crisis consist of nothing but placing blame on someone and bullying them into submission.

On a side note, I don’t understand the whole notion of boycotting BP.  Did they make a mistake?  Yes.  Did they make a colossally huge mistake?  You bet.  However, they are also doing everything in their power to correct that mistake.  In fact, they are doing more to fix this spill and clean up the ocean then our government is.  You know, that same government who wants to take care of everything in our lives.  They are fine to take control of all the aspects of our lives we didn’t want them to be a part of but they have no idea how to handle a real crisis.

I wonder how many people boycotting BP also liked the idea of the government bailing out GM.  Didn’t we have to do that so all those thousands of people working for the failed auto giant, be it in the factories or even the dealerships, wouldn’t lose their jobs?  Didn’t Obama say we had to save GM, not for the CEO’s that made bad decision, but for all the people working for them that would be affected?  Well, how is this any different?  Are you okay with BP going under and all those people working for them, from the refineries to the fill-up stations, losing their jobs?  Also, if BP goes under, who’s going to pay for all those damages?  A company that doesn’t exist can’t exactly compensate people who have been affected by this spill.

You all can boycott BP if you want.  Me, I judge a company, not by whether or not they mess up, but how they handle their mistakes, and I’ve seen no reason to believe BP isn’t doing all they can to correct their mistake.  I personally go out of my way these days to fill up at a BP station.  If they’re going to clean up all this oil and pay damages to all these coast-dwelling Americans like Obama says he’s going to force them to (even though they showed no signs that they wouldn’t anyway) they’re going to need a lot of help.

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3 Responses to “Obama, BP and the Gulf Spill”


  1. 1 Justin Kunsman June 17, 2010 at 4:15 am

    BP Lied about the amount of oil comming out so we have no reason to trust them when it comes to compensation. They have a horrendous safety record and you have no citations so I have no clue what you are talking about in regards the government preventing a clean up.

    This is all opinion and no substance, no factual information, much like a Glen Beck or Rush Limbaugh rant.

    • 2 freedomwatchnews June 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100429/NEWS03/100429419
      Bobby Jindal has had to ask permission and tools to build barrier islands and he has been ignored for weeks. The reason Obama talked about cap and trade during his address is because he has nothing else to talk about. He has no plan for the spill or how to handle it except for pointing a finger at BP and saying “hate them, it’s there fault!” Obama is clueless because he isn’t a leader. He doesn’t know how to be a leader. He knows how to blame, not how to take charge. Also, if citations are so important to you, why didn’t you include one for your comment about BP lying about the amount of oil? If you think citations are that vital then why don’t you use them either?

      You’re right, this is an opinion blog. I’ve never made it out to be anything else. I even have that fact clearly stated on my about page. That doesn’t mean that I am without factual information. What isn’t factual about people supporting the bailout of GM and the boycotting of BP being hypocrites? We have to save the the thousands of jobs at this one big company but not this other one: what isn’t hypocritical about that? It’s funny because your comment is expressing the same kind of issue I’ve been talking about with Obama. You try to discredit me by saying I’m writing an opinion blog when that’s what I’ve been doing from the start and have never tried to make “Freedom Watch News” out to be anything else. You’re chastising me for something I already admit to.

  2. 3 Andrew Ray Gorman June 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Coming from a Green Party member, it probably would sound crazy that I even semi-agree with you.

    People call out for whom to blame, and boycott BP. BP is paying for all damages. Boycott BP, they get no more steady income. Without that steady income, they can not pay for the damages. Perhaps that might be over simplifying things, but I think this should bring up another issue altogether.

    The fact that we should not have had any offshore drilling. You seemed avidly in support of it a few posts ago, when you made the following comment concerning Obama working to get more offshore drilling:

    “Suddenly, the right is on offense again. They’re pushing a bill that America loves and that the president MUST love because he started this in the first place. See, Obama is doing this in hopes that we’ll take his little handout and shut up for a while. Well, I say we take it and run with it. Let’s get this thing as far out of his control as we can. Let’s trap him in his own trap! Imagine the corner this could back him into. ”

    Why not work towards cleaner and more sustainable energy? Something that wont cause such a disaster to our environment and our fishing economy.


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