Ridiculous spectacle

 Posted by at 17:25  Politics
May 142010

President Barack Obama met with members of his Cabinet today regarding the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. He did not appear to be very happy when he emerged from that meeting…

Let me also say, by the way, a word here about BP and the other companies involved in this mess. I know BP has committed to pay for the response effort, and we will hold them to their obligation. I have to say, though, I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter. You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else. The American people could not have been impressed with that display, and I certainly wasn’t.

I understand that there are legal and financial issues involved, and a full investigation will tell us exactly what happened. But it is pretty clear that the system failed, and it failed badly. And for that, there is enough responsibility to go around. And all parties should be willing to accept it.

That includes, by the way, the federal government. For too long, for a decade or more, there has been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill. It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore. To borrow an old phrase, we will trust but we will verify.

A full transcript follows the break.

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May 142010

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Grab a mop

 Posted by at 11:21  Politics, Republicans
May 142010

From President Obama’s remarks at the DCCC dinner in New York City last evening:

You would have thought at a time of historic crisis that Republican leaders would have been more willing to help us find a way out of this mess — particularly since they created the mess.

We all have a stake in cleaning it up. We’re not Democrats or Republicans first –- we’re Americans first. I tell the story about — you know sometimes you got a feeling Nancy and I are — Charlie and Steve, everybody — Jerry, we’re — we got our mops and our brooms out, we’re cleaning stuff out, and they’re sitting there saying, “Hold the broom better.” “That’s not how you mop.” Don’t tell me how to mop. Pick up a mop! Do some work on behalf of the American people to solve some of these problems.

But that wasn’t their strategy; it was not their strategy from day one. And I’m not making this up. This is public record. They’ve said in interviews: We made a political decision. We stood nothing to gain from cooperating. We knew things were going to be bad. And we figured, if we didn’t do anything and if it didn’t work out so well, maybe the other side would take the blame.

They’ve done their best to gum up the works; to make things look broken; to say no to every single thing. That was the attitude they had when it came to pulling our economy out of a crisis. That was the attitude they had when it came to making sure that families and businesses finally got the security of health care in this country. That’s been the attitude on any number of challenges that we faced. Their basic attitude has been: “If the Democrats lose, we win.”

So after they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No! You can’t drive! We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch! We just got the car out! We just got the car out!

Wow. He sure knows our Republicans well, doesn’t he?


A full transcript of the President’s remarks may be found here.