The Washington Teleprompter King is a desperate man. As has been covered in the media on both sides of the Atlantic, President Barack Obama is incapable of opening his mouth about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill tragedy without parroting his blame-game narrative.
From his determination to deliberately mis-name BP as British Petroleum – akin to calling British Airways by the name BOAC – Obama has moved on to saying he would sack BP Chief Executive, Tony Hayward. Big words. Just like his retaliatory comment about his ineffective involvement in the oil spill, where, under pressure from the media he said:
“I was down there a month ago before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf,”
“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers – so I know whose ass to kick,”
Obama can kid himself as much as he likes that he is kicking ass, but short of taking a deep breath and swimming a mile to the bottom of the ocean and plugging the pipe with his bare hands, nothing he says or does is going to make an iota of difference. The only people who can make a difference are the BP engineers who are trying to divise a way of stopping a leak the likes of which no one has ever experienced.
While Obama seems unable to stop the name ‘British Petroleum’ dripping from his tongue, his vocabulary seems distinctly limited given that the names of American companies Halliburton and Transocean seem notably absent from his rants. Halliburton was conducting work to cement the pipework of the Deepwater Horizon rig and the rig itself is owned by Transocean. BP were merely leasing the rig, but as the only non-American company involved in the accident, make a convenient scapegoat for Obama to attack. If this were an American company rather than a rival, Obama’s comments would be nothing more than soft soap rhetoric. After all, it was only a few weeks before the accident that Obama wanted to give the green light for an expansion in oil exploration.
BP has stepped up and taken responsibility and Obama has taken full advantage of the fact to act in a thinly veiled xenophobic fashion. Obama’s judgement has been tested and he has been found wanting. He is still running for President rather than acting like one. Many people refused to be taken in by the spin and deification of Obama, an academic, unseasoned and untested political climber who played on ethnicity and meaningless soundbites to sweep people into a frenzy. When the going has got tough the mind numbing chant of ‘Yes we can’ has been shown to mean ‘No I can’t’.
Since arriving in the White House, people have come to realise that Obama is just another Washington Windbag, a Political Puppet whose strings are pulled by special interests and left wing self loathers who are undermining the United States. He has nothing of value to add to the effort to cap the Deepwater Horizon pipe. His outbursts are just a self serving effort to maintain his own popularity amid the exposure that sitting in the Oval Office doesn’t amount to anything when he doesn’t control the people who will eventually develop and execute a solution to stop the oil leak. Obama should do us all a favour, grow up and shut up.