With Obama’s response to the Gulf Oil Spill crisis, Democrats and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media are, to some extent, reaping what they sowed when they rushed to criticize then-President George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
Then, they behaved as if the federal government was the exclusive provider of relief services and downplayed (or outright ignored) evidence of incompetence at the state and local levels. They wanted to create a narrative of W’s incompetence. In the process, then, they had to make the federal government the primary responder to such disasters.
Obama has also made it easier for others to fault his manner of leadership. Instead of taking responsibility for the crisis or at least pressing the responsible authorities to act responsibly, he’s casting about looking for others to blame. Obama, Jennifer Rubin writes,
. . . can never pass up the chance to pass the buck. He describes the difficulties with the Minerals Management Services as if someone else had been president for over a year and as if this is the fault of “deregulators” rather than a massive bureaucracy without accountability
(Even his sidekick in the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has joined the game, blaming George W. Bush, nearly 17 full months into the Obama Administration. You’d think they could come up with a different playbook.)
Byron York observes that at his meeting with BP execs, the Interior Secretary was absent, but lots of lawyers were present. Guess he is more interested in suing (or using the threat of a lawsuit against) the oil company than in fixing the leak.
Indeed, it seems that our politicians have agendas other than addressing the problem at hand. Right now, the primary issue should be stopping the leak and containing the spread of the oil. Just as with the problem of illegal immigration, the first issue we need address is securing the border.
Obama, however, would rather pander to the special interests who support his party, using his White House address to press for cap and trade. Instead of considering new legislative initiatives to appease liberal interest groups, he should be formulating an executive response to the problem at hand.As David Freddoso reports, however, his Tuesday night speech “contained no substance, little reassurance, and no sign that he is on top of the oil spill.” Simply put, the president doesn’t have his priorities straight.
He intends to stick to his big government agenda no matter what’s happening in the world around him.
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UPDATE: Somewhat related from Jim Geraghty:
At the Daily Caller, Julie Gunlock sees it mostly as a media coverage issue: “Earlier this month, CNN’s Ed Henry posted pictures of a picnic hosted by the vice president, including cute images of Rahm Emanuel and the vice president engaging in a water gun fight. That same weekend, two senior male members of the White House communications staff were pictured, sans shirts, participating in some sort of drinking game at a well-known Georgetown barbeque joint. Now, I actually don’t begrudge the president and vice president or their staff a good time. My question lies with the mainstream media who fail to hold this administration to the same standard as the Bush administration.”