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This president’s priorities are out of joint

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 11:54 am - June 30, 2010.
Filed under: Obama Arrogance,Obama Incompetence

This president continues to pursue big-government schemes and propose ever-higher levels of federal spending as the American people increasingly warm to his campaign rhetoric that we’ve been living “beyond our means” and want to reduce the size of government and slash government spending.

His policies toward Israel effect a “tectonic rift” in our relationships with that Middle Eastern democracy while the American people increasingly favor the cause of the Jewish State — and become increasingly skeptical about the concerns of her enemies.

Now, he’s chewing a Republican Senator out for echoing a Democratic colleague and saying we should “prioritize fixing the oil spill“!

In the wake of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama today summoned a bipartisan group of over 20 senators to the White House to push for energy and climate change legislation.

But one thing the President did not want to talk about at the meeting was the BP disaster, a Republican source told ABC News. And that, the source said, led to a pointed exchange with GOP senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee.

“The priority should be fixing the oil spill,” Alexander told the President, according to the source. “That’s what any meeting about energy should be about.”

But when Alexander tried to interject the BP leak into the meeting, the source said, the President told the senator, “That’s just your talking point.”

Retorted Alexander, “No, it’s my opinion.”

(H/t:  Washington Examiner).  That Democratic colleague mentioned above is my own Senator, no, not the one running for reelection this year, but the one who actually tries to do her job while showing respect for her partisan adversaries:

Many Democrats don’t want to vote in this election year on whether to cap the greenhouse-gas emissions linked to climate change, saying they prefer to work in the coming months on legislation directly responding to the spill.

“The climate bill isn’t going to stop the oil leak,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat. “The first thing you have to do is stop the oil leak.”

Guess, by Obama’s standard, Democrat Dianne Feinstein and her Republican counterpart from Tennessee are pushing the same talking point.  Can someone tell me what kind of leader pushes the same policies he’s been pushing all along while failing to focus on a crisis which emerged during his tenure in office?

The American people aren’t as concerned about his energy policy as they are about fixing the leak.  I’m with Democrat Feinstein.  The first thing we do is fix the leak.



  1. “Can someone tell me what kind of leader pushes the same policies he’s been pushing all along while failing to focus on a crisis which emerged during his tenure in office?”

    Ummmmm – An ideologue?

    Comment by John — June 30, 2010 @ 12:00 pm - June 30, 2010

  2. He got his photo up out of the disaster by his visit to the Gulf Coast. Now its on to the important things (in his mind) cap and trade. The left carried on like a bunch of banchees on W´s handling of the aftermath of Katrina but they´re damned silent on their hero´s ineptitude in handling this crisis.

    Comment by Roberto — June 30, 2010 @ 12:27 pm - June 30, 2010

  3. Making the perfect the enemy of the good: Obama’s EPA blocks skimmers from operating in the gulf because they only clean out 99.99% of the oil, and regulations say they have to remove 99.9985% of the oil.

    I issued a challenge on another blog last night for Obama’s supporters to defend his handling of the oil spill. So far, 0 takers.

    Comment by V the K — June 30, 2010 @ 12:31 pm - June 30, 2010

  4. Obama has his own agenda in place and there is nothing that is going to derail it from happening, he didn’t put healthcare on the back burn even as the economy remains fragile and unemployment remains high. I’m not at all that surprised that he is not going to focus anymore on the oil spill, he has higher priorities to worry about than a massive environmental and economic disaster.

    Comment by darkeyedresolve — June 30, 2010 @ 12:56 pm - June 30, 2010

  5. President Obama believes his vapid Oval Office speech was his response to the Gulf Oil Disaster: He has 2 oil czars & 1 oil commission. Voila! He’s done. However, in the real world, Obama’s rhetoric means nothing given the spill is still gushing in the Gulf of Mexico while he pushes for Crap & Tax. Crap & Tax is not synonymous with fixing the Gulf Oil Disaster. But Obama the idealogue will have no common sense. He must push his Marxist agenda before he loses 1 or both Houses of Congress in November.

    Obama’s approvals are too low for him to get Crap & Tax through in the first place; couple with the midterms & the vacant Senator Byrd’s seat due to his untimely death, Obama has problems on top of problems. But the man is too egotistical & narcissistic to see his path is wrong.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — June 30, 2010 @ 1:01 pm - June 30, 2010

  6. This hollow man is grossly incompetent and is indeed the worst kind of ideologue. He is unfit for the job in which he finds himself. He knows it; we know it. Truth and strength of character are unknown to him.

    Comment by Man — June 30, 2010 @ 1:20 pm - June 30, 2010

  7. At this point, whether you’re a Republican or a blue dog/”conservative” Democrat, wouldn’t you want to be chewed out by Obama? I think it helps more than it hurts now.

    Comment by chad — June 30, 2010 @ 2:22 pm - June 30, 2010

  8. Of course you’re absolutely right. But I think you give Feinstein FAR too much credit. Of course she probably seems refreshingly reasonable next to Boxer, but just last night I was reminded that Feinstein is also very much an unprincipled hypocritical partisan hack:

    Dianne Feinstein, February 10, 2003:

    Miguel Estrada has never been a judge. So we have no record of judicial decision-making to examine. This is not dispositive in itself, but it is the first area where we find no record to help us in our decision.

    Mr. Estrada is not a prolific writer. So we have no real record of writing to examine. Again, this alone would not be dispositive, but it is strike 2 in terms of where we can get information about this nominee.

    We have not been granted access to the memos he wrote at the Department of Justice. So we can only take the word of the man who supervised him that those memos were ideologically driven and that he could not be trusted.

    Elena Kagan has never been a judge. She is not a prolific writer. We have not seen her internal memoranda and correspondence from when she was Solicitor General.

    Feinstein yesterday:

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called Kagan’s lack of judicial experience “refreshing,” . . .

    Comment by American Elephant — June 30, 2010 @ 3:39 pm - June 30, 2010

  9. As the weeks go by it becomes really stark that WE THE PEOPLE elected this very inexperienced man to do such a huge, complicated job. The people get what they deserve in their elected officials.
    Is it possible to make ineligible, all Obama voter,s for the next election? They have proved their inaneness and have already damaged the country enough!
    When did Obama nominate Paul Blart Mall Cop for the Supreme Court?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 30, 2010 @ 4:35 pm - June 30, 2010

  10. Predictions for Fridays June unemployment report???
    Mine….10.1% -210,000 jobs.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 30, 2010 @ 4:36 pm - June 30, 2010

  11. Obama has hired the Bush General from Iraq to pull his stones out of the fire in Afghanistan. Obama has mirrored most of Cheneys anti terror positions, esp now keeping Club Gitmo open indefinitely. Who from the past Bush administration is available to help Obama with the gulf oil spill and the horrible economy? It’s time conservatives start helping out these boobs instead of just mocking them.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 30, 2010 @ 4:47 pm - June 30, 2010

  12. Seems, Gene, that most of Obama’s successes come from keeping Bush policies in place.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — July 1, 2010 @ 12:06 am - July 1, 2010

  13. Dan and Gene, I’m trying to remember what, if any, real successes he has had. Unless of course, Obamacare is a success. Guess from his point of view it is.

    Comment by Man — July 1, 2010 @ 5:53 pm - July 1, 2010

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