Training to be President
Why would anyone except the terminally naive, look at the resume of Barack Obama and vote for him to fill the biggest, hottest CEO seat on the planet?
Well, they would not, but they did. They liked the pretty pretty sounds coming from Obama's vuvuzela. The press ran out and picked up their plastic horns and joined the chorus. Tens of millions of other hapless fools did as well and we have President Barack Hussein Obama.
Last night we got to see how it matters. Obama looked small in the big chair and talked about what exactly? Anything about the only thing that really matters, stopping the leak?
No, just more plastic noise from the boy with the toy.
The Tingle is Gone
Gulf fishermen say Obama's words can't stop the oil
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:36pm EDT
Tue Jun 15, 2010 11:36pm EDT
La., June 15 (Reuters) - It's a familiar refrain in southern Louisiana since the oil spill began and after President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday, it was voiced once again: there is little he can do until the oil stops gushing.
At the Black Velvet Oyster Bar and Grill in Buras, Louisiana, a popular watering hole for commercial and recreational fisherman, some patrons watched Obama's televised oval office speech intently. Others tuned out.
The crisis has hammered the Louisiana seafood industry, with large areas now closed to fishing.
Fisherman James Swain watched the major televised speech on the response to the BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) oil spill up at the bar with his friend Ray Cepriano. They ordered up beers and shrimp.
"We're in a bind down here," Swain said. "Obama can't stop the well, and that's what they need to do."
Obama took a tough stance during his address, saying he will direct BP to set up an independently administered fund to compensate workers and business affected by the spill, and to mobilize more equipment.
Still, Cepriano, an oysterman, seemed just as frustrated after the speech as he was before it began.
Like many here, he relies on checks from the oil company and hopes for fishing grounds to open up. It does not make up for what was shaping up as a bumper season, some fishermen believe the best since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
"We went through Katrina. That was fine. We rebuilt," he said. "Now this -- this is not natural and it was done by BP."
Cepriano said he was unhappy with the government response, regardless of the president's tougher tone.
"Nothing's organized. None whatsoever ... they've got this really messed up," he said.
Obama delivered the speech after a tour of the Gulf Coast. An AP-GfK opinion polled showed 48 percent of Americans disapprove of his handling of the crisis, up 15 percentage points from a month ago. The spill is into its eight week.
At Joshua's Marina, across Louisiana Highway 23 from Buras, Brent Trauth, a fishing guide and seller of oil field equipment, said he believed the president was doing a "decent" job, but could not give him full marks.
He is disappointed Obama did not lift a six-month ban on deepwater drilling, a measure many in Louisiana have blasted for its impact on the state economy.
"A lot of people would (like to see it rescinded)," he said after fueling his boat. "I think it's going to come before six months, myself." (Editing by Eric Walsh)