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Donít Get Mad - Get Even by Frank Rich
Obama can't even hear such words 


Obama's excessive trust in his own heady team is all too often matched by his inherent deference to 
the smartest guys in the boardroom in the private sector. His default assumption seems to be that his peers 
are always as well-intentioned as he is. The single biggest mistake he has made in managing the gulf disaster 
was his failure to challenge BP's version of events from the start. The company consistently understated the 
spill's severity, overestimated the progress of the repair operation and low-balled the environmental damage. 

Yet the White Houseís designated point man in the crisis, Adm. Thad Allen of the Coast Guard, was still
publicly reaffirming his trust in BP as recently as two weeks ago, more than a month after the rig exploded.

In the last three years, according to the Center for Public Integrity, BP accounted for "97 percent of all flagrant 
violations found in the refining industry by government safety inspectors" -  including 760 citations for "egregious, willful" 
violations (compared with only eight at the two oil companies that tied for second place). Hayward's predecessor at BP, 
ousted in a sex-and-blackmail scandal in 2007, had placed cost-cutting (and ever more obscene profits) over safety, 
culminating in the BP Texas City refinery explosion that killed 15 and injured 170 in 2005. Last October The Times 
uncovered documents revealing that BP had still failed to address hundreds of safety hazards at that refinery in 
the four years after the explosion, prompting the largest fine in the history of  OSHA. (The fine, $87 million, 
was no doubt regarded as petty cash by a company whose profit reached nearly $17 billion last year.)

They told us Obama was from South Chicago, a really tough place to grow up.

You'd think it would be almost impossible to be naive and be from the hard streets,
but I think Frank Rich might have a point - Obama is far too trusting - even after getting bitten.

He seems to still trust Boner and Mitch the Bitch, even after they've done everything possible
to torpedo every good idea Obama has had.   What will it take for Obama to wake up?

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