oil spill "panic'
but Obama doesn't do 'panic'
The ferocious oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico
is threatening Obama's reputation for competence, just as surely as it
endangers the Gulf ecosystem.
So White House aides are escalating their efforts
to reassure Congress and the public in the face of a slow-motion catastrophe,
even though it's not clear they can bring it
under control anytime soon.
"There is no good answer to this," one senior
administration official said. "There is no readily apparent solution besides
that could take three months...If it doesn’t
show the impotence of the government, it shows the limits of the government."
Hope and change was Obama’s headline message in
2008, but those atop his campaign have always said that it was Obama’s
cool competence - exemplified by his level-headed
handling of the financial meltdown during the campaign’s waning days
- that sealed the deal with independents and
skeptical Democrats. The promise of rational, responsive and efficient
is Obama’s brand, his justification for bigger
and bolder federal interventions and, ultimately, his rationale for a second
So there was a "little bit of panic," according
to one administration official, when White House aides sensed the oil spill
getting away from them last week. The White House
was particularly alarmed by the rash of stories comparing Obama’s initial
response with President George W. Bush’s sluggish
response in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Yep, that's the GOP spin that all the "news" outlets
are spraying, but will it stick?
As always, the Democrats refuse to fight back,
so it might.
What would it take for an elected Democrat to
list the facts?
I can do it.
Jon Stewart can do it.
Bill Maher can do it.
Alan Grayson can do it.
Mario Piperni can do it.
Most cartoonists can do it.
It's as easy as taking a whiz but our Democrats just can't figure it
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