Now the president has been taking a beating from just about everybody on this one; similarly, BP has as well in the court of public opinion. But, just as you and I know, every “disaster” has to have a face. And in this case, that face just happens to be Barack Obama’s.
Getting in on the act recently was one of his unlikely supporters, Colin Powell.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that President Barack Obama has moved too slowly in asserting leadership over the Gulf spill response – and the time has come for a “comprehensive and total attack” on the problem.
Powell, speaking to Jake Tapper on ABC’s “This Week,” said he believed the military could be deployed in greater numbers to help deal with the clean-up , but that they would be of limited help.
Powell, an Obama supporter in the 2008 presidential campaign said: “The president correctly said the other day that he’s been monitoring and following and has essentially been on top of it from the beginning, but that impression was not conveyed to the American people, and the comprehensive speech he gave the other day I think he would have been better served and the nation would have been better served if he had given it a few weeks earlier.”
“I have watched a number of these kinds of crises come and go…and in every instance what I have sort of learned from all these is that the national government the federal government, the president has to get involved as quickly as possible,” Powell added. “If you don’t, public opinion starts to drag you, the media pushes you.”
I firmly respect Powell, and I always have. And on this one – unlike some of the Republican nutjobs who offer criticisms of Obama’s handling of this situation – Colin Powell makes a heck of a lot of sense. The president has lost some political capital in the eyes of the public, and the folks over at Fox News. And it is for this very reason, that the president now has to “show and prove,” as we say in the streets.
The last thing I hate is for him to have to seize the moment and turn it into a political carnival. However, if there’s anyone savvy enough to pull it off, it is Barack Obama. Yep, all he has to do is call for the services of Jermaine Jackson, Aquaman, and MacGuyver, and this would be all solved, Yeah, I’m sure Jermaine Jackson wouldn’t mind the extra engine oil for his hairdo. and let’s be honest, Aquaman is due for a Summer movie blockbuster release.
As for MacGuyver? Well, maybe he could get an official job with BP as a problem solver. I mean, the minute I heard their last attempt at success was called “Top Kill”. Um, I just knew it wasn’t gonna work. Sorry, but anything that sounds like the finishing move of a WWE or TNA wrestler can never be taken seriously, or real.
Now of course Obama won’t win everyone over, nor would he be absolved of any wrong doing in the eyes of many. Sure there’ll be the same clowns who are gonna say, “Dammit Barack, if this oil spill happened under George Bush, he would have invaded Atlantis already!” Which probably isn’t too far from the truth when you stop to think that the spill had to be the work of an underwater Jihadist bent on destroying America, and not through the purposeful incompetence and the greedy pursuit of the almighty dollar by British Petroleum.
Oh well, grab you a ShamWow, bitches!
Question: What more/else could Obama be doing to get the spill under control? How could he have played this one differently from the jump? Will this drag down Democratic candidates in the Fall, or is this solely the White House’s problem?