Is there anything Barack Hussein Obama could have done differently to resolve the Gulf Oil Spill?

Timeline:

July 15, 2009: Obama Administration Nominee Susan Elizabeth "Lez" Birnbaum takes the helm at the Minerals Management Service.

Winter 2010: MMS Minerals Management Service (MMS) gave BP and Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Safety Awards for Excellence –SAFE awards. MMS bestows these on offshore oil and gas corporations for “outstanding safety and pollution prevention performance.” Again this year, BP was a finalist for a SAFE award. After the Deepwater Horizon explosion, MMS postponed announcement of this year’s winners.

April 2, 2010: Barack Hussein Obama promotes offshore drilling: "It turns out, by the way, that oil rigs today generally don’t cause spills."

April 20, 2010: Transocean rig called the Deepwater Horizon explodes.

April 21, 2010: Barack Obama and Michelle Obama welcome members of the United States Olympic and Paralympic teams to the White House

April 23, 2010: Obama led Coast Guard states no oil appears to be escaping from the well head on the ocean floor. Barack Obama has done such a good job resolving this crises that he takes his family to Asheville, North Carolina for vacation. North Carolina unemployment is at 11.1%. Joe Biden attends a rally for Sen. Arlen Specter at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.

April 26, 2010: Barack Obama welcomes World Series Champion New York Yankees to the White House.

April 27, 2010: Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland, in charge of the oil spill response, leaves for a "working vacation" white-water rafting at the Grand Canyon, over 1,300 miles west of the oil spill.

April 29, 2010: Mineral Management Service calls off luncheon “to present its annual award for exemplary safety and environmental management.” BP among list of finalists after being award by the Obama administration in 2009. Barack Obama attends a DNC fundraising dinner.

May 2, 2010: Obama Administration Staff state 16 times on Sunday Talk Shows Obama has coordinated and led efforts to resolve the oil spill from Day One.

May 3, 2010: Obama delivers remarks at the Commander in Chief Trophy Presentation with the Naval Academy.

May 5, 2010: Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Cinco de Mayo reception. Michelle Obama also attends.

May 10, 2010: Obama holds a publically disclosed meeting to review BP efforts to stop the oil leak.

May 13, 2010: Obama delivers remarks at a DCCC fundraising dinner.

May 14, 2010: Obamaholds second meeting with members of his Cabinet about the BP oil spill.

May 17, 2010: Obama welcomes NCAA Champion University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

May 19, 2010: Barack Obama and Michelle Obama attend the state dinner. Obama and Calderon deliver a toast bashing America, gringos and American law which both continue to do over the next few days.

May 22, 2010: President delivers commencement address at United States Military Academy at West Point stating he has "absolute power".

May 24, 2010: Obama participates in the daily briefing call with Gulf Coast governors on the BP oil spill. Obama hosts a reception to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

May 25, 2010: Obama delivers remarks at a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer and the DSCC.

May 27, 2010: Obama welcomes the NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion Duke Blue Devils. Obama and Biden take a photo with former President Bill Clinton and the U.S. World Cup Soccer team. Obama, Biden and Michelle Obama host a reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

Obama has done such a great job resolving the oil spill he and his family depart on another vacation, this one in Chicago.

May 28, 2010: Obama heads to New Orleans for 3 1/2 hours, Obama delivers a statement to the press and states he has worked on the oil spill non-stop without rest since Day One and will continue to work without rest until this crises is resolved.

June 2, 2010: Barack Obama and Michelle Obama host a concert honoring Paul McCartney.

June 4, 2010: Obama welcomes the Major League Soccer champions Real Salt Lake to the White House.

15 Responses to “Is there anything Barack Hussein Obama could have done differently to resolve the Gulf Oil Spill?”

  1. DID I DO THIS? Says:

    Maybe not resolve,but expedite a quick response. He was busy with West Point..playing golf..photo ops with basketball and soccer teams. I hope someone taped his press conference on May 27, and have it on tape when he said from the start… three, four, five weeks ago we have been on top of this. He had no clue that Birnbaum no longer had a job because she was told not to go into meet with the committee and I hope someone has it on tape how he treated Jackie Combs in such a condescending tone with anger with the response "If she resigned I would have a paper on my desk". All of which has been scrubbed. Where were the booms that were needed from the get go for a burn. OOPS our gov. did not have them. They told BP get what you can from your connections around the world. He has taken two vacations since the start. He really has a concern. He behaves as if it is a bother ..it is interfering with his photo ops and MORE campaigning.
    Maybe he should set up a tee on the beach and with one good swing.."Plug the damn hole"..He has been practicung enough.

  2. Obamavenger Says:

    Sorry to disappoint you but there really isn’t anything he can do about it and it is in BP’s best interest to do everything it can to stop the mess.

  3. Keepin' It Real Says:

    Good grief, you have way too much time on your hands. You probably think Obama should personally conduct safety inspections on the space station too. You sound like one of those retarded Bush blamers after Katrina.

  4. Apocalypse Now Says:

    I suppose our Messiah could have walked on water to the oil rig and had it shut down before it happened, but you know God gave man free will, therefore he couldn’t.

  5. gws35 Says:

    It looks like the problem occurred somewhere between July 15, 2009 and April 20, 2010.

    THAT’S THE PART THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE DIFFERENTLY.

  6. Johnny Sokko Says:

    Well, there’s lots more than could have been done than essentially nothing.

  7. coldfuse Says:

    I don’t suppose some of the folks above have considered that Obama is responsible for how we responde to the spill to protect our coastlines. And that is precisely where he has failed.

    An editorial from the left:

    Once More, With Feeling
    By MAUREEN DOWD
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/30/opinion/30dowd.html

    "President Spock’s behavior is illogical.

    Once more, he has willfully and inexplicably resisted fulfilling a signal part of his job: being a prism in moments of fear and pride, reflecting what Americans feel so they know he gets it."

    "Too often it feels as though Barry is watching from a balcony, reluctant to enter the fray until the clamor of the crowd forces him to come down. The pattern is perverse. The man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire withholds that inspiration when it is most needed."

    "For five weeks, it looked as though Obama considered the gushing that became the worst oil spill in U.S. history a distraction, like a fire alarm going off in the middle of a law seminar he was teaching. He’ll deal with it, but he’s annoyed because it’s not on his syllabus."

  8. Not having an Obasm Says:

    While I don’t blame the spill on BO, his lack of action on it is appalling.

    No one expects him down their in a speedo and cleaning up oil with a sponge, but we do expect him to show LEADERSHIP on the issue. Frankly this would entail getting the best minds together (and not his smoking and drinking buddies, not other liberal hacks) and coming up with a plan, any plan, and executing it.

    We don’t fault our elected officials for failing (well at least those of us with more than 4 functioning brain cells) but we sure as hades blame them for lack of trying and then lying about it and claiming they have been involved since day 1.

  9. Geneva Says:

    He should have immediately put a stop to all American drilling operations and just gone and invaded some more middle eastern countries to secure our energy supplies. Like we used to do in the good old days.

    Actually, they don’t even need to be middle eastern countries? Who’s close that we can pick a fight with?

  10. aquila Says:

    build a time machine.

  11. jjt Says:

    differently? obama was on top of it frim the beginning, these are his own words, he made sure the leak was running efficiently, remember obama is a nazi, an the oil spill happened on hitlers birthday. 4/20. nice present for hitler

  12. Steve Says:

    And give Republicans the ammo to say that he was trying to takeover the petroleum industry?

  13. Linda R Says:

    Since the president did NOT manufacture the mechanical part which failed…..there’s NOTHING he can could have done it about. Haliburton supplied the bad part, have since denied everything (in front of a congressional hearing) and BP has – from the second the explosion happened – stated they were completely responsible and will pay for all expenses related to the spill, repairs and clean up. If the president wishes to be re-elected…..he needs to stay out of the picture and let BP do their job or this will be his down fall.

  14. James L Says:

    Appoint a logistical commander to coordinate resources for containing and cleaning up the spill. Call up the best mechanical, petrochemical, and oceanographic engineers to assist in stopping the leak. Use eminent domain to speed the acquisition of any materials that are needed. Declare a state of emergency. There is a lot that could have been done a very long time ago.

  15. how_would_I_know Says:

    There was a plan created during the Clinton years to handle an event such as this. Obama, in all his wisdom, decided that golfing was more important than picking up for phone and implementing what had already been decided to do.