Barack Obama is Engaged & in Charge of BP Oil Spill … Yet Not Sure if the MMS Director Birnbaum was Fired or Resigned


Once again we are witness with the Obama Administration that talk is cheap …

President Barack Hussein Obama and his crack staff have been on the BP Oil spill since day one, or so they say in their talking points. No amount of spin and double talk is going to be able to get Obama out of this one. No teleprompter speech will save him, the visuals of this oil spill and his obvious lack of leadership is far too powerful.

We need to look no further than yesterday’s presser by Obama, the first one in 308 days, to understand why the BP oil spill is considered his Hurricane Katrina. After his minions going out on the talk shows and telling us that they have been on this since day one and Obama yesterday telling us that he is engaged and thinks about this situation from the time he wakes up until the time he goes to sleep, we are presented with the following.

If President Obama is so engaged in the BP oil spill and it’s his every consuming thought … why didn’t he know whether MMS Director Birnbaum was fired or resigned when asked yesterday at the press conference? This is exactly the lack of leadership that has both the LEFT and the RIGHT criticizing you, and rightfully so.

After solemnly insisting that “the federal government is fully engaged and I’m fully engaged,” The One admits he’s … not quite sure what happened with the head of MMS this morning because he was busy with a bunch of other important stuff at the time. Like, for instance, meeting with the Duke basketball team. In fairness, it’s not entirely clear even now whether Birnbaum jumped or was pushed: Officially she resigned but sources tell CNN she was fired. Even so, given the growing public contempt for MMS’s embarrassingly shoddy oversight, I’m amazed he didn’t seize this as an opportunity for a “damn right I ordered the code red on Birnbaum” moment. On a day when the public’s desperately looking for authority and accountability, he’s flatly admitting that he’s out of the loop. Great work, champ. No wonder critics as far afield as Karl Rove and USA Today are whispering the dreaded K-word.

Chris Matthews took him to task, VIDEO. Matthews said, “this is more important than a Presidency … He does not seem to be taking ownership.”

The Politico writes that Obama critics don’t know the facts, really? Funny, Obama did not know whether his MMS director was fired or resigned. Wouldn’t those be the facts as well? Obama claims that he knew from the beginning of the potential enormity of the situation and this is how he dealt with the problem. Imagine if he didn’t realize the enormity how he would have conducted himself?

“Those who think that we were either slow in our responses or lacked urgency don’t know the facts. This has been our highest priority since this crisis occurred,” Obama said during a rare news conference in the White House East Room. “We understood from day one the potential enormity of this crisis and acted accordingly.”

Amid escalating complaints of buck-passing between the well’s owner, BP, and federal officials, Obama also said that he understands that, when it comes to ending the spill, the buck stops with him.

“In case you were wondering who’s responsible? I take responsibility. It is my job to make sure everything is done to shut this down,” Obama said, directly addressing criticism that he hasn’t been more personally involved.

“There shouldn’t be any confusion here: the federal government is fully engaged and I’m fully engaged,” he said.

Engaged indeed … no one on the LEFT, RIGHT or CENTER believes that.

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  • Comments

    11 Responses to “Barack Obama is Engaged & in Charge of BP Oil Spill … Yet Not Sure if the MMS Director Birnbaum was Fired or Resigned”

    1. Scott on May 28th, 2010 7:59 am

      Unreal the arrogance of this guy.

      He says this in STARK contrast to all the people down in LA, politicians, citizens, workers; who say the federal government have been dragging their feet.

      My neighbor (coast guard)told me the whole Bush didn’t respond fast enough to Katrina is bullshiz. The admiral in charge now was hired by Bush when Katrina hit and was on the ground in LA the day after the hurricane passed.

      39 days for this President to take questions regarding this disaster.

      The mindless liberals can talk all they want; Obama received the biggest SINGLE donation from BP during his campaign. Yes, McCain/Palin received more overall from all the oil companies ($2.4M) but BP is in the spotlight here. You have to wonder if this isn’t part of some grand plan for the government to take over more of our economy.

      Experts have said if he sticks to his 6 month ban on drilling (moronic idea) then gas prices will go to $5 and maybe as high as $8.

      Obama is ON RECORD as stating he thinks our gas prices should be on the same level as Europe; BUT he doesn’t want to accelerate it as fast. This is blasphemy.

    2. Buster on May 28th, 2010 9:09 am

      But in Europe the high gas price pays for other things like road tax to health insurance depending on the country

    3. on May 28th, 2010 8:47 pm

      So engaged that today BHO FINALLY made it to the gulf! Yahoo! News reports that BP bussed in hundreds of temporary workers to clean the beaches before BHO’s arrival. The workers were pulled as soon as BHO headed for the airport!

    4. brie. on May 29th, 2010 7:08 am

      What a crock of s~~t…Obama needs to revisit without making an announcement….so he can really see what is going on but I have a feeling he already knows and probably worked with BP to try and make things look good…anything for campaign support…the hell with the country…who can stomach him anymore…!!!just a lying big mouth, sneaky piece of s~~t…!!!He’s a very dishonest man…

      I would think that Abraham Lincoln would prefer that he didn’t visit the cemetery dedicated to him for Memorial Day….!!!! It’s a disgrace!!!

    5. Buster on May 29th, 2010 8:50 am

      #4 THANK YOU !!! I just get so tired of writing !!! Thanks for expressing whats on MY Mind !!!
      Happy Memorial day Brie !!!

    6. on May 29th, 2010 9:27 am

      Well we can’t let the boy king get his feet dirty. Michelle wouldn’t let him back in the house!

    7. brie. on May 29th, 2010 11:13 am

      #4…Happy Memorials Day to you also Buster…

    8. Brenda in Virginia on May 29th, 2010 4:39 pm

      Only place Obama seems to be fully engaged is the golf course….

    9. Buster on May 30th, 2010 1:40 am

      Brenda I heard the only balls he hit was when he stepped on the rake in the sand trap !!!

    10. NewGirlBoston on May 30th, 2010 6:34 am

      @#6- Kata—LOL

      …..Yes, PLEASE, don’t get mud on the carpets , Barack or drag in any dirt from my rotten White House Vegetable Garden !!! Where are all of our damn Maids, anyway ?

    11. Brenda in Virginia on May 30th, 2010 8:28 am

      Buster…WOW, and that’s a smaller target by far than that little hole the ball falls in ;)

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