I watched Obama's speech about the oil spill last night. I hadn't planned on watching it but when I heard Obama would be speaking from the Oval Office I decided to give it a listen. And I wasn't disappointed. The speech, though short, was as full of spin and crisis-exploitation as I thought it would be.
I really can't believe the arrogance of the guy who's occupying the White House.
The BP oil rig explosion happened two months ago. Obama rejected almost immediate offers of help from the Dutch to contain the oil spill. He rejected the use of spill-containing equipment from American companies. He refused to speak with BP CEO Tony Hayward, even though he's more than willing to speak, without preconditions, to some of the world's worst dictators. And he didn't travel to the Gulf states until a couple of weeks ago. Yet Obama swaggered into the Oval Office last night and expected the American people to believe his assertion that his administration has been on top of the crisis from day one. How dumb does he think we are? Very, apparently.
Unfortunately for Obama, however, we the people are not dumb.
We are not dumb! We don't believe his ridiculous claim that he's been on this from day one. And we're incensed at Obama's smarmy politicizing of the crisis, using it to push his big spending clean energy initiatives. Indeed, it seemed half or more of Obama's speech consisted of him hawking his eco-dreams of a future green economy rather than saying what he was going to do to stop the spill and help the Gulf states NOW.
Maybe that's why Obama gave this speech in the Oval Office rather than out in the Rose Garden with reporters present. Maybe he was avoiding having to answer embarrassing questions, like did he purposely drag his feet on tackling this disaster so as to make his demand for green energy look more urgent and justified? Cynical? Maybe, but I wouldn't put anything past this president.
Barack Obama is a left-wing zealot who believes his own messianic con. He truly believes he was elected to do great things and he's justified in using any means, exploiting any tragedy, to achieve his grand goals. That's what was on display last night; messianic zeal, not concern for ending a disaster. Unfortunately for Obama, fewer and fewer people believe in his messiahship or his presidency, and no amount of flowery speeches will stem the erosion of faith in his "change".
Obama's massive mishandling of the Gulf coast oil crisis has revealed his feet of clay, and almost certainly assured sweeping Republican victories this November and in 2012. Not exactly the "fundamental transformation" Obama thought he'd create but it's the one that more Americans understand we need. Obama's arrogant zeal has to be stopped.
Hurry up, November!