How Would W. Handle Gulf Oil Crisis?

John W. Lillpop

President Obama’s lethargic dithering on the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may make President Bush’s alleged “slow response” to Katrina seem trivial by comparison.

As reported at the Washington Times, in part: (1)

“The rapidly expanding environmental catastrophe caused by the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is presenting a growing political challenge to the Obama White House, with Mr. Obama and his aides at pains to defend the response and forestall comparisons to the Hurricane Katrina crisis.

“Nine days after British Petroleum's Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew apart and began spewing 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico, a massive oil slick is set to wash ashore on the southern coast Thursday evening and, experts say, could dwarf the damage caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

“Failure to get control of the relief effort and contain the environmental challenge could pose the same kind of political threat to Mr. Obama's popular standing that the much-criticized handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina did for former President George W. Bush. And unlike Katrina, it is likely the federal government will be the clear lead authority in dealing with the BP spill.

“But Mr. Obama only Thursday dispatched Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson to help coordinate the federal response to the potential environmental disaster.”

With all due respect, Mr. President, seems a pity that Michael Brown, FEMA honcho at the time of Katrina, is not available to deal with this disaster! Even with a "tepid" response, Brownie would serve the nation far better than Janet Napolitano who is more likely to get in the way than actually help!

Even more of a pity is the fact that W. is not in charge at this time of national crisis. Say what you will about President Bush, but the undeniable truth is that the man knows and understands oil.

President Obama’s understanding of oil is limited to his Marxist perception that oil is an evil and that the oil industry is to be bankrupt in the interests of environmental radicalism.

W., your spending and immigration policies were maddening at times, but, man, we miss your common-sense mindset on other issues, big time!