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PC Guy
06-08-2010, 05:34 AM
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Monday he's been talking closely to Gulf Coast fishermen and various experts on BP's catastrophic oil spill not for lofty academic reasons but "so I know whose ass to kick."

The salty words, part of Obama's recent efforts to telegraph to Americans his engagement with the crisis, came in an interview in Michigan with NBC television's "Today" show.

He strongly defended his role in dealing with the crisis that began with the April 20 explosion on a BP-leased oil rig in the Gulf, killing 11 workers.

"I was down there a month ago before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf," Obama told NBC's Matt Lauer. "I was meeting with fishermen in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be."

Some have criticized the president for not engaging passionately enough on the spill, even though he's been to the Gulf Coast three times since the disaster, his most recent visit on Friday.

Obama said he has talked to a variety of "experts" on the oil spill in addition to the fishermen.

"I talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers -- so I know whose ass to kick," the president said.

Obama was in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to speak to graduating high school students. NBC aired a portion of the interview on Monday evening in advance of Tuesday's "Today" program.

Obama also launched a salvo at Tony Hayward, BP's CEO, over some of his past comments, including saying at one point that "I want my life back" and that the Gulf was "a big ocean" and that "the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to be very, very modest."

"He wouldn't be working for me after any of those statements," Obama said, according to excerpts released by NBC.

Earlier, Obama sought to reassure the nation that the Gulf Coast would "bounce back" from the worst oil spill in U.S. history, but not without time, effort and reimbursement from BP.

Surrounded by Cabinet members, Obama said that not only is he confident that the crisis will pass but also that the affected area "comes back even stronger than ever."

The president and top federal officials were briefed on the government's battle against the spill by Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is overseeing the government's efforts in dealing with the tragedy.

Allen earlier Monday told reporters that a cap on the damaged oil well is now keeping up to 462,000 gallons (1.75 million liters) of oil a day from leaking into the Gulf. That's up from about 441,000 gallons (1.67 million liters) on Saturday and about 250,000 gallons (946,000 liters) on Friday.

BP in a statement put the amount being captured at 466,200 gallons (1.76 million liters). Allen said the government was using its own flow-rate calculations and not relying on those from BP. He put the amount being captured at 11,000 42-gallon (159-liter) barrels, or 462,000 gallons (1.75 million liters).

"This will be contained," Obama asserted. "It may take some time, and it's going to take a whole lot of effort. There is going to be damage done to the Gulf Coast, and there is going to be economic damages that we've got to make sure BP is responsible for and compensates people for."

Obama said that government scientists and other experts confirmed that the capping device "is beginning to capture some of the oil. We are still trying to make a better determination as to how much it is capturing."

But, Obama added, "even if we are successful in containing some or much of the oil" the problem wouldn't be solved until relief wells reach the area of the damaged well in several months.

"What is clear is that the economic impact of this disaster is going to be substantial and it is going to be ongoing," Obama said.

"We also know that there's already a lot of oil that's been released, and that there's going to be more oil released no matter how successful this containment effort is," he added.

The president reiterated an appeal he made on Friday in the region that BP not "nickel and dime" Gulf coast residents and businesses that have filed claims against the London-based oil giant.

"`We are going to insist that money flow quickly and in a timely basis," Obama said.

Allen acknowledged at Monday's White House briefing that the company has struggled with handling claims.

He said we'd "like them to get better" at processing the claims and that a system for paying them should be "routinized" as soon as possible.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/07/obama-looking-ass-kick-oil-catastrophe/

marinejcksn
06-08-2010, 08:38 AM
Video Here:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/06/07/obama_seeking_ass_to_kick_over_oil_spill.html

This video shows what a Chicago thug this man truly is and has always been. Nothing about this is Presidential. Can you imagine if Bush had been out thumping his chest, looking for "ass to kick"? PMSNBC would've dissected that piece of video for weeks.

Rebel Yell
06-08-2010, 09:53 AM
I don't have a problem with him saying it, as long as he doesn't discriminate when it comes time to kick some ass. My problem is with empty words.

namvet
06-08-2010, 10:42 AM
so when is he going to appoint an oil spill czar??? :D

jediab
06-08-2010, 11:15 AM
so when is he going to appoint an oil spill czar??? :D

This isnt such a bad idea since it could reduce the number of unemployed by one. :p

Gingersnap
06-08-2010, 12:26 PM
In what world does it even make sense to say that you consult with the very best experts because those are the people you are going to throw under the bus if the answers you get aren't the answers you like?

This is seriously the stupidest thing I've ever heard this guy say. :mad:

noonwitch
06-08-2010, 12:36 PM
He can start with that really irritating BP spokesman, the one who said he wanted the spill to be over so he could get back to his life.

lacarnut
06-08-2010, 01:27 PM
He can start with that really irritating BP spokesman, the one who said he wanted the spill to be over so he could get back to his life.

I have a better idea. He can start with the idiots that gave BP a special exemption to bypass Safety regulations. Oh shit, that might include high ranking Admn. officials or the President himself. It may be time for his dumb ass to step aside. He can start with inspectors that received gifts from BP or as I would like to call it bribes to do a lackluster job of inspections. If the Feds had done their job, this spill might not occured. Of course the Magic Negro and Democrats will not root out ALL the facts surrounding this disaster. He will play the blame game.

The fisherman in LA need help not a bunch of Fucking attorneys from the Justice Dept. Let's clean this mess up first and get the people financial help so that they can survive. That should be his number 1 priority.

Wei Wu Wei
06-08-2010, 04:08 PM
I have a better idea. He can start with the idiots that gave BP a special exemption to bypass Safety regulations. Oh shit, that might include high ranking Admn. officials or the President himself. It may be time for his dumb ass to step aside. He can start with inspectors that received gifts from BP or as I would like to call it bribes to do a lackluster job of inspections. If the Feds had done their job, this spill might not occured. Of course the Magic Negro and Democrats will not root out ALL the facts surrounding this disaster. He will play the blame game.

The fisherman in LA need help not a bunch of Fucking attorneys from the Justice Dept. Let's clean this mess up first and get the people financial help so that they can survive. That should be his number 1 priority.

Um no the answer is FEWER regulations. We don't need governmebt beaurcrats telling business how to run their own operations. More regulations you say? Stricter enforcement of regulations? How about we just get BIG GOVERNMENT out of the way and let BP handle it?

Speedy
06-08-2010, 04:11 PM
Um no the answer is FEWER regulations. We don't need governmebt beaurcrats telling business how to run their own operations. More regulations you say? Stricter enforcement of regulations? How about we just get BIG GOVERNMENT out of the way and let BP handle it?

BP HAS been handling it. Obama for all of his decrees and "ass to kick" threats has not accomplished a single thing. There is nothing that Obama can do to get a handle on this problem that BP could not do better.

Wei Wu Wei
06-08-2010, 04:13 PM
RIght on bro. Deregulate, BP has the right idea.

Support BP, untie their hands from the chains of government! Let them act freely so they can do the right thing!

Speedy
06-08-2010, 04:16 PM
RIght on bro. Deregulate, BP has the right idea.

Support BP, untie their hands from the chains of government! Let them act freely so they can do the right thing!

What positive thing has Obama and the Government done?

noonwitch
06-08-2010, 04:26 PM
BP HAS been handling it. Obama for all of his decrees and "ass to kick" threats has not accomplished a single thing. There is nothing that Obama can do to get a handle on this problem that BP could not do better.


That may be true, but there also may be smarter people in the oil business than the ones at BP.

Exxon/Mobil has the best safety record in recent years, with their rigs. Maybe their engineers could offer some good containment advice. I know they messed up with the tanker in Alaska, but that was a long time ago and they seem to have learned from their mistakes. That spill was due to a drunken ship's captain, anyways, not necessarily due to any kind of mechanical failure.

Wei Wu Wei
06-08-2010, 04:31 PM
What positive thing has Obama and the Government done?

They should do nothing, less government is best government. BP has it all under control, they know what they are doing and their priorities are in the right place. They've got the right people's interests in mind and if government stops meddling in and burdening them with beaurocratic regulations maybe they could follow through on these benevolent goals.

Gingersnap
06-08-2010, 05:03 PM
That may be true, but there also may be smarter people in the oil business than the ones at BP.

People in the oil business are all about equally "smart" (I certainly work with a lot of them). The problem right this minute is that there aren't a large number of good solutions here. The solutions are rather narrow and everybody knows what they are. Exxon doesn't have any previously unknown ideas about remediation here. The U.S. government doesn't have any kind of secret well head repair plan that they could easily implement if private industry would just step aside for a moment.

This is a disaster and people really are working on it. Nobody is gaining anything here. Now, you could make the argument that environmental regulations requiring very deep wells has had a lot to do with the magnitude of the problem here. Obviously, a well in shallow water or on dry land would not have had the sheer impact today that this deep well has had.

But that's another argument. ;)

malloc
06-08-2010, 05:45 PM
Let's not forget the regulations that placed the rig way out in deep water in the first place.

lacarnut
06-08-2010, 05:50 PM
Um no the answer is FEWER regulations. We don't need governmebt beaurcrats telling business how to run their own operations. More regulations you say? Stricter enforcement of regulations? How about we just get BIG GOVERNMENT out of the way and let BP handle it?

In Federal waters, it is their job to perform inspections. The reason BP got preferential treatment was because of all the money contributed to Obama. Also, you don't have Fed. employees on the take with gifts and trips and expect them to do a thorough job. Yes, to enforcing the regulations in place that the rest of the oil companies adhere to. . Not more regulations, dingbat, enforcing the ones on the book. FYI, there were warning signs that the inspectors and management cast aside. BP also cut corners; rather than using mud, they were using sea water.

You are as stupid as that idiot in the W.H.

Articulate_Ape
06-08-2010, 05:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5C9Q7ZLMVM

Wei Wu Wei
06-08-2010, 06:33 PM
In Federal waters, it is their job to perform inspections. The reason BP got preferential treatment was because of all the money contributed to Obama. Also, you don't have Fed. employees on the take with gifts and trips and expect them to do a thorough job. Yes, to enforcing the regulations in place that the rest of the oil companies adhere to. . Not more regulations, dingbat, enforcing the ones on the book. FYI, there were warning signs that the inspectors and management cast aside. BP also cut corners; rather than using mud, they were using sea water.

You are as stupid as that idiot in the W.H.

Workplace safety regulations were put in place by socialists, wearing one mask or another.

lacarnut
06-08-2010, 06:41 PM
Workplace safety regulations were put in place by socialists, wearing one mask or another.

You need to lay off the stupid pills.

warpig
06-08-2010, 11:00 PM
http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/536738/201006081848/Butt-Stops-Here.aspx


Scapegoating has become a hallmark of this administration. Certainly BP was responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of Deepwater Horizon. But after an accident in federal waters the federal government, which has a plan to save the entire planet from greenhouse gases, had no plan to save the Gulf from a single gushing well, with the possible exception of finger-pointing. In this administration, "BP" stands for "buck-passing."

In an interview with NBC's Matt Lauer on Tuesday, President Obama said: "I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the Gulf. A month ago, I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain. ... We talk to these folks because they potentially had the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick."

The talking heads were talking about the Gulf in the two weeks it took the president to make his first appearance there. But Fox News and talk radio had no fire booms to instantly deploy — booms the government was supposed to have, according to a 1994 plan.

The president who has said he would not rest until the hole was plugged has had time to entertain celebrities from Bono to Paul McCartney, get in a few rounds of golf, attend concerts and fundraisers, and even yuk it up at the White House Correspondent's Dinner. He did not have time, apparently, to expedite Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's request for additional sand berm construction.

NJCardFan
06-09-2010, 12:00 AM
RIght on bro. Deregulate, BP has the right idea.

Support BP, untie their hands from the chains of government! Let them act freely so they can do the right thing!

Wee Wee, you're so incredibly fucking stupid that is amazes me. And to think you had the audacity to proclaim that you are so much smarter than everyone and that you always back up your posts with facts and how you never act childish. Well, this entire thread makes you a liar. You're acting like a petulant child and you're not backing anything up with facts even though everyone else is. Please go away.

Wei Wu Wei
06-09-2010, 01:07 AM
Wee Wee, you're so incredibly fucking stupid that is amazes me. And to think you had the audacity to proclaim that you are so much smarter than everyone and that you always back up your posts with facts and how you never act childish. Well, this entire thread makes you a liar. You're acting like a petulant child and you're not backing anything up with facts even though everyone else is. Please go away.

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Rockntractor
06-09-2010, 01:15 AM
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Too pixelated.

rjas77
06-10-2010, 03:06 AM
Captain Kickass

http://media.hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/o-kickass-560.jpg

marinejcksn
06-10-2010, 05:38 PM
RIght on bro. Deregulate, BP has the right idea.

Support BP, untie their hands from the chains of government! Let them act freely so they can do the right thing!

Yeah, since top down Big Gubbment regulation worked so well at Chernobyl. :rolleyes: