It took 2 hours of after-comment, a World Cup match (Ivory coast vs Portugal) inundated with those less-annoying-than-an-Obama-speech vuvuzelas, and a little crab fishing (Deadliest Catch), to wash the bad taste out of my mouth from the anger that I was forced to vomit out as I listened to a speech that was 10 minutes longer than necessary, and most certainly a speech that would have made sense had it been given IN APRIL when there was a need for the leader of this country to mobilize everything we could scrape up to combat this mess.
So rather than piecemeal the POS speech, I'll grab a few snippets that hit the most important points:
That is why just after the rig sank, I assembled a team of our nation's best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge....
From the very beginning of this crisis, the federal government has been in charge of the largest environmental cleanup effort in our nation's history....
The first thing is this "from day one" bullshit, when the evidence is to the contrary. He didn't address it in the first day, or the first week. The Dutch offered some ships we haven't taken. There is some collection equipment still sitting in (I think) Maine. There was a plan to burn the oil that was authorized in advance but never implemented. Requests for support and authorizations to build breaks are still being ignored. (Note to Bobby Jindall: You should have made a call, and then said screw the feds and started building up the sand after a week.)
Simply put: it's BP's responsibility to "plug the damned hole," but only the federal government is big enough, powerful enough, and loaded with enough resources to combat a massive oil spill threatening several states. And waiting two months to make a speech mostly about what you're GOING TO DO for an oil spill is wretched incompetence at best.
And in the snide comment bin: If the government has been in charge of the cleanup, that explains why the beach is covered.
We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused.
The third part of our response plan is the steps we're taking to ensure that a disaster like this does not happen again.
First of all, this is the first major accident in 40 years. We already know that there were things done wrong that led to the accident. So "to ensure that a disaster like this does not happen again," we don't do what they did.
Clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy, clean energy....