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Obama Should Have Seized Power in the Gulf Tragedy: Harry Truman Would Have

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From the outset of this tragedy British Petroleum has had one major interest, and that is protecting the oil conglomerate. When cleanup crews on Gulf beaches went to work what was BP's response? There was major concern over crew members wearing protective outfits.

BP was concerned by the legal picture and did not want to be associated in the public mind with the kind of dangers that prompted wearing such outfits.

Even when BP officials have attempted to appear caring and compassionate they have fallen all over themselves. For instance, there was the recent comment from a BP official that the super wealthy corporation cares about the "small people."

When it became apparent that BP was not doing an adequate job and that the tragedy was increasing by the day executive action was justified. How would you define what happened other than as a national emergency?

If executive action is not justified by a national emergency then when is it justifiable?

President Obama's recent speech to the nation about the Gulf oil tragedy was symptomatic of his problem. He is known for his collegiality, a major factor in him being chosen as president of the Harvard Law Review.

In his speech Obama kept referring to the many honors and distinctions held by those who were investigating the tragedy. Are the folks on the Gulf concerned about the backgrounds of people on Obama's watch?

Harry Truman was a plain spoken former haberdasher who believed in taking action. So did two other chief executives born into wealth who would unflinchingly act in the common interest against the own economic kind.

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Began in the journalism field in hometown of Los Angeles. Started as Sports Editor and Movie Writer at Inglewood Daily News chain after working in sportswriting of high school events at the Los Angeles Examiner.

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