* by Photobucket commons Brutus waiting for Caesar to turn around
War-is-Peace Nobel Prize winner Barack Obama, continuing in his Orwellian political Style, had another photo-op this weekend, this time in Florida to assure the American people that the waters of the Gulf of Mexico are SAFE. He even stated to the media this past weekend, to quote from Reuters, that, "I also want to point out that as a result of the cleanup effort, beaches all along the Gulf Coast are clean and safe and open for business," .... "That's one of the reasons Michelle, Sasha, and I are here," he said, referring to his wife and youngest daughter. (source)
Obama and Sasha swimming by White House release
The media, oddly enough, was not allowed to photograph our fearless leader risking it all with his daughter to test the waters of the Gulf, so this is actually a White House photograph, which I imagine they are hoping news sites will pick up and spread around the Internet, as I am doing here, although with a caveat, because I really should put this photo into perspective first, a photo that the New York Times and AP won't even print because they indeed do consider it a White House photo-opportunity.
So welcome to Alligator Point in St Andrew Bay near Panama City, Florida:
* by Photobucket commons It's a lovely, pristine bay with lush blue waters, surrounded by the Gulf.
In fact, the London Independent had this to say about Alligator Point: "The official picture was intended to provide evidence that the region's are back to normal. Yet it soon emerged that the private on which it was taken, off Alligator Point in St Andrew Bay, north-west Florida, isn't technically in the gulf. (source)"
Not technically in the Gulf? And to top that off, this beach had never become "abnormal" in the first place. What a straw dog to knock down!
I am also told that the waters near Alligator Point, close, amusingly, to a golf course, were being monitored regularly for contamination. Indeed, Obama took a very safe plunge, far from the real danger points in the Gulf of Mexico. What if, however, he had come to the beaches of Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama and gone skinny-dipping, like this woman, Sheri Allen, did:
* by Sheri Allen/Riki Ott Sheri Allen sent this photo to Dr Riki Ott after she made the mistake of swimming in the waters near Mobile, Alabama. (source)
That might cost you a few votes though, Prez, if your daughter ended up looking like that after a casual, "safe" swim. Meanwhile, outraged citizens along the Gulf Coast are asking this question: Why didn't you come to their oil-invaded beaches and get REAL with the toxic stew in their beaches, marshes and fishing waters?
However, there are a lot of us shouting out warnings. In fact, a contingent of Gulf Coast fishermen, activists and protesters converged on Panama City this past Sunday to get REAL with Obama since he won't get down with them, and here is what they had to say to the President, BP, the White House and to all of America. Project Gulf Impact taped their rally in two parts, viewable on YouTube. Here is the text accompanying the videos, followed by the videos themselves, so listen up folks!
"On Sunday, August 15th, fishing families from across the Gulf Cost will
gather in Panama City Beach, Florida, with a message for President Obama: The
Gulf of Mexico is still infused with oil and dispersants from the BP disaster,
threatening marine life, livelihoods, and the health of the American
"Fishermen do not want to lose our credibility or deliver contaminated seafood to market and make people sick." - Kathy Birren