Americans are shocked and outraged that it has taken President Obama well into the second month of the gulf oil disaster to start organizing federal agencies to respond. President Obama's leadership in failing to respond to the facts that oil was headed to gulf coast shores is a disaster in itself.
Americans watch Obama for a month play the blame game on BP when he should have been preparing federal agencies to gear up with supplies to stop the oil flows from reaching gulf shore beaches and shoreline.
Under President Obama's failed leadership, Americans have watched as oil plumes have flowed at- will, non-stop and washing up on gulf coast beaches and shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama; and now Florida beaches and shore line is getting slammed with oil. Now experts are saying the oil disaster will loop around Florida and that most of the Atlantic East Coast with be hit with the gulf oil slug.
Under President Obama's lack of leadership and his failure to contain the spreading of the gulf oil disaster it's now well on it's way to growing globally.
No federal agencies under Obama seen fit to have a large supply of oil booms on hand so they could deal with an off-shore oil disaster. Weeks after the oil rig fire was over, some oil booms were found in a storage building by chance. Now Americans are watching TV reports showing oil booms washed up on shorelines with no one around supervising their upkeep or any oil skimming boats or workers in the area.
Obama along with his White House press secretary look like MTV brake dancing groups before the national press with all the twisting, turning, dodging, and rolling of the eyes when hit with questions about what are you and the federal government doing about the gulf coast oil disaster. Obama said he was shutting down all new oil drilling in the U.S.. again killing thousands of more real jobs and putting Commander Thad Allen in charge. Then President Obama was off to another photo-video op to add to his presidential library.
There are two very different and distinct disaster issues on-going in the gulf. One is the oil well flow on-going, non-stop disaster. The second issue is when the oil reaches the gulf coast shoreline causing another human and ecological disaster. Obama's failed leadership in stopping the oil from reaching our coastline in massive amounts is not setting well with Americans.
President Obama should have ordered BP to stay focused on closing off the oil well, nothing else. Obama had weeks to prepare for stopping the oil flows from coming ashore, Obama should have activated federal agencies in the first two weeks to the gulf coast to organize coastal, civilian workers. Obama should have activated the National Guard with their assets and set up a command operation post prepared to support federal agencies and workers with supplies to do what ever it took to keep the oil from reaching our shoreline and natural wetlands; this did not happen.
Americans are fed up with Obama and the national press blame game toward BP. They want leadership from their President and for him to come up with a plan to contain the oil movement and put boots on the ground with supplies to do the job. Below are some questions I think President Obama should answer:
2. Mr. President, how often does the Federal Environmental Protection Agency run safety checks on oil rig blowout prevention or is there a requirement that calls for timely safety checks?
3. Mr. President, has the Federal Environmental Protection Agency ever conducted oil well capping tests on deep water oil rigs to see if present capping technologies would actually work in case of an emergency?