Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Obama Said Kick Yo' Ass!

Even if you've been living under a rock, you know about the Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill. You know about this even under a rock, because there is probably oil under your rock as millions of gallons have spilled into the ocean and onto the coastline. Since we're human we're looking for people to blame, and a lot of people have begun to point the finger at President Obama.

No, it wasn't because he signed Drill Baby Drill into existence, though that didn't help matters. No, it's not because he didn't require regulations to be put in place that, for around $500,000, might have kept this disaster from happening by putting better parts in use. And, no, it's not because he's the sitting president, and everything that happens during one's presidential tenure is blamed on you.

It's because people haven't seen this man get angry. We're used to a President going off the handle. The last guy who sat in the Oval Office seemed to have a hair-trigger reaction when it came to problems. Somebody bombs us? He wages war on their country of origin and then proceeds to extend that war to every tangential country with or without cause. A hurricane destroyed New Orleans? He's quick to point fingers and hoop and holler about who's to blame, but didn't too much fixing of his own.

Until today. Today, on the Today show ironically, Obama gave an interview in which he said the following:

I'm gonna push back hard on this. Because I think that this is just an idea that got in folks' heads and the media's run with it. 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 talking about what a potential crisis this could be. And I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially had the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick. Right? So, you know, this is not theater.

The funny thing is that a lot of people voted for this guy, because he doesn't fly off the handle and act from his emotional gut. He doesn't freak the hell out of the public by being freaked out. I'm kind of glad that he didn't hold press conference after press conference talking about how pissed he was at BP and TransOcean and all of the other hands in the pot. BECAUSE - and this is important - nobody really knew/knows exactly how/when this will end.

But, it is nice to see he is angry about it.

See, getting mad at Obama for not taking care of the issue is a bit ridiculous. He's not going to dive to the bottom of the Deepwater Horizon well and put a cork in it personally. Mistakes were made, and he's handling it as best he can. 

What do YOU think about Obama's kick-ass comment?

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

4 comments:

  1. Odom of the Evil EyeJune 9, 2010 at 2:30 AM

    Honestly no matter what he says at this point, some analyst or politician is going to run the other way with it and run it into the ground.

    We are rounding off on day 50 of this whole situation and things have only gotten worse, or at least that is what CNN pumped into my brain for the past 6 hours (I left the T.V. going on CNN while I worked on my Logic homework for my Logic class).

    Though after all of that airtime, all I got out of the whole story was "no one knows how long its going to take to fix it" and "no one knows how much damage it has done." Half the time they are blaming Obama and playing his "kick-ass" quote and the other half they are ripping into BP. BP is also accused of withholding information on the spill from government-hired scientists.

    My take on this is that maybe Obama could have done better and taken more initiative, and maybe he couldn't. I personally don't know if much more than he has done could be done. I personally don't think he should be getting so much criticism over the whole mess, since all he did was sign a bill. I don't think the "kick-ass" comment is going to help him, since it just gives analysts and politicians something to henpeck him over. For a cool customer like Obama, that type of statement just seems forced.

    I know everyone is pissed at BP, and they should be, considering they are the ones responsible for this whole clusterfuck. I don't think the president should be dragged down with them though. I'm sure he is doing what he can. I couldn't do his job so I sure as hell am not gonna rip on him for something like this.

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  2. I'm surprised that people felt he's been doing nothing or it's not stirred a passion in him.
    Maybe the spill is being reported differently in the UK but the sole blame lies with the oil company, BP, as far as our news makes out.

    Like you said, Fire Lyte, people want someone to blame and who better than the guy who runs the country. I mean isn't it his job to single-handedly fix the world? Oh wait, no, that's Superman :).

    It's a shame people are so quick to jump to the witch hunting.
    xxx Aria

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  3. Refreshingly earthy. I liked it. I just hope some asses start getting seriously kicked and our beautiful Gulf starts getting cleaned up.

    Thankfully, a lot of the birds that have been de-oiled have been transported over here to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, and they seem to be happy here. Let's hear it for Merritt Island! Huzzah!

    Oh, and re: your query - I don't have any podcasting gear so I can't do that right now. And as far as the PPE special, well, is there anything you had in mind??

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  4. I felt rather strange when I saw Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo almost mimic this blog post. Then I saw the Stewart on the Daily Show giving the President a hard time over the comments. Its like I stepped into an alternate universe :O

    Maybe Firelyte accidentally law of attractionated O'Reilly's brain.

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