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,