Obama heads for Gulf Coast for another photo op

An oil-soaked bird on the Louisiana coast (AP)

President Barack Obama, his Presidency drowning in a sea of oil, heads back to the Gulf Coast today for photo ops to try and shore up his his standing with a public that is increasingly fed up with what they see as his tepid response to the massive oil spill and environmental disaster.

Obama, under fire for what many consider a lackluster response to the mounting crisis, now claims he is “furious” and is scrapping plans for an overseas junket.

But critics see Obama’s latest visit to the oil-covered region as just another carefully-scripted photo op that will have little effect on the spill triggered when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and killed 11 workers.

Obama has come under fire for not showing enough emotion or compassion for those killed or a region that faces economic and environmental ruin from the disaster.

“I would love to spend a lot of my time venting and yelling at people,” Obama said on CNN’s Larry King Live Thursday, “but that’s not my job. My job is to solve this problem.”

Yet there may be little the government can actually do to solve the problem. Oil spill experts say the feds lack the experience or resources to actually shop the millions of gallons of oil spewing from a rupture a mile deep in the Gulf.

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5 Responses to "Obama heads for Gulf Coast for another photo op"

  1. woody188  June 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Yet there may be little the government can actually do to solve the problem. Oil spill experts say the feds lack the experience or resources to actually shop the millions of gallons of oil spewing from a rupture a mile deep in the Gulf.

    They could threaten to pull all of BP’s drilling and piping contracts until the spill is cleaned up. They could force BP to allow others in from the oil industry and academia to help solve the problem. BP is in way over it’s head and it isn’t getting any better. Time to let outsiders help.

    In the meantime, boycott BP products. Hit ‘em where it hurts and keep hurting them until the problem is solved.

  2. woody188  June 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Seems more like our Federal government is in collusion with BP to do nothing. According to ABC: BP and Feds Withheld Videos Showing Massive Scope of Oil Spill And to top it all off with more outrage: BP will make good on $10 billion in profit payouts to shareholders, giving shareholders many times more than what they are paying fish and tourist companies that have lost their livelihoods.

  3. Klaus Hergeschimmer  June 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    It is truly sickening Woody seeing that photo of what appears to be a segull just caked with crude oil. I grieve for the wildlife. I am disgusted by the BP CEO, Tony Hayward, who stated, ” I want to get my life back”….Well Duh Tony, what do you think the shrimpers, crabbers, and fishermen are saying and they don’t have the luxury of your golden parachutes to fall back on. If the wildlife could speak Tony they’d tell you stick your head in your keester

  4. woody188  June 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    The BIG picture, maybe they will do something when the oil starts washing up on the shores around DC.

  5. hologram5  June 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    This is getting disgraceful. The lower eastern seaboard has been wiped out for the next 50 years or so. I was in AK when the Valdez hit the rocks of the coast of Cordova. 3 months later, in Sand Point we were throwing Salmon away because of crude on them. We’ll be seeing the destruction from this for a long time.

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