Obama to His Critics: Stop Blaming Me

For more the Seventy years ago, President Harry S. Truman as congressman representing rural Independence, MO( today a major inner ring suburb of Kansas City) had on his desk the phrase “The Buck Stops here” a maxim that Truman lived with throughout his political life. Whatever he done he would take full responsibility  something most Democrats(as well as Republican) would blame everyone else  when things go wrong (Bill Clinton was notorious as well.) Truman did not.

President Obama is no Harry S. Truman as he sought to blame everyone  else except himself in regard to the Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP, TansOcean and the Democrats favorite bogey man Halliburton. The president blamed the minerals and mines department. But he passed the buck. But what do you want from a 48-year-old man child. From CBS News:

The president seemed genuinely angry today, on a beautiful spring afternoon in the Rose Garden. Having watched him on a daily basis for about a year and a half, I’m confident he wasn’t faking it.

He seems deeply upset about the growing calamity in the Gulf, about the environmental damage, about the irresponsibility of the companies involved, and about their efforts to shift the blame.

“I did not appreciate what I considered to be a ridiculous spectacle during the congressional hearings into this matter,” he intoned. “You had executives of BP and Transocean and Halliburton falling over each other to point the finger of blame at somebody else.”

President Obama may have decried finger-pointing today, but he also did a fair amount of it himself. Not only at the three companies, but at previous administrations.

Here’s what he said today when he turned the finger at the federal government:

“For too long, for a decade or more, there has been a cozy relationship between the oil companies and the federal agency that permits them to drill. It seems as if permits were too often issued based on little more than assurances of safety from the oil companies. That cannot and will not happen anymore.” (watch the video at left)”A decade or more” clearly encompasses the Bush Administration, and may include the Clinton years too. But Mr. Obama’s been president for nearly 16 months. Does he get at least a little piece of the blame?

Not a bit, he made clear. He portrayed his administration as valiantly fighting the good fight against the oil companies from day one:

“Now, from the day he took office as Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar has recognized these problems and he’s worked to solve them. Often times he has been slammed by the industry, suggesting that somehow these necessary reforms would impede economic growth. Well, as I just told Ken, we are going to keep on going to do what needs to be done.”

So while the president is pointing the finger of blame, he’s also working hard to make sure that over time the finger doesn’t do a 180.

CBS NEWS has the rest of the story.

Mr. Obama stop it, You Sir, are much to blame as the oil industry. Your administration did not take the lead and  did not employ the federal legislation that says the feds must take the lead in oil spill and have the equipment available to clean up the spill immediately but you didn’t you are much to blame as the oil industry. And do get me started with your pathetic response to the floods in Nashville and much of Western and Middle Tennessee.


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