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Obama’s Lack Of Leadership Experience Is Showing
Barack Obama’s lacking in leadership capabilities continues to present itself. Concerning the BP oil spill in his June 15, 2010 oval office address, Obama states: “But the one approach I will not accept is inaction.” But Obama’s inaction is what stands out in the time it took him to approach BP about the oil spill problem. But, there may be a reason for that delay. BP gave $3.5 million to federal candidates with “the largest chunk of their money going to Obama.” (Click here for our May 6th blog on that issue).
Our nation needs a president who is a true leader. And a true leader would have contacted Tony Hayward, BPs CEO, early in the crisis and learned what actions were being taken. A true leader would have spoken to the CEO directly during the meeting at the White House. A true leader would keep in contact with him on a daily basis.
“Obama met for 20 minutes with the group of BP executives, then individually in the Oval Office for another 25 minutes with Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg… BP CEO Tony Hayward did not have any direct one-on-one contact with President Obama during Wednesday’s White House meeting.” -CNN.
Our president doesn’t know difference between the roll of the board chairman vs. that of the CEO. It’s doubtful that Obama and his staff learned all that they needed to from the BP staff in the 45 minutes of contact time they had with them. And it is probably a safe bet that the administration did most of the talking during the meeting. In which case, they probably didn’t learn anything. This is eerily familiar to the lack of contact Obama has had with our military leadership overseas.
God forbid we interrupt his golf game.
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In October Obama Tells New Orleans He’s Prepared
“Hope and Change”, where is it? In October of 2009 President Obama was quick to jump on Air Force One and bash Bush for his lack of preparedness on Katrina. He told the people of New Orleans that he would be prepared for disaster. But where has he been? When it was his turn he showed up a little late. He has spent over 40 days dodging the oil spill calamity. And he shows little sign of vision for the future.
An Expert On Oil Spills, Not On What To Do About Them
Obama made his first trip over a month after the start of the disaster. When you watch videos of his trip you can’t help but notice that he’s more interested in showing you what an ‘oil spill expert’ he is then he is about what he is going to do about this major problem. Why? Probably because he doesn’t know.
This from Perry Noonan’s May 29th article in the Wall Street Jounal:
His philosophy is that it is appropriate for the federal government to occupy a more burly, significant and powerful place in America—confronting its problems of need, injustice, inequality. But in a way, and inevitably, this is always boiled down to a promise: “Trust us here in Washington, we will prove worthy of your trust.” Then the oil spill came and government could not do the job, could not meet the need, in fact seemed faraway and incapable: “We pay so much for the government and it can’t cap an undersea oil well!”
This is what happened with Katrina, and Katrina did at least two big things politically. The first was draw together everything people didn’t like about the Bush administration, everything it didn’t like about two wars and high spending and illegal immigration, and brought those strands into a heavy knot that just sat there, soggily, and came to symbolize Bushism. The second was illustrate that even though the federal government in our time has continually taken on new missions and responsibilities, the more it took on, the less it seemed capable of performing even its most essential jobs. Conservatives got this point—they know it without being told—but liberals and progressives did not. They thought Katrina was the result only of George W. Bush’s incompetence and conservatives’ failure to “believe in government.” But Mr. Obama was supposed to be competent.
Bush Was There On Day 5 And They Complained
This is the Video from Americans United on George Bush’s response to Katrina. Visit their YouTubeSite now. Where is there bashing of Obama?
Still A Long Road To Go
Barack Obama has over two years left in office. We can only hope that we make it through that time without the crisis of another 9-11 attack. Contemplate how he would handle it. If that doesn’t scare you very little will.
This man does not have the competence to manage a small corporation, much less that to run the most powerful nation on this earth.
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Please let us know where we can find video to post on this blog where Obama takes a stand against BP. We’re wondering what he would be saying had BP not been such a significant contributor to his campaign.
While the BP oil geyser pumps millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama and members of Congress may have to answer for the millions in campaign contributions they’ve taken from the oil and gas giant over the years.
BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company’s political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.
On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy.
During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records.
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In this 2008 video Obama expresses concern about the high gasoline prices that poor Americans are having to pay. So part of his solution to the problem is to tax the oil companies.
Higher taxes do not lead to lower prices. Giving a voter $1000 tax credit will purchase a vote, but it will do nothing to lower energy prices.
The Obama Administration is financing Brazilian Oil Exploration
From The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2009:
“The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.”
If he is going to finance Brazilian oil exploration, why will he not do it here in the US?
What has Obama done to, in his words, to “move this country forward” concerning our needs for energy?
Where are we now? And where do we go from here?
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