The recent Father's day weekend proved to be a revealing weekend indeed. While oil continued to gush from the hole that was the Deepwater Horizon, Tony Heyward, the perhaps/perhaps not CEO of BP was watching sailboat racing in England. While he was vilified by White House chief of staff Rahm Emannuel for having an out of tune PR antenna, the former Freddie Mac board member failed to mention his boss's PR antenna was broken as well. While figures were revealed that perhaps 100,000 barrels of oil are now flowing into the gulf, President Obama decided to go on another golf excursion.
When questioned about the propriety of continuing escape to the golf course in the middle of an escalating crisis, a White House spokesman said "I think that a little time off for himself on Father's Day weekend probably does us all good as American citizens." This bit of windy nonsense from a foot pad seemed to encapsulate the disconnect between by the absolute failure of the government to address this debacle and the people who are being rooked by it. The people suffer while the Washington fat cats go golfing. Yes, BP is the one trying to stop the leak, but the government is the one responsible for the cleanup. The claim that Obama is in charge never looked more fallacious.
While the government yakkers and their moronic minions in the media continue to cover for this blatantly indolent gasbag masquerading as a president, the republic lurches deeper into the ditch. Perhaps an update version of Marie Antoinette's "Let them eat cake" would be adapted for Obama: "Let them play golf!" This does fit the smug, almost royal attitude of Obama and his lazy retinue.
Ponder this. On father's day Obama, who is a father himself, splits from the family to play golf with his buddies. In other words, a weekend supposedly devoted to having a father and his children reaffirm their family bonds was simply good cover for Obama to sneak off and get in a round or two. We hear a lot of family/community values from this charlatan, but now we know in this case, it's all cover to go golfing with the boys. I think Michele should make him sleep in the hall on the floor for a week. Normally, I would suggest to her whose ass to kick, but there's been far too much usage of that phony line lately,
Even if the role of the president as "father" of his country seems quaintly sexist now, there's still the matter of what should be done by the leader of this large group we call America. What about the duties to be performed in case of an emergency? With billions of dollars lost, millions of plants and animals lost and hundreds of thousands of lives blindsided, this would seem to qualify as an emergency. Is golfing more important than addressing a cataclysm?
However, one must remember, Obama desperately needed a break from his onerous duties (other than raising taxes, bowing and scraping to every dictator he could find and sucking up to Iran) didn't he? In case you missed them, those tough duties included included playing golf, chilling with Bono, hanging with the New York Yankees, playing golf, talking basketball with Marvelous Marv Albert, hanging with the University of Connecticut Women's basketball team, playing golf, attending and singing in (let no duty be forgotten!) a concert with Ex-beetle Paul McCartney, watching a Washington Nationals baseball game, playing golf, listening to Kelly Clarkson sing . . . I cannot continue. Well, yes I have to give my favorite. The Washington Correspondents dinner is the hands down winner. Obama ate rubber chicken, mingled with the glitterati and cracked jokes written by some of the Hollywood's finest, though his best lines were mocking poor Jay Leno. Without Bush around, I guess Leno had to be the sacrifice for this event. Oh, I almost forgot and he said "Our prayers go out to those folks in the Gulf." I guess they should be happy they were even mentioned. But then again Obama needs his time off because it "does us all good as American citizens."
You can bet our perpetually vacationing President won't be bringing the family down to the Gulf of Mexico this summer. That would be too close to an actual crisis site i.e. work. Remember, the President needs "a little time off." Why should he bother with thousands of people who lost their jobs, careers, or businesses? Why bother directly ordering the federal government to waive the Jones Act to get as many boats to the Gulf to skim the oil? Why should Obama be pestered by the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. History? Why bother to ask the Coast Guard suspend safety regulations because this emergency is a desperate race against time? Why bother to respond to the countries offering help and equipment? Why bother taking skimmers from other parts of the country to help clean up the mess? This one would be my favorite if I should even use the word at this point. The Coast Guard doesn't want to shift skimmers from other parts of the country because they might be needed for an emergency oil spill in other areas of the country. Nothing like putting hypothetical needs above real ones. Their solution: we'll just build new ones. Gee, that won't take long will it? Who drilled the brains out of these people? This is where a real president comes in and asserts himself. However, I forgot again this president needs some time off "for himself."
At this point, America is desperate for answers to this continuing calamity. These people need help from a President on the scene. In this age of fantastic communications, you'd think it would be possible for Obama to literally move to the Gulf or at least spend half of every week there to get things moving. Obviously there's no simple answer, but tireless prodding and attention to the massive cleanup effort is demanded. You can't do that lolling around a golf course.
The book referenced here, Bayou Farewell, might just as well apply to the Gulf. It catalogues the not so slow destruction of the Louisiana coast. However in it pages, the author attempts to offer a solution. I won't go into it here, (you should read the book anyway as it is quite good) but it involves using the the Mississippi River to cleanse and rebuild the Bayou. Perhaps it's unworkable in this instance or maybe not. In any instance, this author is offering some idea for improvement rather than just knocking his balls around the golf course.
The untold destruction being visited on the Gulf coast is horrific. The only thing worse has been the response of Obama and his cronies. Think I'm hammering Obama too much over golf? What did Obama say getting off the plane at the G-20? "You've got a lot of golf courses here, don't you?" I wish I were making this up. The oil continues to flow and the President continues to focus on golf.
I'm not Nostradamus, but I have an idea that in two and a half years things will be different. Obama will have all the time in the world to scout for a ball he shanked into the trees as a new resident of the White House begins to clean up the Obama mess. All rise for the 45th President of the United States of America!