I know that I am not the first to say these things and I feel quite strongly that I will not be the last. The concern regarding President Obama’s response or lack there of in some people’s eyes, has been the top story for too long now. I think that it would do Louisiana better to report the areas that were not affected and that is still opened for business. Its okay, in my opinion, to talk about those effected areas but let’s not forget to mention that the Great State of Louisiana has weathered many bad storms before and will emerge from this one stronger than ever.
I must also surmise that the real anger seen on most news shows is more than what is being reported. I believe that Louisiana has been promised by so many before that they would not be left holding the bag and be made whole after a traumatic event only to look around and not see any of those promises realized. This may be the driving force behind the anger expressed on these shows, unless of course you consider those who did not vote for this current president and has never been a fan of any kind. Things that those who jump in front of the camera to cry “foul” should know can be best explained by a seasoned veteran writing for Salon.com. “The federal government simply lacks the relevant equipment to address a volcano of oil one mile below the ocean.” “David Hayes, Obama’s choice to be deputy interior secretary, was on the scene on the second day of the Gulf disaster and has been a key figure helping to oversee the effort even after his confirmation had been blocked by Sens. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska for a couple of months.”(Romm, Joseph; May 28, 2010, Obama’s daughter asked the wrong question, Retrieved from www.salon.com). Mr. Romm goes on to say that “I suppose one can construct a scenario where the administration managed to prevent BP from drilling this well in the first place– a mere two months after taking office.” (Romm, Joseph; May 28, 2010, Obama’s daughter asked the wrong question, Retrieved from www.salon.com). Honestly, how many of us think that preventing BP from drilling, two months after taking office should have taken president over the economic crisis?
To all of those who have nothing but questions about the performance and response of this president, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Congress and the serving President had a grand opportunity to put into place all of this that so many say we are lacking now. That opportunity was during the Exxon Valdez spill. For those of you who can’t seem to remember, The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska, on March 24, 1989, when the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker bound for Long Beach, California, hit Prince William Sound’s Bligh Reef and spilled an estimated minimum 10.8 million US gallons (40.9 million liters, or 250,000 barrels) of crude oil. (Unknown Author, Retrieved from www.wikipedia.org). So much for that. There was also ample time to institute these safeguards when the rights to drill were awarded to Oil Companies in the first place. Another missed opportunity. All in all, I say we have to give this president a chance to make good on his promise to not forsake the people of Louisiana and judging by his past performances of delivering on the promises of a tax-cut to 95% of Americans, healthcare, Wall Street reform, repeal of Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell and others, I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt. Just a thought.