More than 50 days after an oil rig operated by BP Oil Company exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, government experts and BP engineers are still struggling to find a solution to cap of the oil leak.
President Obama and the The White House have stated repeatedly that BP needs to act swiftly and deliberately to stop the leak but to this point those directives have yet to be satisfied.
Many Americans, including this one, feel that the federal government moved too slowly in demanding action from BP.
Since the initial explosion and subsequent oil leak, BP’s response to capping off the leak has been casual bordering on unconcerned.
While the Gulf of Mexico and now the Florida coastline are being soaked in oil, BP has displayed a cavalier approach to dealing with the problem and The White House has done little to light a fire under the oil giant.
Let me set the record straight, I voted for President Obama but right now I am not very happy with him.
The President has not exerted the kind of pressure that he should have to get BP to move with expedience to get the catastrophe in the gulf under control.
The White House and federal government sat back while BP dragged their feet as the gulf filled up with oil. They had too much confidence in a company that had already shown that it did not care about it’s own employees safety or the environment in the gulf.
Not speaking with BP’s CEO or COO was a monumental mistake made by president Obama. Even if he thought that they were going to give him lip service, meeting with them would have given the appearance of doing everything he could to rectify the nation’s worst environmental disaster.
Instead he waited.
Waited for a company that had shown itself to be negligent, dishonest and untrustworthy leading up to the disaster.
It is only now, after public and media outcry, that President Obama and his administration are putting pressure on BP to be more aggressive in their efforts to cap the oil leak.
Understand, we need a President who is levelheaded and cool under fire but there is a difference between being cool under fire and unresponsive.
I applaud the President’s willingness to give everyone a chance to do the right thing and try to work with others to reach an agreeable outcome but there are times that you have to take the bull by the horns and tell it what to do.
This was one of those times.
They were slow in getting there but it appears that The White House has finally arrived at the place where many Americans were several weeks ago…telling BP to get the lead out.