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  1. Wolfpack

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    Obama plays basketball while the Gulf burns.

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    President Barack Obama waves after playing basketball at the University of Chicago Laboratory School on Saturday, May 29, 2010 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


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    What are the presidents and ceo's of BP, Haliburton or Transoceana doing this weekend.. ????
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    He wouldn't even have gone to the Gulf if there wasn't so much criticism of him in the media..
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    I have no idea, but are any of them elected leaders of the United States of America? Do any of them hold the highest office in our land? No? Then your analogy is EPIC FAIL.

    Nice try though. :rofl: :rofl:
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    +1. He was shamed into going, so he went with his tail tucked firmly between his legs to give a token speech. If this happened during the Bush administration, and the government response was just as lackadaisical, there would be a non-stop barrage of constant criticism from the left, the media, the late night comedians, etc, etc, etc.

    But with Obama, it's pretty much just a free pass ticket to ChiTown for a little R&R! I sure hope he didn't break a sweat during his basketball game!
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    #24 Jersey

    I'm really not sure what more Obama is supposed to do here. I'm sure he's had meeting after meeting about it to try to find better ways to plug the hole. But, really, I thought the criticism leveled at Bush for Katrina was ridiculous and this is no different. What should Obama do? Throw on a pair of trunks and swim to the bottom of the ocean with a torch?
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    Ah, but the problem is there has been virtually no criticism of Obama for this incident. He has gotten a free pass. Yes, there has been a bit of attention given to a couple of critics, most notably from within his own party. But overall this is just a drop in the bucket compared to the media firestorm of hatred directed at George Bush for Katrina 5 years ago.
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    that would be awesome

    (of course, the right would probably get upset about him not wearing a flag pin while doing it, or govt meddling in the affairs of a private company)
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    He has gotten no criticism????.. another WTF moment brought to you by someone who does not pay attention...

    BTW thought the Coast Guard was part of the military:confused::confused::confused:
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    So you don't actually have an issue w/Obama on this?
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    #24 Jersey

    Huh? As far as I've seen, he's getting a ton of criticism from the media and general population alike. Look, I don't like Obama and I don't like his politics (you should know that), but he doesn't deserve what he's getting on this one. You are right about one thing, though. Nothing will touch the sh!tstorm leveled at Bush for Katrina by the left.
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    Let's dumb this down for you once again, as you obviously do not understand shyt about Katrina..

    Katrina took place on land, the US had the assets to move quickly, they chose not to.. fast forward to this current situation, the US does not have the assets to do much different than they are doing right now.. they also have to rely on the expertise of the people who drill these wells as that is really not the business of the government...

    Katrina's damage was obvious from Pascadoula to NOLA.. this damage is in the Gulf of Mexico.. you may want to review the current response..

    Deepwater BP Oil Spill | The White House

    Admiral Thad Allen does not equal Michael Brown.. who he just happened to have bailed out in the Katrina clusterfock..

    Thad Allen was described by George W. as an action oriented guy, who put him in charge of the Coast Guard also.. he seems to be the best we have to do this job, but unfortunately the people with the expertise and equipment are Transocean, Haliburton or BP...
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    Nope. The same level of outrage is never going to happen. Right, wrong or whatever, that's the fact.

    I also agree with you, it does not really matter where he is. There is little more he can do being in the GOM. He gets the same briefings no matter where he is.

    I understand why WP is posting this, I think we are all frustrated by the lack of progress BP is having WRT the leak. If this stays uncapped till mid August, it's going to be very, very bad in coastal states. Think of the devestation a hurricane will do, spreading the oil inland. This is not going to end well, is it.
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    There really is no comparison between Katrina and the Gulf oil spill. Saying otherwise is merely conservative revisionist history in an ex post facto attempt to whitewash their boy's legacy.

    Nice try.
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    With Obama, it sometimes feels like George Bush never left office. I love seeing Daryl getting upset over the same stuff he was criticizing for 8 years.
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    #24 Jersey

    Sure there is. Both are disasters. One is just a little more natural than the other. If a hurricane blows through off the Gulf coast and this isn't cleaned up yet, this will get even bigger. That's why there should be an immense amount of pressure to stop it and clean it up as fast as possible.
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    Your right, Nagle(d)refused the let the Feds in before Katrina hit as Bush requested. he refused to let the Feds evacuate, unlike officials in MS and AL. OTOH Obama has refused to let Jindal try to protect the wetlands using berms saying they would study it, while the oil fouls the marshes.


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    Now what did I tell you about reading comprehension, Darryl? I said he has gone "virtually no criticism" and he has gotten nowhere near the amount Bush would have gotten if this happened on his watch.
    Yes, last time I checked, they were. Your point being?
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    Oh, I understand everything I need to understand. The left's obsessive hatred for Bush made everything he did regarding Katrina wrong, and it was a major media firestorm. But your messiah does an even worse job during his own crisis, and you just want to give him a 100% free pass.
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    +1. :rocker:
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    You will never catch me defending Nagin or Blanco. They can go pound sand, as far as I'm concerned.

    There are legitimate, and likely prevailing, concerns that the berms would cause more damage to the wetlands than the oil itself. Do you really think Obama is dragging his feet on a measure that could conceivably protect large sections of the shoreline?
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    Of course. I was with you until this post. Then the thread became about whining about how unfair the media is.
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    Obama brought the criticism on himself, an environmental disaster in America is taking place one of the worst most of us have seen in our lifetime, our leader, our President should be in front of a Camera every day informing us, the last people in the world I want to hear from are those Partisian Bastards in the Left/Right news media who have their own little 'agenda's', I don't want to hear their cheap shots defending their own political views, who in their right mind wants to hear about this disaster from the likes of Glenn Beck or Chris Matthews.

    The President Of The USA, Barack Hussein Obama should go on National TV, every channel at 8:00 PM and address the nation, he should inform us of everything that is going on in The Gulf, he should do this once a week until the problem is solved, HE IS OUR PRESIDENT.

    What is he doing, HE'S PLAYING BASKETBALL (f-ck him)
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    He should not be playing basketball right now. I agree. Right now he should be cancelling his vacation plans and working to make up the ground the government lost while letting BP control the process of capping this nightmare. He can play hoops at the White House. By the way, what the hell was he doing waving to cameras? Who thought it would be a good idea to get a shot of him at the gym?

    He should, just as importantly, be working with Congress on the other fronts of this problem: Reducing the thirst for oil and drafting legislation to make sure that this will never happen again. In Canada, all off-shore wells have to have a relief hole alongside it. No one will refuse to drill oil as long as there's money to be made. Also, Dept of Justice needs to be working on the charges against BP and Trans Ocean (and anyone in the government who shares responsibility for this disaster.
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    I agree this "Oil Thing" is getting out of hand and the Ironic thing about Oil is, we pay trillions of dollars to buy most of it from people who hate us and would love to see us all dead.

    The minute alternative energy is discussed it is shot down by some moron who says it will kill Turtles, what do we do, everybody hates oil and oil company's but mention coal, nukes or windmills and the crazy's go crazy, so the only answer is "Get Our Own Oil" but guarentee that it is harvested PROPERLY AND SAFELY the loons of the country won't let us use anything else.
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    In defense of Obama:

    He is the President of the United States of America, he could work 24/7/365.25 and still not have enough time to do all he should do.
    He should maintain a healthy lifestyle which means working out (ie: basketball)
    He has probably the single most stressful job on earth, he deserves time to relax.
    No matter what the president is doing, or where he is, he still has multiple meetings/briefings every day.

    My main issue with his public image is that he is almost treated more like a celebrity than the leader of our country. I don't care what his wife is wearing, I don't care about his NCAA picks, I don't care about his personal life. I care if he has a handle on the economy, the wars, energy issues, etc... unfortunately, our media has decided that things like Obama playing basketball or who gets kicked off of a reality show are important news so we get saturated by it. Then the partisanship that is dividing and destroying this country gets a hold of it and turns everything in to a negative. The same as they did to Bush, they will do to Obama and whoever our next president is as well. It sucks.
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    I agree, he played basketball.. so what.

    What is the concept of vacation?? Going to his home for the second time since he has been president?? It is not like going to Montana trout fishing or something like that. Aside from this he went to a cookout at a local friend's house..

    The other side of this is most of DC and Governments are closed until Tuesday, suspect most BP, Transocean and Haliburton CEO's are not out there pumping mud.. pretty confident Obama did not leave his blackberry on AF 1...
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    Another thread that would go directly to the azzclown forum if we had one.
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    1 comment re the media, tbrady, though I agree w/your post: thecreason the media gives us all this garbage is that too many people want it; the reason we get so little real news and analysis is that too few people want it and are willing to pay for it

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