Monday, May 17, 2010

From "We Got This" to "We Got Nothing"

Supporters of President Obama have been saying since the beginning of the Gulf Coast oil spill that the Administration has been in control and they're getting the job done. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano even said they had an "all hands on deck" approach. Yep, they had the Gulf Coast spill well in hand, regardless of reports to the contrary.

What a difference a couple of weeks has made. Now, Napolitano is singing a different tune. Today, she testified before the Senate that the government has "limited capability and expertise" in dealing with situations like the Gulf Coast oil spill. She further said it was "premature" to say whether the Administration's response was adequate. And she even left the door open for praising the private sector, saying, "I would like to, if I might, reserve judgment on the adequacy of the private sector response."

Of course, that doesn't stop her from suggesting that BP hasn't been honest about their response.

Interestingly enough, I don't see the Administration being all that transparent when it comes to their response to the Gulf Coast oil spill. The "all hands on deck" comment? A lie. The notion that the Administration was engaged on Hour One? A lie.

But who is doing the heavy lifting? BP.

Who isn't? The Obama Administration.

Who hasn't been seeking the spotlight and focusing on trying to address the oil spill? BP.

Who has been going on TV as often as possible to point fingers? The Obama Administration.

Maybe the reason Napolitano is withholding judgment is to give the Administration a chance to catch up to what BP is doing.

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