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Do you remember how when the race issue came up with Rev. Wright you pivoted and utilized that to teach us?  We need that now.  Bad.

Mr. President the issue that you have now is plainly communication. I have no doubt that you have been engaged since the beginning of the incident but that has not been the image that has come across to we Americans. I understand that organizations as large as the federal government can be clunky and non responsive. Now that you obviously read my previous email (snark), and followed my instructions (more snark), I thought I would give you a few more pointers on how to handle this crisis in the gulf. That's why I'm here.  To give you pointers.

For instance;

We have been told for the last 4 weeks that BP is not allowing people to take pictures of the area.  If this is not true then YOU need to come out and officially dispel that.

We have been told that BP is not allowing workers to utilize respirators and protective equipment while working on the cleanup. If this is not true then YOU need to come out and officially dispel that.

We have been told that BP could have closed this leak a month ago using explosives but because they still want to keep the well active (and profitable) they have refused. If this is not true then YOU need to come out and officially dispel that.

We have been told that BP is not using all of the resources at its disposal to stop the oil from washing up on to the coast in order to reduce costs. If this is not true then YOU need to come out and officially dispel that.

Do you see what I'm getting at here?  These are VERY specific narratives that have become facts simply because they have been floating around for the last month and your administration has not done anything to knock them down. I don't doubt your integrity or hard work but you are being ill served by your communications staff, they are taking for granted that we will simply assume the best.

Come out and officially dispel these. Until YOU do the PERCEPTION of your ineffectiveness will continue to be a reality.  We can't telepathically know that this isn't happening.  You have to TELL us that these things are not happening.  


You need to find some cabinet secretary's with some genuine executive leadership skill. Part of being the executive means you should be able to  have your Energy Secretary take the ball on this and run with it.  But obviously you can't do that. When Chu has been interviewed he has seemed detached and feckless.  Now he probably isn't, BUT that is how he appears. This is the biggest energy crisis in history. It stands to reason that the energy secretary should be the point man on this.  He should be answering the question why we cant use explosives on the ocean floor, or why we can't use super tankers to suck up the oil.  But he is not, and your credibility is suffering.

Where is Lisa Jackson? This is the biggest environmental disaster in history.  The EPA has the authority to put people in jail and levy heavy fines for Environmental Crime. As a cop it just amazes me that we aren't talking about specifics yet. Why don't we see her once a week telling us that and investigation has been started and no stone will be left unturned. She should at least be able to articulate what federal environmental codes may have been violated.

I understand that this is a big complex issue, but you need some of these well paid cabinet secretary's to help with the big lift.

Originally posted to The Apathetic Militant on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 12:06 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Things fall apart, the center does not hold.

    by The Apathetic Militant on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 12:06:38 PM PDT

    •  Understand your points, unfortunately though, It (1+ / 0-)
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      seems the media will accept no other, but Barack Obama. He currently has a capable military man, Thad Allen, who has been dealing with oil spills for over 30 years, but does the media accept him as an official spokesperson? No. It is all Barack Obama. And it is the drama of "is he doing enough?" that excites them. I think this media needs to focus on Barack Obama to drive up ratings, and nobody else, no matter how skilled the individual in the cabinet or anywhere else, will do. Their business is built upon heckling this President.

  •  you're right about Chu, he's good for renewables (1+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action

    but disaster mitigation - not.  They should have figured out that throwing a nobel prize at the oil wasn't good strategery.  The Thad choice was good, except they forgot to tell him he's not the offensive tackle for bp - a detail anybody could have slipped up with.

    everyone on teevee has the same recommendation, put up a disaster ops center with maps and doer people and make stuff happen.  Not that complicated a formula, especially now that it looks like we have an entire summer of oil and dead birds to wait out.

  •  Seriously. The perception is killing him. (2+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, laker

    We need some fireside chats if for no other reason than to drown out the fox constaspin.

    Deferment Dick -The Happy Torturer

    by Mr Magu on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 01:03:48 PM PDT

  •  This oil spill is overrated.. (0+ / 0-)

    Once it's stopped the 24/7 cable bullshit will move on to the next manufactured controversy.

    •  WTF? (0+ / 0-)

      The Gulf is going to take decades to recover, and it's over-rated?

      The ecological disaster of all time is over-rated?


      When the village is on fire, a sieve will not substitute for a fleet of fire engines. Sometimes incremental change won't EVER scale to address the problem.

      by Words In Action on Fri Jun 04, 2010 at 03:52:51 PM PDT

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