Why Isn’t President Obama Sealing The Oil Well Leak On His Own – The Awl

RememberbackwhenthefinancialcrisishitandJohnMcCainwasall,“Weshouldsuspendourpresidentialcampaigns”andBarackObamawaslike,“Look,presidentsaregoingtohavetodealwithmorethanonethingatatime…Let’snotbejackassesaboutthis,”andevensomeofthepeoplewhowereMcCainsupporterswerethinking,“Youknowwhat,dudetotallyhasapoint,especiallywithallthemesseswhoeverwinsisgoingtohavetoface。

”Doyou?

I’mprettysureIrememberthat。

Butitseemsmoreandmorelikea?

dream。

IfPresidentObamadoesn’tmaketheoilspillinLouisianahissolepriority,goesthecurrentconventionalwisdom,he’stoast。

Importantforeigntrips?

Blow’emoff!

Workingonunemployment?

Forgetaboutit!

Climatechangebill?

Climatechangethis。

It’sgottobenon-stopoilspillaction,or?

else。

“Thishashijackedhisentirelegislativeagenda,”saidDouglasBrinkley,ahistorianatRiceUniversitywhohaswrittenaboutJimmyCarter,whosepresidencywasconsumedbytheIranhostagecrisis。

“TheWhiteHousefelttheywereonaroll。

TheywerelookingtobeanewNewDealornewGreatSocietyandtheywerejustgettingmomentumgoing。

Somethingthisawfulhassidetrackedthe?

agenda。



SaraTaylorFagen,WhiteHousepoliticaldirectorunderPresidentGeorgeW。

Bush,saidthefailuretocontainthespillwouldmakeithardforMr。

Obamatoaccomplishanythingthisyear。

“He’lllikelybemanagingthefalloutforyearstocome,”shesaid。

“Notuntilhisre-electioncampaignwillhehaveanopportunitytopress?

reset。



(Ah,yes,theCartercomparison。

“WhencommentatorsstartinvokingCarter,thatisverybadnewsindeed,”saysHowardKurtz。

Thatmaybeso,butcommentatorshavebeeninvokingCartersincetheprimaries,atleast。

UntilallthemembersofthecommentariatwhocanremembertheCarteradministrationdieoff,everyDemocraticpresidentwillhaveCarterinvokedagainsthim。

It’sjustthewaythingswork。

IthappenedtoClinton,it’shappeningtoObama,itwillhappentowhoevercomesnext,assumingwedon’twindupvotingforanendlessstringofTeaPartypresidentsuntilwefinallynukeourselvesoutofexistence。

YouknowwhenDemocraticpresidentsstopgettingJimmyCartered?

Whentheygetre-elected。

SoObama’sgotaboutanothertwoyearsof?

this。

)

Anyway,look:Thereisplentytobeangryaboutthewaytheoilspillhasbeenhandled。

IfitmakesyoufeelbettertohavethePresidentscreamandshoutanddisplayanger,Icanunderstandthat。

I’dactuallypreferthatheusethisasanopportunitytoreformourlaxregulatoryprocessesacrosstheboard-Iwasactuallythinkingthatthefirstbigdisasterwe’dfacewouldhavesomethingtodowithanationwideoutbreakofdevastatingfood-borneillness,butIguessthat’swhyyouneverbetagainstoil-andfocusthecountryonourneedforcleanerandmoresustainableresources,butI’mdownwithashowofangerifthatwillshutuptheMaureenDowds(rememberwhenshecalledhimObambi?

NowshewantshimtobeMr。

Emotional。

)whoareclamoringforafitofrage。

ButitwouldbeabsolutelyludicrousiftheadministrationweretostopalltheotherimportantworkthatneedstobedonesothatthePresidentcanshowupinLouisianaandripoutTonyHayward’sjugularwithhisteeth。

(Satisfying,sure,butludicrous。

)Theguy’sgotaTONofstuffonhisplate。

Canwecuthimalittleslackandnotpretendthathehastogoin,HarrisonFord-style,andtakecareofitpersonally?

Presidentsdohavetohandlemorethanonethingatatime。

Let’sallowtheguytodothat。

(AlthoughmaybehangingoutwithPaulMcCartneyandJerrySeinfeldisoneofthosethingsthatshouldberescheduled。

Justathought。


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