It may be that a man who commands the seas the stop rising is expected to lower them also, thus making it a simple task to plug the Gulf oil leak. I don’t know, but the Living God has been drawing some flak over the business according to the BBC:
US President Barack Obama has defended his government’s handling of the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ….. The president’s comments came as questions were increasingly being asked about whether he had been sufficiently engaged in handling the disaster, says the BBC’s Adam Brookes in Washington.
What do people expect him to do, clamp a monkey wrench between his teeth, pop a roll of Duck Tape onto his wrist and dive down himself? Let’s have some perspective here. Accidents happen and a bloke in DC can only do so much. Whether we like it or not, we are beyond the realm of practical state coercion here.
The move comes after an opinion poll said 60% of Americans were unhappy with the government’s response.
He can threaten BP with a federal government wrath, but that doesn’t plug the hole. He can tell BP to get on with it, which he has done, but oil and physics can’t hear him. Maybe legal and financial threats will make some people feel better, but still the oil will gush. What else can he do?
He admitted the government did not have the technology to deal with the damaged oil well nearly a mile (1.6km) below the surface, meaning that Washington must rely on BP to plug the ruptured well.
It’s fair to say I’m not Obamses’ greatest fan. However the urgent task is technical and belongs to engineers who are trying their best – while no doubt knackered, unshaven and working around the clock – to plug the hole. For all the power that resides in the President, there’s nothing he or the federal government can do today to help. But if you like, what can he do?