” Otherwise, how are things, was an oft used phrase by the late, legendary Paul Harvey. Incidentally, he seems to be one of those folks that cannot be adequately replaced. I often wonder what his take would be on this or that major news event.
But today I am using the phrase as an intro to a BP update. No, quite unfortunately the oil spill has not been contained, although a few small good things have occurred and more could have occurred with a bit more co-operation/communication?
BP CEO Tony Heyward, their point man in dealing with the crisis on site, appeared before members of Congress and the questioning was anything but friendly. He did not help himself either by some of his comments which appeared at times to be a bit insensitive. Given the nature of the Congressional beast, hearings and questioning were inevitable. I’m just not certain what worthwhile purpose the hearings have at this point. Maybe a little extra face time on C-Span or the major networks. Or a few good headlines like senators grill BP executive or something like that. Obama even weighed in again saying he wishes he could fire Heyward. Real productive move.
I would rather the president work more closely with Louisiana Gov Bobby Jindal who really seems to be working hard on this thing as he should. But, yet one of his major efforts was actually stopped for a time the other day by whom? Why, none other than the U S Coast Guard, from whence came Admiral Thad Allen. Certainly the Admiral or his boss ( hint Barack H …..) had nothing to do with stopping the oil removing barges from their task. As recently as Tuesday, they were hard at work. On Wednesday, they sat idle and remained so for over a day. Why? Jindal isn’t sure. He said that every time he talked to a Coast Guard representative, he got a different answer. And Coast Guard spokesman, Lt Cmdr Dan Lauer said they were all in this together since the real enemy was the oil. Chew on this, the Coast Guard had to confirm there were fire extinguishes and life vests on board and then were having trouble reaching the people who built the barges. ( Not sure the relevance there, but what ever.) Jindal cannot overrule the Coast Guard although he attempted to reach the White House with his concerns. Finally after what have seemed like an eternity to the Governor the barges were back at work.
Does this seem at all similar with the feds refusal of international help for weeks before finally accepting the proffered Dutch assistance this week? Sure does to me. Do you see the spectre of politics at work anywhere? Just wondering. Han g in there Governor Jindal and keep the pressure on!
Just another week in the Gulf.
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