Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm not British...

...and even I find this offensive.

From the UK Mail Online via Drudge, we find that Barack Obama has compared the gulf oil spill to 9/11, and the Brits aren't very happy with him for it.

  • 9/11 was a deliberate attack on United States soil by a band of terrorist madmen. The gulf spill was an accident, caused at-worst by gross negligence.
  •  9/11 saw almost 3000 of our countrymen murdered in that deliberate attack.  The gulf spill claimed 11 lives, and likely will claim no more than that (at least not directly).
  • 9/11 and the response was presided over by someone seen as a hero in the immediate aftermath, if not exactly in the following years.  The gulf spill came on the heels of a massively unpopular health care bill amid slipping approval ratings for all three branches of American government.
I think this was a not-so-subtle attempt by Obama to distance himself from the "Obama's Katrina" meme.  If that's the case, he failed miserably in my eyes.

I think most Americans on either side of the aisle are missing the true significance of the government's response to the gulf spill; it's not Obama's personal failing.  It's the people expecting the government to do things that it was never equipped to do.  There will be a role for the federal government in mediating litigation between BP and aggrieved citizens, most likely through the courts.  Unfortunately for him, Obama can't be anymore of a savior to Louisiana now than George W. Bush was five years ago.  It's not Obama's job, and the sooner the rest of America learns that, the better off we'll all be.

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