In politics, 2 things matter – perception and effective policy. President Obama has failed in both.
The Administration claimed to be “on top of this since day one,” but the reality is that the President didn’t personally address the issue for many days until the public outcry was too loud to ignore.
While the President has had plenty of time in the last 50 days to play golf, host glitzy celebrity events at the White House and go on vacation – he’s only managed a few self-serving photo-op stops in the Gulf.
The President blasts the BP CEO, but hasn’t even spoken to him – he delivers blustery comments about “kicking someone’s a**” – while trying to cover his own his own rear.
He has rebuffed efforts and ideas by the local governors and by private sector entities. Instead, the President’s unwillingness to lead or get out of the way has cost us dearly.
In times of crisis, leaders lead and politicians make speeches. President Obama has made a lot of speeches.