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06-03-2010 06:37 PM  7 years agoPost 1
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Giuliani Rips Obama’s Handling of Oil Spill

Thursday, 03 Jun 2010 09:10 AM
By: Theodore Kettle

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani, whose tireless leadership in the days and weeks after 9/11 made him a national hero, has accused President Obama of doing everything wrong in his handling of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

“It couldn’t be worse,” Guiliani said Wednesday when asked by Fox News’ Sean Hannity to rate Obama’s performance.

“I mean, this would be an example, if you’re taught ‘Leadership 101,’ of exactly what not to do: minimize it at first; two days after or three days after it happened, go on vacation,” said Giuliani, who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

“He’s been on vacation more often than he has, by far, been to Louisiana or Mississippi, or any of the places affected,” Giuliani added.

And in a particularly stinging comment, the Empire State’s best-known Republican alluded to the criticism President Obama has been getting from one of the Democratic Party’s best-known strategists.

“He gives the sense that he’s very nonchalant and very lackadaisical about it – which I think are the words of Jim Carville, ‘lackadaisical,’” Giuliani said. Louisiana native Carville, famed as the “Ragin’ Cajun,” was the architect of Bill Clinton’s successful 1992 quest for the presidency.

Carville went into a near frenzy last week during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” angry about Obama not spending more time in the Gulf Coast areas affected by the spill, which the White House concedes is the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

“I have no idea of why their attitude was so hands-offy here,” Carville said. “The President of the United States could’ve come down here,” he charged. “He could’ve been involved with the families of these 11 people” killed in the rig explosion on April 20 that triggered the massive oil gusher.

“He could be commandeering tankers and making BP bring tankers in and clean this up. They could be deploying people to the coast right now,” Carville said. “He could be with the Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard...doing something about these regulations.”

An exasperated Carville, whose wife is Republican strategist Mary Matalin, said of Louisianans, “These people are crying. They’re begging for something down here, and he just looks like he’s not involved in this.”

Apparently addressing Obama directly, Carville exclaimed, “Man, you gotta get down here and take control of this! Put somebody in charge of this thing and get this thing moving! We're about to die down here!”

According to Giuliani, the president’s nonchalance delivers a “signal right into the entire bureaucracy, that they’re also very lackadaisical about it. But one of the things you understand as a leader is: your actions are going to energize your bureaucracy to do the best it can.”

The ex-NYC mayor charged that Obama exhibited a similar lack of leadership in the case of the Christmas Day botched airliner bombing last year, with a negative ripple effect as the result.

“He did the same thing on the Christmas Day bombing,” Giuliani told Hannity. “He stays on vacation for 11 days. So the other guys go on vacation.” That’s a clear reference to National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter not cutting short a ski trip after the December 25 near-destruction of a Detroit-bound passenger jet.

“The reality is that the administration has made every mistake it could possibly make, right down to this criminal investigation of BP,” Giuliani complained.

“Why are you criminally investigating them until this is over?” he asked “Are you gonna distract them from the job of what they’re supposed to be doing? And if they’re being criminally investigated, then why are we allowing them to do it? If we’ve got a bunch of criminals doing it, they why are we allowing them to do it?” Giuliani wondered.

So far, as much as 45 million gallons of oil may now be in Gulf waters, already contaminating 125 miles of Louisiana’s coast, as well as coastline in Alabama and Mississippi, and currently within seven miles of the beaches of Pensacola, Florida.

http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/...omo_code=A00D-1

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06-03-2010 07:05 PM  7 years agoPost 2
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OMG. Your country is hurting like Hell and you just go on holiday?

Exactly what kind of leader is he? Does he think it's a part time job? Is he just having a laugh?

Get rid of this jackass before he does more damage by not caring.

For those of you who don't know: most marine fish have planktonic stages in their development (unlike freshwater fish), they get swept around the currents of the world (this is one of the reasons why commercial breeding of marine fish is rather difficult). Now imagine them coming into contact with the oil that been rapidly mixing in the area, a whole generation could be wiped out. And we haven't even started talking about the inverts yet.

I'm certain that most naturalists who understand the ecosystem are utterly devastated.

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06-03-2010 07:26 PM  7 years agoPost 3
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OMG
. Your country is hurting like Hell and you just go on holiday?
No, not us. But, our loony left president does.
Exactly what kind of leader is he? Does he think it's a part time job? Is he just having a laugh?
There is more and more that believe he is having a laugh.
Get rid of this jackass before he does more damage by not caring.
He will not be impeached until after November when we vote out of office all his pals that would prevent an impeachment.

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06-04-2010 05:24 AM  7 years agoPost 4
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fwiw..

Impeachment requires "high crimes and misdemeanors" Since he's really done NOTHING...this will be tough....
Reminds me of my youngest Spaniel...when things don't go his way...He just takes a nap...When he awakens, things are different...

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06-04-2010 05:29 AM  7 years agoPost 5
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he will not be impeached.

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06-04-2010 11:24 AM  7 years agoPost 6
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well doing nothing when all Hell is breaking lose is just as bad - or sometimes worse - than making the wrong decisions. It's his job to lead and take affirmative action - otherwise he might as well just sit around doing nothing all day.

Does he even know how serious this situation is? This is a crisis on international scale, there's no doubt about it.

Isn't there some way to get rid of this jackass?

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06-04-2010 12:56 PM  7 years agoPost 7
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MAybe they could plug the pipe with his fat head!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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06-04-2010 03:16 PM  7 years agoPost 8
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after November, this whole Sestak thing could prove to be an impeachable offense. Many Federal laws were broken here if it proves to be true. Isn't it funny how Clinton is in the middle of that mess too???
My favorite Obama-ism, was him making a speech this weekend about the importance of Memorial day. That it's not just a long weekend to hang with friends and BBQ...........while he was at a friends house AT A BBQ!! And not showing to Arlington.....that's just a slap in the face, I'm sorry. As bad as I knew he was going to be, he way more than trumped my expectations of his incompetence.

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06-04-2010 03:22 PM  7 years agoPost 9
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Oh for goodness sake's: why doesn't he fit a few voice over work for cartoon shows on the Disney Channel while he's about it?

This guy's a real joker isn't he?

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06-04-2010 03:34 PM  7 years agoPost 10
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seriously, it gets worse every single day. Can you imagine if we had a REAL crisis (not downplaying the spill here)??? I've never seen anything like it, at any level of politics. Just pure incompetence. Hell, he doesn't even lie very well. At least be good at something.

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06-04-2010 03:57 PM  7 years agoPost 11
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no, you got a REAL crisis, one that is on an international scale and has economic ramifications for the US and UK.

If BP goes under because of this it will send shock waves through the UK economy (and the fact that quite a lot of hedge funds are dependent on BP stocks doing well). This will hamper our recovery even more when we're still precariously trying to get better.

They HAVE to plug that hole and not wait 2 more months - too many livelihoods at stake along with the prosperity of an area of the ocean as well.

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06-04-2010 04:12 PM  7 years agoPost 12
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No doubt. And, as I said, I'm not trying to downplay this spill, because it is huge. I was talking more along the lines of another 9/11 or even an international nuclear situation with Korea or Iran. Can you imagine how bad he'd foul that up???

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06-04-2010 04:18 PM  7 years agoPost 13
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I was talking more along the lines of another 9/11 or even an international nuclear situation with Korea or Iran. Can you imagine how bad he'd foul that up???
Its really strange to me that a guy with his skills cannot work to pull us all together rather than pulling us all apart. I guess thats just not in his DNA.

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06-04-2010 04:48 PM  7 years agoPost 14
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remember when he said he was going to hold talks with these rogue nations without any pre-conditions??? Has he had any talks with them at all??? No - he's just managed to alienate one of our two staunchest allies. And I'm sorry, I see no skills here. Pretty sure he doesn't write his own speeches and he reads everything from a teleprompter.
Bush looked like a loveable, bumbling fool, but I'd bet if you put them both in the same room with unscripted questions, Obama would make Bush look like Einstein.

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06-05-2010 12:30 AM  7 years agoPost 15
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Guys, follow the money. Under the law enacted in response to the Exxon Valdiz spill every gallon that gets released into the ocean is subject to at $4300 fine IIRC. I saw a guestimate that up to 24 million gallons have already been spilled into the gulf. Do the math, that's over $100 billion dollars. You wonder why Obama is dragging his feet on this? The big O has found a way to pay for his healthcare plan until he's out of office. Remember as Rahm said, "never let a crisis go to waste."

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06-05-2010 04:14 AM  7 years agoPost 16
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Dragon, I came to that same conclusion tonight while watching the news. Obama can sit back and make a bunch of money, make the oil buisness look terrible and break BP all at the same time.
Of course he thinks that we are all stupid enough to not figure it out.

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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06-05-2010 04:54 AM  7 years agoPost 17
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06-05-2010 10:49 AM  7 years agoPost 18
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that's all well and good Dragon, but I don't think BP has that kind of money, hence to get it out of BP would be a totally futile exercise akin to suing a homeless guy for a million dollars.

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06-05-2010 11:37 AM  7 years agoPost 19
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on top of the fact, I believe though it's affecting us, the spill happened in international waters. How do we fine somebody for doing something outside of our jurisdiction??? I don't know, just asking.

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06-05-2010 12:00 PM  7 years agoPost 20
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Don't expect a little thing like the rule of law get in the way of our Fuhrer when he is making an example of BP!

Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about!

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