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June 1st, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Is Gulf oil spill Pres. Obama's Katrina?

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In this NASA handout, the oil slick is seen off the coast of Louisiana with a portion flowing south from the accident site in the Gulf of Mexico. BP will reportedly make another attempt today at stifling at least part of the undersea oil gusher by trying to saw through the pipe leaking the oil. (PHOTO CREDIT: NASA via GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's been 43 days since the start of the Gulf coast oil spill. And the biggest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history has many asking if this disaster has become President Obama's "Katrina."

Once again the people of the Gulf coast have been devastated; and they're calling on both the oil giant BP and President Obama to do more. BP keeps trying - so far unsuccessfully - to stop the leak; and it could be as late as August before a permanent fix is found.

Meanwhile the president is pushing back against criticism that his administration didn't act quickly enough, saying the Katrina analogy is just "flat out wrong."

But some Gulf coast residents say the response to this crisis is even worse than George Bush's response to Katrina - and that's saying a lot. They say there's a disconnect between what the administration says and what's actually happening on the ground.

While the White House insists the law requires BP to clean up its own mess - some environmentalists say the government should just take over the response.

As for Mr. Obama, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times says he waited too long to show his outrage over this and other issues: "The man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire withholds that inspiration when it is most needed."

Here’s my question to you: Has the Gulf oil spill become President Obama's Katrina?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Paul in Whippany, New Jersey writes:
Obama waited way too long. He has proven over and over again in his short time as president that he is not a leader. Thank God he wasn't president when 9/11 happened.

Jane writes:
Katrina was about the Bush administration's refusal or reluctance to deploy existing rescue teams to aid the human beings in immediate danger. We don't have government leak-stopping teams to deploy… If Pres. Obama wants to avoid part of the blame, he needs to see that the spill is really cleaned up, and then that BP suffers some real punishment. Take away their leases and bar them form any federal contracts, and take away the liability limits for all future spills.

Jack writes:
It should be considered Bush's Katrina II. It was under his watch that the oil companies got to call the shots with him and Cheney.

Tod in Tampa Bay, Florida writes:
Let's be clear: this was a private company industrial accident, not a natural disaster. Katrina resulted in more than 1,800 human deaths. This is not a fair comparison. With that said, the White House is in an unwinnable position in that they do not have the capacity to solve the problem. Until the oil STOPS flowing, the government is hostage to the expertise, intelligence and technological capability of oil companies to fix this.

Kathie writes:
Obama has spent a total of approximately 3 hours in the Gulf Coast. He gives a couple flowery speeches and then goes on vacation. This is not leadership. Even Bush (as much as I dislike him) did better. BP and Obama don't seem to have a clue as to what to do.

Gin writes:
If you mean by this question, "Will he get my vote next time?" No.


Filed under: Gulf oil spill
soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. Patrick Henry

    Obama will be ok as long as he understands the problem and he does not say, " Good Job Brownie" . Besides he is a grownup!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  2. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    There are a lot of us who feel frustrated because we get cut-off by responses like "Your solution is too risky".

    Who determines what is too great a risk and doesn't have the presence of mind to explain why the risk is too great?

    The President needs to open a "War Room" to accept any and all possible solutions for this crisis from all citizens.

    As I speak, your commentator is saying the very same thing!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  3. Joe

    Obama's Katrina? What a joke. When Hurricane Katrina hit, no one was lying to downplay it's severity. If BP would have been honest from the get-go, about how bad the spill was, then surely the Obama administration would have responded appropriately.

    Joe B.
    Phoenix, AZ

    June 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  4. rabb

    stop pointing fingers,and passing blames.
    the response is as good as it can be..

    June 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  5. Peter

    Comparing the lives lost in Katrina to the oil spill is sick in so many ways. Is this what America has really come to?.....Thank God for Canada.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  6. Beverly O.

    This oil spill is BP's greed and the continued deregulation to let oil companies make their own safety rules and do whatever they feel like doing. This is not a natural disaster but one which could have been avoided had deregulation of the Oil industry never happen. It's just like Wall Street. One can only hope that after this disaster our Federal Government has very strict regulations and it not in bed with the oil companies. On another note since Haliburton is also involved with this disaster, why haven't we heard from big mouth Dick Cheney, I guess he is trying to put away his money since he will have nothing left once BP gets through paying out damages. I don't want our government giving out one cent to help cleaning this mess up. BP SHOULD FOOT THE WHOLE DARN TAB!!!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  7. rose

    I think that this was a big disaster from the beginning. no one was listing sounds like they should have a board room where everyone could get together. one going here the other going there, if mr obama would have more faith in the american people, listen to them, instead of always opening his mouth, someone could proberly give him some advice,,,trouble with this man he has no faith in his own country, on what the american's can do, we are the best fixers in the world. he went down to the beach and talked talked talked! if he would listen once in awhile, and ask questions. might learn something. move congress down to beach maybe with enough of there hot air, could move the oil back. .

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  8. Angela Campagna

    Not yet. No one blamed Bush for the storm, or the flooding. It was the Federal incompetence in handling the managable human tragedy that horrified the nation and the world. I think people blame BP for the spill. There isn't an immediate remedy like food drops, or an organized busing effort that can resolve the problem. I don't think anyone imagines that Obama is sitting on resources he could employ. However, the BP Oil Spill could become Obama's Katrina if he doesn't communicate about efforts being made and include the American people in a national effort to save the gulf.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  9. Ned Alpert

    I love Obama - he is so intelligent and speaks so well, but he lacks the intestinal fortitude to get the job done in so many instances.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  10. Don in Nevada

    When I think of Katrina, I do not think first of President Bush. When I think of this oil spill I also do not think of President Obama. I do not think of politics at all actually. What I think of is the massive loss of life and the incomprehendable devastation to our mother earth and our fellow people and wildlife. No response would have stopped or reversed this. Our demand for oil is insatiable and BP made a mistake while filling our order.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  11. Horace

    Obama spent 3 hours touring the oil spill. He then spent about 5 hours golfing.

    I think that says it all....

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  12. Consultofactus

    Yeah – at least the Bush adminstration didn't give the Gulf Coast an "Excellence in Preparedness" Award unlike the Obama administration awarding one of their largest campaign contributors, BP, with a "safety award" on the very platform that blew up – classic!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  13. Angie

    Not taking into account the loss of lives, this oil spill is worst than Katrina. Katrina was an act of nature, the oil spill is man-made. Bush's main mistake was to underestimate the incompetence of local politicians. Obama's mistake is worst – he underestimated the impact of the spill even though experts and local folks were highly distraught from day one. For too long, the administration was hands off (they say they were involved from day 1 but 'knowing about it and doing something about it' are two different things. My perception is that they just got involved because of 'political correctness issues'. That area is so precious to so many, apparently not for the Washington crowd.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  14. Steven

    Yes....this IS Obama's Katrina. Why should he be spared the same level of scrutiny and blame than that which was directed at Bush? They are both incompetent leaders who are disconnected from anyone outside the Beltway. You can be damned sure that there would be a greater sense of urgecy if this oil was washing up Martha's Vinyard!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  15. Scott

    Don't be silly. It's obviously Bush's fault

    June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  16. Jim in Alabama

    No Jack. It's very different in that hurricanes are a yearly occurrance and Bush just showed how ill prepared FEMA was to deal with a normal occurrance, albeit a very bad hurricane. The oil spill is different because we've never had a disaster of this type and magnitude before and it simply illustrated how ill prepared the oil industry is to deal with a spill like this.. Moreover, it showed the lack of regulatory enforcement and possible violations of the law that BP may be guilty of. Obama came into office with a full plate and has had one since day one. He may have overlooked the lack of regulations put in place by the Bush/Cheney regime and this one snuck up on him.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  17. claudia Blairsville Georiga

    Not so fast !, If Obama and his team don't centralize, organize and focus on clean up it'll be on his head So, Do It NOW!. Who is the point person for the administration? Don't let the media or the Right set the guidelines., conversation, or direction.
    control the problem, prevent it from happening again, or like the rest of the incumbants you will be out of office next election, Please don't let that happen !~Slam em!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  18. Richard

    Obama is only guilty of not coddling people's emotions. He should have gone on prime time T.V. and spent half an hour explaining his strategy.

    My question: Is BP the only company with equipment for this clean up? Why not get BP to foot the bill for Exxon's clean up crew?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  19. larry

    The federal government does not have any of the expertise needed to deal with this problem. The oil giants are the only ones with the equipment and knowledge about how these things work. Saying that, let's keep in mind who really is to blame, Dick Cheney and Bush for letting the oil company's write their own ticket.
    If the last administration had not joined forces with these energy giants these oil rigs out in the Gulf would never have been built- The same thing happened in 1963 and they could not stop it then using the exact same methods they are using now. When are people going to realize that regulations are needed for big business whether it be OIL or Wall Street..give them an inch and they will take a mile- All of the MMS people who were taking bribes, sexual favors or just didn't care were all put in place before you every heard the name Obama-where is the energy maven Cheney, haven't heard a peep out of him.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  20. M.J.Murphy

    Could it be Obama's Waterloo? He promised change. He just forgot to say "change for the worse". UAE offered BP their help. They cleaned up their gulf after Sadaam. BP said they weren't needed. WHY

    June 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  21. alpoc

    the oil spill is bad and obama looks out of touch. however, the only thing obama is not doing is the pr moves of being present in the region as much as possible. the government is clueless on how to stop this leak. they are relaying on the "experts" in the oil industry to figure it out. i believe, stopping this type of leak has never been tried. so it would seem that no one knows how to stop it. right now. they seem to be buying time until the relief well can be finished. as far as this being obama's katrina.....obama has not had a "heck of a job" moment.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  22. Sylvain from Canada

    Not likely, the one major difference is american lives lost. Bush knew at least 5 days in advance that Katrina was going to hit precisely where it did. Army trucks with food and water only showed up a week later. A Thousand people could've been saved. The BP Oil spill was an accident that could've been avoided if proper safety inspections would've been done and BP will have to defend it in court. So far, 11 people died, and it was from lack of security inspection. As far as I'm concerned, this Obama's Katrina tag is just political propaganda.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  23. Wayne

    Yes, of course its his Katrina, the President fooled the majority in his campaign but now we see what his skills really are..... And its not that great.....

    June 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  24. Smerlap

    This maybe the dumbest question you have ever asked Jack. First Katrina was a natural disaster that killed close to 2000 people and left millions homeless. The Bush administration was not prepared and did not have good people to respond. So far the deaths are the 11 who died on the platform when it exploded. No one has been left homeless. To compare this mess to the tragedy of Katrina is a slap in the face of all those who died and suffered from that storm. This is a disaster caused by corporate greed and political malpractice by the last GOP in the White House.

    Second, no agency of the government has the equipment or expertise to jump in and "fix" this problem. To those who want to releive BP of the responsibility, I ask : To be replaced by whom???????

    June 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  25. Ed Brannan

    If it happened on Bush's watch, would he be labelled as a do-nothing president that didn't respond adequately to protect our coastlines? If you think so, then Obama has a lot to worry about. What has Obama's response been? Lay out ineffective booms and gather paperwork so he has somebody to blame afterwards? Sounds like he could have done more, but didn't. Words and excuses only go so far, and he's running out of those. I think it's his Katrina.

    -Ed from Austin

    June 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  26. Jeff Broker

    BP's continued attempts to fix this is like saying "the check is in the mail". It is not happening. Critics of Obama want him to do more – like what? He cannot stop the leak.

    Bush could have sent the National Guard to New Orleans the day after Katrina hit – CNN got there.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  27. JM in NYC

    If it's not already it will be soon. This just shows at best how big government is ill equipped to handle large disasters and at worst is incompetent and.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  28. April In New Orleans

    No. President Obama was not on vacation when the spill happened, nor did he go to any birthday BBQ's in Arizona to celebrate John McCain's 900th birthday like W did shortly after Katrina. Oh, and when Obama came to the Gulf, he actually had them land the plane instead of just doing a "fly over."

    June 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  29. Profbam

    No, it is the GOP's Katrina-2 as they are the ones who promoted "clean oil" (drill baby drill) and "clean coal" (how's the clean up going outside Knoxville?). The only similarity to Katrina is that both catastrophes took place in the Gulf. The right-wing pundits need something to howl about, but there is not much more that the government can do, BP has to stop the leak and pay for clean up. There is no such thing as clean hydrocarbons and since the extraction process relies on human judgement, these releases of toxic materials–oil, fly ash, polluted waters–will continue to occur.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  30. Metropl

    No. When the rape gangs and murders start up, you can make the comparison. When the conditions in a major city rival third world countries, you can make the comparison. When the government abandones the states because the wrong paperwork is filed, you can make the comparison. There just isn't a reasonable link.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  31. Dan Robbins , Indiana

    I can't believe people are even comparing Bush's response to Katrina to Obama's response to the oil spill. The Bush administration ignored thousands who were going without food and water. Hundreds of thousands were homeless. Looters and armed bandits were running wild. All this was done while CNN was showing the peoples distress on the daily news and it still took days before they even admitted there was a problem. BP said about 5,000 gallons of oil was leaking a day and they had things under control. Until the live feed we had no way of knowing the truth. Obama relied on BP to be honest.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  32. Manuel Sousa

    First of all, there is a hugh difference form getting food and water to a people dire need, and trying to plug a leak 5000 feet beneath the water. The former is a simple humanitarian act, the later is not so simple. What the media and the American people have to realize is that no one knows how to plug the oil leak. The reality is that it will be August before they can slow down this leak. Does anyone out there believe that BP wants to go bankrupt? Does anyone out there have a sure fired way of plugging this leak? It is humerous for those who say that government can do nothing right, are now shouting the loudest for government to takeover. Takeover what?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  33. Charles Graves

    These are two very different crises. The government has the expertise, manpower and equipment to handle hurricane relief but must depend on a limited number of experts to handle an oil spill a mile below the surface. The White House is the best place for him to oversee the gulf crisis. His presence would only add to the confusion. Also, take a look around the world. The President has more on his plate than any leader in modern history. Cut him some slack!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  34. Carrie

    @Dan Robbins I agree with 100%
    Answer to your question Jack is NO and Stop comparing or blaming the President.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  35. Eli

    It seems to me that this president, had a greater sense of urgency to sit down and have a beer with the police officer and the professor (Beer Sumit) then to respond or act on this "Major Environmental Catastrophe! It clearly shows that he put no priority on this issue til after 30 plus days of oil spilling in the Gulf! Why are we not seeing a (Sumit of concern) with the folks from the gulf?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  36. robert l burford

    unfortunately ..it is too late...there is no known solution because prepardness for this spill was never concidered..it has been about a gamble..the cards on the table delivered a 22 bust. they went through this thirty years ago and still didn't learn their lesson...and concidering the endangered species acts they have broken the law...and the cheney administration are libel too...i've studied the salt water marshes under an environmental chemistry course and i can tell you when you are dealing with a fragile ecosystem the proper respect should be the number one concern...bp and others placed profit before respect..this is no way to do business as a shepard of nature

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  37. Mary Weiland

    NO !!!!!!!! An Oil Spill cannot be just picked up or stopped by anyone. You need skills and knowledge. President Obama believed, as we did, that BP knew what it was doing and would use all it's resources to help in cleanup and to stop this. This is not just sending food, clothes and picking up solid debris. This is liquid oil. You just don't use a bucket and mop to clean it up

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  38. Gabriel G., Texas

    What do people want Obama to do about the oil spill? It seems like people want Obama to put on a scuba suit, dive to the bottom of the ocean and fix it himself. Come on now people!!! Give BP a chance to fix the problem. The federal government doesnt have the technology that BP does.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  39. Guy from Hawaii

    Aloha Jack,
    Everytime we go to fill up our gas tanks or turn up the heat in our house we are all to blame for this. Where were all the residents of Louisiana when there was not disaster. This accident was inevitable somewhere, some time. So, do we expect President Obama to run down and stick his finger in the leak?...I got a better idea...send Rush Limbaugh down there and have him put his mouth over it. It's the only thing I know that has more crap flowing out of it than the oil pipe does!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  40. Marc Sims

    Is Gulf oil spill Pres. Obama's Katrina?

    President Obama has not responded well to the BP oil catastrophe, but this ain’t on Katrina.

    British Petroleum, Halliburton, and Transocean must pay restitution to the gulf coast citizens who have lost their jobs.

    Marc
    Chicago

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  41. Billy Williamson

    To April in New Orleans,
    Obama didn't go to any barbecues, but a coat and tie dinner to raise money for congressional campaigns is just as bad, and he did that one.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  42. gordon

    Well Jack, there is honestly no way to compaire the two. Bush was not only neglectful, but the remarks from his own mother about "these people" showed he was completely dissconnected. Let alone incompitant. Bp caused this disaster and if was left to former President Bush, ... well one could only imagine what would be happening now! President Obama hasn't been perfect, yes, but he isn't ironman....he's an attorney... I'm sure he will clean more than the beach

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  43. Glenn

    Welcome back Jack. yes the Gulf oil spill is Pres. Obama's Katrina.
    Hate to say it but the Government drop the Ball. When it comes to overseeing the drilling process they failed.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  44. barryc

    No, we are all at fault here. We allow business to plunder the finite resources of our planet and demonize the environmentalists for questioning it. The Drill baby drill crowd are to blame as always.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  45. Carol B., Baltimore MD

    Hi Jack. Unfortunately, all leaders are at the helm of both, triumphs and tragedys. There was so much more loss of human life during Katrina. This is not to take away from the oil rig workers and loss of wildlife. People who have lost their business due to the spill should be compensated by BP, as well as the environmental clean-up and wildlife care. However, although this President was slow to respond, the delayed response to Katrina was worse.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  46. 2telthetruth

    Give me a break! this is Bp's mess it's ironic how these hypocrites flip flop about the roll of "Big Government" when it's suitable for their rhetoric. this is not OBAMA'S KATRINA but is evidence of why we need to" REGULATE BABY REGULATE. ".

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  47. Linda in Arizona

    It ought to be. I've never seen such a stunning lack of leadership. I don't want to see more fake rage, thanks, but some command and control would be helpful. BP should be taking orders from the government, not the reverse. Obama should send in as many National Guard, Coast Guard, Navy and any other personnel he can find to work for General Honere to help the locals protect their wetlands and shores. Why doesn't he do it? Too busy shooting hoops?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  48. vince cami

    Obama has not delivered on his obligation to protect and defend this country. What would you expect? He has never run anything, never has led anyone.
    No one expects him to plug the leak..the government does not have the capability to do that We should however, expect him to organize and lead the delivery of a plan to midigate the damage. He has yet to articulate a plan of action and has only sent his political minions to the gulf to get on camara.
    He should take a lesson from Bobby Jindal on how to take charge.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  49. judy jackson

    No, President Obama's response, like his very disappointing Presidency, is FAR WORSE than Bush's response to Katrina. Obama cares about Obama, not his country or the people who inhabit it.

    His agenda (health care etc.) was rammed through against the majority of American's desire. As for the oil disaster, his response is too little, too late. That he has any response at all is mere political expediency.

    Obama is Change we CAN'T Believe In...sad for those in the Gulf States where the oil spill threatens to be an economic & environmental disaster.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  50. Rebecca

    Bush failed because he did not adequately provide basic necessities to Americans affected by Katrina. Equating a lack of food, water, and shelter to BP's engineering difficulties is ludicrous.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  51. Nicole

    The Gulf oil spill as Obama’s Katrina is a red herring. The real issue: why hasn’t anything changed in the intervening 20 years since Exxon Valdez? Exxon didn’t have a plan. BP doesn’t have a plan. No US agency or administration has required proof of environmental impact or disaster plans from oil companies. Take the cleanup out of BP’s hands. Then call Ralph Nader and let him clean up the regulation of Big Oil.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  52. Shawn from IL.

    This headline ran all weekend and its really disrespectful to the victims and their families. Not to mention that the government was told again and again that the flood walls would fail. We were watching people die on T.V. for days while the president did nothing.

    You cannot compare a situation where over 1000 people died with any oil spill. You cannot compare a situation where babies are starving and supplies are not being delivered.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  53. Troy

    Obama has sounded and uninformed and arrogant during this disaster – just like W did during Katrina. He has displayed more anger at his critics than BP. This along with his administration's willingness to let BP call the shots -including the cleanup of the oil on the water and on the marsh. Watching the administration official deferring to Tony the Twit for decisions is infuriating! We may have to give BP first crack at stopping the leak, but this does not mean we have to sit and watch the oil float on shore then call BP for help. I did not agree that this was going to be Obama's Katrina at the beginning, but Obama is making so. It is his own doing. His recent photo op with the impromptu clean up crew is also "Bush"-league move.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  54. Bethany McFarland

    Those who compare the oil spill to Katrina are illogical. Just about anyone with common sense would have been able to direct aid to people in the aftermath of Katrina. The oil spill is a completely different situation where even the experts haven't found a solution. President Obama can't be blamed for that.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  55. Tom in New York

    I don’t believe that comparing hurricane Katrina to the spill in the gulf is really comparing apples to apples. What I do believe this shows is President Obama’s indifference and lack of leadership where domestic issues are concerned. It seems to me that our response to earthquake Haiti was much better that the response in the gulf.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  56. Darlene

    A resounding NO! The Obama administration will be marred by cleaning up from the lack of regulation of the previous administration...lax regulation in the financial industry lead to financial collapse, lax regulation of the oil industry lead to BP's inability to be prepared for the oil spill, illegal war and military tactics led to US attacks and declined global public image and the list goes on. Currently the administration is dealing with an oil spill, the economy, an arrogant Israel, a crazy N. Korea, an unfair Chinese trade policy, an uncooperative political party whose leader (Limbaugh) simply says, "I want him to fail". Lay off Obama, his administration and stop looking for, hoping for, waiting for failure and start helping!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  57. Eric Dwayne

    What is our government possibly going to do better than BP when we have relied on them for fuel. People state that they want the government to stay out of their lives, then want them to take care of every possible thing they can think of. Either way, people aren't going to be happy about whatever decision is made. Quit crying people! You want to help out, or be the genius behind this issue, go down and volunteer your services.

    Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the circus!
    The government works for BP!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  58. Colleen, St. Pete Beach, Florida

    Considering our current government has a record of environmenal awareness like none other – it's a crying shame it has gone this far with such a lackadaisy approach (with a whole lot of finger pointing from the Administration). It shouldn't matter which party is in charge...but this one surprises me the most.

    Obama just went on TV from Louisiana on Day 39 where he says this has been top priorty since day 1 when, if it was, they could have called out the big guns, i.e., Military – to take over and run command and control over the logistics and delegation, and infact – stoped the oil from reaching the marshes, wetlands, and hatcheries that are now irreversibly destroyed. Instead, there are 30 cheifs and thousands of indians with no direction. It's day 43.

    I'm in awe at the bumbling and fumbling from a Presedent I thought would have been a supreme leader in situation like this.

    Believe me, if this was Bush in charge, Democrats would be screaming!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  59. AA

    In the end, the oil spill and Katrina fiascoes are the exact same thing – greedy conservatives taking care of their own. In their eyes, New Orleans was a trash heap with no real "equity" because of large impoverished areas and the "destined-to-fail" fact that it lies below sea level. And the oil spill was clearly a "rigged" affair which came uncannily too close to Obama's okaying offshore drilling. The oil tycoons (whose interest groups are married to all other of those in Big Business) simply would not stand the fact that oil prices would drop to acceptable levels. So they sacrificed 11 lives and countless other livelihoods to prevent it. This double-edged sword would also spur mostly liberal environmentalists to turn against the Dems. The bottom line is, if there are unlimited amounts of wealth to be guaranteed or otherwise amassed, Big Business will sacrifice countless numbers of middle and lower class citizens' lives (and the environment) to get it. And it's these heartless greedy groups that will be the downfall of capitalism as we know it.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  60. goldha

    One reason we typically elect a president is because we believe he cares for us regular people. It is pretty hard to believe Obama cares very much when he only makes two trips to the Gulf Coast in the six weeks since the rig went down and, on top of it, spends only three hours there on his second trip and doesn't even get his hands dirty. It was no more than a photo opp.

    His Katrina? Hell it could be his Waterloo.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  61. Alex Landi CA

    The way this administration operates all of America is becoming Obama's Katrina. There are lots of disconnects between what Obama promises and what he does. Talk about "oily" politics,

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  62. Joe in Missouri

    Jack:
    This is Capitalism at its best. Although BP clearly wants to minimize its liability America is a Junky and like a Heroin addict wants its oil. Now that Its vein has ruptured they are blaming the person injecting the drug and not the drug. America must KICK the habbit or die a junky.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  63. Charles of Eugene

    I think the "Drill, Baby, Drill" crowd, with its years of deregulation and lack of oversight, as well as their just plain allowing oil drilling at such depths without known-to-be-effective safety measures in place, are the culprits here. The Obama team, including the US Coast Guard, has been on location & in action since day one of this on-going, heinous environmental crime. Obama's only mistake is to have believed BP's initial statements.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  64. Sally

    Do you remember the other Gulf of Mexico spill in the late 70? That took ten months to contain, and then only with Red Adair's assistance. This spill is not President Obama's Katrina, nor is it his fault.

    Oil companies probably didn't contribute as much to President Obama's campaign than they did to Pres. Bush. After all, Bush was in the oil business.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  65. B. Young

    NO comparison to Katrina is justified!!! Maybe it's Pres. Obama's 911 and he's doing what he can do in dealing with the residues of his predecessors. The oil spill is not the only mess he will have to clean up in the 6 years he has left. Thank God for a leader!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  66. Murray Rizberg

    While the Obama administration could have been more hands-on in its approach to this disaster – especially in giving the public access to whatever BP was doing (or alleged to have been doing) to clean up the mess – the two disasters are very apart in terms of what the federal government can and is expected to do.

    The only real distinction one needs to dispel the notion that the BP oil spill is "Obama's Katrina," however, is this: while the federal government has both the technology and obligation to provide its citizens safety and to clean up in the wake of a naturally instigated disaster such as Hurricane Katrina, the federal government does NOT have the technology nor (at least legally) the obligation to clean up the mess caused by a private company such as BP. If the feds had either of those, then the BP Oil Spill most certainly could be labeled "Obama's Katrina."

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  67. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    President Obama was naively hopeful (and perhaps a bit lazy) to get duped into believing BP's assurances that they had the oil spill under control.
    It is not unlike Bernie Madoff's clients getting conned by his promises of great returns.
    I suspect that President Obama will have two or three "Katrina's" before his first (and probably last) term of office is over. He is just a political babe in the woods.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  68. Ken Deminick

    How can you compare the oil spill to Katrina Jack? It was known for years the levees would fail under certain conditions. It was known for a week Katrina was coming. New Oreleans is a dot on the map compared to thousands of miles of coastline, islands and marshes, a lot of it not easily accesible. The oil spill happened unexpectedly and affects an area thousands of times larger than New Orleans. Oranges and apples Jack.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  69. Thanh

    What can the government do? It doesn't have the capability to deal with the spill. It's not like Katrina, where you can deploy the military to rescue, distribute aid, maintain order, and rebuild.

    BP and other oil companies have the experts to handle the mess and it's the government's job to hold them accountable for the damage. That's all.

    The problem isn't easy, and there a lot of variables to factor in. If they apply a fix, that fix must not complicate the problem if it fails.

    In addition, the world wasn't as complicated during Katrina. Today, in addition to two wars, we have a faltering economy, racial tension, civil unrest, a tough political situation, crisis in Korea, crisis in Gaza, tension with Iran, etc.

    Obama's opponents are merely using the opportunity to score political points. Where are their solutions?

    Government should only play a role in regulation and its enforcement. It should also deploy its resources appropriately. The US military doesn't have the means to stop the leak, so what else can the government do? Nothing that it hasn't already done.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  70. Sandi G

    Jack
    He already owns this problem totally since on Sunday his energy advisor Ms. Browner said on Meet the Press the US gov is totally in charge and BP doesn't do anything unless the feds approve it. She said it has been that way all along. So yeah, he owns the whole mess and his reaction to it iss shameful. He hurries down for a couple hours because after all he has vacation plans or he has to go to a fund raiser. I was not a Bush supporter but I am so disappointed in Obama. He is much more a politician and much more intelligent so that's going to make for a dangerous mix. The massive loss of human life made Katrina a shameful situation for Bush and this country. This will be equally shameful with the loss of life, animal life, habitats, jobs etc. Two men as failures in a row for president, we are the losers. When are we going to learn? My thoughts are with the Gulf popuation.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  71. Guy

    Not the same as the Katrina situation. This falls squarely on BP.
    The general Mantra over the years is for government to get off the backs of business. Many feel that the government spends too much time and money trying to regulate in areas they do not belong. This is especially true in the areas of safety and environmental. The belief is that the government should not be telling the experts (business) the best way to do things.
    That is what appears to be happening here. Pres Obama and the rest of the Feds are doing exactly what we've been telling them to do: let business handle it and stop relying on the Feds.
    BP is responsible for that operation (not the contractors either), and what happened. It appears that BP had very clear protocols for handling operations, including maintenance and accident prevention. Management chose to ignore them, causing this disaster. In fact, it appears BP has quite a history of such issues. This isn't the first time they messed up. The only blame we should put on the Feds is allowing a company with BP's poor record to drill in American waters in the first place.
    If we need to complain about the government's poor performance or involvement, let's blame the right government. After all, BP is British. Where are they in all this?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  72. yvonne

    Jack,

    I guess I am confused. Do people want government in their lives or not? If we are talking about what is good for the entire country, things like healthcare, insurance and finance reform and green technologies the answer is always a resounding NO. Don't get me wrong...I am as repulsed as much as anyone by the behavior of BP and their futile efforts to correct what should never have happened but why is everyone trying to push President Obama into managing something that is a private investment. A corporate responsibility. Especially when we are repeatedly told to leave private business to private businesses. I wish they would make up their minds. I, for one, am tired of being told that we have to clean up after big business after the fact.....Just tell me now and I will start saving to bail out the next corporation that wants to rob the American people.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  73. michael from PA

    The oil spill is Obama's Chernobyl, a self propagating disaster ignited by corrupt government officials bought and paid for by Big Oil year after year. And the scuzzy oil lobby will see that nothing changes once this event is past.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  74. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Properly, NO! The only similarities between the Deepwater Horizon leak and the Katrina rescue failure is geography. The mistakes that were made that allowed the oil leak to become a disaster were made under the previous Administration. United States law does not allow the President to behave as a sovereign monarch and just take over and give orders. The state of technology does not offer any quicker fixes by any human power whatsoever. Even the mobilization of thousands more people and millions of tons more booms and straw at Federal expense requires an Act of Congress to pay for them. It requires a Federal lawsuit to remove BP from its position of responsibility. Command resides with Admiral Allen, who is responsible to the President, but "control" is actually beyond the realm of possibility. No amount of outrage and no amount of speech will either plug this leak or mop up a single drop of this mess. In the case of Katrina, statutory authority that existed was not used because the Presidential appointees were incompetent. In this case, statutory authority is being used, but is inadequate to the task, because a President of the United States is neither a God nor a King. Actions that would have prevented or mitigated this disaster would have had to have been taken before Mr. Obama was sworn in. Oil well blowouts are acts of nature. Lack of preparedness for them is an act of man, but the preparations must be made before the drilling starts.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  75. Steve

    No, The blame goes to Bush, BP and other oil companies. First of all t he oil companies raised the prices on the pumps to apply pressure on Bush to lift the ban on off shore drilling, Bush caved in to the pressure and lifted the ban on drilling on offshore coast of USA. this mess shouldn't have happened first place.

    Steve

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  76. Glenn

    Yes the Gulf oil spill is Pres. Obama's Katrina?
    According to AP News
    Staff members at an agency that oversees offshore drilling accepted tickets to sports events, lunches and other gifts from oil and gas companies and used government computers to view pornography, according to an Interior Department report alleging a culture of cronyism between regulators and the industry.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  77. curious joe

    There is no comparison. Katrina herself
    did not hurt Louisiana that bad. The levy
    broke well after Katrina came through.
    Even the mayor of New Orleans went on
    T.V. after Katrina passed and said "WE DODGED
    THE BULLET". The Governor of Louisiana
    dropped the ball on the call to Bush.
    Obama is the deer in the headlights on this
    one and all his political idealogies aren't
    helping us a bit. He's had a MONTH to respond
    with something from all his genius. He's made
    one photo-op. That's it !!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  78. Robert

    This situation is completely different than katrina. When man decided to go miles beneth the earth to get oil and then allows those that do it to set up their own rules and not even follow them. The regan era deregulation and those that support such an idiotic`idea are at fault really for this. If rules were set and kept....fact is...this would'nt have happened.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  79. Kari

    I don't even EAT seafood, and my heart goes out to the people of Louisiana. This is their heart and sole. * James Carville has it right. When is the government going to treat their state with respect? This spill is endangering a part of US. * Obama needs to treat it as if it happened in his own backyard.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  80. Amy

    Why does our government...over and over again...ignore natural and man-made disasters in our country? Mind boggling....

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  81. David Detwiler

    No, this is not Katrina again at all. With the hurricane, George Bush appeared utterly ignorant of what was happening and was not moved to provide Federal help, even though such help was available and critically needed.

    In contrast, it's not clear what additional Federal help could be provided in the current spill fiasco. Maybe Obama could emote more, and maybe in hindsight some will find some action he could have taken, but it's not obvious what that would be.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  82. Sly

    Obama can't just start firing BP execs for lying or downplaying the truth or for not "doing enough". I don't think this is anywhere near Katrina. Act of nature vs screw up of man. No comparison.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  83. Sally

    This is BP's Katrina, Obama did not drill the well or give the permit.
    This is typical of oil drilling!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  84. brigid Bostow

    No! I am amazed at how intelligent people are reacting to this disaster. it was evident from the beginning that there was going to be alot of environmental degradation. The most that can be done is to mitigate it. Stopping the leak is obviously somethng that no one is sure about. The president has brought all aavailable resources into play. He maybe could improve the PR a little but that is all photo op stuff.

    By the way why wasn't lA better prepared to respond. They're all for states rights w/o government money or interferrance except when they need it. They are part of the "drill baby drill" group. They have also propered from the oil money. Stop trying to take up air time 24/7 dumping on Obama.

    Brigid from California

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  85. Bill in TX

    Jack,
    Did President Obama:
    1. DeRegulate the oil corporations?
    2. Gut the enforcement branch of the Dept. of the Interior?
    3, Start the two wars we do not pay for with taxes there by creating the current budget crisis?
    4. Saw to the nation on the night of his State of The Union Message, we do NOT want a Federal capacity as Gov Jindl said?
    5. Approve the lax to non-existent environmental regulations of LA?

    I Think NOT.

    It is Bush, Jindl and the right wingers; TX, LA, MS, AL and Fl sent to Washington doing.
    We out here do have functioning memories.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  86. Martin

    Perhaps. Did we ask other countries for help? Where are the tankers? Where are experts from other oil companies? NASA?...
    It certainly does not look like "we are in charge".

    June 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  87. Nick (Atlanta Ga)

    I am curious jack? What per se do people want President Obama to do? Scream, Hollar, Pound his fist on the desk and act irate??? That is not who President Obama is. People act like this man is JESUS or GOD that he can wave a magic wand and fix everything. This Oil Spill is the fault of BP ONLY!! This is Unprecedented. Nothing like this has ever happened of this magnitude and people think President obama has the expertise and know how to fix a hole 5000 feet. Hurricane Katrina was something that has happened before that folks have been thru before and the fed government didn't respond quick enough to save those people. This Oil spill could have been prevented, and BP are the ones who are the blame for this mess. President obama and his team have been on this since the explosion happened on April 20th. Bush didn't respond to help those folks during Katrina for 5 days.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  88. Nesto

    Bush/Cheeny laid the foundation stone for such a disaster to take place. This cannot be Obamas Katrina in no way. Is this spill going to stop if he camps in Loisianna? The answer is no. He is doing his best. He has been there twice and he has high cabinet presence there from the biginning.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  89. john calvin from Texas

    It isn't yet his Katrina but it could be. He might be doing all the right things behind the scenes but we aren't aware of it. What the President needs to do is inform us, not just tell us that he's doing everything he can but explain what steps he's taking. If he's doing everything possible then he needs to give us details and updates. Don't be silent about it.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  90. Phil

    Two very different events Jack. It seems this one has the people with the expertise trying one fix after the other. Unfortunately each has failed to stop the flow and the result time marches on. The government is not in a position to stop the flow but it does have a responsibility to limit the environmental damage that will continue to get worse an time goes on. Circumstances change each day the flow continues.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  91. Peggy, Fairfax Virginia

    I don't know how you can compare ignoring people going without food and water and an oil spill. After Katrina so much more was going on that the military could help with helicopters, boats and all. This oil spill is a completely different can of worms, one that the federal government or the military can't control or fix. Let's not make Pres. Obama someone that he isn't. He isn't going to yell or get angry he is more controlled letting what the experts tell him rule his decisions. What angers me is that just because he is not out in front of the cameras everyday saying he feels everyone's pain doesn't mean he isn't doing anything and unless you work in the White House and know his schedule personally you have no idea how much time he spends on this everyday. And please don't suggest that we have the military go out there to clean up the mess, they have enough on their plate and they don't have anymore expertise than the man on the street so just hire the many people out there without jobs. This is exactly what the enviromentalist have said would happen and they were ridiculed for years and sadly they were right.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  92. MaryAnn

    It could be. I am a northeast liberal and I am plenty angry with the administration's lackadaisikal response. They clearly misunderstood how much of a priority the oil spill should be.

    If nothing else, Obama has come across as naive in dealing with BP.

    And why wasn't MMS cleaned up sooner??????

    June 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  93. David W

    Let's see: "W" gutted all regulatory controls, created sweetheart deals with his Texas buddies while Dick rewrote energy policy, and Sarah "I'll speak for $100 grand" led cheer after cheer of "Drill Baby Drill". Obama's guilty of not cleaning house quickly enough, implementing real regulator control and now must manage a disaster of historic proportions. But so far the only people who have died perished due to BP's greed, haste and incompetence, no one has yet to be stranded on rooftops, and stadiums full of disaster victims have not been sighted. Yes, it still could well be Obama's Katrina, but at this point there is simply no comparison.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  94. Bobbie Beason

    Yes. it appears he is not as good at leading as campaigning.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  95. Alex

    I don't believe there was 7 day plus advanced forecast on the oil spill. There is no comparison regarding the oil spill and Katrina relative to the response. We pay taxes for the services that were needed in response to Katrina and the government had those resources but responded poorly. I don't believe that we have the resources necessary to deal with this oil spill....should we....well that's a question to be answered.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  96. Stewart in OR

    Unless he has military, BP paid hires, and volunteers lining the shores to clean it the moment it hits, yes, it will become his Katrina.

    The difference in Bush's foul up was that Bush had the opportunity long before the disaster to arrange emergency services. After Katrina hit, it was clear Bush had no real concern about the damage and dying, and lack of response reflected that.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  97. Nita hemeter

    Hell NO, Obama is a smart and caring person. I believe that he is working hard on this. George Bush is and was an idiot. Heck of a Job Brownie! I used to have that on my answering machine.

    The only similarity with the oil leak and the Failure of the Federally Funded Levees is once again south Louisiana gets the brunt of the misery caused by their irresponsibility and ineptitude. In that regard I feel like I am living through Katrina again.

    Nita Hemeter in New Orleans
    ps... I am not leaving

    June 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  98. Susan

    If someone has a better idea on how to stop this spill - please share or don't speak. This mistake was made when Congress made the decision it was okay to drill one mile in the ocean without a back-up relief well (or two). And this is President's Obama's fault???

    Deregulation has ruined this country and, unfortunately, President Obama has to clean up this mess (again). How about everyone grab a mop or a broom and assist with the clean-up and stop complaining.
    We are all in this together and it's about time we realize this fact and start behaving accordingly.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  99. Mercury

    Obama is as responsible for The Spill, as Bush was responsible for Katrina. What goes around, come around! What's good for the goose, is good for the gander!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  100. Doris Lauter

    We don't need to blame Obama for everything that happens. He was told it was being fixed from the beginning. I am wondering how anyone can clean up the mess as long as it is pouring into the Gulf constantly. Do you want the taxpayers to pay for cleanup when it can't be stopped yet? Why isn't BP doing the cleaning if they know how? They lie to Obama, so how can we look for things to blame Obama?
    Doris
    Ojai, california

    June 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  101. Commelita, Silver Spring, MD

    NO, NO, NO Jack! As a Louisianian, the question is insulting! President Bush put no plan of action in place as he watched Katrina heading for the Louisiana coast for 4 days. He could have immediately called into action all of our military resourced on land, air, and by sea! Katrina should have been a manageable and timely US response to devastation in a major US city. The oil spill is different in that we are trying to use tested technology and equipment at untested depths and only the oil industry has both. If this were an accident on the space station, only NASA would be able to fix it. Seeing Obama enraged and emotional on TV is a mute point. It's not his personality and doesn't determine whether or not he is fully engaged or in control. I believe that his is and his administration is doing all they possibly can do. No Jack, this is George Bush and Dick Cheney's Katrina, Part II!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  102. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    This is the beginning of the end of corporatism as we know it; it is corporatism's Katrina and a catastrophe of epic proportions.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  103. Kevin M.

    To be clear and concise: Coordinating evacuations and following rescue efforts as well as reconstruction, etc are simple tasks. If stopping the Oil Leak was simple we wouldn't be having this conversation. It is the law the BP the ones with the technology to clean up and even reach the leak at that depth. You don't need an expert for a natural disaster, you just coordinate relief and have solutions beforehand. This is an unprecedented man made disaster and it is in everyones interest to fix it, if the federal government thought it could do better than BP it would have already done what needs to be done, they are monitoring and doing what they can but there is only so much.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  104. ric

    His Katrina? Well, Jack. He a had more advanced notice of an impending catastrophe, coupled with his lethargic responce.
    He owns this and if the Press did it's job and wasn't so giddy over the first black president, you wouldn't be asking this question, you would be demanding answers.

    Will it hurt him? Yes, but not nearly as much as it will the democratic party this November.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  105. Michael

    The American People are just looking for a place to put the blame. The longer it takes to fix the leak, the more people point the finger at those leading the recovery. But in the end, its simple a technical engineering issue that has not been conquered. People can come up as many hind-sight-is-20/20 solutions as they want – like "obama should have a central command unit!" and "obama should have been more transparent!", but those pseudo-misteps are not worthy of the lives destroyed by Katrina. The primary problem is an engineering issue (ie, industry needs to just keep trying to solve the problem") not a fatal blatant logistics issue that haunted Bush's Katrina.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  106. luvnola New Orleans,LA

    Obama is deluding himself to say that this is not his "Katrina". The response of the federal government continues to be lacking. BP should be slapped with huge fines everyday the wellhead continues gushing oil. I believe then, they will stop it. BP doesn't want it capped. They want that relief well in so they can keep the oil flowing!!! They are only concerned about their profits... not the gulf or the people of the gulf coast. I know it is BP's responsibility to fix this, but it is also the responsibility of the federal government to PROTECT their citizens and their own SOIL. Being from NOLA I can tell you, Jack, this "FEELS" like Katrina all over again.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  107. Mary

    No. It the Bush's administration along with some Rep such as
    Bobby Jindal “Drill baby Drill” not long ago ridiculing Big Government now petitioning the same Big Government for a hand-out and complainting. A word to the not so wise “Don’t burn your bridges you never know when you need to recross”. What is wrong with our nation blaming and pointing fingers? We have far to many problems going on for our nation to be divided. We won't be able to stand in these trying times which is only the beginning to take place.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  108. Rose

    YES it is Obama's Katrina and as a still displaced evacuee who went thru the government's same slow response, I feel qualified to say that. Obama spent a few hours in there, didn't even get on a boat and see the real deal in the marshes. He didn't mingle with locals or get his hands dirty. He then went on vacation! This is unacceptable! This should be declared a NATIONAL disaster and he should step up to the plate and take over not cowtail to BP. Perhaps all the campaign donations from BP hold him back. Give Louisiana what they want NOW! These poor people have been thru enough!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  109. ric

    Hey Jack. You mean you don't blame Bush? I blame Bush for this....getting this community activist, ie; socialist, elected. Obama is Jimmy Carter lite.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  110. vivfrom NY

    Complain complain – what do they these people want a daddy and government in our lives controlling and regulating companies or small government ? Make up your mind ? Do you want to pay more taxes for huge cleanups or not ? talk doesn't come cheap – if you want the government to protect us pay up tax time

    June 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  111. CarlFay

    The Obama administration should never have allowed the oil to hit US soil, ESPECIALLY after having 35 days to effectuate it. Never. It's that simple.

    That the Obama administration was mysteriously delayed in addressing the gusher and that in March Obama proposed off-shore drilling along the US coastline gives Obama an added reason to have deferred and downplayed the whole thing and hoped that BP could have obscured the dangers of off-shore drilling by actually fixing it.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  112. RandyT

    No, it is Big Oil and in-their-pockets regulators' Katrina.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  113. Chris Astoyan

    Jack,

    It's already Katrina for Pres. Obama. There is so much that can be done and it hasn't. This is harming our country. We need to stop this now!

    Chris

    June 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  114. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Obama needs to stay out of it, the best he can come out of it is a political campaign trail to add with the rest of them. Let BP handle it, they loosing all that money, and they will find a solution to stop the leak.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  115. James from MO

    Obama made a similar mistake as GWB in managing this problem. He kept working on his message (partner with BP to fix the problem then blame BP, then promise to hold BP responsible, then say that we are going to get on top of the problem). Bush did the same thing in getting into it with the governor over who should be fixing the problem instead of saying, the Federal government is on top of this and will fix it. At the end of the day, we can stick BP with the bill, but plug the hole first. You don't fight a forest fire by chasing down the arsonist and making him put it out. You get the fire out!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  116. ric

    The only people who will bother defending Obama are blinded by their own prejudices.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  117. ramses

    No. The oil spill is BP & the US Ggovt responsibility to get stopped & cleaned up.Though there was certainly neglegense on the part of BP, it is an accident that could have been prevented by the BP team. Bush did not create Katrina nor did Obama the Oil spill. Let us stop pointing finger at each other, fix it, clean up & move along.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  118. Pat-San Jose CA

    No. What exactly do people want our government to do that it isn't already doing? Just how do the pundits think the federal government (which they say should be reduced and marginalized out of their lives) should handle this oil spill? Do they expect Obama or his admin to swim down there and plug it with good will? The plan for this type of oil spill was that BP assured everyone that it was almost impossible, BP was to be in charge of any problems, and BP (not the federal government) had the technology and contingency plans. No need for government interference!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  119. Conor in Chicago

    This isn't Obama's Katrina. It's America's Hiroshima.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  120. Kevin in Missouri

    Dear Jack,
    Obama isnt the CEO of an oil company, The government doesnt drill for oil in deep water and America is a junky and Oil is the drug. Quit wining, blaming and wanting someone to play like they can fix this when they cant. Its too deep, we lust for oil and it will get worse.. President Obama must run a country, not spend all his time on tv attacking the people that provide the drug Americans so desprately need. America must bite the bullet, change energy policy and quit wining and pointing the finger. This will happen again and everybody will be pointing and blaming instead of supporting clean renewable energy. America has made its bed and is not happy laying in it

    June 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  121. J C

    Gov. Jindal talks as though he has the answer now, but why did he not do something to protect Louisiana's wetland before now. How can the Gulf states Governors blame the President when they also had responsibilities

    June 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  122. ArizonaYank

    It was his Katrina 35 days ago. This administration is so inept they make Bush look like a genius, and that is really saying something.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  123. Terri

    "Obama's Katrina"? What a joke! Bush and Cheney spent 8 years of giving oil companies anything they wanted, and being climate change deniers. BP got the go-ahead to drill without adequate oversight through the same administration. Obama didn't cause this disaster, and the clean up is going to take LESS finger pointing and MORE cooperation.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  124. Richard

    Obama has been far more incomptent than Bush but the magnitude of Katrina was far greater than that of the oil spill.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  125. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    Of course not. For one thing, years before Katrina hit, Bush had been warned about what would happen when a hurricane hit New Orleans. Then, more than 2 years before it struck, he attended a meeting with experts, who urged him to take action, before it was too late, to prevent the inevitable devastation that the next hurricane would bring. Everything was explained to him in great detail, yet HE CHOSE TO IGNORE IT. Long before Katrina reared her diabolical head, I had seen programs on the Discovery Channel, & others, warning of the danger, if nothing was done. As we all know, nothing was done, & he didnt even bother to tell Homeland Security to prepare for it, even though the hurricane was in the forcast days in advance. He didn't even leave the school he was at when he heard the bad news, as if nothing had happened. Thousands of people died & suffered needlessly. Survivors had nowhere to go, were without food & water. there's no comparison. The President was outaged from the start, but didn't freak out.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  126. reanna

    Let's see......how long did it take Obama to respond to AZ's bill before he bothered to read it?

    How long did he visit the gulf last week? 3 hours....then he went and played golf for 5 hours. And you have to ask....

    June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  127. Jamie Sildar

    Absolutely not. Hurricaine Katrina was a natural weather event that was predicted days in advance. Once it started news pictures immediately appeared arround the worlds showing the suffering and devastation it caused people and city of New Orleans... How could anyone, especially President Bush and the US government, not be prepared to react at once. The Oil Spill, as horrrific as it's turned out to be, was created by a corporation which did not provide sufficient imformation about the potential damage and level of destuction we now face. How can anyone even begin to compare the two.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  128. Jim Barnes

    The main difference between Katrina and the current Gulf Oil spill is in the deployment of resources to mitigate the effects of the disaster. Supplying recovery materials and personnel for hurricane relief are fairly standard operations. Supplying aid to flooded areas is also something with which the federal government has had experience. Containing an oil rig blow-out at over 5,000 feet below the surface of the ocean is a new situation and something that the Federal Government is not equipped to handle. There were no proven resources to deploy. The current tactic of letting the companies that have experience in extracting oil at 5,000 feet deal with the problem. The Federal Government is doing the correct thing by not allowing those responsible let down in their recovery efforts.
    No, this is not Obama's Katrina.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  129. Ashe

    The answer is no. Katrina is a natural disaster and as such, you do not expect any private company or the comunity affected to be responsible. Can you say the same here? Absolutely not. Not only do we have a responsible party, but it is the only one who can also undo it (if that's possible). And that's BP! In fact, I think the government has gone beyond the call of duty on this one so far!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  130. Laura Mauney

    With all due respect to the rig workers who lost their lives and the fisherpeople who've lost their livelihoods, thousands more people have NOT died or lost their homes and livelihoods as a consequence of the US government's management of the BP oil well rupture ; nor has a major US city been nearly wiped out; so no, this disaster is not even close to being like Katrina and it is disgusting and immoral that people are saying so. The real question is WHEN will those responsible for promoting and protecting the energy policies that led up to this spill, including the "drill, baby, drill" crowd and all who voted for them, TAKE responsibility for their dumb actions and insipid persistence. Environmentalists have been telling the US government since I was in elementary school that we need to get OFF oil. I was in elementary school 44 years ago. Our President would have been in kindergarten at about the same time. Shame upon the oil proponents for trying to blame our President for a problem he did not cause and is only doing his best to solve in the face of all the dreck that gets flung his way.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  131. Stan Hatasaka

    Get a grip on yourself. I feel sorry for the President who is in charge
    when all the catastrophic effects of climate change finally
    impact the earth. Everyone will be blaming him or her for not
    taking charge of fixing the situation. This crisis has been long
    in the making and there is not much is in place to "fix" the situation,
    at this late date. Barack Obama's is not at blame for the inevitable disaster and the country's inability to deal with it.
    Stan, Long Beach California

    June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  132. Colleen, St. Pete Beach, Florida

    The Gov. Jindal going on live TV pleading for help and saying how bad that lack of response is from the Fed's – just proves my point. Yes, yes, yes. This is Obama's Katrina. (Funny how they cut off part of the interview though.)

    June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  133. Rejina

    Absolutely. Katrina had an immediate loss of life, but we will be realizing the devastation of this event for many years to come and there will certainly be much more loss of life – perhaps not human but the loss to wildlife will be devastating and that will create the loss of "way-of-life" for thousands who rely on coastal-related jobs.
    Furthermore, I don't see any dolphins or seagulls shooting at the people who are trying to provide aid. Not ALL of Katrina's devastation was related to the disaster itself. It was related to the behavior and lack of civility of those who were affected and who chose to act like animals, turning agains one another rather than working together to try and survive the crisis.

    This administration will find itself facing more than Bush's did, and we will soon realize the President, no matter which party, cannot control everything and cannot (teleprompter or not) always have every answer.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  134. Mynar

    With out a doubt, simple arrogance and disregard. This will ruin any possible legitimate chance at reelection for the current administration, as the true scope of this disaster comes into realization, public opinion will become that of rage against the oil tycoons of BP, Haliburton, and Dutch Royal Shell.

    Greed has a price and we are paying that price for the greed of others. This will take decades to clean up and more to recover.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  135. scott wolfe

    hey jack, the real tragedy with this bp spill is that the people in this country forced the oil companies to go so far out in the deep waters to get the oil and when something like this happens they want to blaim bp oil...the carma in all of this is when bp gets to use our legal system to delay and prevent any and all realistic damages to all of the victims in this case.....Im a realist enjoying your show..true fan Scott Wolfe

    June 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  136. Josh

    The comparison to Hurricane Katrina is something I flat out disagree with. President Obama did not hire a friend of his to give him a cozy desk job with a high paying salary with no experience in natural disaster response. When President Bush arrived on the scene, he uttered the words "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job." Despite the fact that Michael Brown hadn't actually done anything. The Obama administration has released a time line of federal response in reaction to the oil spill. I also agree with what Dan Robbins said earlier in his comment. BP had said just 5,000 gallons of oil was leaking a day, and there was no feed of the spill. BP made it seem like they would have it plugged within a week or two. If anyone was slow to respond to the spill, it was the media. I think it was nearly 30 some days in when the news cycle started questioning why there was a live feed of the oil being spilled.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  137. J. Bowen

    The media made a public spectacle out of the governments inability to respond to Katrina. Where is the same level of scrutiny and relentless, critical media coverage of the current president's inabilities to handle this disaster?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  138. SlopDog

    No Jack I don't of think this as Obama's Katrina. As much faith as I have had over the years in politics regarding inaction since Obama we have many things wrestled and tacked down with bills passed and many fast inquiries and committees. No Jack this is one President that is a man of action taking risks regardless of polls. I think he was like many working with the information being dealt and as the situation come to light and the truth become evident then the rage and now he's in action. No this is BPs, Transocean's and Haliburton's Katrina and his predecessor's Bush's Katrina part II from the lax committee's left behind to approve this drilling without BOP contingency plans and through independent safety consultant reviews. An oversight at best from another one of the problems he inherited once again. What's next left behind I wonder a federal reserve audit committee? Hmm SlopDog

    June 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  139. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Not yet but it will be if the President doesn't approve Gov. Jindal's plan.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  140. J Stuart

    I find it interesting that many conservatives who staunchly protect private businesses, and attack government as too big or "socialist" when important regulations are proposed now fault the government for not doing enough to intervene in this disaster.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  141. John S

    Obviously the President does not have any better answers to this situation other then to blame BP as the rest have. This is a rare occurance and it looks as though nobody has a good solution for this.
    maybe we should not dril in such deep water? Because man cannot really go that deep and it appears that machines have a hard time too.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  142. fred, montello, nevada

    Obama and the government can't stop the flow of oil – they don't have the expertise. But they are failing miserably in mobilizing the protection and cleanup of the beaches and wetlands. It looks like the whole effort is tied up in bundles of red tape. So for that, yes it is his Katrina.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  143. Joyce of Santa Monica, Ca.

    This Chicago machine administration can't wash this oil out of their slick hair.

    Proof is in his defensive remarks. All but the kool-aid drinkers on the left know his response was dismal. Just ask James Carville.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  144. Thomas

    There are some very big differences between katrina and the oil spill.

    1) Bush knew that the storm would hit and he knew it was a severe storm. No one could have predicted the explosion on the oil rig and Obama was lied to about the sverety of the leak from day one.

    2) When Katrina hit N.O. Bush decided to go golfing instead of callin in the national guard. When the oil rig exploded the coast guard was immediatly called in and the National Guard a few days later.

    3) There are plans for what the president is supposed to do when a major hurricane hits Bush didnt fallow them. No one ever made up plans for what to do in the event of a leaking oil well a mile under the water.

    For most of you it doesnt matter what Obama does. If OBama had super powers and swam to the bottom of the ocean and sealed the leak with heat vision on day one you would say "why didnt he prevent the leak in the first place".

    June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  145. Craig in Illinois

    NOPE!
    it's BP's Katrina they have been lying about it all along and now they want to blame Obama for Bush and Cheney's cozy oil deals.
    The same ones blaming Obama are the same ones who have pushed for de-regulation, smaller gov't, and laughed at labor and environmental laws.
    Jack it's more like another Enron scandal.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  146. Paul

    Obama will never have a 'Katrina'. "Katrina' is what happens when the Federal government sits by and lets grandmothers drown in their attics, and millions of homeless fend for themselves.

    Obama is faced with perhaps his toughest challenge yet. He's attacking it head-on, and not only is he addressing the disaster itself, but also the causes to prevent future disasters (there are 40 other rigs in the gulf with the same blowout preventers, after all). Let's see how he does in the coming months before comparing him to the worst president in recent US History and his handling of the worst natural disaster the South had ever seen.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  147. Frank N. Cape Coral, FL

    This question is loaded, the only answer is YES, it is Obama's Katrina, just as Bush was blamed for the lack of response to Katrina, all president's are responsible for anything that happens during their presidency, that's the way it works, and if you believe this, I got some land I'd like to sell you,

    June 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  148. Kevin in CA

    At first I thought those claims were bogus. After this weekend, I concluded that President Obama became a de facto one term president.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  149. Chris

    No, because he's actually doing something about it. He's not going to be remembered for flying over the problem then going back to whatever it was Bush did while he should have been running the country.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  150. Bob from NJ

    The Federal government does not have the technology to fix the problem at its source, so I don't blame the Administration for leaving that work to BP. But the government could have been and should have been more heavily involved in the cleanup. It appears that Obama agrees, but he should have come to that conclusion earlier. The absence of rabble rousing rhetoric does not bother me. Indeed it is to Obama's credit that he has not engaged in self serving demagoguery.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  151. Dick Seng

    It does not belong to Obama but rather to Bush for the lackadaisical way things were handled regarding deep water drilling when Bush was Pres.
    That's what happens when the 'good o'le boys have at it' with their friendly backslapping and "we can do whatever we want" attitude.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  152. william d trask cpa

    YES,,,, it is Obama's Hurricane Katrina,, the President is now showing the world that he is way over his head in running the United States of America,, he is polished speaker, very smart ,,and he is quite charismatic,!! !We need a real leader to tackle the tough tasks at hand, the truth is very revealing,!!!!.Our country is heading in the wrong direction fast !!!!and government is a big part of the problem, it is not resolving the challenges presented!!!!!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  153. New York

    One disaster is natural and the other man made. The man in charge is responsible for the aftermath of the natural disaster. The company in charge is responsible for the manmade disater.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  154. LizMo from San Jose, Calif.

    This is the predictable outcome of an energy policy written by and for the extractive industry during the Bush-Cheney administration. This is the predictable outcome of a nation hooked on oil, a political party whose 2008 convention chant was "drill, baby, drill", mocking the Democratic environmentalists' urging to pursue energy alternatives. What this is NOT, is Obama's Katrina. Katrina was an act of nature. The BP blowout an unnatural act.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  155. docb

    Jack,

    Every new urgent need is Obama's 'waterloo' or some such...Gov. Jindal is the one who did not want big Govr't or stimulus but now is screaming for help! They have no money to clean this up in their budget plan–thought that was what he campaigned on!?

    Now as to red tape - Obama needs to cut the crap and forget the permits and the fifedoms.....BP is not helpful and has done this on the cheap-should have had the Supertankers in there on day 3. Everyone will sream that the PRESIDENT IS DOING TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH ON EVERY ISSUE! This is the job he ask for and so far he has done well with the obstruction of half the Congress ans the media. Now is the time for

    June 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  156. Eric Dwayne

    BP should cover every cent of this! We should be paying 50cents a gallon for years to come. But then again we're still rebuilding Iraq and where did that joke get us... PARANOID? I'd say we're still being terrorized!

    June 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  157. Noel B

    The administration has said they were involved since "day one" and that they were in charge only to hear BP wasn't upfront with all of it's information. Does that sound like the administration is in charge? Doesn't sound like it to me. And if they were so involved since day one why are they launching an investigation? Just another smoke screen to pretend they are doing something.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  158. Whaaa

    This is private business in its true form. The GOP should be just fine with what's happening. They don't want the government involved in private business and they love deregulation. This is a private business failure, not Obama's failure. The failed levees in Katrina were government made and owned. That was the government's failure to respond.

    Ronald Reagan mocked our government saying, "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you," so the right shouldn't be asking for help – Governor Jindal, I'm looking your way. The private sector will take care of you, right? The government is "scary".

    This is a failure of letting big business run amok, mainly by conservative officials. Let the Tea Partiers decide our fate. Supposedly they are the voice of REAL Americans.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  159. Jason, MS

    No, this is not his Katrina. Katrina was a natural disaster that was seen coming for days, if not weeks, in advance and the gov still failed. No, this is BP's Katrina. I don't think Obama is doing enough to make the scale of the effort to stop the spill from reaching the shores clear. If he did that, it would make life easier on him.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  160. JKen

    Its more like Obamas Hostage situation like what we saw when Carter was in the white house.
    You know, the daily count, the helpless president. This time the hostages
    are all of us.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  161. Bryan

    Jack,

    I have to say that this is turning into Pres. Obama's Katrina. However I believe that the administration did respond in a timely manner. Pres. Obama did not know at the time that BP were a bunch of complete liers and were not competent enough to get the job done right without killing hard American workers. The fact is the President was told that these companies were capable enough to do their jobs which they were not. I am wondering what some people want Pres. Obama put on a wet suit and fix the holes his damn self.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  162. Mishagothe

    Comparing this situation to Katrina is disingenuous. Katrina was a natural disaster, the oil spill is man made. However, just as the Bush Administration was exposed as incompetent to govern, so too the Obama Administration is flunking the test. AG Holder's criminal probe is simply grandstanding. The Federal government should have taken control of this situation weeks ago. Sooner or later the government will have to take charge of the clean-up at the very least. To pretend that an environmental disaster of this magnitude can be left to a private company to deal with is ridiculous.

    The bottom line – This is one more example that Barack is a fine speech maker and a lousy President.

    June 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  163. painman

    I find those who criticize Bush for Katrina but give a bye to Obama for the worse oil spill in history, one BIG HYPOCRITICAL JOKE!! By his own words, Obama says that the responsibility stops with him, but he is not to blame! What kind of leadership is that? At least Bush kept his mouth shut and sent assistance. What has Obama done besides showing up for the cameras and expressing outrage (that this happened during his presidency)?

    June 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm |