G Spill Sprawling
At first impression... I was looking at a President being swallowed up by the magnificence of the Oval Office; he set himself up to be having a serious conversation with America -- yet the first 10 seconds showed just a man, a tiny one at that, sitting behind a larger than life desk, in a room further enlarged by a wealth of history and countrymen. His hands were folded in front of him, and slowly the camera moved in for a closer look, to bring America face to face with The One in Charge (since day one).
As he began, he gave us a quick biography of the catastrophe -- as if we weren't already well versed as to the last painstaking fifty seven days.
Now, he may make light of his techie-geek experience in front of a crowd of college graduates, but the rest of us are plugged in, and have been, since day one. (Oh G, enough with day one already...)
(But he keeps saying it)
Yeah, I know, but let it go.
So there he was, sitting behind the big desk -- after twenty four hours of live media stream hyping up his first Oval Office meeting of the minds with America -- and after dating us all the way back to April 20, he says this:
"From the very beginning of this crisis, the federal government has been in charge of the largest environmental clean up effort in our nation's history...I assembled a team of the best scientists...[like our Energy Secretary and Nobel Prize winner, Steven Chu]Call me funny, but wouldn't the Energy Secretary not have to be told to step in with his expertise and brainiac solutions -- wouldn't that just be his job? What is there to "assemble" there, but placing a Post-It on his desk saying, "get on it, like yesterday."
Of course, moving on, there were moments -- as in most speeches he reads off the teleprompter when he's dictating things he really believes are true -- when I just have to stop and shout out, you lie! at the top of my lungs at the TV...here's one of them:
"We consume more than 20% of the world's oil, but have less than 2% of the world's oil reserve. And that's part of the reason oil companies are drilling a mile beneath the surface of the ocean -- because we're running out of places to drill on land and in shallow water."Here we go.
With all due respect, are you f**** kidding me, Mr. President?
Now, making comments like this in front of all the world to see just makes you appear...ummm, how do you say.....ummmmmmmmmm, stupid.
Please tap into the Here we go. six degrees of separation up from here for more details, spelled out and based on reality if will you, if you haven't already done so...
Anyway, so once he gets the pesky housekeeping out of the way, he moves in for the real reason for our little chat -- Cap & Tax Green Energy Government Regulation, on deck as we speak.
What immdiately brought back pipe dreams past and present, was when he said, "I'll be happy to look at [other stupid ideas]...be it from either party...One approach I will not accept is inaction."
Interesting. Leading up to the Trillion Dollar Health Care package he was saying nearly the exact same thing. Hmmmm
"In the coming weeks, these efforts should capture up to 90% of the oil leaking out of the well," The One in Charge said.So when he gets back from Vague-cation in the Gulf, maybe we can get real with that.
for god knows when
but would-a, should-a, could-a
for a glass half empty sounds less than presidential
but don't get me wrong,
certainly not less than 2%,
sure don't want any promises to come back
and kick me in the butt
Without fail, the generalities ran amuck out of the mouth for the longest 18 minutes I've ever had; if not for the boom, laid to wait as a frosty Budweiser between us, lord knows the loss of time and energy listening to a man who needed to say everything and added nothing new...
"because there's never been a leak of this size."
(unless you count your own propaganda stream)
"but make no mistake, we will do whatever is necessary."
"lay out a battle plan...make sure...it never happens again."
(is that a yea or a nay on drilling in America?)
"we've been in charge."
(since day one...
this is what it looks like
when the government is in charge)
"we've approved barrier islands."
(on June 2nd to be exact...six weeks into it...
but who's holding their breath anymore)
"I refuse to let that happen."
(if you say so)
"as we speak...
[factories are opening,
wind turbines are twirling,
energy efficient windows are being hung
next to the chimney with care]"
(and that has made all the difference...)
"only if... only if...only if we cease the moment."
(reaching deep into the emotional archives,
like the now infamous call to action when he stood at the pulpit declaring
"we are 5 days away from fundamentally transforming America...")
The thing is, the best part came at the end! badump ba.
He moved into the realm of spiritual inspiration -- and saved the night from deteriorating into every other hypnotic, run of the mill, mind warp from a presidency on the brink of disaster -- whereas we find hope continues to float (yeah):
"It is a faith in the future that sustains us as a people. It is that same faith that sustains our neighbors in the Gulf right now.
Each year, at the beginning of shrimping season, the region's fishermen take part in a tradition that was brought to America long ago by fishing immigrants from Europe. It's called "The Blessing of the Fleet," and today it's a celebration where clergy from different religions gather to say a prayer for the safety and success of the men and women who will soon head out to sea - some for weeks at a time.
The ceremony goes on in good times and in bad. It took place after Katrina, and it took place a few weeks ago - at the beginning of the most difficult season these fishermen have ever faced.And still, they came and they prayed.
For as a priest and former fisherman once said of the tradition, "The blessing is not that God has promised to remove all obstacles and dangers. The blessing is that He is with us always," a blessing that's granted "...even in the midst of the storm."
Me thinks the great shell game, happening before our eyes in the Oval Office, has reached the beginning of the end; Americans just aren't swallowing the illusion so easy anymore.
Oh the irony really, Sarah would have been far better equipped to handle this worst case scenario -- for as the Governor of Alaska, "75% of her job was spent on ENERGY"...dealing with Oil Companies and the ENVIRONMENT with accountability, integrity, and above all, protecting Alaska and all of it's inhabitants... that was her only job and number one priority from her very first day to the last.
As a "community organizer" the process of "organizing" the best and the brightest scientific minds to put up or shut up (from day one) has fallen a day late and millions of gallons of oil short. But what else can we expect from a guy who only knows how to layer a bureaucracy in order to fundamentally change anything; he only knows how to motivate from the bottom up through marching, speaking, protesting in order to make waves, and the more layers the better; for remember, he "will not accept inaction" -- everybody look busy.
Ahhh the difference of being IN business and reading about it...woeful ignorance is at it again.
Truth is, the longer we are in this hot mess, the more of a case against oil and for green we go, as according to the administration who lives by an age-old Emanuel custom of "never letting a crisis go to waste" -- we know this because every year, some time between Rosh Hashanah and Ramadan, under the light of a silver moon (the actual time and place is a secret...shssshh), they gather to pay homage (perhaps as many as 300 of them), along with clergy of different religions...they break bread and eat fish, exchange gifts, and pray for sustenance and strength to last the whole year through.
Upon light of day, one thing we know for sure -- this being the day after an Oval Office Tet offensive -- the bureaucracy of cleaning up an oil spill is alive and well.
"Thank you, and God Bless You -- and may God Bless the United States of America."
Make it a Good Day, G
PS good news is spilling out of D.C. as we speak...in a closed door session, it is official...BO put the boot to the throat of BP and twenty billion dollars will be placed into an account (probably before noon pacific time) to be managed by an independent arm of the government, names to be named at a later date... Keep it here for late-breaking news...as it's made, manufactured and refined, every day...think of it as your own esthetically designed, energy efficient window to the world...for the future is now... Life... lick it... kick it, and make way for ducklings.