Lefties Questioning Obama’s Competency As Oil Spill Continues


You know it’s bad when Obama loses Carville. Ouch:

The White House says Carville just doesn’t understand.

Meanwhile the hole is still not plugged:

BP engineers failed again to plug the gushing oil well on Saturday, a technician working on the project said, representing yet another setback in a series of unsuccessful procedures the company has tried a mile under the sea to stem the flow spreading into the Gulf of Mexico.

BP made a third attempt at what is termed the “junk shot” Friday night, a procedure that involves pumping odds and ends like plastic cubes, knotted rope, and golf balls into the blowout preventer, the five-story safety device atop the well. The maneuver is complementary to the heavily scrutinized effort known as a “top kill,”which began four days ago and involves pumping heavy mud into the well to counteract the push of the escaping oil. If the well is sealed, the company plans to then fill it with cement.

The technician working on the project said Saturday pumping has again been halted and a review of the data so far is under way.

“Right now, I would not be optimistic,” the technician, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the effort. But he added, that if another attempt at the junk shot were to succeed, “that would turn things around.”

And amidst this new comes more from the “What if Bush had said it” file:

New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes was skeptical: “Can you be sure these oil tar balls are from the oil spill? Because when I used to swim on the Gulf in Texas, I’d get tar balls in my bathing suit all the time.”

Allen and Randolph, the parish president, confirmed that tar balls do wash up at other times, though these, they said, were likely from the spill.

But the president was distracted. “At some point, Jackie, we’ll want to hear more about those tar balls and your bathing suit,” Obama said, as reporters laughed.

Oh, ha ha Mr. President. Go play some hoops again as the oil spill continues….

The complete hypocrisy involved by the left and the MSM is, well, not shocking, but sad. Not shocking because we all knew they carried the water for Obama and this kind of treatment would come about….but it’s sad we were right.

Hopefully more and more “good” lefty’s like Carville will come out of the closet and throw some more well deserved darts at Obama.

McCain, on the other hand, makes an excellent point:

Is the president as serious as you once thought? “There are legitimate questions as to whether he’s out of his depth or not,” McCain says.

I don’t think there really is any question. He is seriously out of his depth.

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I hear that they are now trying to flush golfballs down the hole to plug the leak. Maybe that’s what Obama’s been doing on his multiple golf outtings: looking for lost golf balls to help out BP!

This thing just gets worse and worse and Obama seems clueless as to what to do even though the federal government has PRIMARY responsiblity to act in federal waters as opposed to Katrina where New Orleans was under city and state jurisdiction.

Then there is this:


The Federal Government’s incompentence and refusal of external help is confounding, especialy when that help from Canada and Norway would use local sailors for employement.

I was watching teh spillcam on live LA tv last nite & saw all the junk blowing all over the place – it didn’t work – all the mud is just mixing in with the oil – it’s not working either ……………..

IMO – the fraud doesn’t care if our country goes down – that is what the progressives all around the world want – leads to their ‘one world government’ – he will not ask anyone for help….

where’s costner and his machines? where are the tankers to suck up the oil? I loathe that POS & he just doesn’t care and I just wish he were not here at all in any way shape or form –

Never fear, The Gigantic Brain, like Gilligan, spent 3 hours on the gulf – sizing things up. Stooping over, picking at something, maybe some oil for a terrific photo shoot without his trusty Teleprompter.

Then it’s off to Chicago for some Hoops!

Where he does his best thinking……

The oil leak will most likely be stopped Monday with one of The Gigantic Brains ideas.

Move along, everyone, he’s got it handled.

We really do not want the US government to take charge of this. They are the most incompetent fools on the face of planet earth.

What we want is for the oil industry, and BP in particular, to get moving and solve this problem. That is where the knowledge and resources are that can fix it, and all we need from the government is to have them get out of the way. The never do anything but obstruct.

By all means, The Won(tm) should stay far away from the Gulf of Mexico. He can only make things worse. Keep him and all government officials far, far away and talking and thinking about other things.

“We really do not want the US government to take charge of this. They are the most incompetent fools on the face of planet earth.”

Perhaps you’re right. We still don’t know what went on at Cheney’s secret 2001 Energy Task Force meetings between federal regulators and industry CEOs, do we? The Bush administration has successfully blocked every effort to find out. CEOs of Exxon Mobil, Conoco, Shell Oil, and BP were all in attendance as our nation’s energy policy was being set.

@Greg #6… WTF??? You compare a meeting with performing federally mandated tasks of oversight?

Trust me, I don’t want this nincompoop boob in the WH coming anywhere near this oil spill solution personally, but if you’re going to reach into your BDS for this stretch, you may want to ask yourself about the lack of transparency in WH meetings with unions and only one party’s leaders over auto takeovers, health care, cap and trade, offering jobs to bribe candidates, etal.

You are truly desperate here….

I hear that they are now trying to flush golfballs down the hole to plug the leak.

What they need to do is let the Discovery Channel go down there and film an episode of Mythbusters where the oil well is leaking. Adam and Jamie would have that leak plugged in a one hour episode!


I know.

That’s when Bush and Cheney with evil intent, actually decided to keep the grades of a young senator from Illinois locked up in Al Gore’s lock box.

They knew, Bush & Cheney, that if the general populace saw how smart this guy was, he would probably win the next election, and figure out how to plug that damn hole in the Gulf.

Fortunately for us, he got himself elected without the people seeing how great the affirmation action program has worked.

Monday, he announces the fix for the damn hole. (my guess is he has someone from the Post Office fix it)

There, now you know.

I know there are people way smarter than me working on this, but why not just shove a huge inflatable mass into the pipe and fill it with surface air. I know you can’t use an auto-inflatable because of Boyle’s Law and all that, but I don’t know why a surface filled mass wouldn’t work.

Aqua, I’m sure Oil Guy from Alberta can be more technical, but I believe it’s a matter of exerting more pressure force down against the pressure of the oil/gas coming up the well. Sort of a reverse tug of war. The injection pressure must be greater than the pressure of the rising hydrocarbons… which is why they were attempt the junk shots and pumping mud. To stem the flow with more pressure, than cement the cap.

Per today’s post on The Oil Drum, the pressure restrictions to the flow itself seems to be attributable to resistence within the well or partially closed BOP itself.

BP and Admiral Landry just held a Press Conference in which they said that, based on a decision 90 minutes ago, by the “best and brightest minds” that it was time to move on the next option, the Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP). BP was unable to block sufficient flow out of the well to make the injection of cement possible, and thus to kill the well. They had made, I believe he said, three attempts to inject material (the junk shots) without being able to get that material to block the passages through the Blow-Out Preventer (BOP). (Unfortunately I missed a large part of his opening remarks, and thus have only the question response to go on at present.) The volume of mud used did not appear to have changed from earlier reports at some 30,000 barrels.

Mr Suttles said that they had given the technique every chance, but could not get it to start to provide an effective seal. They had, however, determined that the majority of the pressure restrictions to the flow of oil was coming from some resistance within the well itself, and from the BOP. Since the riser above the BOP was not contributing much to the resistance, and thus to control of the oil flow, the next plan is to remove it, using a band saw device (of which pictures will be available) and then to lower the LMRP onto the existing BOP. They intend to cut the surface flat that the LMRP will sit on, so that it will give a good, but not perfect, seal. Thus there will be some leakage around the joint, and they will monitor that and use dispersant as appropriate.

So I would guess that any inflatable (if it could maintain inflation at that depth at all), or surface filled mass, would just blow out of the well like a cannon ball out of a cannon without controlling the pressure rising from the depths.

And Oil Guy, if you’re out there.. perhaps you can straighten out my thinking on this if incorrect.

@Aqua: I was thinking about that too. The problem is that they have to be very careful not to exert too much pressure at the site of the leak lest it blow out an even bigger hole.

Apologies for the double post above. When I posted the first time, it never showed, so I reposted.

@ Mike

I guess I can see that. I’m going to have to do some reading about this BOP. Seems to me that if they can stop the flow by sealing the pipe with a BOP, there has to be another method of inserting something else into the pipe and stopping the flow.
Not that it matters. Matt Simmons seems to think the flow from the busted pipe is secondary from the main leak. He says the only way to stop this leak is with a nuke. If he was some whacko, I would have written this off, but the WSJ says he is one of the most important people in the oil industry.

The BOP was intended to prevent episodes such as this, but it failed to function properly. It should have closed off the flow of oil and that would be the end of the disaster. The “junk shots” were efforts to clog up the passages within the BOP, putting “junk” into those passages and thus restricting the flow through them. This has evidently failed as well, three times. So even though the BOP remains physically in place, it is serving no purpose other than to conduct the oil up to the broken pipe.

They are saying that they will saw through the broken pipe simply because it is much easier to saw through the pipe than it would be to cut through the BOP which is a massive steel body. They want a relatively flat surface to try to seal against.

No doubt there will be much accident investigation and finger pointing after this is over, particularly to ask why the BOP failed to function. I read that it was tested about 10 days before it was put in place, although I don’ think it was new equipment. Perhaps we will learn some things after the emergency is passed by.