The BP oil disaster probably represents the biggest betrayal. Where was our president? The oil rig blew up on April 20; 11 men died, 17 were injured, and oil was spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. Granted, no one had any idea that the catastrophe would last until September, but we certainly knew right then that it was a catastrophe.
We sort of heard from him on May 27, when he gave a press conference, but a press conference is not an address to the country. We deserved some personal attention. After all, we’d put our trust and our hope in him, hadn’t we? We were counting on him.
thats from 1 time barack groupie patti davis 'our disappointment with obama' (newsweek). and its a really powerful piece (from the daughter of nancy and ronald reagan, if you don't know who patti is). this may be my favorite section of the article:
We saw our rage and our pain mirrored by Gov. Bobby Jindal and by Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser. We saw James Carville plead and rant and nearly weep at the absence of federal help. Looking straight into the camera, he implored Obama to get down there and see for himself what was going on.
And then we saw photos of our president on the golf course. That’s a big reason why we didn’t feel better.
im not a big fan of patti but i think she nailed it. forever golfing. and all we wanted was to see him on the job.
staying on the topic of the gulf disaster, this is from greenpeace:
"We all need to know the true extent and nature of this oil catastrophe, as well as the real reasons why this happened so we can make sure it never happens again." Greenpeace USA Executive Director Philip Radford
We've launched a three-month ship expedition to support independent research into the impacts of the Gulf oil disaster. The Arctic Sunrise is hosting independent scientists who are researching the impacts of oil and chemical dispersants on Gulf ecosystems and marine life. Follow along with us by selecting layers to view on the map below. View our ship's route, blogs, images, videos and more.
use the link to find more info.
that's it for me tonight. playing the mommy card.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'