Peggy Noonan, writing in The Wall Street Journal, says that "President Obama is Snakebit". Peggy Noonan is an informed observer and there is that saying attributed to Curtis LeMay:♠ "I can not distinguish between the unfortunate and the incompetent and therefore will not try".
On the other hand, the President did manage to lead the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate to pass a whopping big stimulus package and a major overhaul of health care insurance. So he isn't doing that bad. The Gulf Oil Spill, like Katrina, is a "Black Swan" event. While the knock on George Bush was that the Federal Government did not respond soon enough to the inability of local and state authorities to do what was needed, the problem now seems to be that the Federal Government keeps getting in the way of state government trying to do its duty.
Then there is the view of Joy McCann, from Whittier, Little Miss Atilla, posted here.
I think this is all a tempest in a tea pot. While I am not a big fan of the President and his way of doing business, now is not the time to pile on. We have a number of major problems we are facing, including the oil spill. We need a heck of a lot of constructive criticism at this point. Calling the President "snakebit" isn't helpful. On the other hand, this Gulf Oil Spill problem is, in a way, a problem of our own making. We should have been working on this from the oil embargo in the early 1970s. And I don't mean "cap and trade". I mean alternative sources of energy, like wind and nuclear. I mean smart efficiency in a lot of areas, including automobiles. And, drilling for oil in places that make more sense than a mile down in the Gulf of Mexico. And working on our electric transmission infrastructure. All are to blame. Now we are just reaping what we previously sowed.
UPDATE: I provided a link to "Black Swan Events" on Wikipedia.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The General, not the Mayor.
PS: Hat tip to Instapundit
10 months ago