Despite my recent disappointments, his lackluster speeches, and the deliberately slow pace at which he moves, I am still very, very glad Barack Obama is President of the United States of America.
Yeah, his speech sucked. It got nearly universally panned on the left. It read straight out of the George W. Bush school of disaster response. More commissions, different people in charge, and a promise to change. This was the shit he was supposed to change.
Then he went out the next day and got $20,600,000,000 out of the people who made this mess. And that's the downpayment, to make sure they don't find a way to weasel out of responsibility later when the media has been distracted by the next thing.
Leveraging twenty-billion-six-hundred-million dollars out of a group of folks who can afford to hire Satan as their claims attorney ain't a bad day at the office, I think you'll agree.
Which is why I'm much more hopeful today than yesterday. Like Andrew Sullivan, I too "remain an enthusiast for this presidency's competence and long-term direction."
And when it comes to competency and long-term direction, our nation has no political alternatives. Because our nation might have someone much, much worse in the Oval Office, and that's before you even start considering Republican alternatives.
How do I know this? Easy. You start with the absolute right-wing denial of anything close to reality. At this point, I beg any conservative or right-wing reader to defend the GOP talking point that "drill, baby, drill" really meant "drill-on-land-so-we-don't-have-to-drill-in-deepwater."
Because you can't defend it. It just isn't true.
On top of that you slather the lunatic right-wing response to Obama's twenty-billion-six-hundred-million dollar victory for the United States taxpayer.
That's right. The folks who bathe themselves in the fantasy of traditional America and responsiblity are angry with the President for making BP clean up its own mess.
We'll start with this roundup of right-wing GOP members trying to score political points. Bachman, Limbaugh, Barbour, Tom Price, and Fox News all clock in. (HT: Daily Dish)
These are your intellectual and public leaders, my Republican and conservative and right-wing friends. Those are the origins of your talking points. Defend their words now. Point me to any place any of those individuals have come up with a credible plan to clean up the Gulf Coast, enforce regulations on the oil industry, and get America off our oil addiction.
You can't. Because there aren't any such plans from the GOP. When it comes to Republicans and this oil spill, there are only bailouts for the industry, and apologies for America.
And unless you've been living under a rock for the past 20-odd months, you'd know how angry Republicans are at business bailouts and apologizing for America.