By Tom Quiner

An earnest Obama supporter looked me in the eyes shortly after the last election and said, “Obama, he’s just smarter than the rest of us.”

End of story.  In other words, there’s no further debate necessary.  If one disagrees with President Obama, they’re wrong, because Mr. Obama is smarter than the rest of us.

Candidate Obama immodestly promoted this kind of fawning fanship with his own grandiose rhetoric.  He characterized his nomination at the Democratic Convention as the historic moment when “the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

Reality has sunk in with a vengeance.

Not only can he not control the depth of the ocean, he can’t control its color.  Oil is the new color of the ocean near America’s gulf coast.  The President is not responsible for this disaster.  However, the government’s response is certainly problematic.

Photo: Coast Guard Orders Oil Sucking Barges Stopped, Against Gov. Bobby Jindal's Wishes: 59 Days into BP oil crisis, it's still difficult to figure out who's in charge.

ABC News reported on Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal’s, frustration with the federal government.  “It’s the most frustrating thing,” Mr. Jindal told ABC News.  “Literally, Wednesday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges.”

The barges were stationed in Louisiana waters to suck out oil.  According to ABC, the Coast Guard halted efforts because they needed to confirm that barges had fire extinguishers and life vests on board.

Bureaucratic red tape halted efforts to clean the Gulf.  The President is boss of the federal bureaucracy.  A man of his intelligence must be heeded even if it means more severe ecological damage.  Even though we’re two months into the oil spill, that’s a worthy price to pay, don’t you think?  Bureaucratic regulations must always supercede a hasty response to an oil spill.  Regulations are more important than the ecology.

I have no doubt that the President is an intelligent man.  I have to admit, though, that I’m beginning to doubt his common sense.

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  1. Nick on June 19, 2010 at 9:34 am

    This situation does sound pretty ridiculous, but Obama would also be blamed if a barge – using high powered machines to suck up flammable substances – caught on fire resulting in the deaths of all crew members because there were no fire extinguishers on board. Not that I think the government response to this has been good . . .

    In any case, enjoyed the post! Guess he was wrong – the seas are now rising faster than ever.

  2. Jackie FLeming on June 19, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Almost in the words of Rahm, “never waste a good crisis; you can do things they won’t let you do otherwise.” Most accurate thing I’ve heard Rahm say, and it didn’t fall on deaf ears. Obama is using the oil spill to promote his agenda…next thing on tap? Cap and Trade. A monstrous and costly Bill.

    He had offers from many countries who may well be better equipped to “suck up the oil spill” than BP has been. But he turned down all offers, presumably because it had to be unions involved. You’re right…shortage of common sense.

  3. Paul Sharp on June 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    The unrelenting criticism of George Bush and fawning attention to Barck Obama by the general media invited people to think no farther than such trivialities as “Obama is smart”. Many people swallowed the nonsense; they now have the opportunity to join the grownup world and reflect on the idea that maybe we better really know who we are voting for.

  4. Bob Zimmerman on June 21, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Since Obama can walk on water, he should just take a stroll on the Gulf and clean it up himself!

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