RUSH: We showed you earlier and we played the sound bite earlier where the Coast Guard has approved of BP's idea for a Top Kill method to plug the oil leak. Basically you lower a pipe down to the well where the leak is and you fill that hole with mud and sludge and all kinds of stuff to plug it. The Coast Guard has approved BP's idea and we said at the time, "Why does the Coast Guard have to approve it?" Okay. That's that.
Here's Obama today in Fremont, California, where union workers, nonunion workers were told to stay home for security reasons. He's at a solar panel manufacturer. Here is a portion of what he said.
OBAMA: Earlier today I spoke to Energy Secretary Steven Chu who, as you know, is a Nobel Prize winning physicist. And he's been on the scene in the Gulf deeply involved in our efforts to bring this crisis to an end. And we discussed today's attempt to stop the leak. If it's successful, and there's no guarantees, it should greatly reduce or eliminate the flow of oil now streaming into the Gulf from the sea floor.
RUSH: Did I not tell you that Obama would take credit for this if it works? He's already taking credit for the idea. (imitating Obama) "Earlier today I spoke to the Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, Nobel Prize winning physicist. He's been on the scene there deeply involved in our efforts. We discussed today's attempt to stop the leak," as though it's his idea, as though it's Chu's idea. It is BP's idea. They had to get the approval of the Coast Guard to do it. Obama continued.
OBAMA: My administration's intensively engaged with scientists and engineers to explore all alternative options, and we're gonna bring every resource necessary to put a stop to this thing. A lot of damage has been done already. Livelihoods destroyed, landscapes scarred, wildlife affected, lives have been lost. Our thoughts and prayers are very much with the people along the Gulf Coast. Let me reiterate, we will not rest until this well is shut and the clean-up is complete.
RUSH: Well, all of a sudden David "Rodman" Gergen says he's gotta care, and he's acting like he cares now. (imitating Obama) "A lot of damage has been done already, livelihoods have been destroyed, landscapes scarred, wildlife affected, lives have been lost. And, by the way, we're gonna work on this, and our thoughts and prayers are very much with the people along the Gulf Coast." He wasn't through. He said this.
OBAMA: I look forward to returning there on Friday to review the efforts underway and lend my support to the region. Even as we are dealing with this immediate crisis we've gotta remember that the risks our current dependence on oil holds for our environmental and our coastal communities is not the only costs involved in our dependence on these fossil fuels. Around the world, from China to Germany, our competitors are waging a historic effort to lead in developing new energy technologies. There are factories like this being built in China, factories like this being built in Germany.
RUSH: Never let a crisis go to waste. So here, after trying to sound like he cares about all the loss of life and marine life, all the wildlife, the landscape scarred, thoughts and prayers, he's got to say this is why we've got to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels around the world, China to Germany, our competitors are waging an historic effort to lead and develop new energy. Never let a crisis go to waste. This was the real point of the remark. Where is he saying this? At a solar panel manufacturing plant. So the real reason for going out there is to take advantage of this disaster, to move forward on an idea that has literally no chance of coming anywhere near replacing what oil provides.