RUSH: From the Boston Globe, an editorial today: "Obama Should Take Charge of Cleanup in the Gulf ... Out of political caution, he and his team are framing this huge environmental disaster as BP's problem, even though it is clear BP doesn't know how to solve it and hasn't been honest about its scope." The last thing we really need is Obama taking charge of this because he is clueless. He hasn't the slightest idea what to do. He is not a leader. He's an organizer; he's an agitator. He cannot take charge. He has no experience leading anything but a few community organizers, and there are never any solutions to what they do. There are just the provocations that create more problems.
He has never... In fact, all he's ever done is resent multibillion-dollar private companies and tried to create crises for them. He's never, ever helped solve a crisis. Obama is about creating crisis, folks. Part of me thinks that he really is not bothered by all this. This is an opportunity. This disaster is an opportunity, like his interior secretary, that idiot Salazar. "We're gonna keep our boot on BP's throat." Now, if you read this whole editorial, the Boston Globe is ready to ban oil. But (chuckles) even they, even they at the Boston Globe are seeing Obama's inexperience and incompetence -- and a lot of people are starting to reflect on this. It's just too obvious. You can't miss this. And it is such a stark contrast to the Obama of perfection that we got during the campaign. But here's the dirty little secret. For all of you at the Boston Globe, for every one of you -- whether you be an environmentalist wacko or concerned citizen worried about this spill:
Like all incompetent statists, like all incompetent liberals, Obama does not solve problems. He exacerbates them. Rahm Emanuel: "A crisis is a terrible thing to waste." I'm paraphrasing, but it's something like that. You know, predicting Obama's failure (which I said I hoped for) looks so easy today. "I hope he fails." It's taken a year and five months, but look at the people now lining up with me, maybe not by name, but more and more people are using the word "failure," "incompetence," "inexperience." Where's Colin Powell? I'd like to ask: Where is General Powell? Why isn't General Powell being interviewed? Obama was The Man. He was "what is needed." Powell we were told, was the quintessentially perfect Republican candidate. Where is the great, brilliant, brave, moderate Republican Colin Powell weighing in on this?
The man who said Americans wanted more government. The man who was so impressed with Obama, he threw the entire Republican Party and the country under the bus. Colin Powell, who walked away from fellow moderate John McCain. You know, I was attacked for questioning Powell's motives and loyalties back then and predicting Obama's failure was spun as somehow unpatriotic. As if it's unpatriotic to share wisdom regarding failed political philosophies, especially when combined with zero executive experience. That has become disastrous. You can't miss it. It is too noticeable. So you look back: What was all the controversy about? Why the hysteria and the venom directed at the Doctor of Democracy? Well, I understand why. They didn't want me to be right. We were supposed to ignore all of these lack-of-qualification aspects. We're supposed to give him a chance. We're supposed to understand the historic opportunity that we had. It's time we put our boots on the necks of elected Democrats, my friends.
RUSH: Let's go to the audio sound bites. Last night in San Francisco at a fundraiser for Barbara Boxer (who may be in genuine trouble), I think they raised over a million dollars for Boxer out there, but Obama said, "I need people with passion. I need people in Congress with passion. I need people that can work with me, people that work with me." Let me say speaking. We know that Obama is a creature of Saul Alinsky and Rules for Radicals, and even by Alinsky's definitions Obama is not a leader. Saul Alinsky says, "An organizer must stir up dissatisfaction and discontent, provide a channel into which the people with angrily pour their frustrations. The organizer's job is to inseminate an invitation for himself to agitate, introduce ideas. Get people pregnant with hope and a desire for change and to identify you as the person most qualified for this purpose.
"But the basic difference between the leader and the organizer is the leader goes on to build power to fulfill his desires, to hold and wield the power for purposes both social and personal. He wants power himself. The organizer finds his goal in creation of power for others to use." So even by Alinsky's standards Obama is not a leader. He's simply an agitator who can only point at or invent problems to stir people up for real leaders to use. That's why he's out there begging for members of Congress with "passion." That's why he's out there saying (doing impression), "Plug the hole! Just plug the hole! Plug it! I'm not going to tell you again. I'm not going to put up with anymore. Not going to put up with it anymore!" But he doesn't do anything. He's never led anything, to be truthful. So people expecting leadership from Obama will be forever empty and unsatisfied. Here is Obama last night in San Francisco at a fundraiser for Barbara Boxer.
OBAMA: Nobody, uh, is more upset than me. Because ultimately, like any president, when this happens on your watch, then every day you are thinking: How does this get solved?
RUSH: Exactly! So he's the president. He doesn't like being distracted by, "Oh, my God. How does this get solved?" How does this get solved? Do you think the CEO of any major corporation sits at his desk every day and says, "Gee, how does this get solved?" I mean, he may say that in his mind as he formulates solutions but he's not sitting there, "Oh, my God I'm president. How does this get solved?" (doing Obama impression) "Plug the hole! That's what gotta do. Pluuuuug d'hole. Plug d'hole." How in the world do you sit there and tell a fundraiser, you gotta feel sorry for me, I'm a president here, and "like any president, when this happens on your watch, then every day you are thinking: How does this get solved?" Ugh. What an utter disaster!
By the way, the media was not invited to Obama's fundraising party at the billionaire Getty home in San Francisco, because they get their money from eeeevil oil, you see. The Getty fortune is all oil, and there's Obama out fundraising at a Getty home telling people, "Plug the hole! I, uh, uh, uh... How does this get solved?" The Japanese invade Pearl Harbor, 1941, FDR says, "Gee, how does this get solved?" Terrorists blow up the World Trade Center, bomb the Pentagon, and crash a plane in a Pennsylvania field, and George W. Bush says, "Gee, how does this get solved?" Barack Obama in a billionaire Getty home paid for by oil in San Francisco raising money for the hapless Barbara Boxer, complains and whines about the BP oil spill and says, "Gee, like any president, you sit there and ask yourself: How does this get solved?" Moving on, it's time for an environmental I told you so. This is me back on May 17th.
RUSH ARCHIVE: So let's maybe assign some responsibility to the environmentalist wackos. How much more dangerous, expensive, and involved is it to have to go out 65 miles or a hundred miles in the Gulf and then a mile down to get oil when it's right here on the coast or onshore in various parts of the country where it would be cheaper to get it, less dangerous...
RUSH: The left went nuts when I said this. And predictably so. It was the Media Tweak of the Day. And they went predictably crazy on all the left-wing websites. So let's now go to CNN's Larry King Live. He interviewed the former Shell Oil CEO John Hofmeister, and King says, "Does it not, John, hurt the whole industry, this spill?"
HOFMEISTER: It absolutely does. And I have to ask the question, Larry -- this is fundamental -- why is the industry pushed into the deep water, 5,000, 10,000 feet of risk that they're taking for Americans when there's oil on shore, there's oil in the shallow water that the industry is not allowed to pursue? Tomorrow we will consume 20 million barrels of oil in this country. A lot of it is coming from foreign nations and deep water. We will not tolerate as a country drilling in shallow water, which puts us into this horrific risk. If this was a shallow well, this would have been -- this blowout would have been -- stifled weeks ago.
RUSH: Exactly my point back on May 17th. We're forced to go miles out and miles deep to get oil when we don't have to. It's not that the American people demand it; it's that radical leftist environmentalist wackos who hold sway with members of Congress have made this a necessity. And it is a valid question. James Carville was on Good Morning America today and he's not happy. Now, Carville moved to New Orleans from Washington couple years ago. He and his wife, Mary Matalin, live down there. So he's on with George Stephanopoulos, cohabitant of the Clinton war room back in 1992. Stephanopoulos says, "James, even though you're an ally of President Obama, you blasted the White House. You said it was a lackadaisical response, you said they were naive to be trusting BP, and you went on to say, 'This is a disaster of the first magnitude, they gotta go to plan B.' Are we seeing plan B now?"
CARVILLE: The political stupidity of this is just unbelievable. Here you have a situation where you had 11 hardworking people blown up as a result of corporate malfeasance and maybe criminal negligence, as a result of inept bureaucrats, and the president doesn't get down here in the middle of this. This thing should be... His approval rating should be up seven points right now if he'da come down here. I have no idea of why they didn't seize this thing. I have no idea of why their attitude was so hands-offie here. It's just unbelievable. I hope he sees it now.
RUSH: Let me help out here. Let me help out, James. It's because he doesn't know what to do. You know, this is not some figment of anybody's imagination. He can't go hold a town meeting on this because the genuine oil well is spilling oil. He can't go hold a town meeting and talk about all the jobs that are being created. He can't go out and speak platitudes. And you'll notice that quote of him when he said to the fundraising audience in San Francisco, "[L]ike any president, when this happens on your watch, then every day you are thinking: How does this get solved?" It's like the first time in his life, I'll betcha, he's never said, "How do I solve this?" It's "How does this get fixed?" He doesn't look at it, James, as his responsibility. And for some reason, even despite Bush and Katrina, they didn't see an opportunity or a reason for Obama to go down there. He was going to skip it again. He's going on his second vacation since the oil spill. So he is gonna stop in there. More from Carville. Stephanopoulos tries to defend Obama here and Carville gets even more passionate. Stephanopoulos says, "Well, gosh, James! What more can the president do here?"
CARVILLE: The president of the United States coulda come down here. He could have been involved with the families of these 11 people. He coulda commandeered the -- the -- the things. They could be deploying people to the coast right now. He could be with the Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard with these people in Plaquemines Parish doing something about these regulations. These people are crying! They're begging for something down here and he just looks like he's not involved in this! Man, you got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this thing moving. We're about to die down here!
RUSH: James Carville, "Put somebody in charge down here, get these things moving! We're about to die down here!" Well, he sent the SWAT teams out, which were inspectors, and he sent Big Sis down there, and he sent Ken Salazar in a cowboy hat -- and Salazar said, "Don't worry. We got our boot on BP's throat," as though that's enough. Shouldn't he at least grab a mop and start cleaning up? I mean, that's what he said about the Republicans, cleaning up the "mess they had made" in the House of Representatives and so forth.
RUSH: CNNMoney.com: "At risk: The Gulf's $234 Billion Economy -- The numbers being batted around when it comes to how much the oil spill will ultimately cost BP and the local Gulf of Mexico economies are huge. $3 billion. $14 billion. One politician put it at over $100 billion. The range is so big because two important questions remain unanswered: When will the leak be sealed?" By the way, the Coast Guard, which is a federal agency, has just approved of BP's latest method called the Top Kill method to plug the hole, to plug the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But why did BP have to wait for the Coast Guard to sign off on it? Why? Maybe BP just needs a bigger, tougher condom like they're deploying in the DC school districts.
At any rate, "The four biggest industries in the Gulf of Mexico are oil, tourism, fishing and shipping, and they account for some $234 billion in economic activity." This story from CNN basically seeks to assign blame. It's a huge economic area, there's no question about it, and Obama still focuses on blaming BP, which, fine, go ahead. They're an easy target, Big Oil, British, everybody hates BP. Go ahead. Blame 'em. But why not use some of the best and the brightest and the smartest people in the world, the same people who are the only people qualified to fix our so-called broken health care system, why don't the same smart, wise, brilliant people come up with a way to fix the oil problem. They're gonna fix everything else. They're gonna fix what's wrong with Social Security; they're gonna fix what's wrong with the private sector; they're gonna fix what's wrong about the unfairness of capitalism; they're gonna fix the health care system; they're gonna fix the financial system; they're gonna fix Medicare; they're gonna fix Medicaid; they're going to fix the space program; they're gonna fix everything they think is wrong. Where are they on fixing the oil spill? If they're the best and the brightest and the smartest, they ought to be able to come up with something. By the way, the media hype is what's harming tourism more than anything now. Media hype. How many stories have you seen of beaches which are fine? You don't see those and you won't see those. We stick with the audio sound bites. Bobby Jindal last Sunday held a press conference in Louisiana, said this.
JINDAL: We've also been waiting for a decision on our dredging, our sand boom plan from the US Army Corps of Engineers for nearly two weeks. We can either fight this battle, we can fight this oil on the barrier islands 15 to 20 miles off of our coast, or we can face it in thousands of miles of fragmented wetlands. Every day we're not given approval on this emergency permit to create more of these sand booms is another day where that choice is made for us as more and more miles of our shore are hit by oil.
RUSH: And he wasn't through.
JINDAL: It is clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here: boom, skimmers, vacuums, jack-up barges are all in short supply. Oil sits and waits for cleanup, and every day that it sits in cleanup for cleanup, more of our marsh dies.
RUSH: Can't get a permit from the regime to build these berms and so forth that would hold off the oil. The regime will not talk to him. I'll tell you why. You want to know why? I'll tell you exactly, 'cause he's a Republican. Don't doubt me. Do not doubt me. It was just last week we had the stories about a bunch of Democrat politicians who were trying to deny Jindal's idea, "Hey, you're a big limited government guy, your idea is not qualified, you can't come up with a fix, you don't believe in big government." They want the disaster. You have to understand, the far leftist elements of the regime and of our country want the disaster. Do you think they're going to give Jindal the opportunity to be the hero here? When Obama is sitting there saying, "Plug the hole, when's this gonna get fixed?" So he asks the question and a couple days later Bobby Jindal provides the answer, you think he's going to allow that to happen? If you think that it is not even possible that President Obama would withhold or instruct permits to be withheld because Jindal is a Republican, don't doubt me. Everything with these people is political. It's either an opportunity for them or it's a disaster. They would look at Jindal as having a solution to this and Jindal's idea working, uh-uh, can't have that. Mark my words, folks.
Where has there been outreach to the Republicans? Where has there been anything like that? Obama's talked about it but there hasn't been any. He's not interested in any Republican ideas, including how to deal with this oil spill, especially if the idea might work. If you doubt me, then you have a long ways to go in understanding two things: Liberalism and Obama. Ronald Reagan said, "If you can sweep out of the way the notion of who gets the credit, there's no end to what you can accomplish." With Obama, there's no end to what we won't accomplish because we're only going to do things we can take credit for. And if Jindal fixes it, Obama doesn't get credit for working with him, Obama doesn't get credit for the idea. He may try. The Drive-Bys may say Obama granted permission for Jindal to do what he did seeing that it was a workable solution, but at the end of the day it still is Jindal's idea, especially now since he's being denied the permit.
Be right back. Don't doubt me.
RUSH: Look, folks, Obama only reaches out to the GOP to slap 'em. If you doubt me on this, don't forget, Obama tried to take credit for the ceasefire between the Russians and the Georgians when the Russians went in there even before he was inaugurated. He said his statements about how everybody should cool off is what made 'em stop. Don't think he's not totally focused on credit and who gets it, for anything.