In his memoir, President Obama wrote that as a community organizer, his chief project was trying to remove the asbestos from Altgeld Gardens, an all-black public housing project on Chicago’s South Side. But to this day, most of the asbestos remains in the apartments.
As a result, “When classmates in college asked me just what it was that a community organizer did, I couldn’t answer them directly,” he wrote.
Instead, Obama said, “I’d pronounce on the need for change.” In that revealing passage, Obama cynically admitted that he accomplished very little in his prior life but that he was able to cover that up with empty talk.
Obama was working from the same playbook when he gave his Oval Office talk about the oil spill. The president talked of mobilizing a commission and a battle plan and fighting and faith in the future.
“Even if we’re unsure exactly what that looks like,” Obama said. “Even if we don’t yet know precisely how to get there. We know we’ll get there.” All we need is “courage” and a “hand” that “may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day.”
When Obama talked about what the oil spill tragedy means to the livelihoods of those who depend upon the Gulf, he seemed as engaged as a subway dispatcher.
If he were serious about pulling out all stops, he would have announced a waiver of the Jones Act so that foreign-flag ships could help with the cleanup.
He would have lifted his moratorium on new deep-sea drilling in order to save tens of thousands of jobs that are now in jeopardy.
Instead, Obama only became engaged when he talked about a plan that might move the U.S. to “energy independence.” If Obama lifted the ban on drilling in Alaska and other areas, the U.S. could begin moving in that direction immediately. But he also wants to increase our energy bills by achieving “clean energy,” a diversion from the crisis at hand.
With the help of the media, Obama was able to enter the White House by talking about hope and change. But fancy talk will not stop the gushing oil.
The American people recognize that — and are now recognizing that they elected a talker-in-chief.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.
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