May 24th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Dear Mr. President #490 "NO DOUBLE TALK!"

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/06/c1main.oil.slick.jpg width=300 height=169]Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama’s team was clearly feeling some heat over the Gulf situation this weekend. You can’t say I didn’t warn them in my daily letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

So I’ll give your team credit for addressing at least some of the concerns about the Gulf spill this weekend.  Having your Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, step out in Houston to talk about how all these federal resources are being channeled into BP’s efforts helped.  But I think it still fell a bit short of reassuring, in part because the good Secretary sent a really mixed message.

In one breath he said that BP has failed from day one in its mission.  Then he turns right around and says something like, “but yeah we still have to trust them in this process.”  Well, no, he didn’t exactly say trust.  In fact, he either said or implied he does not trust them at all.  It’s late and I can’t really remember which., but either way, again I find myself saying it looks like your folks are just a little afraid to grab hold of this live wire firmly.

Obviously you can go either way you want: Leave BP in charge, or push them our and take over, and you can suffer the political fallout for good or ill.  But as just another member of the public, I have to say it drives me bananas when I get such contradicting information.
Seems to me that you are either partners with BP in this mess and pushing them to do good and willing to show some reasonable faith that this plan will work; or…uh…you’re not.  In which case maybe you should make that clear.

In any event, I think you are probably fast approaching the point at which you must make it clear.  As it is, it seems like you want credit for keeping hands off and letting them solve it (just in case they do,) but you are also positioning yourself to deny any contact with a failure if it comes.

Did you see, btw, Bobby Jindal?  I know he’s a Repub and you may not be a fan, but he came out spitting fire shortly after your Secretary’s statement, clearly suggesting that the feds are dragging their feet on this.  It was Sunday afternoon and maybe no one was listening.  But if this continues to drag on, more and more people will start listening…and if what your team says even sounds like waffles for breakfast, get ready for critics to start eating your lunch.

I’m just saying…call if you want.



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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I doubt that BP isn't willing to stop paying CEO's millions who should know how to cleanup this mess instead of getting a pay check. I think this is something that needs to be looked into because these guys don't deserve a dime.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:15 pm |