Friday, May 27, 2011

Obama and BP.........what do you think?

While in England, Obama's staff, including Obama's armored limousine, bought about $550.00 worth of gas at a BP station One writer says it's 'shameful' that they would buy gas or anything with BP behind it after what BP did in the Gulf.

Do you think that's fair criticism?

z

43 comments:

Ducky's here said...

There is no end to the pettiness, is there.

Always On Watch said...

Well, it does look bad.

And if a Republican President had done the same, we'd be hearing about the matter every hour on the hour on the news.

Bob said...

Do you think that's fair criticism?

Somebody has too much time on their hands. It sounds like the kind of person who, ignorantly, automatically assigns nefarious advocacy goals to ExxonMobile and other oil companies.

Shallow thinking, but that's Democrats.

Bob
Spurious Missives

Joe said...

Ducky: Why is the supporting of a company that was previously vilified petty?

Mustang said...

There was no reason to vilify BP … they didn’t plan the oil spill event. There is plenty of reason to criticize Obama without resorting to this pettiness.

Scotty said...

Mebbe it was cheaper than Hess!

Lisa said...

Heck when Bush choked on that pretzel the media was routing for the pretzel.
Unfortunatly politics has turned into this and we all know who we can thank for it.

Debbie said...

I don't see anything wrong with it, I bought some BP gas last week, it was the cheapest I could find. It's not like BP committed a crime or had the leak on purpose.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

Impertinent said...

Nope...It's not like these guys would have found a Hess, Sunoco or Sinclair station ( American Vendors ) on every corner.

BB-Idaho said...

My guess- they couldn't find one of those Cenex places where you get a free
liter of Coca Cola with your fill up...

cube said...

They were in England. Should they have driven the entire motorcade around until they found a gas station with ties to Venezuela?

I think this is a non-issue, but AOW is spot on when she says had it happened on a republican president's watch, the MSM would've been howling about it.

Brooke said...

I could care less where Obama buys his gas.

AOW and Cube are correct, though. Had GWB done this there would be no end to the pettiness coming from the left.

Speedy G said...

There is no end to the pettiness, is there.

Isn't "pettiness" 99.9% of politics?

Speedy G said...

It's kinda hard to "out-petty" the Left. They're the kings of petty.

Speedy G said...

The Left's motto: "If you watch your petties, the dollars will take care of themselves"

Pris said...

"Do you think that's fair criticism?"


Good grief, of all the shameful things this administration has done, this is not one of them.

What nonsense. I'm sure this $550.00 will make a huge difference to BP! Is this writer kidding?

Give me a break!

Z said...

Ducky, I'd have thought "BP" would send big shock waves thru anybody in the Obama administration but I do think it's a little petty, though, as I said, even I'd balk at buying anything BP today...and I was certainly not as involved as this administration was.

ALWAYS, incessantly...the media would never let it go. Particularly if Bush had signed 2008 to any guest book....which I also found slightly petty in its criticism but it's the double standard I blog about.

Mustang, I agree. If you don't tell anyone :-), I even sided a little with the CEO who said, after weeks of blame and nastiness, "I want my life back". I would have, too...in a weak moment he said that very human thing and he's still castigated for it.

Scotty! RIGHT! They were just saving money! HAA...good one!

Lisa "rooting for the pretzel!" remember how horrid they were about Bush as if stupidity is what causes one to choke to death?
Or remember his dad when he got SO sick in Japan and the media actually teased about it? awful.

Deb...definitely good points...

ALL of you, thanks for the comments!

I guess I'd sum it up by saying, as I did above, one would think they'd avoid a BP just because of the situation in New Orleans (I believe the article said there were various stations all around there), BUT, maybe they had their minds on other things and it's not like they bought stock in BP or bailed them out :-)

HERE IS THE RUB:
IF BUSH HAD DONE THIS, WE'D NEVER EVER FORGET IT, THANKS TO THE MEDIA.

FairWitness said...

No, it isn't a fair criticism. Does anyone think for one minute that the BP oil spill was intentional? It cost the company billions and billions of dollars.

Why can't we accept this was an accident, albeit due to shoddy maintenance?

Silverfiddle said...

No. I think the criticism is laughable. Does anyone think the president is even aware of such decisions as where the gasoline for is limo is bought?

Z said...

OKAY, my dear FOLKS:

HERE IS THE QUESTION:

IF THIS WERE GEORGE BUSH, WOULD THE LEFT HAVE WRITTEN COMMENTS AS FORGIVING AS MOST OF YOURS HERE?

Let 'er rip!

Lisa said...

In a word "No".
In 2 words "Leftwing Hypocrisy"
In 3 words " Liberal Media Bias"

In a nutshell
Democrat-Good/Republican-Bad

shoprat said...

We have enough real criticisms of this person that we do not need to dwell on this.

Besides what other options were available.

Pris said...

"IF THIS WERE GEORGE BUSH, WOULD THE LEFT HAVE WRITTEN COMMENTS AS FORGIVING AS MOST OF YOURS HERE?"

No, you're right, but then, the left isn't us. I don't even feel it's a matter of forgiveness.

Compared to the corruption, and trashing of the Constitution by this administration, this is a non-issue to me too.

Mike said...

When I saw protesters advocating boycotting BP, I did a little thought experiment. If the government slaps a big fine on BP and tells them to clean up their mess while consumers boycot, eventually BP becomes unprofitable and declares bankruptcy. The Gulf remains a mess. Alternatively, I give dollars to BP for gasoline I want, and those dollars go toward fines to clean up the mess from the oil spill.

For the sake of the environment, I feel a moral obligation to support BP. Where am I wrong?

Bob said...

Pris has a point, "Compared to the corruption, and trashing of the Constitution by this administration, this is a non-issue to me too."

It is hard to get excited about anything Obama says or does. We all know the media are the ultimate suck-ups. It is hard to keep the passion up on Obama. I wonder if the left is having a hard time keeping it up for Obama?

bob
Spurious Missives

Z said...

Mike, I think nothing the gov't could do to BP would strongly harm their bottom line, but you do make a point. I just wish they weren't closing claims centers unless they could prove they're really not needed anymore, or they've centralized or something.
Sometimes, we hear things that mislead "BP is closing claims centers"...when, really, they're just making them more efficient.

Bob, I'm starting to get the impression that the left IS not too happy with their guy (I always want to say 'boy' because it's more my vernacular but I'd be called 'racist' so I have to change my regular way of talking so's not to offend..geeez)..
Maybe I'll start keeping record of instances where I see that, it could make an interesting blog post.

Pris, some people don't understand that the CONSTITUTION COMES FIRST, do they.

Sam Huntington said...

Barack Obama has been on the wrong side of this issue from the beginning. But it is also true that Barack Obama has been on the wrong side of every issue.

Mike said, “For the sake of the environment, I feel a moral obligation to support BP.”

I agree. No one can satisfactorily explain to me why I should boycott BP. After the President of the United States directed the closure of offshore platforms, after Obama put tens of thousands of people out of work, after giving away $7 billion to Brazil so that they can develop productive offshore oil platforms, I feel a moral obligation to buy nothing but BP.

Barack Obama wasn’t kidding when he said he intended fundamental changes in our country. I guess we weren’t listening carefully enough. Compared to Barack Obama, George Bush ranks up there with Thomas Jefferson.

Z said...

Sam, I suppose you know the situation where the Leftists in San Francisco (Pelosi included, and Feinsteinn) virtually closed the whole California Central Valley, which was a big part of America's 'bread basket', vegetable production, etc......it's dry as a bone and hundreds if not thousands have lost their homes for loss of farms and loss of work..

Now there is a tiny lizard in West TX which is causing people to lose their jobs. This lizard is apparently never seen but they're afraid of extinction. (the fish in CA thrives in the Pacific NW, by the way) I don't know how far-reaching the West TX situation is...I hope it's not as bad as what they've done here in CA.

THe Gulf Coast is a mess,Florida, too, has suffered due to the contaminated waters (tho they're saying the testing of fish isn't bad at all).

I just wonder where the Left things this is going to lead us? Americans who think a tiny fish and a certain lizard come before human beings?
While watching a special on the CA situation, a congressman from up there said something chilling "The Left up here in N CA has been trying to shut the Central Valley down for years........" I'll never forget it and the comment wasn't elaborated upon by anybody......

SOmething's going on and I think we all need to wake up. Then we're going to be taxing the rich because they succeeded (How American is THAT?), leaving charities now to suffer, leaving a situation behind by which nobody has any money.......but the gov't, and then where's the gov't going to get money?

I know I sound paranoid but I'm only relaying facts here.....what can be done?

Pris said...

"Pris, some people don't understand that the CONSTITUTION COMES FIRST, do they."

Z, sadly, that's true. Not even this President accepts it. He has called it "flawed".

Sam Huntington said...

Hi Z … thank you.

As I mentioned in a comment at our blog, I believe our country has maintained a level of political contentiousness hardly observed in other countries. I realize, of course, that our congressmen do not engage in fistfights as they do in Japan, but that is only because our politicians are sissies. I believe we will always find reasons to disagree, and yes, it is incomprehensible to me that the left thinks an endangered fish is somehow more important than it is for people to have the ability earn a living and provide for their families. The arrogance of it baffles the mind. Still, we find Pelosi, Feinstein, and Boxer reelected time after time. What will it take before people realize they alone are responsible for these leftist cancers? I am amazed violence has not already manifested itself.

And now the lizards …

You ask, “What can be done?” People must rise up and toss out the leftist tyrants.

Chuck said...

AOW, And if a Republican President had done the same, we'd be hearing about the matter every hour on the hour on the news.

Duckhead would have been all over Bush for this.

As far as it being petty, the reality is he does so much worse that we could be spending time attacking him about. This only dilutes the message.

Mustang said...

There was a time when Americans took care of one another without any government interference, but then Franklin Roosevelt decided that it was time for the government to step in, to assume a leadership role. Americans didn’t require any leadership, but the leftist government convinced them otherwise.

So then, the government decided it needed more money to take care of suddenly dozens of necessary programs, and so taxes naturally increased. With taxes going up, disposable income declined; with less disposable income, people gave less money to charity. This of course meant that America needed more government.

It became, and remains a vicious cycle.

Government imposed this upon us, and we imposed that kind of communist thinking upon ourselves. A pox on leftists and simple minded voters.

We don’t need government looking out for us now, any more than we needed government looking out for us back then. And believe me when I tell you lizards and fish have existed for tens of millions of years without any government assistance. If that little lizard can’t survive by now without a leftist PAC, then I say let him disappear.

I believe in Darwin’s natural selection hypothesis, which I also think applies to people. If we’re lucky, perhaps Ducky, BD, and all the misogynist nitwits just like them will also become extinct.

Bd said...

Ah no, if a GOP President had done this, the left would not give a crap. BP is about all you can get in England. It is 'British Petroleum' after all.

Obama got billions out of BP within a month of the oil spill. A GOP President would not have done that!

Z said...

SAM, thanks for coming back and responding to my question at your place....

You said "People must rise up and toss out the leftist tyrants."

But the leftist tyrants are promisers and slanderers.....and people fall for it.
Look at Bd's ridiculous comment about how Republicans wouldn't have had BP pay for the problems. :-)

Chuck, it's a veritable goldmine, isn't it, sadly.

Mustang; well put, as usual!
This cracked me UP "If that little lizard can’t survive by now without a leftist PAC, then I say let him disappear." exactly.
And now, we will be painted as people who care about animals (wait for it)

Mustang said...

Note for BD (AKA Stupid)

BP is the fourth largest corporation in the world; it is located in 80 countries. It has over 22,000 service stations.

So screw BP, right stupid? And in this process, how many American workers lose their jobs? Or is that okay because they're probably African Americans?

You are really disgusting, BD. And stupid.

Chuck said...

Bd, Obama got billions out of BP within a month of the oil spill. A GOP President would not have done that!

We have a saying at work that says "Assume goodness in intentions". In other words, start out an interaction assuming that the other person means well and the conversation will go better. It's a little hokey but it actually works.

With that said, you make it difficult for me to believe you are not as stupid as you appear with your comments. I try to assume you are just ill-informed.

Your statement above is absurd.

Obama did get a few billion out of BP in exchange for them promising him they would not write the spill off on their taxes.

How did that work out?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072704437.html

Joe said...

The Child President gets to have it both ways. Hate the company but enjoy its benefits.

Sort of a picture of the liberal/progressive community.

And Bd, you are wrong. If it had been George Bush, you and your complicit media would have been all over it like white-on-rice.

Elmers Brother said...

He's just paying back the $20 million campaign gift he got from BP.

beamish said...

Did Obama get out and check the tire pressure?

Z said...

Elbro, right!

Beamish...welcome back :-)

MK said...

In obongo's defense, he's still stuck in 2008 so the disaster didn't happen right.

"There is no end to the pettiness, is there."

Definitely not, leftist rats should get exactly what they dished out during the Bush years and then some.

Z said...

MK, one of my own beloved commenters, whose name will remain unsaid here!, was at another blog saying something like "Bush? Who in the media put HIM down in any of his 8 years?" I kid you not. I read it 3 times looking for sarcasm in the comment in which that sentence was included....zip.
I almost refuse to believe I read it because that person veers more to the left but is always civil and well-considered in his comments. that THREW me.
Maybe people actually THINK that making Bush look like an ape and calling him STUPID and knocking his (mostly deserved) speaking patterns, and slamming every single position he took isn't insults, but I DO!

BY THE WAY, ever notice how well Bush spoke without notes or teleprompter? It was ON speech notes that he didn't fare so well.

Scotty said...

Maybe people actually THINK that making Bush look like an ape and calling him STUPID and knocking his (mostly deserved) speaking patterns, and slamming every single position he took isn't insults, but I DO!

You forgot MY favorite, that the EVIL Dick Cheney was the puppet master!