Saturday, June 12, 2010
Obama on the spill: “I can’t suck it up with a straw”
Via WaPo, a week that began with a stupid soundbite ends with an even stupider one. Skip ahead to 3:00 for presidential oratorical glory. This really is the new meme among his supporters, believe it or not, per the fact that the video below comes from the White House itself: Not only shouldn’t our global messiah be expected to plug the damn hole — he’s not Superman, people! — but evidently he shouldn’t be expected to find out if there’s any containment boom sitting in a warehouse somewhere waiting to be used either. What he’s supposed to do, apparently, is go around reminding people why he’s really not to blame. I’ll say this for him: He’s awfully good at that, at least.
The latest upgraded estimate: As much as 2.1 million gallons of oil could be leaking each day for a possible grand total thus far of 100 million gallons in the gulf. Exxon Valdez was 11 million gallons; the worst spill in history, the Ixtoc rig in Mexico, was 140 million (over 10 months). Three more weeks and we’re there.