Rant: Leadership EPIC FAIL

Excerpted from the chat room where I hang out.

[obama-sux]/006 Rob says, “I am furious at the lack of action and leadership over stanching the oil spill”
[obama-sux]/007 Rob says, “EPIC FAIL”
[obama-sux]/008 Ryan says, “Yeah, it is ridiculous.”
[obama-sux]/009 Ryan says, “Complete incompetence on all sides.”
[obama-sux]/010 Rob says, “yeah”
[obama-sux]/011 Rob says, “I seriously feel fury”
[obama-sux]/012 Rob says, “all I’m hearing is bureaucracy instead of mobilization of every resource to stop an emergency and a crisis that redefine emergency and crisis”
[obama-sux]/013 Rob says, “if a patient is bleeding from an artery you stop the bleeding and then worry about lawsuits later”
[obama-sux]/014 Bishop asks, “What can the administration realistically do that is nt being done?”
[obama-sux]/015 Lionheart says, “I feel like I should be furious, but I think I may still be burned out by Bush outrage fatigue.”
[obama-sux]/016 Rob asks, “this was a test of obama’s ability to lead, and he totally fucking failed. 30 days and nothing? except more drilling permits issued? and waiting for BP to do something? and not letting Louisiana do something? and forming committees to look into it?”
[obama-sux]/017 Johnny says (to Bishop), “Top 2: 1) Nuke it. 2) Start shaving people.”
[obama-sux]/018 Rob says, “30 days of doing nothing about this obliterates my memory of bush doing nothing for 7 minutes on 9/11″
[obama-sux]/019 Rob says, “the entire southern coast is being destroyed”
[obama-sux]/020 Rob says, “and there’s thousands of people wanting to do something about it and people will sit idle in an anxious tizzy without someone to lead them, and our elected leader is not doing any leading”
[obama-sux]/021 Lionheart asks, “What has Louisiana been prevented from doing to contribute to the cleanup?”
[obama-sux]/022 Rob says, “they’re wanting to dredge sand and build a sand wall to protect the wetlands”
[obama-sux]/023 Rob says, “and they’re waiting on federal permission to do so”
[obama-sux]/024 Rob says, “and they sent a letter asking permission TWO WEEKS AGO to the white house”
[obama-sux]/025 Rob says, “I’ll tell you what they should do”
[obama-sux]/026 Rob says, “drop rocks on it, tons of rocks, 24 hours a day, for six months”
[obama-sux]/027 two-star says, “I’m not totally surprised. I remember early in the campaign Obama was all for coal liquification. Which would be terrible in terms of global warming consequences. He did eventually come around, but I think his instinct is to listen to energy industry folks with whiz-bang high-tech fixes.”
[obama-sux]/028 Rob says, “mobilizing every junk scow, frigate, private yacht, and rowboat, every rock quarry, every strip mining operation, every helicopter”
[obama-sux]/029 Rob says, “get james cameron down there with his submarines and 3d cameras”
[obama-sux]/030 Allen says, “rock!”
[obama-sux]/031 Rob says, “get every geek who knows how to write or play a videogame to work out how to drop rocks such that they land in the right place with the tidal currents”
[obama-sux]/032 Allen says, “I still think a tactical nuke is the way to do it”
[obama-sux]/033 Allen says, “oooo… tetris-shaped rocks”
[obama-sux]/034 Rob says, “a mountain of rocks will stop the oil, I guarantee you, and it’s pretty much 100% environmentally safe”
[obama-sux]/035 Rob says, “but we need to bury all of the BP equipment and tell them sorry you don’t get any more oil from this, and you’re not fucking drilling a second hole so that we have two geysers”
[obama-sux]/036 two-star says, “Yeah. BP has a serious conflict of interest here.”
[obama-sux]/037 Lionheart says (to Rob), “Rocks? That seems kind of like trying to plug an upturned firehose by dropping rocks into the torrent.”
[obama-sux]/038 Rob says, “it is obvious that BP is not doing well at stopping it because priority #1 for them is still getting as much oil as possible out of it so they can sell it and make money”
[obama-sux]/039 Rob says, “but that’s what they do, so I have less invective for them, because that’s the only thing they know”
[obama-sux]/040 Rob says, “but it’s why waiting for them to fix it is ludicrous”
[obama-sux]/041 Allen says, “but BP is such a green company!”
[obama-sux]/042 Allen says, “and by that I mean, their gas stations are painted with lots and lots of green paint”
[obama-sux]/043 Rob says, “earlier today I felt like recording a youtube video where I stepped into this leadership vacuum and said ‘my fellow americans, here’s the fucking plan.'”
[obama-sux]/044 Rob says, “I’m now picturing obama as the weedy lawyer guy who comes in spouting rules saying you can’t do this and that because of the rules and harrison ford punches him out with a knuckle sandwich to his glass jaw, sending his clipboard flying, and says, ‘Get the hell out of the way and LET ME SAVE THIS PATIENT'”
[obama-sux]/045 Rob says, “and the audience always cheers when that guy gets punched out for a reason”
[obama-sux]/046 Lionheart says, “Heh.”
[obama-sux]/047 Allen says, “man”
[obama-sux]/048 Rob says, “the bloated mediocrity of the health care bill passage wasn’t a test of his ability to lead, this was, and he failed”
[obama-sux]/049 Rob says, “ok, that’s all I have to say”
[obama-sux]/050 Lionheart says (to Rob), “Well, I find your argument somewhat persuasive.”
[obama-sux]/051 Allen says, “it’s not like the federal government has lots of experience with disasterous deep-sea well ruptures or their consequences”
[obama-sux]/052 Rob says, “dealing with an incredible crisis the likes of which never seen before is exactly the test of leadership”
[obama-sux]/053 Allen says, “though, it seems like he could step in with, I don’t know, a second stimulus check, or maybe government dollars to help subsidize Red Lobster’s endless shrimp platter which has not become prohibitively expensive”
[obama-sux]/054 Allen says, “er, now become”
[obama-sux]/055 Rob derisive snort/sigh

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