These boots are made for talking

D.L. Hammack
To an audience of the world at large, our President has expressed public dismay over the handling of the BP oil spill and has found an urgent need to verbalize his intent to use his size eight footwear to keep this corporate giant in line-as it attempts to address the issue. Instead of partnering with the oil company to collectively solve the crisis, Obama has found it necessary to instead pretend that he will be the one who will right the wrongs that have been perpetrated by the oil company...and he wants the world to know that he's on the job and it's been his focus since day one. While staged anger might float in some circles, the problem for the President is that most of us just aren't buying it. We're smart enough to spot the follies of an inexperienced man flailing miserably in oil-skimmed waters way beyond his depth.

Whether it is keeping "his boot on the throat of BP" or searching for "whose ass to kick", the great orator has, in no uncertain terms, expressed his dismay over the situation and revealed his lack of leadership experience by attempting to talk his way through this environmental disaster. Once again, instead of "walking the walk", he's "talking the talk" by campaigning instead of governing. The result, however, is an almost comical-yet embarrassing-display of false bravado, courage and knowledge, while exposing his soft, inexperienced, underbelly.

If this weren't an election year, it is doubtful that this event would register as much more than a blip on his radar screen. His agenda calls for the transformation of America and a measly oil spill is not going to derail his efforts. Quite simply, it is beneath him and his office...unless of course it could be used to further the agenda with new energy regulations?

The most troubling aspect of all of this is the fact that we've got several other catastrophes-all being ignored-roiling the non-oiled waters in this country. While the economy teeters and unemployment continues to hover at decades-high levels, this man can't find the words or the boots to press his administration or Congress to do the things necessary to correct the problems that are sinking our country.

If BP were running the show on the economy, it's a safe bet that Barry would be placing leather on an unprotected neck as we speak. It's also safe to assume that if BP were responsible for keeping unemployment under 8% (like the President promised), then once again, there would be hell to pay and a proverbial boot would find its way to the backside of this profit-hungry, earth-killing corporation, unless of course, that these issues were tantamount to his "change" agenda.

Where is the outrage when unemployment escalates to double digits after a nearly $1T stimulus? Where are the "rolling heads" when Congress can't seem to find the time or desire to even pass a budget for the fiscal year? Where's the boot leather when we continue to see reckless fiscal policies collapsing our economy? Where's Nancy Sinatra when we need her to revise a stanza in her classis single: "One of these days these boots are gonna talk all over you......"


To an audience of the world at large, our President has expressed public dismay over the handling of the BP oil spill and has found an urgent need to verbalize his intent to use his size eight footwear to keep this corporate giant in line-as it attempts to address the issue.

Instead of partnering with the oil company to collectively solve the crisis, Obama has found it necessary to instead pretend that he will be the one who will right the wrongs that have been perpetrated by the oil company...and he wants the world to know that he's on the job and it's been his focus since day one. While staged anger might float in some circles, the problem for the President is that most of us just aren't buying it. We're smart enough to spot the follies of an inexperienced man flailing miserably in oil-skimmed waters way beyond his depth.

Whether it is keeping "his boot on the throat of BP" or searching for "whose ass to kick", the great orator has, in no uncertain terms, expressed his dismay over the situation and revealed his lack of leadership experience by attempting to talk his way through this environmental disaster. Once again, instead of "walking the walk", he's "talking the talk" by campaigning instead of governing. The result, however, is an almost comical-yet embarrassing-display of false bravado, courage and knowledge, while exposing his soft, inexperienced, underbelly.

If this weren't an election year, it is doubtful that this event would register as much more than a blip on his radar screen. His agenda calls for the transformation of America and a measly oil spill is not going to derail his efforts. Quite simply, it is beneath him and his office...unless of course it could be used to further the agenda with new energy regulations?

The most troubling aspect of all of this is the fact that we've got several other catastrophes-all being ignored-roiling the non-oiled waters in this country. While the economy teeters and unemployment continues to hover at decades-high levels, this man can't find the words or the boots to press his administration or Congress to do the things necessary to correct the problems that are sinking our country.

If BP were running the show on the economy, it's a safe bet that Barry would be placing leather on an unprotected neck as we speak. It's also safe to assume that if BP were responsible for keeping unemployment under 8% (like the President promised), then once again, there would be hell to pay and a proverbial boot would find its way to the backside of this profit-hungry, earth-killing corporation, unless of course, that these issues were tantamount to his "change" agenda.

Where is the outrage when unemployment escalates to double digits after a nearly $1T stimulus? Where are the "rolling heads" when Congress can't seem to find the time or desire to even pass a budget for the fiscal year? Where's the boot leather when we continue to see reckless fiscal policies collapsing our economy? Where's Nancy Sinatra when we need her to revise a stanza in her classis single: "One of these days these boots are gonna talk all over you......"