'Owning' the oil spill, White House tries to run away
I think we can take this information as proof positive that the administration is scared witless about the BP oil spill and its potential to destroy Barack Obama.
They are panicking and seeking desperately to get out from under any blame associated with this environmental catastrophe.
The Washington Post:
Struggling to convey command of the worsening Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Obama administration is taking steps to distance itself from BP and is dispatching Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to the Gulf Coast to meet with federal and state prosecutors. The Holder trip could signal that the environmental calamity might become the subject of a criminal investigation.
Holder has said Justice Department lawyers are examining whether there was any "malfeasance" related to the leaking oil well, and investigators, who have already been on the coast for a month, have sent letters to BP instructing the company to preserve internal records related to the spill. But federal officials indicated that Holder's trip, which will include a news conference in New Orleans on Tuesday afternoon, will focus on enforcement of environmental laws and holding BP accountable.
The opening of a criminal investigation or civil action against BP, if either were to happen, would create the unusual situation of the federal government weighing charges against a company that it is simultaneously depending on for the most critical elements of the response to the record oil spill.
This is pathetic. Seeking to deflect attention from their own inadequacy, the Obama administration wants a dog and pony show of a potential prosecution of BP Oil to distract the press and voting public and distance themselves from responsibility for anything relating to the disaster.
I would say to the president - you can run, but you can't hide.