Saturday, April 3, 2010

Offshore Drilling? Bring It On!

I caught this commentary earlier, and thought it seemed like perfect Saturday fare. And it is so in keeping with the "shrug of the shoulder" mentality of Obama's supporters whenever he does a major flip or flop, and he has done plenty. And he did another big one just this week on Offshore Drilling. So, when I saw this piece, Rick Horowitz: Obama Says "Offshore It!" We're All For It!, I just had to share it with you.

But first, remember this?

Oh, yeah. See if any of this sounds familiar from the mouths of Obamaphiles:
Have we mentioned lately how much we like offshore drilling? Lots more than you might have remembered -- that's how much all of us here at All Things Obama like offshore drilling. If we haven't managed to work our positive feelings about offshore drilling into the conversation over the past few months (or even the past few years), we hope you'll forgive us. It must have just slipped our mind, with all the excitement about Barack Obama running for the White House, and then actually winning the White House. There were so many other exciting Barack Obama topics to talk about, we just never got around to sharing our feelings about this one particular issue.

These are our feelings: We think it's a swell idea. To be perfectly honest about it, if you'd asked us about offshore drilling a couple of years ago -- or even a couple of days ago -- we probably wouldn't have been able to put our positive feelings into words. At least, not into words that most people would have heard as truly positive. The words that most likely would have stood out -- to most people, anyway -- would have been the words about oil spills, or the hazards to precious wildlife, or the risk of polluting beautiful beaches, or even the threat of permanent environmental damage. And we probably would have said a few words that sounded particularly churlish about the kind of energy policy you get when you put two former energy execs -- those would have been George Bush and Dick Cheney, of course -- in charge of things. Of course Bush and Cheney want to drill, we might have said. They always want to drill. Anyway, that's how most people would have interpreted our comments a couple of years ago -- or even a couple of days ago. Which is why we're taking this opportunity to clarify our thinking. To let you know that deep down inside, we're really OK with offshore drilling -- even expanded offshore drilling -- and that we've been really OK with it since at least Wednesday afternoon, which just happens to be when we heard that Barack Obama was OK with it.

Ohmygosh - how much does this sound JUST like the Obots with whom we have to contend on a daily basis?? They way they can twist themselves up trying to defend Obama's most recent "change" would lead one to believe they work in a pretzel factory, or should, if they were still hiring, that is. There's more twisting to be done:

Were we caught off guard when the president made his announcement? Maybe a little bit. Some of us here at All Things Obama had somehow been under the impression that the president had a somewhat different view of the matter, and that his view on expanded offshore drilling could best be summed up as follows: No way. No how. Accordingly, some of us had adopted a quite similar view, and we were only too happy to point out the many dangers, and the minimal benefits, that expanded offshore drilling would produce.

But once the president clarified his thinking -- that is, once the president announced on Wednesday that he wanted to go ahead with expanded offshore drilling -- we were only too happy to point out what a wonderful thing this would be. We're also happy to point out how carefully nuanced and deeply reasoned the president's decision was -- not to mention how judicious it was, and even how politically savvy it was. All in all, in fact, we have no hesitation in saying that Barack Obama made exactly the right decision, for exactly the right reasons, and that we're totally on board -- unless, of course, he should decide to change his mind, in which case that will be exactly the right decision, for exactly the right reasons. We await further instructions (emphasis mine). (Rick Horowitz is a syndicated columnist. You can write to him at

"We await further instructions." Ahahahahaha!! You KNOW that's true! They all come here saying the exact same thing on a given topic, and no matter how many facts are laid out in black and white, they refuse to acknowledge it. They can't, you see, because their instructions are VERY clear. No matter how convoluted an Obama position is, they MUST defend it no matter what.

Oh, dear - this cracked me up. I just had to share it with you. Talk about this, or whatever else is on your minds!


Mary Ellen said...

You have to understand, Rev. Amy, when we look at Obama telling us lie after lie, the Obots see this...

Obot's brains on Kool-Aid. Mighty strong stuff!

Happy Easter to you and your partner! :-)

Aja..Aja..Aja...Aja...(oops, wrong Messiah! I tell ya, that song is very catchy!)

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Oh, my - I am sick as a dog, and this STILL cracked me up!!! (And I need to get better in an hour or two since our 5 1/2 yr old great grandnephew is coming to visit for the week!)

That is too, too funny...

Happy Easter to you, too, Mary Ellen, and your family (well, except for Mr. Nunly, that is...I'll wish him a Happy Spring!). I was thinking of you when I picked out the two videos for today. I hope you like them!

Doc99 said...

I hope you had a Happy Easter. As I posted on the Noquarter site, Obama is a master of illusion. Whenever he speaks, you have to watch the other hand. Obama now touts off-shore drilling but he does it at a pace which will not get the US any oil for at least ten years. Moreover, some proven sites, he's declared off-limits. Finally, Oil means nothing without refining capacity and nothing he's said will boost refining capacity. The entire domestic drilling argument should have been couched in terms of National Security - the sooner the US cuts the cord of foreign oil dependency, the better off we will all be. PS - get ready for $4 per gallon gasoline.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Hey, Doc99!

Thank you - I did have a good Easter. And I have my 5 1/2 yr old grandnephew here for the week, which is a total BLAST!!!

You are absolutely right abt the offshore drilling. I admit, I have mixed feelings abt it, but we clearly need to do SOMETHING to reduce our energy dependence on other countries, especially ones that are so unstable and/or engage in rampant human rights abuses.

Spot on in your description of Obama, though. "Sleight of hand" is his MO, to be sure. He says whatever he thinks people want to hear.

Great comment, Doc99, and thanks for coming by here!

Doc99 said...

Rev, here's more on O's Offshore Drilling Farce.

This is nothing but a head-fake by the president, who wants to force a massive new energy tax on Americans. And given the suspicious timing of the president’s announcement, his newly discovered need for domestic production is just a part of a scheme to push through cap and tax in one form or another.

Despite a study by the American Energy Alliance that reports offshore drilling may well create millions of new jobs and would provide billions in new government revenue at the levels, we should expect an array of delays before any actual drilling takes place, such as court challenges and bureaucratic red tape.

If he were truly sincere, he'd call for an expedited plan for increasing refining capacity since we've not had a new refinery built since about 30 years ago.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Doc99, you know there is nothing Obama can do that wouldn't surprise me at this point. It makes perfect sense that this is a head-fake to drive up taxes. Will this be a stepping stone for the "Cap and Trade" bill that will add another tax to middle class families (an additional $1,500 a year, last I saw)?

Wow. Is it genetically impossible for him to just speak the truth abt ANYTHING??? Sheesh...

Thanks for the info, Doc99!