So I sneak up behind Biden and say: "Guess who?"
From Obi One the Hopey's press conference today:
Yesterday the federal government gave BP approval to move forward with a procedure … to try to stop the leak.
…The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort.
…But make no mistake: BP is operating at our direction. Every key decision and action they take must be approved by us in advance. I've designated Admiral Thad Allen, who has nearly four decades of experience responding to such disasters, as the national incident commander. And if he orders BP to do something to respond to this disaster, they are legally bound to do it.
Now, I'm not a lawyer. I don't even play one on TV, but to me, it sounds like Obama is making the US government joint and severally liable for the results of this spill and the subsequent clean up, or lack thereof.
The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort.So if BP wanted to do "A" and the feds said, no, do "B", or if Louisiana wanted to build sand bars today and then government makes them wait until Tuesday, it could be (and probably will be) argued that whatever course taken, not taken or delayed may have had a percentage of liability for the final damages. Yes, BP may have put the oil in the water, but the US, Obama claims, was in charge from day one of the efforts to cap the well and clean up the mess. Doesn't that make them (and the taxpayers who are on the hook for it) at least to some degree liable?