Obama likens Gulf environmental disaster to 9/11

President Barack Obama likened the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the September 11 attacks in an interview published on the eve of his fourth visit Monday to the stricken region.

“In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come,” he told Politico.com.

Obama said he would be making a fresh bid to get Congress to pass a major energy and climate bill.

He was quoted as vowing to “move forward in a bold way in a direction that finally gives us the kind of future-oriented … visionary energy policy that we so vitally need and has been absent for so long.”

“One of the biggest leadership challenges for me going forward is going to be to make sure that we draw the right lessons from this disaster,” he said.

Obama said he could not predict whether the nation would transition completely from an oil-based economy within his lifetime but that “now is the time for us to start making that transition and investing in a new way of doing business when it comes to energy.”

Obama travels Monday to Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida on a two day visit to a region reeling from the effects of the worst oil spill in US history.

On Tuesday, he will address the crisis in a rare primetime speech to the nation from the Oval Office.

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11 thoughts on “Obama likens Gulf environmental disaster to 9/11

    • While you are entitled to your opinion, I think you are wrong. Not only is Obama bad for America, he is bad period. His way is toward Socialism and Socialism doesn’t work.

  1. I think Americans have a very strange view of what socialism is. I agree with you entirely that socialism doesn’t work. It’s been tried here and failed. Believe me, Obama is a long, long way from socialism.

  2. Let’s look for a moment Mr. Peter. 1- Massively increasing spending, at the Government level, to the point that the next 5 generations will still be paying for it. 2- Literally shoving the so called Health Care bill through, by any means he could, causing the unmistakable basis for a Government run system that literally forces Americans to join or be fined. 3- Stating many times that he wants to “Spread the wealth”, forcing the top 20% of Americans- I.E. the rich people- to pay massive tax increases on top of forcing everyone else to make up the difference. Just these three issues alone dictate the move towards Socialism. Remember that the worst thing about Socialism is that eventually you run out of everybody elses money. Now, let’s add in that he has drastically reduced our military base, has a massively weak Foriegn Policy (Bowing to leaders from Saudi Arabia, Japan, China- Apologizing to the world for America- wanting to meet with our enemies without preconditions). He is also alienating us from our allies- telling Israel they were wrong for defending themselves and basically treating them like some backward country. He has repeatedly lied to the American public, has failed to come through on about 95% of his campaign promises, and has recenly admitted to Egypt TV that he is a Muslim. I wonder just how you can trust him. I really wonder how you can believe in him. Mr. Reynolds, you really need to do some reasearch on this guy you trust and believe in. It will open your eyes

  3. You shoud read the comments from Steve on my post. I think you two have a lot in common!

    http://peterreynolds.wordpress.com/2010/06/15/obama-from-britain/#comment-470

    Raising government spending isn’t socialism. I agree that it is a trend that needs to be controlled but it is also a measure of a civilised society that cares for those who are less fortunate.

    The Health Care Bill was well overdue. It was a scandal that opposition to this civilised, modern and humane legislation delayed it so long.

    “Spread the wealth” is a great idea. Giving people the opportunity to improve themslves is the essence of a free society. It’s got nothing to do with socialism.

    Offering the hand of friendship without precondiions is brave and courageous and a mark oftrue leadership. Playing the bully and thug is the coward’s way.

    Israel is an out of control, rogue state that needs slapping down hard for the sake of world peace (as is Iran).

    Who gives a damn if he’s a Muslim? Islam has become a great force for evil in the world but so has Christianity and every other form of organised religion.

    Socialism is about state ownership of resources and the means of production and supply. It’s got absolutely nothing to do with what Obama is doing or what’s happening in America.

    With respect, I think you’re hysterical. You’ve let the cynicism and paranoia take you over.

    • Islam is not a religion, Islam is a cult. For anyone to think otherwise, they are not familiar with Islam or cults. There is a big difference between religions and cults. The basic difference is freedom. You are free to practice a religion if you choose. Free to go to church. Free not to go. This is not the case with Islam. This is because those who do not practice Islam in Islamic countries are put to death. There is a great deal of pressure to practice Islam in western countries as well.

      A cult isolates you from others. One of the first things a cult leader does is to get the cult members away from those who do not share beliefs of the cult. Cult members are often driven away from family members. The purpose is to make the cult member more dependent on the cult. This is how Islam works. Islam is not a religion, Islam is a cult. Islam teaches that those who do not follow Islam are enemies. Muslims are discouraged from socializing with those of other faiths. The Koran
      states that those who do not follow Islam are enemies and should be driven off. Violence is even advocated for non believers. This is another example of why Islam is not a religion. Islam is a cult.

  4. Sounds just like Catholicism to me! Have you heard of the Salem witch trials or the Inquisition?

    What you’re talking about is bullying. It’s a tactic that’s been used by most religions.

    Why does it bother you whether it’s a religion or cult? Surely what matters is its teaching?

    • Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission. So the Muslim is one who submits. There is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam.”

  5. You seem to want to avoid the topic, or try to change the focus on it.. You said you believe in him. You can not believe a liar. He lied about not raising taxes, his religious status, his intentions for our nation. That’s just the tip of it. If you do know the true definition of socialism, and you aren’t blind, then you should be able to see that everything he has done is the ground work for it. Taking control of private manufacturing and forcing the Health Care bill down our throats is the basis of government control. Being a Muslim is the worst thing for this country. TRUE Islam is peace, yes, towards other muslims. If you are not muslim then you are an infidel, and all infidels must be converted or destroyed. Islam is actually a very violent belief system. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. They are justified in what they are doing. If a rogue group started shooting thousands of rockets at us from Canada, wouldn’t you expect us to put up a blockade to keep out any resupply efforts? Israel is a great nation. Peace through strength is a great philosophy, especially considering the mentality of most of the nations in the world. With respect, as you say, I think you are too absorbed with the shiver you get up and down your spine whenever you hear the mighty name of “OBAMA”. You’ve had too much koolade. People thought it was all dogma just before the fight for our independence, before Russia went communist, and before Hitler came to power. You seem to have some good basic understanding but you fail to see the whole picture. We can sit here and battle back and forth forever and you will probably never see the truth.

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