Barack Obama’s credibility hits rock bottom after oil spill and Sestak scandal

Barack Obama's credibility hits rock bottom after Oil spill and  Sestak scandal

Barack Obama personally inspected Louisiana beaches Photo: GETTY
Telegraph

The first thing Barack Obama probably should have done was to order the livestreaming Oil Spill Cam to be turned off. As the President insisted to Americans that he was “singularly focused” on staunching the flow, there was that mesmerising image on their television screens of plumes of hydrocarbons gushing relentlessly into the Gulf of Mexico.

When any political leader feels they have to declare that they are “fully engaged” in an issue, it is clear that they are in trouble. Talking about it undermines the very point you are trying to make – not to mention that pesky Oil Spill Cam showing that, 38 days into the Deepwater Horizon disaster, not a whole lot had been achieved.