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Where the Presidential rubber meets the road

Posted: June 11, 2010 9:49 p.m.
Updated: June 12, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Even though Barack Obama was not my choice to fill the presidential slot, my hope was that he would bring balance to our nation.

His impressive academic credentials have been reduced to ashes in the light of his obvious lack of experience under fire. It is easy to produce elegant speeches about health care, rights of the common man and the need to stand against acts of terror and protect our border.

It is quite another thing to put actions to words by taking control of the helm and making the hard decisions required to act when disaster strikes.

Obama has been faced with his first full-level crisis requiring leadership beyond the bounds of weaving legislative bills and looking presidential. It is now clear that he is not the leader we need when crisis falls upon us unrehearsed.

The Gulf oil disaster has highlighted the administration’s inability to act decisively and quickly. If this had been a terrorist attack we would be doomed.

As we now wait for yet another commission to be appointed to study a problem, thousands of barrels of oil continue to ooze toward pristine wetlands while the Louisiana governor waits for the EPA to approve plans to construct barrier berms against the advancing sludge.

Where is our leadership? How long does it take to kick-start the federal process to get help to these beleaguered Gulf areas?

Is Obama incapable of assuming responsibility for decisions that involve risk?

The oil well that ruptured is outside the three-mile continental shelf limit set for state authority, clearly a federal area of jurisdiction, yet we have seen little or no federal action except phone calls and conferences.

It sometimes takes a disaster to showcase leadership talents or a lack thereof. Do you feel more secure today after seeing how well our new administration operates in times of crisis?

Don’t bet your life on it.


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