I read on cnet.com this morning that Microsoft had released Windows Live programs to help users publish directly to the Internet and use the cloud to store and access documents. Well, what do you know, when I checked my programs list, there they were! So, I’m just trying Windows Live writer out. :)
Yesterday, Tony Hayward testified before a congressional committee about the BP oil disaster. His testimony was also a disaster, but that was probably due to the lawyers coaching him on what he could say.
During the opening remarks, Representative Barton decided to apologize to him and BP for the “shakedown” they received at the White House the day before. Representative Markey completely disagreed with him, saying that the President was trying to hold BP responsible for the disaster. Last night on Larry King Live, Ben Stein agreed with Barton while others on the panel argued Markey’s side.
My opinion is that the President did nothing wrong. Instead, he is finally doing something right in this fiasco. He should have been involved months ago, when this happened. He says he was, but I do not believe it. In cases like this, he should have been visibly involved, instead of in Washington holding meetings. I am not saying that he should move to NOLA, like Anderson Cooper of CNN has. I am saying that he should have gone there on morning one to survey what was going on and have a press conference about the plan to address the situation. In the following weeks, he should have held regular conferences and done other visible things to reassure the people he was doing all he could to mitigate the effects of this disaster.
He also should have prepared for something like this. It is apparent to me that he relied too heavily on assumptions here, working too hard to fulfill campaign promises while not fulfilling the most important one: to stop politics as usual in Washington.
Ah, yes, it is easy for me to be an armchair quarterback. Heaven knows I make assumptions all the time, but I was not elected President and I did not make promises to the American people to clean up the government.
What do you think? Shakedown or holding the company accountable?
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CNN: you have been playing the BP commercial now since it came out. You have also been criticizing BP for creating the commercial because it cost them $50 million dollars. I’m curious: did you give the money you received for that commercial to the fishermen or are you keeping it for yourself? If you are keeping it, then I say shame on you and find you to be hypocritical. (By the way, this author is NOT a fan of BP and IS a huge fan of CNN.)
Roger McGough, 1976
twould be nice to be
floating above an s
hovering like a paper kite
in between the its
high above the thats
an inky comet
the highest tossed
As recited in Lynne Truss’ broadcast Eats, Shoots, and Leaves
The way that things are going right now, I do not think that Barack Obama is going to be re-elected. The handling of the BP Oil Leak, the Sestak affair, the lack of transparency, and other missteps have proven that the administration is not managed very well. Perhaps it is time for Emmanuel to find another job? That might help, slightly. The chief of staff runs the government, after all. I was so happy when Obama was elected. Now, I’m sort of embarrassed.