Simple. Mr. Hayward represents BP, “an evil capitalistic corporation” while the Obamesiah is hailed as the savior of us all, bringing hope and change…
Now, personally, I think both can use a much needed rest from time to time and shouldn’t be expected or forced to put the rest of life on hold for something they have little direct influence over.
Imagine if five years ago, after New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, if President Bush were to have gone golfing. The outrage would have been deafening. Meanwhile, President Obama practically gets a free pass. They were burning effigies of Bush in the street, try the same thing with Obama and you’re tagged as “racist”.
Now, it wasn’t the role or responsibility of the Federal Government to swoop in and “rescue” the residents of New Orleans, rebuild their city, etc. As I have said before, if anything, it’s the LOCAL Government, the “First Responders”, that bear that responsibility. Of course in truth, it’s the responsibility of the individual to ensure their personal safety, to evacuate, etc. and not to rely on any government entity to do it for you.
In the case of BP, again, it’s not the responsibility of the Federal Government to come in and clean things up. President Obama is starting to receive criticism now about a lack of “timely” response but in reality, it’s the responsibility of BP to handle the leak, to fix it, and clean it up. Now, they can be free to hire Federal resources at fair rates to assist in that (and I think they should pull in and and all resources that are available and necessary to resolve this), and the Federal Government certainly does have the responsibility to ensure that any laws, regulations, etc. are enforced and that any violations are perused according to those laws in whatever manor is appropriate, both civil and criminal is applicable. BP is responsible and they should suffers the consequences for those violations.
Now, in this case, it is reasonable to expect the Federal Government to take some sort of a leadership role on this from a Government standpoint given the jurisdictional issues. While the individual states are supposed to have a degree of independent sovereignty within their borders, the original designed role of the Federal Government in the first place was to be involved, have oversight and leadership in matters that cross state boundaries.
The Deep Water Horizon spill certainly fits that qualification! All States, and even other nations, along the Gulf Coast are being impacted environmentally, economically, industrially, etc. from this. So in that context, the Federal Government stepping in and saying “enough is enough” is certainly appropriate. However, at the end of the day it’s still the responsibility of BP to take care of this mess. A complete Government takeover would only serve to make matters worse then they already are. Those who are best qualified, with the most experience, happen to be those that are already working the issue, the Oil Industry and the various companies from drilling/processing, to cleanup, etc. as is always the case with Government, too much involvement and interference would serve only to add additional barriers to a solution, as we have already seen.
In the end, from a Government standpoint, I think the Local Governments should take the Government lead on clean up within their area, along their coastlines while the Federal Government can focus on pressuring BP with the larger “fix this doggone leak” issue. Still, at the end of the day, it’s BP’s screw-up, they are the ones responsible for fixing, and paying for, their mistakes.
That said, I don’t think that any individual, Tony Hayward and President Obama included, should be expected to put the rest of their life on hold because of this.