Sounding reflective as he heads into a bruising electoral season, President Barack Obama told POLITICO columnist Roger Simon that the Gulf disaster “echoes 9/11” because it will change the nation’s psyche for years to come.
Obama — facing mounting criticism of his handling of the BP gusher, even from longtime allies — vowed to make a “bold” push for a new energy law even as the calamity continues to unfold. And he said he will use the rest of his presidency to try to put the United States on a course toward a “new way of doing business when it comes to energy.”
“In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11,” the president said in an Oval Office interview on Friday, "I think this disaster is going to shape how we think about the environment and energy for many years to come.”
Liberty Pundits broke down the absurdity of that comparison:
Really? Because there’s like nothing in common here. First, America needs energy. It does not need terrorists. Second, over 3,000 Americans died on 9/11, the economy was dealt a huge blow, and the psyche of the American people changed forever. The explosion in the gulf killed eleven men, the economy of those who make their living off the Louisiana gulf coast are harmed for over a generation, easily, and the horror of the oil gushing into the gulf is on-going. But it will stop.
I'm going to add something to that brilliant break down. It's not going to happen the way that he wants it to happen. The psyche of the American people has not changed forever because of this leak. Has soon as people have to start paying up to $4 p/ gallon or more for gas to fuel their cars, it'll be "drill, baby, drill" time, again.