The first day of the spill, our president was busy campaigning for Barbara Boxer and on day two was unavoidably detained having lunch with big union officials. He “owes them” for their help in getting him elected and was not about to renege on that promise.
The following days, Obama was playing golf at Belvoir and other locations, vacationing in Chicago and Asheville, hosting White House parties for various groups such as G-20 labor ministers. And on day 35 he partied with Gerry Oil Company officials in San Francisco.
Obama then took the time to lunch with Eli Weisel, holocaust survivor, who three weeks earlier had criticized the administration for its foreign policy.
However, President Obama was right to accept the offers by BP - they owed it to the American people and it was adequate but the grandstanding by Democrats was despicable. The rhetoric against BP was much harsher than any they have ever launched against terrorists or any other enemies of America.
BP offered the recompense - it was adequate and the administration accepted it and that should have been the end of it.
BP officials would have been treated much better by this administration had there been no cameras around.
(Bonnie Wheeler is a former resident of