Rachel Maddow Rewrites Obama’s Oval Office Address on BP Posted on June 17, 2010 by Yves Smith Hat tip Francois T: Post navigation ← “Death of an Economic Paradigm” White House Opposing Key Measure in Shareholder v. Bank Executive Pay Reform Fight → Subscribe to Post Comments 47 comments Doc Holiday June 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm OT: Why are we not seeing images of the oil burns from NASA or NOAA? They do this for forest fires… Nice bit by Maddow! http://optics.marine.usf.edu/events/GOM_rigfire/index_files/MODIS.2010167.182448.florida.rgb_oil_outline.png Amit Chokshi June 18, 2010 at 9:57 am Steve, $5 oil tax? You do realize that the reason oil here is so cheap is because oil is subsidized by your tax dollars. If that subsidy was removed you would be paying a much higher price at the gas pump. steve from virginia June 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm Rachel! Where’s the $5 a gallon gas tax? What a disappointment, no better than the other fake president … Doc Holiday June 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm Political cowardice …. it wasn’t that, it was political bribes, corruption and a determination to profit from unregulated industry. wunsacon June 19, 2010 at 12:56 am Political cowardice, too. (There can be both. Yes?) wunsacon June 19, 2010 at 1:00 am I take that back. Your point is better. Valissa June 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm Er, um, her fake president is more macho and authoritative sounding than Obama… also shows more leadership… Obama obviously needs a new drama coach and a new speechwriter and then perhaps he’ll be able to best Maddow in the next matchup. Mondo June 17, 2010 at 4:29 pm Rachel Maddow for president ! @Valissa: Obama has enough drama coaches and spinmeisters already. He needs to credibly deliver a message that makes sense and describes a tangible plan. The problem is that he doesn’t want to do that. Tha amazing thing is Obama’s still-high approval rating. Against a Rachel Maddow-type president he’d probably lose. Valissa June 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm btw, that was snark… BP June 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm Ms Maddow, we live in a world that needs oil, and that oil needs to be provided by companies like BP. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Obama? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for the Gulf, and you curse the oil industry. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That the Horizon, while tragic, would have provided much needed oil. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, serves a purpose. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you want me offshore, you need me offshore. We use words like derrick, subsea tree, and umbilical. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent providing energy. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a woman who rises and sleeps under the blanket of energy that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you lease a semisub, and start tripping pipe. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to!! Anon48 June 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm Plagiarizing Jack Nicholson’s scene on the witness stand from the movie A FEW GOOD MEN doesn’t prove you clever- just a total bore. Anonymous Jones June 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm Taking the time to write that comment doesn’t prove you are perceptive, just a total a**hole. Anon48 June 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm Jones, Nothing to do with perception. It was obvious. I assumed most readers had already picked up on it- didn’t you? Further, it was already floating around the internet. See http://www.diggz.org/index.php/tag/a-few-good-men/ posted back on May 26th. another June 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm Yes, that’s all very well, BP. But did you order the Code Red? jumping June 18, 2010 at 12:23 pm Yes we need the oil,and you BP, need a contingency plan. BP, you’re drilling a big hole one mile under water and the pressure of the oil is 9000psi trying to escape. ANy ideas how to shut off the oil flow if there is a problem? Fair questions right. You could kill the shrimp and fishing industry if you screw this up BP…..you know? Let me ask another question bp. If you can’t plug the hole and there is 100000 barrells a day of oil spewing into the gulf, do you have a wway to at least contain and collect the oil BP? Well please wait on drilling until you figure those two problems out, it may be cheaper than a potential 100billion dollar mess in the gulf. Come back in a year and reapply for your permit once you have done your homework BP. mark leuellen June 18, 2010 at 2:09 pm BP—- That was good,,,, real good. Enjoyed it. Max June 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm Looks like Maddow has broken Obama’s Fourth Wall. emca June 17, 2010 at 5:06 pm BP/ “Whose gonna do it?” Saudi Arabia. Also, the equation BP equals other oil companies (concerns?) or is somehow indispensable is suspect. nowhereman June 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm Look BP, if the cost of extracting oil is environmental degradation on the scale we see in the gulf, then I say the cost is too high. If it takes a $5 gas tax to get us to cut back, so be it. If the President (presidents actually if you saw Jon Stewart last night) can’t get past the Oil Lobby then God help us. Rachel is right. There is a new America emerging from the Bank and Oil Crisis. We don’t believe your bought and paid for “experts” we don’t trust our government, and least of all we don’t trust the Oligarchs who own it. NOTaREALmerican June 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm Re: and least of all we don’t trust the Oligarchs who own it. Not sure about this. The American peasants want cheap gas; they’ll overlook anything to keep it cheap. Cheap gas means no “public” transportation and suburbs with “good” schools. And everybody knows exactly why they need these things. ShinjukuBaby June 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm “I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a woman who rises and sleeps under the blanket of energy that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it.” This is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard. Nobody, including Ms. Maddow, is suggesting that we do not have energy needs. To suggest that this means that an oil company should be allowed to repeatedly ignore safety and other regulations and to impose 10s (100s?) of billions of dollars in damage, however, is utterly ridiculous. tpn June 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm Anytime someone argues that I should succumb to degredation and risk for my own good, while the personal gains by the person making the claim are left out of the picutre, my bullshit meter goes into the red. Mick June 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm Maddow?? What a joke! I can’t believe anybody watches MSNBC. “If it takes a $5 gas tax to get us to cut back, so be it.” Spooken like a goobermint worker. I guess you think your job is secure and the impact on the economy from $5 gas will have no impact. Thank God we companies like BP, Exxon, Haliburton, and Transocean. Without these corporations and the real men that run them, the spice would not flow and you buffoons would be starving in the dark. paper mac June 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm “the real men that run them” Ah yes, Tony Hayward, a man’s man to be sure. Shirking responsibility is definitely what I think of when I envision manliness. Rex June 17, 2010 at 7:25 pm Mick says, “you buffoons would be starving in the dark.” I think there’s a very good chance we all are going to be starving in the dark soon. We are driving our SUVs at 80 mph toward a cliff. It’s fun. I’ve been trying to get where ever we are going, among the first, most of my life. Now, some of us are beginning to see the cliff not too far in front of us. A few may manage to slow down or pull off in a different direction, but it looks like most of us are going to sail out there grinning like Thelma and Louise. I guess you prefer the opinions of sister Sarah over Rachel Maddow. Good luck with that. Keep your foot on the gas. Yeehaw! Paydreaux June 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm Kudlow, is that you? billwilson June 18, 2010 at 7:24 am Snark, Right? Amit Chokshi June 18, 2010 at 9:59 am Must be Dick Cheney…of course a $5 “tax” would probably be about the same additional price if the US stopped subsidizing oil, of course Faux News won’t tell you that… Glen June 20, 2010 at 2:20 am BP is small compared to the petro nationals and a bit of a fuck up in the petroworld: http://www.petrostrategies.org/Links/Worlds_Largest_Oil_and_Gas_Companies_Sites.htm And now they’re pissing and moaning in front of Congress like a bunch of cry babies. Tony Hayward looks like he couldn’t run a corner gas station much less one drilling rig. The board should fire his silly little ass before he drags the whole company into the shit can. Doc Holiday June 17, 2010 at 7:34 pm Sylvia Earle: How to protect the oceans (TED Prize winner!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43DuLcBFxoY Doc Holiday June 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm After multiple disasters, Sen. Murray has strong words for oil industry http://www.goskagit.com/home/article/after_multiple_disasters_sen_murray_has_strong_words_for_oil_industry/ Scott June 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm I think what Rachel meant was that this is the type of leadership she would like to see from Obama. Her and everyone else. Jeremy June 17, 2010 at 8:25 pm Rachael Maddow didn’t necessarily rewrite his speech. She read a rewrite of his speech from notes or a teleprompter on air. That rewrite may or may not have been hers. scott June 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm Okay start living without any petroleum products whatsoever tomorrow, not just gasoline, ANY. Bet you don’t even know how interwoven petroleum is in your life. You can’t, and more importantly you won’t…Go ahead, I dare you… Toby June 18, 2010 at 4:25 am Transitioning from oil is a transtion, a change of direction, not a one-second-to-the-next cold-turkey snap. These things take time of course, but will too. Pointing out we depend on oil (duh!) to people wanting to reduce our dependency on oil is hardly helpful. Doc Holiday June 18, 2010 at 12:12 am Why do I miss this stuff? ==> “It’s not the first time Palin has found herself ridiculed for her comments on the oil spill. Almost two weeks ago, a Facebook post blaming environmentalists for the disaster was roundly greeted with eye-rolls. “Radical environmentalists: you are damaging the planet with your efforts to lock up safer drilling areas,” she wrote. “There’s nothing clean and green about your misguided, nonsensical radicalism, and Americans are on to you as we question your true motives . . . it’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it.” “Drill, baby, drill” now made more sense than ever, Palin Tweeted. The Treehugger environmental group scoffed at Palin’s finger-pointing but gave her props for having the nerve to suggest it. “You have to give her that, it takes guts to seriously pretend that the BP oil spill tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico is evidence that ‘drill, baby, drill’ is a more environmentally friendly policy,” Canadian environmentalist Michael Graham Richard wrote on the group’s website in a post from Ottawa.” Toby June 18, 2010 at 4:31 am Fact has always been stranger than fiction, but this really takes the breath away (cue music…) The lady has balls of titanium, skin oil-slick thick, and nanometer narrow tunnel vision. She’s one in a billion that’s for sure. But in the end it’s the fact she has an attentive and loyal audience that really worries me. Amit Chokshi June 18, 2010 at 10:00 am Maddow who actually interviews people and doesn’t cow-tow to them, who challenges anyone from any party with intelligence…she worries you but Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, the morons at CNN, David Brooks, etc don’t? Toby June 18, 2010 at 10:34 am I was talking about Palin (mine is a response to Doc Holiday’s post don’t you know). This is the first I’ve ever seen of Maddow, and I hope dearly what she says in her fake pres speech echos what the majority of Americans feel. That would be a very good sign. jumping June 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm Yes we need the oil,and you BP, need a contingency plan. BP, you’re drilling a big hole one mile under water and the pressure of the oil is 9000psi trying to escape. ANy ideas how to shut off the oil flow if there is a problem? Fair questions right. You could kill the shrimp and fishing industry if you screw this up BP…..you know? Let me ask another question bp. If you can’t plug the hole and there is 100000 barrells a day of oil spewing into the gulf, do you have a wway to at least contain and collect the oil BP? Well please wait on drilling until you figure those two problems out, it may be cheaper than a potential 100billion dollar mess in the gulf. Come back in a year and reapply for your permit once you have done your homework BP. Norman June 18, 2010 at 1:38 pm Interesting back & forth here. My take? Shows what is sorely lacking with Mr. “O”. Perhaps every view of him is correct, but I haven’t read any that point up the facts that he’s got his, meaning, first black P.O.T.O.U.S. (even though he’s really mixed- 1/2 black & 1/2 white- raised by white grandparents), well educated, (which puts him in a different league than most), will reap $millions$ due to position, learned his lessons well, (what politicians are about), doesn’t really come across as giving a (4 letter word of choice), further more, others can add their own observations. Mike Dayton June 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm And another thing….:) It should be a principle of both law and policy that your right and ability to make a profit do not supercede and should not impede mine. Both the bank disaster and the BP situation are crystaline reminders that we, here in the USA, are being treated in a manner identical to third world citizens, illegal immegrants, American Indians, and anyone else whose life impedes someone else’s economic efficiency. The tactics are identical, though muted. Perhaps the only solution to drilling safety is to open all US shoreline to it, thus sharing risk and also the anxiety. Hey!! There’s a risk to hedge there to be hedged!! Quick get Goldman on the phone! Oil Spill futures that can beleveraged 22x over into…. mark leuellen June 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm Wow. You all do know that there were four other companies that are involved in this, one which owned the hole and the rig, that BP just has the lease rights, that is it. Then why is it that these companies have skated by? Is it because they are american? If so, then why would our president kick one company over the other three? Why would our president ask for $20 billion, for clean up, yet another rep state this money can now be used for Health Care? Someone previously stated that we do not trust our government. You are correct, cause we have been lied to so many times, we trust none of them. That money has been set aside for the Gulf to clean up, why suggest any other option for the money? Why create the option of having another thought enter anyone’s mind about the money? We have talked for years about being energy free. However, us little people, laugh when some of you tell us what to do about energy, and we watch you on private jets running around the country in your limo’s, screaming about us in our SUV’s. We laugh at you, when you tell us to stop using oil, however have no clue what to replace oil with, cause god forbid we build a nuclear plant. So, come up with a plan! An actual plan. Not some do not do this plan, but a plan. Then get back to me and we will see how to resolve the use of oil in the future. kameha June 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm what a jackass assessment on a position you assume you understand, but hey you gotta sell the show maddow. Toby June 19, 2010 at 2:00 am What’s the content of your argument, kameha? Your assessment of Maddow’s assessment is totally absent any information that might inform a reader as to why you hold it. So why go to the trouble of posting it? Bernard June 19, 2010 at 2:27 am so we just wait and see what happens with the oil in the Gulf, per Obama. these OIL people are completely indifferent to the spill, other than the loss of “their MONEY.” Gulf of Mexico and sea life, be damned. what profit is there in caring for the Gulf when the oil is all that matters. so where is the surprise People? these oil people are in it for the MONEY only! the short term, the quarterly report, the profit margin. Expecting them to CARE is a form of insanity.for yourself. why bother? we are talking about differences in value judgments. as in What matters most. and to them it’s JUST and Completely about THE money. that’s what these Savvy Businessmen, a la Obama, are all about. common ground is not a possible expectation with this disconnect. The paradigm is shifting and they don’t get it, maybe never will. the rest of us know the change is occurring despite their best efforts. and others just refuse to give an inch or care a flying *uck about anything other then their precious “MONEY.” D Warbucks June 19, 2010 at 2:38 am Since when have Americans ever cared about the environment when there was money to be made? Comments are closed. Tip Jar Please Donate or Subscribe!