I am pretty sure that President Obama will feel disgusted, because what he will encounter when he gets into this oil is disgusting. The oil lining the beaches of this beautiful coast stinks. It stinks, it's oily, it's sticky, it's toxic...
..disgusted that American leaders screamed "drill, baby, drill" all in the name of whoring themselves for a few votes during the few months that gasoline prices were rising...
...This is not Hurricane Katrina. This isn't another Katrina. This isn't another anything. This is a whole new thing, happening to us. This is America's Deepwater Horizon disaster. We all own it forever.
And right now, right here in Grand Isle and all along the Gulf coast there are really only three things that matter: stopping the oil from flowing; protecting the coast and the ocean from the millions of gallons of oil that have already spilled; and making sure that this never, ever happens again.
You can diagnose whether we have a functioning media in this country by whether or not the country understands that this is a vile environmental megadisaster. You can diagnose whether we have a functioning political system in this country by whether or not the result of this megadisaster is change.
Big Oil has been too rich to care about what it was putting us all at risk for. And we've been too cowardly to change direction and break free from them. If that changes because of our national disgust at this disaster, then America's political system in 2010 works. If it doesn't change, then it doesn't work.
I have watched this segment three times, and every time I watch it, I cry. She says the same thing I said a couple of weeks ago, but it's something else again to hear and watch it with an inset live feed behind her showing oil spewing out from the guts of hell while we all look at the earth carnage left behind.
How can we not change after seeing scenes like that? Yes, we all own it. It is our disaster. Not President Obama's alone, not even BP's alone. Let's change it.