Notes for a bitch…owning disaster…

Shall we?
We are now 40+ days into the BP oil spill.
The situation is currently the very definition of fubar and, as distressing as it is to hear, we may have to wait until August to truly stop the flow of oil.
I can hardly wrap my mind around the devastation that has already happened much less try to imagine what is yet to come with hurricane season now upon us.
But for now, I’d like to address a happening I’ve noticed in how folks are discussing this disaster – many people are calling it Obama’s Hurricane Katrina.
I understand what people are trying to say…but disasters don’t end when presidential terms come to an end.
They don’t wrap up and become instantly resolved.
Lawd, knows I wish they did.
I wish that the swearing in of a new president made the devastation Katrina brought to the Gulf go away…restored the environment, made lives whole again…and oh, how I wish that those 1,836 people who died were resurrected by a simple change in administration.
But shit doesn’t work that way.
And, for the record, Hurricane Katrina is Obama’s Hurricane Katrina…and the BP Oil Disaster is his too.
The Gulf was and is still dealing with the trauma of Hurricane Katrina…the region is now dealing with the oil spill on top of that…and hurricane season is now beginning.
That’s what’s on the table and we would all do well to remember that…to accept the all encompassing frustration and horror of all that.
Because ’tis that reality that the Obama Administration is faced with…a region still trying to lift itself up after the trauma of Hurricane Katrina that is being ravaged day after day by an oil spill from hell.
We must not set aside what has yet to be made right from Hurricane Katrina just to try and score some political points when discussing the BP disaster.
August 28 will mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
We are now 40+ days into this spill.
And I’ll say it again – Hurricane Katrina is Obama’s Hurricane Katrina…and the BP Oil Disaster is his too.

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5 Comments

  1. cattrack2
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    If you’re calling Katrina, “Obama’s Katrina” you should outline what it is he needs to do. I live along the Gulf as well and frankly I don’t know what else there is he can do wrt Katrina.
    wrt BP I think he’s been too quiet on the issue and honestly needs to level with the American public that there’s very little the Feds can do to stop this crisis. The Pentagon can’t torpedo the oil into submission. Our Nobel Prizewinner for Physics Energy Secretary Dr. Chu won’t be able to magically make it disappear with a wave of his Nobel. The only thing we can do is to pressure the people who dug the hole in the 1st place to cap it.

  2. Shark-Fu
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Good point! President Obama outlined what his administration needs to do re: the Gulf post Hurricane Katrina in August of 2009. Here’s the link – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/us/politics/30radio.html

  3. Vail
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I agree that there is little Obama can do about the spill… the people who have the knowledge and the equipment are the Oil Companies, and I’m sure that they are trying to get more equipment etc as fast as possible (not much call for that generally, so I’m sure the manufacturing is going to take time). We could hire out of work peeps to do the gritty clean up but of course the Republicans would freak cause where is the money gonna come from?

  4. Michelle J
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Could not agree more! It really is all of ours. Every one of us will be/has been affected by both of these disasters and it’s up to all of us to help in any way we can. Either by simply being informed of the situations, donating time or money to those in need, or getting involved on a political level.

  5. e-pro
    Posted June 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Until we collectively move away from 19th century energy sources, this will not be the last (nor the worst) assault upon our our environment by oil.

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