It's Time to Get Dirty, President Spock

Obama's aloofness doesn't belong anywhere near Gulf
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2010 12:05 PM CDT
It's Time to Get Dirty, President Spock
President Barack Obama, right, and LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph tour areas impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill on Friday, May 28, 2010 in Port Fourchon, La.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Just about everyone has a critique of President Obama's oil spill response—and never one to sit on the sidelines, Maureen Dowd lets "President Spock" have it over his aloof attitude. Writing in the New York Times, she assails "the man whose presidency is rooted in his ability to inspire" for withholding "that inspiration when it is most needed." Obama treats the spill "like a fire alarm going off in the middle of a law seminar he was teaching. He’ll deal with it, but he’s annoyed because it’s not on his syllabus."

By clinging "too rigidly to a No Drama rule," Obama instead "risks keeping reality at bay," Dowd writes. "Instead of getting Bill Clinton to offer Joe Sestak a job, Obama should be offering Clinton one. Bill would certainly know how to gush at a gusher gone haywire. Let him resume a cameo role as Feeler in Chief. The post is open." (Read more President Obama stories.)

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