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Obama Administration ‘Muted’ Coast Guard Following Gulf Oil Spill, Report Says

March 29, 2011 by  

Although he was widely lauded for his public-speaking skills prior to being elected to office, Barack Obama has garnered a lot of criticism recently for his lack of communication during pivotal moments of his Presidency.

Obama has been criticized for waiting more than a week to address the public about the United States' military presence in Libya. He was scheduled to deliver a nationally televised speech on March 28, nine days after the U.S. launched attacks on Moammar Gadhafi and his loyalists.

In addition, although its assessment was released two weeks ago with little fanfare, the Coast Guard has slammed Obama's administration for failing to set up an effective communications system after last year's BP oil spill. The report, which is the first major review of the government's communications efforts following the worst oil spill in U.S. history, said that the Coast Guard's information centers were "effectively muted."

"Several layers of review and approval by the White House and [Department of Homeland Security] prevented timely and effective crisis communications and hindered the Coast Guard's ability to [keep] stakeholders informed about the status of the response," the report reads, quoted by FOX News.

A source familiar with the Federal government's protocol told the media outlet that Obama's team went into "campaign mode" following the spill because the 2010 midterm elections were approaching.

Despite its biting criticism of the President, the Coast Guard Academy has invited Obama to deliver its graduation keynote address in May. According to The Associated Press, Presidents traditionally address one of the military institutions' commencement ceremonies on a rotating basis. 

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  • s c

    My, oh my. The Emperor’s wardrobe continues to make him look a bit naked. Imagine that!

  • TIME

    WOW, Did anyone watch our masterful leader speak last night?

    If you still have any questions about Barry being a hand puppet, then your either brain dead or you didn’t watch the same speach.

    Barry displayed a clear and obvious tone of – “I am doing what I been told to do, so what do you expect from me!”

    His arogance as well his condescending tone let alone his head bobbing “RYTHEM” thats disigned to make you think he just said something that has value, failed yet again. It worked out to clearly display a speach of 100% worthless rhetoric.

    Anyone who runs a business if they were as inept as he is they would have no business at all.
    Thus the PUPPET has spoken and yet again said ZERO, you still have no “logical” reason why he did what he did, nor any form of “LOGICAL” reason what his plans were, or will be. There was not a single point of logic expressed nor implied in anything Barry said.
    Well that is if you understand anything about what NATO is really all about, so I guess that some may have thought Barry was being his DEMI GOD like self. Yet I am sure those with bain damage will let us know how special the moment really was.

    • JimH

      Time, I missed the speach, but it sounds like I still know as much as the people who did see it.
      It seems the guy who loads the teleprompter knows that having the PUPPET say ZERO has always worked before, why change the formula?

      • 45caliber

        You can read his speech at wnd.com. I’ll pass myself. I’ve got better things to do. My nails need cleaning …

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      Time… If anyone would have been allowed to question him, he would have crumbled. His speech was so rehearsed and memorized (or maybe teleprompted?) that any valid question that could have been asked of him would have made him a blathering idiot. He did not say anything of significance, and pretty much did the usual smoke and mirrors, or as some call it, dog and pony show. I guess just his mere presence on TV talking about his new war was supposed to be enough to satisfy anyone with doubts. Maybe those with their rose colored glasses or still think of him as a rock star would give him high marks for his speech, but anyone with half a brain would be able to see he was saying what he was told to say.

      • JUKEBOX

        When Obama speaks, I often think that it might one of those robots that are used at Disney to give a Lincoln. He is not a good speaker, only a good reader. You could train a mentally deranged person to give the same type of performance. Oh, I just remembered, that’s what Obama is doing for George Soros.

        • Cathy

          Right on! He is NOT a good speaker unless he’s reading from his trusty teleprompter. Otherwise, it’s ah, ah, uh, uh, ah. He’d flunk out of Toastmasters. :)

    • JC

      I saw it on CNN. It was a disgusting display of Imperialism in the guise of Foreign Aid. What I got from it is that the kentan feels he can take my money, speak for me and launch a …what? War? Intervention? NATO Operation? WTF is he actually doing? I don’t think he knows either…

      If the Middle East is going through an organic change that originates with its people, why the hell is it the business of the US, NATO or anyone else to be involved. Let them build their own nations, and let them value what they’ve built. Nobody values anything when it’s handed to them on a platter.

      All we’re really doing is building another ghetto that we can pay for indefinately. At least we won’t have to drive through it to get to work….

      • JUKEBOX

        Ms. Rice made him look like the fool he is when she said the opposite of what he did last night.

    • Raggs

      TIME… Are you kidding?… Why would anyone in their right mind watch that idiot?

      • TIME

        Ragg’s,

        You have to be 100% sure what’s being said in full rather than take any Media views as to what was said.
        That way you know when the media is just making up outlandish babble.
        So its a case of getting the outlandish babble straight out of the Barry’s mouth as it were.

        One of our nations problems is that we take other peoples word for what was said or actions taken. We have a “fiducary responsibility” to the nation to watch and understand fully what our leaders are saying first hand.

        When we do this simple painless task we are then not confounded by media sound bite spin, or out right idiots in their tin foil caps.

        • JUKEBOX

          It would take 10 psychiatrists and 100 lawyers to figure out what the man/child is saying. He flips more than a catfish out of water.

        • 45caliber

          The media (and the Dems) always have to interprut what he says anyway. “He didn’t really mean it that way …” “He actually meant …” Since he didn’t mean it that way, why bother listening to him? I’m glad my TV antenna is broken …

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Time,
      They were going to produce a bobble head of nobummer, but they decided that it would be too realistic!!

    • Warrior

      Time,

      The young people everywhere have risen up just as their leader has implored them. So let me get this straight. Young people everywhere need to rise up and take control. Who are these young people in the middle east with automatic weapons, grenade launchers, rpg’s and large caliber weapons? Are these just some college students who are unhappy with the cost of tuition? Do their bookstores charge too much for bullets? Why does our prezzident keep mentioning the fact that young people need to rise up? Does he view himself as their pied piper?

      Apparently, it’s ok to throw some bombs down on some countries military because there’s another group that wants some change and is willing to kill to get it. Maybe, but nobody seems to know who comprises this other group. SO WTF are we doing this for?

      Imagine a militia from Michigan wishes to start a fight with the prezzident’s army for the purpose of taking over the guvmint. And all of a sudden, the chinese send over some missiles to destroy some of the prezz’s army toys. Well, they can’t let the militia get cut to shreds now, can they?

  • Jeff in OH

    Speaking Skills!! Obama, uh, uh uh what ah a joke. He never did talk like an intelligent human being. This is what happens when you put a retard in the Oval office

    • JC

      I’d love to watching the Kenyan Village Idiot on TV at the moment his monitor went blank…I’d pay good money to see that! ;)

      • Fighting Grandma

        Now, that’s funny ~ I don’t care who you are!!!

      • 45caliber

        Why do you think he never takes questions unless they are set up first? He simply cannot handle them.

  • Devasahayam

    Much gobbledygook read from teleprompter–which is even worse than self-generated version of which many pols are capable (note that 0bama is incapable even of that much).

    No surprise that the treasonous (mentored by Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright, and Looie Farkahan–all anti-American) eunuch would scupper disaster-relief, and even interfere with States’ own implementation thereof (bh0 did this against Piyush “Bobby” Jindal of LA–who, of Haryanavi descent, is genetically programmed NOT to wait for misgovernment to do the reconstruction but start rightaway for “best you can”–and also governors of AL and MS)!

  • http://com i41

    JC, when you watch Onumnutts [offensive term removed] start moving, you kno he had chickens in his early up bring. That is why his type are always bobbing their heads and shucking just a yard full of s–t picking birds in a feed yard. He cann’t speak with out taking tem days to get his gizzard to process all the worth crap he learned from being an eternal vacationer and a lap pooch of George Sorosa or some goat abusing sheik taking care of him. His handling of anything is just like any bird brained idoit, cackle are get all jiggered up and flap the wing and nothing get done.

    • JUKEBOX

      He’s like a goose, he wakes up in a new world every day. That’s why he can’t produce a real birth certificate.

      • 45caliber

        You may be right. I’ve always insisted that he really doesn’t know where he was born himself.

  • Raggs

    What is even sadder than obaba giving a speech?
    The media will talk about this for months…

    • Robin from Arcadia, IN

      Raggs… And get tingles down their legs!

      • Raggs

        I know thats right….

  • http://com i41

    I notice the jug eared one isn’t saying anything about the rapes in any muslim country, of course it is his bros, so what the hell is the problem. Probably just no sppech has beeen put on the telaprompter yet. What is the going on in this marxist muslim nappy head anyway, golfing when things were going to hell and none stop vacationing, what a jackass at best. The “muted” response would be better way to discribe Onumnutt handling of going to be the dictator on sending our planes and crawling in the bunk bed with the UN fluffing the sheets. and having already deciding what he was going to do when Congress was still in session. I guess all Congress persons are only the yellow part of chicken dung, instead of giving the marxist muslim a good beatiing at the whipping post of public comment forums. One states Sen said he thought the one hour of notifcation was total fine even though there was no discussion of stratagy.

    • JUKEBOX

      He knows that a rape victim in a Muslim country has to have at least four witnesses or they face death by stoning, like they did a seven year old girl the other day.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        JUKEBOX,
        Didn’t they also say that one of them couldn’t be the Father or brother?? I can’t remember, was it the rapist of witness??

    • Bus

      very descriptive writing, loved it!

  • chuckb

    the guy is a disgrace as president.

    • JUKEBOX

      Chuck, you are being too kind to him.

  • 45caliber

    Why does the White House and Homeland Security both need to vet Coast Guard reports before releasing them? Why is Homeland Security even involved in an oil spill? That should be the EPA instead. Homeland Security seems to be involved in everything EXCEPT securing our borders – the primary task of that organization.

    • JC

      Why would the integrity of the Coast Gaurd need to be edited or suppressed? It smacks of secretive government and reeks of suspicious activity.
      And as you say, all the while they are selling us down the road…

    • JUKEBOX

      Obama should have been vetted before he was nominated, because if he had, he probably would not be POTUS today.

      • Cathy

        Love the fact that Trump is asking about the birth certificate. OK, I admit it. I’m a birther and have numerous reasons to be one.

        • JUKEBOX

          I reiterate my assertion that he needs to produce the passport that was used to bring him from Indonesia back to Hawaii. You must have one regardless of your age, and it tells what country you were born in. A birth certificate has to be produced before you get a passport.

          • JC

            Who’s passport was he using when he flew into Pakistan during America’s travel ban to that country? The guy is an imposter, period!

  • Raggs

    They are finding islamic extremist – Al Qaeda in the Libya rebel groups now…. DUH go figure…. And obaba is thinking of arming the rebels… REALLY!… Boy I bet osama is having a party and a round of golf at the white house this weekend…

    • Jeep

      Raggs, Lybia has been a major source for “foreign fighters” appearing on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Gadhafi has been a huge supporter of the enemy in both men and money.

      • Raggs

        Did you miss what I said?

        obaba is going to give the rebels guns… Some of the rebels are Al- Qaeda.

        • Jeep

          No brother, I was just adding a little weight to your excellent comments!

        • Jeep

          What I was clarifying comes from experience. I work as a middle-east analyst. What many Americans are not aware of is that there are many different factions to Al-Qaeda. From the Phillipines to Africa to Iraq and Afghanistan there are many different faces of Al-Qaeda. These guys on the rebel side are probably an amalgamation of AQIA and the Muslim Brotherhood. It would be like saying you’re a Christian, but you go to a Baptist church. Your “brand” of Chritianity is different than, say, the Catholic “brand”. (I know this is a bad example, but you get the point.) What Gadhafi has been doing for many years is to encourage the Haj to go and fight the infidel under whatever banner as long as they go. Ever since Reagan shwacked his kids, Gadhafi has had it out for any American blood he can spill. So, you must put into context what it means to be AQ, and what it means to be AQ in Libya. Are they really anti-American? Right now the answer is, we don’t know. But, I will ask the question, why take the chance?

          I say all this to point out how complicated this really is, and to point to the lack of actual thought this administration is putting into each action.

          • 45caliber

            You mean some of them can actually THINK?

          • Raggs

            Jeep… Thank you for clarifying that… I understand what you are saying…

          • Dan az

            Hey jeep
            you may know this,is Al-Qaeda really the word for toilet?

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Dan az
            no it stands for what FLOATS in it!!!

          • Jeep

            Right on target Dan. Al, meaning “from the place of” and Qaeda, meaning “my backside”. :)

  • Jeep

    Isn’t it interesting that they chose to deliver this speech at such an early hour. Most major addresses are given around 9PM EST to give the working stiffs a chance to get home and watch. Maybe they didn’t want everyone to hear the actual speech, just the glowing comments and “tingling” thrills reported by the MSM. Just sayin’…

    • 45caliber

      He needs to get to bed early so he can be bright and bushy tailed the next morning when his master calls …

    • Raggs

      Early morning golf probably. either that or he knew nobody was going to watch him anyway.

      • Jeep

        OMG Raggs, I am still laughing!

    • Dan az

      Does anyone know if there was a game on after his speech?

  • 45caliber

    Oblama has a communication problem due to the fact that he has to wait on his master to decide what he should say.

  • Alaskasense

    Seems to me a lot of silly voters confused being able to read well out loud with communicating. There’s this expectation of a transfer of meaningful information in that word “communicate.” What we get instead: a facile acting job with no heart, principally because said actor (the “O”) does not understand the intent of communication, nor has he (or his handlers) any desire to truly employ the technique to improve decisions.

    It would be interesting to know who all his speechwriters worked for prior to joining his staff.

  • Cathy

    Obozo likes being president, just doesn’t know what being president means. Hint: LEADERSHIP is more important than the NCAA finals.

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