...by Mike "Brownie" Brown, of all people, on FOX News the other night:
Michael Brown, former President George W. Bush's infamous FEMA chief, claimed yesterday that President Obama is using the Gulf oil spill to play politics. And he went further: he said Obama waited for the oil spill to worsen so he could shut down offshore drilling.
"This is exactly what they want, because now he can pander to the environmentalists and say, 'I'm gonna shut it down because it's too dangerous,'" Brown told Fox's Neil Cavuto. "This president has never supported Big Oil, he's never supported offshore drilling, and now he has an excuse to shut it back down."
Yeah, exactly what I have been saying for a week now. Glad to have you on board, Brownie. Heckuva job!
And in "the lady protests too much, methinks" files, we see Robert Gibbs lose any sense of professionalism he ever had and absolutely flipping out on a FOX news reporter over these seemingly innocuous remarks:
Outraged, Gibbs singled out the network for airing an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory spun by President Bush’s FEMA director, Mike "Brownie" Brown.
As [Fox News correspondent Wendell] Goler tried to calm Gibbs down, the press secretary began talking about "the special and unique interview with Michael Brown, who for those who weren’t let in on the big secret ... intimated on Fox and it wasn’t – didn’t appear -- to be pushed back on real hard — that this spill was leaked on purpose in order for us to undo decisions."
Goler tried to differentiate between the network's news operation and its columnists, but Gibbs would have none of it."You should call headquarters," he told Toler, and talk to "whoever makes the decision to put people like that on."
What a whining little pussy. But more about that some other day. If this story was really complete and total BS, as Gibbs is trying to make it seem, why the ballistic attack? Why not just ignore it and let Brownie be dismissed as just another right-wing nut, a whackjob, a...teabagger? Why draw additional attention to these remarks if only to condemn them?
I'll tell you why. Because 'ol Brownie finally did something right, and hit upon a truth: That this oil spill was the perfect "out clause" for Obama's decision to expand the amount of people allowed to consider thinking about possibly drilling for oil some day far in the future , far off the coastline.
A little too perfect, perhaps? A little to coincidental, maybe? So even if Obama didn't blow the damn rig sky-high to serve his political aims (and if George W. Bush could destroy the Twin Towers and kill thousands of Americans to gain additional oil, why couldn't Obama kill a dozen or so Americans to choke off the supply of the hated brown goo?), perhaps he simply smiled when he heard about the disaster (realizing how it could play to his advantage), put his feet up on the desk, and remarked, "Terrible thing, that oil spill. Get back to me in a few days and let me know how it looks, wouldja? I got a few rounds to play..."
Heckuva job, Baracky.