Day 70: Obama Accepts Foreign Help

2010 June 30
by bc3b

It took 70 days, but Barack Obama finally accepted foreign assistance in cleaning up the Gulf oil spill.

Many of these countries offered assistance during the first days after the spill, but Obama declined their help. Apparently placating his union supporters outweighed the damage that was being done to the environment. Yet, there has been relatively little criticism from the media or environmental groups.

June 29 (Reuters) – The United States will accept offers from a dozen countries and international agencies to help contain and clean up the BP Plc (BP.L) (BP.N) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the State Department said on Tuesday.

“The United States will accept 22 offers of assistance from 12 countries and international bodies, including two high-speed skimmers and fire containment boom from Japan,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

The United States has already accepted offers of assistance from the Netherlands and Norway, among others. It is also considering offers from countries as diverse as China, Kenya and Vietnam.

Overall, 27 countries have offered assistance ranging from vessels and dispersant, to fire boom and technical personnel. In most cases reimbursement would be required.

To be clear, the acceptance of international assistance we announced today did not mean to imply that international help was arriving only now,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said in an e-mail.”In fact, before today, there were 24 foreign vessels operating in the region and nine countries had provided boom, skimmers and other assistance. As early as May 11th boom arrived from Mexico, Norway and Brazil.”

The following link has details of what each country has offered: here (Reporting by Ros Krasny; editing by Chris Wilson)

Here’s a video that recaps Obama’s inaction with criticism from the left.

Hat tip: Reuters and

20 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 June 30 6:05 am
    mulletover permalink

    “It is also considering offers from countries as diverse as China, Kenya and Vietnam.”

    Kenya could offer to take him back.
    That would be helpful.

  2. 2010 June 30 6:55 am

    PEW PoLL


  3. 2010 June 30 7:47 am
    justrand permalink

    and yet the EPA is still refusing to allow the Dutch skimmer ships to operate. Reason? They return processed water to the sea that is “only 99% pure“.

    The EPA standard for water discharge is 99.98% pure.

    And THAT is your government at work!!

  4. 2010 June 30 7:54 am
    drdog09 permalink

    99% pure. That’s better than the discharge requirements from sewage plants. The paper pushers have taken over the asylum.

  5. 2010 June 30 7:59 am
    beej permalink

    How ‘pure’ is the ocean anyway??? I mean seriously? It’s not like Lake Erie bad, but how pure can it be under ordinary circumstances?

  6. 2010 June 30 8:05 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Well whales poop in it. 🙂

    On a OT note here is an interesting parking technology —

  7. 2010 June 30 8:07 am
    beej permalink

    But it’s okay to continue to let the spill take over the Gulf…for a microscopic percentage point.

    Dear God. Is this the definition of insanity?

  8. 2010 June 30 8:18 am
    drdog09 permalink

    A little ditty on a local hospital in my area, Parkland.

  9. 2010 June 30 8:26 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The Little Rascals as you have never seen them before. Or Congress either for that matter.

  10. 2010 June 30 8:35 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Somebody went and uped Obama’s States count —

    61 Stars. What a deal and its only a dollar.

    Exit question — how many morons would even catch the mistake??

  11. 2010 June 30 8:36 am
    janzam permalink

    I find it difficult to dwell on this oil spill because it makes me so mad thinking how Obama has mishandled it. When I saw that on day 70 Obama is now accepting some international help.

    What is wrong with that man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 2010 June 30 8:40 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog, so they added 4 extra stars…big deal.

  13. 2010 June 30 8:41 am
    justrand permalink

    janzam: “What is wrong with that man

    Sadly, the list would takes hours to type and I’m kinda bizzy today. How about I just say EVERYTHING! and leave it at that? 🙂

  14. 2010 June 30 8:44 am
    janzam permalink

    This piece goes through just one state’s interaction with Obama’s bureaucracy — Alabama’s efforts to curb the oil spill were thwarted at every turn in the road!

    Now the greatest crisis of all looms on the horizon as hurricanes sweep into the Gulf. Should one hit offshore, it will destroy all the booms that have been placed to stop the oil from reaching shore. And there are no more booms anywhere in the world, according to Alabama disaster relief officials. “There is no more inventory of booms anywhere on earth,” one told me in despair.

    The political impact of this incompetence has only just begun to be felt. While administration operatives are flying high after a week in which the president’s ratings rebounded to 49 percent, per Rasmussen, after his firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the oil is still gushing and the situation is about to worsen.

    The obvious fact is that Obama has no executive experience, nor do any of his top advisers. Without a clear mandate from the top, needed efforts to salvage the situation are repeatedly stymied by well-meaning bureaucrats strictly following the letter of their agency policy and federal law. The result, ironically, of their determined efforts to protect the environment has been the greatest environmental disaster in history. But some turtles are OK!

    Obama’s big oil spill bungle

  15. 2010 June 30 8:45 am
    mulletover permalink

    The first black president is also the first communist president, and the first Chicago thug president, and the first totally incompetent president.

    Lots of firsts there.

    Also, the first president with elephant ears who cannot hear the people.

  16. 2010 June 30 8:46 am
    janzam permalink

    I know, I know, Justrand…I am just so frustrated with this man. As my husband said this morning “He is the worst president in our history!!”

    This oil spill has been a tutorial or what not to do. And, yet the media lap dogs just muse over all Obama’s unforgivable mistakes!


  17. 2010 June 30 8:48 am
    janzam permalink

    the first president with elephant ears who cannot hear the people.

    Good one, Mullet. How about donating some hearing aids for those big ears!

  18. 2010 June 30 8:48 am
    drdog09 permalink

    janzam, the scary part is there will be more to come….

  19. 2010 June 30 8:51 am
    janzam permalink

    ….”more to come” Yep….sigh….I think I’m going to have to buy a punching bag, and put someone’s face on it, and when I feel as mad as I do this morning, go out and get some exercise!

  20. 2010 June 30 9:09 am
    JustMary permalink


    The Dollar Tree assistant store manager wouldn’t comment on camera, but said the flag is sold as a “patriotic banner” — not as an American flag.

    Oh, well ok then….

    I am trying to think of how they came up with that number, but I get nothing, unless they think we have 60 states and they are trying to be ahead of the game with Puerto Rico.

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