Gov. Haley Barbour-(R-MS)
Sen. Mary Landrieu-(D-LA)
Rep. Ed Markey-(D-MA) House Energy and Commerce Committee
John Hofmeister-Former President of Shell Oil
Katty Kay - BBC
Gregory: Hi everyone the worst environmental disaster in American history continues unabated
Reporter: there’s fucking red tape everywhere and
it seems like there’s nothing anyone can do and it’s really fucking maddening Fluffy!
Gregory: what’s up with that asshole CEO?
Reporter: he’s still overseeing the response -
he’s just doing it from a yacht in Britain
Gregory: Hi Governor Barbour how’s it going?
Barbour: look it sucks as long as the oil is flowing - Obama has done fine - but we need to make BP pay!
Gregory: Governor perhaps I wasn’t clear -
I wanted you to bash Barack Obama
Barbour: oh sorry
Landrieu: if it helps I think Obama could have
Gregory: thank you!!
Gregory: now let’s look at the iconic image of this Presidency - an oil spill he has no control over
[ seabed spill image ]
Markey: Shockingly I think BP is to blame -
they are liars or incompetent
Gregory: sure BP isn’t so great - but aren’t we
all really to blame?
Hofmeister: absolutely - although I have to admit using mops probably wasn’t the brightest idea
Gregory: that reminds me - why didn’t Barack Obama sop up the oil by himself?
Kay: Exactly - but there is an inherent tension in that David Gregory insists Obama fix the spill but he
can’t do it because no one can
Landrieu: true - but I would like to point out we’re not relying on BP - we also have Shell and Exxon
Gregory: but that has been a criticism
Landrieu: by you
Gregory: why would the government have processes to do things?
Markey: Calm down Fluffy
Hofmeister: the lesson here is we need to build
Markey: Look Dancing Dave all the oil companies are incompetent and liars
Barbour: Big Government needs get ‘er done!
Gregory: Obama just like Bush promised that the Gulf would be better than before
Barbour: sure but Obama said that after so
it’s a much lower bar
Gregory: good point
Landrieu: these are America’s wetlands-
Gregory: that reminds me that Obama is a
Kay: the people in Gulf want Obama to make sure the oil industry stays in there
Gregory: what’s the frequency Kenneth?
Feinberg: I’m the man with the cash
Gregory: do you have to waive a right to file a lawsuit
Feinberg: not at all Fluffers
Gregory: what’s an illegitimate claim?
Feinberg: idiot talk show hosts don’t get compensation
Gregory: Joe Barton apologized to BP
Feinberg: ha ha - look BP has paid out $100 million already because they should and they have to
Gregory: is the money there now Ken?
Feinberg: yes and the money will keep on
Gregory: just like the oil
Gregory: is the escrow is an upfront settlement?
Feinberg: hey you want to give 40% to a lawyer
go right ahead
Lawyers: oh noe!
Landrieu: we don’t want BP to go out of business
we need them to keep drilling so they can keep paying us
Barbour: I underestimated Obama - he’s very smart - he’s got BP on a permanent payment plan forever and ever
Markey: it’s brilliant actually - he got results from BP without a government solution or getting his fingerprints all over the disaster
Gregory: that reminds me that Obama is a terrible President and another Jimmy Carter
Kay: Exactly - this plays into the narrative that Obama hates ordinary people and is not an
oil spill engineer
Gregory: my god he is an emotionless bastard
Landrieu: Obama is doing well but the proof is in the pudding
Gregory: that’s a cute saying
Landrieu: it’s not a saying - all the shrimp pudding
is contaminated with oil
Gregory: Governor Barbour would you please bash Barack Obama for me
Barbour: I heard you were a moron
Gregory: why won’t you go after the President?!?
[ starts sobbing ]
Barbour: because you’re an idiot
Gregory: But Obama will politicize this in the fall!
Barbour: Obama’s thugs did a shakedown of BP! Also he’s too cozy with BP!!
Gregory: Should we apologize to BP?
Barbour: we would have to if it was $20 billion
but since it’s $5 billion that’s ok
Gregory: isn’t the BP gulf oil spill really government’s fault?
Markey: In a way, yes! We have to stop believing businesses like Goldman Sachs or AIG or BP when they say there’s no risk when in fact they are
taking huge risks!!
Gregory: Obama should have reformed the MMS in January 2009 so this is all his fault
Hofmeister: America is a short-sighted greedy nation
Gregory: we all know that
Hofmeister: the government must create a plan that can last beyond all Presidents and various Democratic and Republican Congresses
Gregory: excellent idea
Barbour: the Obama drilling moratorium is a terrible thing - much worse than that silly minor spill
Markey: bullshit - the current bill we have would capture America’s genius and meanwhile we’re consuming 25% of the world’s oil and that’s
the real problem
Landrieu: I think we need get off oil - just not now
Gregory: I see
Landrieu: anyway environmentalists are to blame because they are so eager to kill BP that they never regulated it and now we have this terrible oil spill in the Gulf - thanks alot tree-huggers!
Gregory: and thank you all for joining this thoughtful and totally insane discussion
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