I agree with others today who have questioned the continuing reference to this as a "spill" stating instead that it's a disaster or even a "hemmorage". It's far from a spill. You spill a cup of coffee. You dump out the whole pot. But, I digress.
BP's Chairman, Carl-Henric Svanberg commented today about the disaster and recovery fund by saying, "I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies...are greedy companies and don't care, but not in the case of BP. We care about the small people."
President Obama's comment was far better when he said the vulnerable fisherman, restaurant workers and other people of the Gulf "are uppermost in the minds of all concerned. That's who we're doing this work for."
And even better was what Tony Kennon, Mayor of Orange Beach, Alabama said: "We asked for that 2 weeks ago and they laughed at us. Thank you President Obama for taking a bunch of rednecks' suggestion and making it happen."
Yeah, thanks Barak, and there's still a lot of work to do. But at least now you've managed to get BP's attention.
Kind of like the old Missouri farmer known far and wide for how cooperative and docile his mule was. When the TV reporter showed up to film him, the farmer walked up to the mule and smacked it in the head with a 2x4 leaving the reporter appalled and aghast. "Well, son," the farmer said, "first you got to get their attention."