Obama says “Drill, baby, drill” … wanna bet?

Big week in oil …

On Tuesday, the  U.S. Interior Department issued a permit for Exxon Mobil to drill in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  That’s only the fourth deepwater permit issued since the BP oil spill.

On Thursday, the CEO’s were guests at a kangaroo court conducted by some press-preening Senators who seemed to think that raising taxes on oil companies would cut the price of gasoline at the pump. Apparently Econ 101 isn’t a prerequisite for the Senatorial junket.

Then, the best of the week came in Obama’s radio address when he reiterated his long-standing support for domestic oil drilling.

Say what?

To be more specific, the president, in his address, said he supported increased domestic oil and gas development, if done safely and responsibly.

English translation: not while he and rapster Common are hangin’ at the White House.

He further clarified his position: “(Let me be clear) … Under the plan, the coastline from New Jersey northward would remain closed to all oil and gas activity. So would the Pacific Coast, from Mexico to the Canadian border.  Further, The environmentally sensitive Bristol Bay in southwestern Alaska would be protected and no drilling would be allowed under the plan.“

As Mavis Johnson* would say: “Anything between the radio and the bicentennial mugs … not including the erasers or the Chiclets … everything in the 3” area right here.”

My bet: no noticeable change in the rate of deepwater licenses granted.

Even the mass media didn’t go for this head fake.  Coverage ranged from slim to none.

Which raises another question: why does the President give a Saturday morning radio address?

Does anybody ever listen to it?

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*  Just in case you forgot, Mavis Johnson was Steve Martin’s character in “The Jerk”.

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