Claims Adjuster In Chief

William Jacobson
Legal Insurrection

There is something profoundly bass ackwards in the way Obama is reacting to the disaster in the Gulf.

Obama keeps focusing on legal liability:

President Obama will use his first Oval Office speech Tuesday night to outline a plan to legally compel BP to create an escrow account to compensate businesses and individuals for their losses from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, administration officials said on Sunday….

As critics continue to fault Mr. Obama less for his administration’s overall response to the spill than for what they say has been his own slow and reactive leadership style, the ultimatum to BP and the president’s use of the solemn setting of the Oval Office escalate his personal engagement to a new level.

Birds are dying, marshes are being swallowed whole by oil, and communities are crumbling.

And Obama’s presidential address will focus on an escrow fund for liability claims?

Even Obama’s supporters now realize that he has bungled the federal response, and that he may be incapable of acting in time of true emergency.

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