June 13th, 2010
03:39 PM ET
13 years ago

State of the Union: Candy Crowley's Crib Sheet for June 13

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Message:  All Right Already. He’s on it.

The White House, in the person of David Axelrod, would like you to know that the president will address the nation Tuesday evening about the oil spill.  That’s right after his third trip to the Gulf in 18 days, and right before his (Wednesday) first meeting ever with BP executives where he intends to tell BP it needs to ante up into an escrow account, to be controlled by an independent panel to pay people and businesses economically hurt by the oil gusher. Reassuringly (we think), Axelrod says he’s not going to make any judgments about the soul of BP execs.

Message:  Not Working For Them

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) can’t figure out why it took the president 7 weeks to talk to BP’s CEO because everybody else knew from Day Two whose “A-double-S” should be kicked.

Oil is washing up on Alabama’s shore and that’s not good for business, any business. Governor Bob Riley says BP ought to reimburse everyone for everything, from lost ice-cream sales on the beach to falling tax receipts to the state. This could get expensive.

Riley is no more pleased with the Obama administration than he is with BP. As it turns out, the government bureaucracy is, well, bureaucratic. Venting his frustration, the governor complained there are 14 agencies with veto power. So many people things aren’t getting done.
e.g.: Beach cleaners are sent to the scene, but OSHA holds their schedule to 20 minutes an hour in the oppressive heat. He’d like to see the 14 people making decisions be reduced to precisely …one.

Other Stuff On Sunday TV

Carly Fiorina regrets saying Barbara Boxer’s hairdo is so yesterday.

Republican House Leader John Boehner talked budget and Elvis.

Rep. James Clyburn talked elephant dung and the surprise win of an unemployed veteran with no money and no campaign to be the democratic nominee for a South Carolina senate seat.

You gotta love a Sunday when Elvis, elephant dung and “A-double-S” come up in the conversations.

David Axelrod, Senior White House Adviser, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“Our mission here is to hold [BP] accountable in every appropriate way, and that is what we're going to do. …I don't consider them a partner. I don't consider them - they're not social friends …I'm not looking to make judgments about their soul. I just want to make sure that they do what they're required to do.”

Rep. Mike Pence (R- Indiana), on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“He could have picked up the phone and called the CEO of BP sooner than 50 days. I'm glad he is meeting with the chairman of BP next week. But I think the fact that he never spoke to the CEO of British Petroleum for the first 50 days of this incident is emblematic of the kind of detached style of leadership that we're seeing here. Look - and this business about the president looking for somebody's A-double-S to kick this week - you know, as the New York Times this morning, I think - I think everybody in America knew on day two whose A-double-S ought to be kicked.”

Gov. Bob Riley (R- Alabama), on CNN’s “State of the Union”
Candy: “Give us an idea of who gets money from BP. Everybody?”
Riley: “Every one of them. …I don't think there is a dividing line. I don't think you can say that one group is going to get it and another one doesn't. If a restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is off 50 percent because the tourists didn't come, I think he is owed 50 percent of his revenues from last year. The same thing with anyone in these areas, because the whole economy is based on the tourist market. And when it goes away, someone's got to compensate them, because most of these people are not going to be here next year if we don't.”

Gov. Bob Riley (R- Alabama), on CNN’s “State of the Union”
“I guess the biggest concern I have today, Candy, is this, quote, unified command. What we have is a committee. It's a committee that essentially consists of all of the different federal agencies sitting down here, and as a committee, each one has a veto over whatever policies we have. You can't continue to do that. We're going to have to have one person who makes the call on what we do and where. …You can't have a committee making the decisions that are going to impact this entire coastal area. You can't have someone come in and say, well, if it gets onto the beach, we'll clean it up and we'll clean it up rapidly, and then OSHA come in and say, well, the people can't work but 20 minutes out of an hour or two hours a day, and get it cleaned up. Someone is going to have to be in charge of each one of these operations. They're going to have to make a determination about what we're going to do, and they're going to have to set priorities.”

Carly Fiorina, Senate Candidate (R-California), on “Fox News Sunday”
“Well, I was quoting a friend of mine. But look, I regret this whole situation. I gave people the opportunity to talk about something petty and superficial. And this is a very serious election year about serious issues.”

Rep. John Boehner (R- Ohio), on ABC’s “This Week”
“Every family knows that in a tough time, it's more important to have a budget, not less. If you think they're going to move a budget on Capitol Hill, you must obviously believe that Elvis is still alive.”

Rep. James Clyburn (D- South Carolina), on CNN’s “State of the Union”

“I don't see myself getting behind Mr. Greene. The fact of the matter is, of course, Candy, I never said he was a Republican plant. I said he was someone's plant. And it turned up after the elections, we found out, as I said earlier, something untoward was going on. Now all of a sudden, we see that Congressman Joe Wilson – his campaign manager, was, in fact, managing the campaign of my primary opponent. I saw the patterns in this. I know a Democratic pattern, I know a Republican pattern, and I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place.”

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Riley

    Obama has been a complete FAILURE! It's very sad,

    June 13, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. AV1

    The story from now to 2012 will be the foul dems cal on elections they can't control or win. We saw just a taste of it in SC and they have already saying the dem winner was a plant by the RNC. Good luck with that one guy's. Corruption never has or never will be limited to one party, but the DNC is the king.

    June 13, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. harold

    As I said before on this forum... Carly Fiorina . says " Hairs the problem in the USA"..... And Hair is the answer to the problem.. And that is all she is really saying about problems... Can you imagine?.. Maybe she and the Republicans and the... T..Party should get together and see why our problems were all not solved during the 8 years the republicans were in control in the USA?.. Hair or there is the anwser according to Ms Fiorina.....Huh?.......She has no solutions or answers.... And she says hair is the answer is no answer to our problems.. With her slicked down hair.. all she needs is a bikers jacket.. Have one Carly Fiorina?

    June 13, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Let's see about Mr. Greene. Some are writing that . . . . .
    Poor guy doesn't even know he is being used. Did you hear him speak, he can hardly string a sentence together. He doesn't comprehend what is happening, he thinks that he is honestly trying to win. He is unintelliglbe and seems mentally impaired.
    I don't understand what the big deal is because is you switch he with her guess who we have . . . . . yeah! the shrilla' from Wasilla, but some people in the US think she is worthy of running for office and they follow her like sheep (sorry sheep!).
    Why not Mr. Greene. He is probably smarter than that woman anyway.

    June 13, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  5. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    Let me see if I understand this. An African American Democrat runs in a Democrat Primary in South Carolina and wins, beats an establishment politician. Now the Dems cry foul and say somehow this is the fault of the Republicans?

    You kidding me?

    Perhaps some of the same electorate that placed a clown in the White House is back at it again.

    Uneducated is as uneducated does.

    June 13, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I support President Obama and if he runs in 2012 I'll be there for him. If a Republican wins in 2012 if you're not a billionaire now, get in the soup line.

    June 13, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. w l jones

    If a person sling enough mud sooner or later he would fall in with out knowing this country is moving foward stimulating the economy and keep people working is in the best intrest of all. Eighty billion dollar going around seven time put a lot of people on the job buying and selling goods tell me please our economy do not depend on bying and selling.

    June 13, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. bernard amadi

    if Obama were to be walking on the river and not sinking m those republican red necks will say that he could not swim.
    Obama can never satisfy them.
    But he will again BEAT them to punch. He will be relected!

    June 13, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. therealmarie

    I can't imagine in good conscience, why anyone would ever watch this program (programming). Candy has lost her objectivity when it comes to President Obama and ANYTHING he will Ever do to solve the problems of this country, big or small. She too wants her country back. The quest lineup for her shows are always top heavy with Republicans. And Candy, we relly don't care what your negative opinions are. We stop listening to you during the Obama/Hillary campaign. Still wishing for Hillary. So obvious, so never happening. Check that base makeup again. Soo not happening.

    June 13, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Cory Harris

    President Obama,

    Your problem is not with the republicans it's with your own party... When you were running for the offilce everyone was on your COAT TAILS and now they are out for themselves. Sir you can't get anything done because YOUR OWN PARTY is the people who are causing the issue/drama. Dear MR. President don't be surprise that in 2012 someone in your OWN party will challenge you for that seat. The racist things and the lack of respect you have been given is sad and extremely stupid FROM YOUR OWN PARTY as a African American man the lack of respect they are showing you makes me think that voting for the first time as a 41 year old man was a mistake and not because of you,but the every thing I see now. NO RESPECT FOR A BLACK MAN EVEN IF HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. When you leave office 2012 or your second term. I will never vote again because if I can see the lack of respect you are giving I can assure people overseas see that also and how can that make you a effective leader if your OWN party and people are showing you a lack of respect. They don't have to agree with your views,but should show you the respect you deserve as our leader. Love my country,but have no faith in the people here.

    A black man who has lost faith.

    June 13, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |