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James Carville, Star of GOP Anti-Obama Oil Spill Video, Now Praising Obama

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Either President Obama has really upped his game on BP and the oil spill, or Democratic consultant James Carville really does not like being the star of a Republican National Committee video trashing his president. About seven hours after the RNC released "What Took So Long?," Carville posted a CNN piece saying Obama is now doing a good job.

Carville said he likes the idea of a long-term plan to restore the Gulf Coast and praised Obama for naming Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Mississippi governor, to develop the plan. Carville, a Louisiana native living in New Orleans, also cited the independently administered $20 billion escrow fund that Obama arranged with BP to pay claims. "This is money. And if money talks, $20 billion screams," he wrote Wednesday evening.

The self-described "ragin' Cajun" said it was only fair that he should give Obama credit when it's due, after hammering him hard earlier in the crisis. His piece was posted a few hours after the RNC circulated a video that prominently features Carville's rants in making a case that Obama was slow and ineffectual in responding to the calamity.

The 1-minute 26-second RNC production showcases NBC's Matt Lauer telling Obama that "it feels strange to me" that Obama hadn't picked up the phone to call BP CEO Tony Hayward, and escalating Carville critiques that culminate with "These people are crying, they're begging for something down here, and it just looks like he's not involved in this. Man, you've got to get down here and take control of this, put somebody in charge of this thing and get this thing moving. We're about to die down here!"

The comments are juxtaposed with an Obama datebook that lists golf rounds, date night with Michelle, meetings with Kelly Clarkson and the New York Yankees, a Paul McCartney concert and other frivolities. Obviously, that isn't all Obama was doing during the last few weeks, and he's been to the Gulf four times now. Still, the video is pretty funny. Watch it here:

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strayleo

Carville was watching the waterways of his home being distroyed. He was running on emotion,he was upset and letting his emotion run his mouth and not his inteligents. America has never experieanced a diaster like this, exon spill was small compared to this. And the oil is still spilling. Why weren.t La. Ms and Ala, prepared for this???? They get money and jobs for their ecomonies allowing these wells to be drilled, Why were they as states, not prepare to protect their own coast line???????? The Gov. want to point to washington when they also knew this could hasppen, where was their plan for dealing with this, or were they just doing like PB, just looking for profit from the drilling?????????

June 18 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
LizAndrsn

You have to wonder if ol' Carville wasn't just offered a primo Gov't. job in exchange for a little lip service and fading into the sunset.......

June 17 2010 at 8:11 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
truthforfreedom

Well good for Carville. I don't think anyone thought that he was changing his spots.

He probably had nightmares thinking about his emotional outburst. He is a staunch left wing liberal through and through.

June 17 2010 at 6:55 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
sllipman

In response to comments regarding why people are unhappy with Obama. I voted for him with such hope and admiration for the man. I must say with great disappointment, I feel it is one of the worst mistakes I ever made. He is a smooth talker. It's funny, I usually never fall for one of those. Not every person upset with his leadership is a bigot. Please rethink that.

June 17 2010 at 5:53 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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ettu

Many have come to the same conclusion. I believe many were caught up in Obamas' slogans, and his natural ability to draw people in, along with the enchantment of electing a bi-racial President. Obama was telling us his direction, but not in clear and concise terms. His Liberalism was cloaked in vagueries, nothing was clearly defined, only hinted at. We can change this, and we can reverse the destructive actions of this Liberal administration and Congress. As Obama has said, it won't be easy, sacrifices will have to be made. But, when Americans know we are heading in the right direction, we have no problem making sacrifices.

June 23 2010 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
befilga

Carville said he likes the idea of a long-term plan to restore the Gulf Coast and praised Obama for naming Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former Mississippi governor, to develop the plan.

DEVELOP A PLAN ? WHAT KIND OF PLAN CARVILLE ? LET'S SEE IF I WAS PRESIDENT- I WOULD HAVE ENSURED ALL THIS PLANNING WAS IN PLACE, REVIEWED AND APPROVED PRIOR TO ALLOWING THESE PEOPLE TO DRILL FOR OIL. LEADERSHIP IS SUPPOSE TO BE PROACTIVE PLANNERS- NOT REACTORS TO TRAGIC SITUATIONS.

THIS IS NOT LEADERSHIP- THIS IS FLIGHT BY NIGHT MANAGEMENT.

June 17 2010 at 5:26 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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tanirocker

So you're blaming President Obama for the fact that there are oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico? There have been deep water rigs there since 1965, when Barack Obama was four years old...but hey, it's his fault anyway, right? The Bush Administration wiped out the regulations that would have required more back-up systems, and the Republicans have fought him on every single regulation that he has tried to put in place...but it's still his fault, right?

June 18 2010 at 6:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
flora489

I admire James Carville, but I believe he was right in the first place. I also think that much more can be done immediately. Why are not tankers from all the oil companies there to retrieve the oil. There was talk about barges loading the oil and deliver it to to outlying tankers. Why has not any one been brought to task from the Mines & Minerals not been fired. So many questions, and no answers. Congressional meeting and committee hearings, demanding answers from BP are useless. No matter, what is being said, I personally think that leaving the cleanup and resolution to the issue is just prolonging the disaster.

June 17 2010 at 5:10 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
YOU SICK HUMAN

Obama's plan is what any lawyer would do. When lawyers get to the scene of an accident, they don't try to help the injured, they try to find out who to blame and who should pay. Never mind the people bleeding on the pavement.

June 17 2010 at 4:26 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply
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sroach8577

Absolutly no surprise here!

June 17 2010 at 4:16 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
whtwchwho

I want to thank AOL for its new approach to comments. It's long overdue! Now, my comment is: No matter who the president is, no matter what he does, there will always be detractors. It is impossible to please all the people all the time. I do think that some do wish to see President Obama fail though, just because they didn't vote for him and/or don't "like" him. I won't go into motives, you know who you are. He IS the President and we should all respect him and support him. Peace be with you.

June 17 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
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rokdoc3

Sorry, but we're not drones- our duty as citizens is to support and respect the office, but the man/woman who occupies it is human and has to prove they deserve it- if it's accolades, so be it; if it's anger, so be it; whatever it is, there's not an endless supply of good will. The newly-elected office buys you a honeymoon period, but then you have to earn your keep with results. That's where BO is failing miserably; he's an academic, a professor, a community organizer- he's not a problem solver. You don't have to deal with consequences in academic vignettes, but you do in the real world. And he's simply not up to the task, nor has he thus far demonstrated the ability to surround himself with real-world talent, just a bunch of similarly-inclined partisan yes men and women.

June 17 2010 at 5:12 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
Master Chief Dad

who cares what carville says, oil is still running into the ocean, and obama is still looking for his way to cap and tax

June 17 2010 at 3:41 PM Report abuse +17 rate up rate down Reply

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