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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