Last week, Bloomberg reported that BP experienced serious problems with its Deepwater Horizon operation in early February — two months before the fatal explosion that sunk the rig in April — when it struggled to seal cracks found in the well. It informed the Minerals Management Service on February 13th that the cracks were causing uncontrollable bursts of natural gas. Gas surges “are common in oil drilling,” and companies sometimes abandon wells if they determine the risks are too high, but BP chose to press on anyway. Today, under the headline “Should Pres. Obama Resign Over Feb. 13?,” right-wing radio host and Fox Forum contributor Kevin McCullough picked up the story for Fox Nation and jumped to the remarkable conclusion that President Obama is somehow responsible and should probably resign for BP’s negligence:
While defending his own policies President Obama has routinely been rude and sarcastic to his predecessor, George W. Bush. Yet Obama appears to be making the resident of the previous White House look like a genius compared to his own serious missteps in office. [...]
It seems incomprehensible that the president and other members of the administration still have jobs when it is now being reported that the federal government was apprised by BP on February 13 that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was leaking oil and natural gas into the ocean floor.
What’s “incomprehensible” is that McCullough would skip straight to calling for Obama’s resignation, without even pausing to consider that perhaps someone from BP — say, the actual person in charge of the well, BP CEO Tony Hayward — should resign first for ignoring this obvious warning sign, along with many others. McCullough offers no criticism of BP, and instead paints them as a helpless victim, begging for the administration to bail them out. After praising newly-crowned “genius” Bush some more, McCullough sagely advises Obama to “change your tactics” and “appear to care” — “Otherwise resign.”