Obama's Keystone XL Visit A Potemkin Village Photo-OpI wondered the obvious. Why would Obama fly out to Oklahoma to tout a project that he is doing his best to stop?
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The president stages a photo-op in Oklahoma to take credit for the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that doesn't need his approval and for oil production on private and state lands beyond his jurisdiction.
If one of his aides some morning remarked on a particularly lovely sunrise, it wouldn't surprise us if President Obama responded with a "thank you," so gifted is he in taking credit for successes that he has nothing to do with and that occur despite, not because, of his policies.
So it will be Thursday, when Obama is scheduled to appear in Cushing, Okla., known as the pipeline capital of the world, to take credit for the southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project announced weeks ago by TransCanada, the Keystone builder.
It's the section that doesn't need presidential or State Department approval since it does not cross an international boundary.
The part that does require State Department approval and a presidential blessing, and which holds as much as 24 billion barrels of oil, runs from the rich oil sands of Alberta, past the booming oil fields of the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and down to Cushing. It is the portion Obama killed in January. [link]
But then it became clear.
The mainstream press will provide cover for Obama. They'll go along with the burlesque. The media want us to think that Obama isn't part of the gas price problem, that he's part of the cure. They'll do their duty.
The rest of America? We'll be finding it laughable, in an enraging sort of way.
Obama is going to stand at the pipeline that he is trying to prevent from ever being completed and speak to its virtues.
May God have mercy.
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Headline of the day, from The Drudge Report:
"Obama Backs Half a Pipeline!"
Funny. Pathetic. Typical.