First, there was this:
Obama, in an interview with NBC's "Today" show, broadcast Tuesday, said he hadn't spoken directly to BP CEO Tony Hayward because his experience tells him someone like that would say "all the right things" and that he's more interested in action than in words. [Source.]
Now, we have this:
I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful spending. [Source.]
Hmmmm. Notice a pattern?
Seems like our Commander-in-Chief feels that it's not necessary to engage another being in conversation, because with his superior intellect, he's able to discern what they're going to say, without their having said it!
And then he blames them for what he thinks they would have said!
My Star Trek days were long ago, but even Spock had to come into physical contact with the party on the other end of the Vulcan mind-meld, if I recall correctly.
You can't play this game, Mr. President. It's not fair, but worse, it's not presidential.
(Imagine FDR before Yalta: "What's the point of meeting with Stalin? I know he's going to want Eastern Europe.")(Imagine Ronaldus Maximus in Berlin: "I suppose I could ask Mikhail to tear down this wall, but I bet I know what he'd say!)
And your speculation deflects attention from the actions you did take with respect to the MMS, namely appointing Liz Birnbaum to head the agency: an Ivy League environmental lawyer who wouldn't know an oil well if she were to fall bass-ackwards into one. How are you going to blame the Republicans for that boo-boo?
Can you imagine what I'm thinking, Mr. President? Let me give you a hint:
"End-way the oratorium-may!"
Multiple H/T's: Caleb, Jeff, Lori, Amy, Flagstaff