Reporting from Washington, Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate who helped popularize "Drill, baby, drill" as a slogan, suggested Sunday that President Obama's campaign ties to the oil industry were impeding cleanup of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Of course, most everyone in the media is laughing at Sarah Palin, and ignoring what Sarah Palin said, because she's Sarah Palin, and Sarah Palin said it.
But, we should be looking into the long term financial ties between Obama, Biden and their political action committees on the one hand, and BP, its parent and subsidiary entities, its officers, directors and employees, and their spouses, on the other hand. After all, it does seem as if the administration has given BP too much time and leeway in handling this crisis.
According to campaign finance reports, Obama has received more in political contributions from BP than any other federal candidate in the last 20 years. . . He received $77,051 from BP and its employees during his time in the Senate and while running for president.
It is possible the company has gotten special treatment from Obama because of these donations.
The question should not be dismissed because of the identity of the questioner.