Yesterday ("Today" in the original post) Obama met with his closet (a.k.a. cabinet).
When he came out after the meeting he slipped into bloviation.
He actually indicated that the Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe would soon pass into history, even going on to say "we will make the gulf coast better than it ever was" (paraphrased).
Cheers must have emanated from every BP (big pollution) outpost on Earth.
Now, no place on Earth can "be all you can be" unless MomCom places her "holy oil" on it, then a joint force of BP and the federal government come in and make or leave it better than it ever was.
This guy now suffers from what we all suffer from, the dementia of exceptionalism, refined to a whimper.
UPDATE (6/8/10): One of the transcripts puts it this way:
"And one of the things that I want to make sure we understand is that not only are we going to control the damages to the Gulf Coast, but we want to actually use this as an opportunity to reexamine and work with states and local communities to restore the coast in ways that actually enhance the livelihoods and the quality of life for people in that area."(WH Partial Transcript, emphasis added). The meaning of this rhetoric was stated in the post originally (yesterday).
This rhetoric indicates two things: the oil spill will be contained, and everything is going to be made better ("enhanced") in the wake of this catastrophe.
The fact is that the oil will not be contained and things will get worse even after they say the reaction to the catastrophe is complete ("cleaned up").
The reality, all bloviating, blind faith, and exceptionalism aside, is that the Gulf of Mexico is orders of magnitudes worse off than it ever has been, and it will not recover fully ever.
Neither will the social make up recover. It hasn't even recovered from Katrina yet, many bodies are still missing, homes are still destroyed, lawsuits against insurance companies and oil companies continue still, and will do so for even more years.
The coast region and the underwater world of hurt they want to hide from us will become different, but never whole, never enhanced, never better than it was, and never cleaned up.
Until the warlords of the Earth, including Obama, learn that fundamental lesson of history, civilization will continue to move onward toward demise.
The plume truth is that the underwater plume oil will fuse with the garbage gyres to paint them with toxins that will be ingested to the demise of that ecosystem.