So Harry Reid has now likened Barack Obama to the trapped Chilean miners.
"It was like the Chilean miners, but he, being the man he is, rolled up his sleeves and said 'I am going to get us out of this hole,'" Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said in Las Vegas on Sunday.
OK, let's take a look at that. Better yet, let's compare the Chilean miner emergency with, oh...barack's handling of the BP oil spill.
The Chileans immediately realized that they had a problem and admitted it.
Obama? He didn't even mention the oil spill for eight days after the explosion.
The Chileans responded with everything that they had, and they welcomed help from any company or country willing to provide it.
Obama and his team lolly-gagged for days, and then they spent the next few weeks rejecting offers of assistance from other nations and even from US companies like Packgen that were non-union shops.
The Chileans yielded to outside experts and let the most capable professionals take charge.
Obama insisted on running the whole BP show from the White House. "We don't need no steenking experts. Obama walks on water so he can surely handle this...right after golf."
And in the end, due to the combined effort of numerous public and private-sector profesionals working together, the Chilean miners were rescued after two months, two months ahead of schedule.
Obama's oil spill, on the other hand, took five months to cap (and it's still not cleaned up) and his dilly-dallying, refusal to accept any help or surrender control, and his outright bungling are the major reasons. Had he moved quicker and accepted the offered help from the beginning, most experts now say that most of the oil that now contaminates our seafloor and shorelines beneath the sand could probably have been prevented from reaching land or escaping from the well in the first place.
So sorry, harry. Obama's not like the Chileans. If you want to campare him to a mine-safety outfit, you might want to check out the Chinese model. Their safety record seems much more reflective of Obama's actual level of competence.