Rich Galen

"BP shall provide the plans for these parallel, continuous, and contingency collection processes, including an implementation timeline, within 72 hours of receiving this letter."

I was on John King's CNN program the next evening and I asked, "Or what? What if BP comes back and says, 'This is our plan. There's no other plan.' Then what?"

Which is what happened.

I have enormous respect for Coast Guardians. They were the heroes in the aftermath of Katrina, but they don't do very good self-promotion so most people don't know that.

I would rather the White House not put the Coast Guard into a position where it has to take the blame by shoving its senior officers on camera.

The next step in building the bunker is to go "over the heads" of the N-Ns-of-N and speak "directly to the American people."

The White House announced over the weekend that President Obama will do that on Tuesday night speaking from the Oval Office following an overnight trip to the Gulf which will take him not only to Louisiana, but to Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida - his first visits to those states.

Note the overnight part. The T-Hs will not be able to complain he parachuted in for a couple of hours then went off to do something really important like raise money for Sen. Barbara Boxer so she can afford an up-to-date hairdo.

With Obama's job approval on the Gallup track stuck in the mid-40s (46-46 on the survey done Thursday, Friday & Saturday) and no other good news to distract us, watch for the circle around Obama to tighten, become more vocal, and more ugly to their perceived enemies as they try to counter-attack their way out of the bunker.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at