Rich Galen

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, these are the people whom Barack Obama has chosen to replace the first group of morons he had appointed to run the off-shore drilling program.

I am told that there are BOEMRE employees who have done nothing since the change from "BOE" but try and figure out how to pronounce it.

BOOM-ray has gathered some fans, if only because it has something of a creole flair. Others have cut to the chase and begun referring to the organization they work for as "Bummer."

So, all of that snazzy "BOE" letterhead and all those design solutions were tossed into the - we hope - the recycle and new letterhead is now in process.

Why the screeching halt to "BOE?" Maybe the folks at the Department of Energy (DOE) were afraid there would be confusion amongst the multitudes as to who to blame for the lack of any leadership in the Gulf of Mexico.

Maybe it's because people like me would suggest it stands for "Barack Obama's Error."

I took this much of your time to help you understand why local business leaders and politicians - Republicans and Democrats - are pounding their fists on the table complaining about the lack of cooperation they are getting from the Obama Administration, it is - at least in part - because the Interior Department was so busy trying to figure out the new name of MMS.

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