My Turn, Your Turn: Presidential election and offshore drilling

By Gary McNair - bio|email

Back during the last presidential election I asked people to submit their opinions on offshore drilling.  You may recall Republican candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin were in favor. Remember Ms. Palin saying, "Drill, baby, drill?"  And I believe the Democratic candidates Barack Obama and Joe Biden opposed it.  They cited environmental concerns.  That was then – and this is now.

So we get yet another reminder why Americans distrust politicians.  Call it what you like – a 180, a flip flop, going back on their word, let's see how the wind is blowing.  No matter how you phrase it, it's just not the right way to treat the voters.  Why do so many say one thing on the campaign trail, and then do the exact opposite when elected?

As for me, I'm okay with the President's change because I think it's something we need to do, and I believe we can do it responsibly.  So drill, Obama, drill.

But to those who voted for the Obama/Biden ticket, I feel your pain because you were sold one thing and now you're getting something else.  Too bad elections don't come with a money-back guarantee.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Comments emailed from viewers:

I just saw your commentary on Obama's change in opinion on drilling.  I am a college professor, and one of the classes I teach is English 112, Argument Based Research.  In this course - in every one of these courses all over the world - instructors encourage students to weigh all sides of an issue, and often times students will change their minds about their positions on issues. This is a beautiful thing.  While our president is not a student and should really know his position, a change of mind or of heart isn't a carnal sin.


in July of 2008, then Senator Obama stated that he was in favor of offshore drilling as part of a larger energy plan that was constructed to lower energy costs. This was a departure from a previously held opinion, but it was a position that he settled upon prior to his Presidency.

He also specifically said "What I will not do, and this has always been my position, is to support a plan that suggests this drilling is the answer to our energy problems," -

Even more pointedly, and to my recollection from the people yelling "Drill Baby Drill", very accurately, he noted that McCains was "a strategy designed to get politicians through an election." because honestly, by late July, McCain was on the ropes so badly that only the introduction of Caribou Barbie could give him the slightest dead-cat bounce, and even that only lasted until she opened her pie hole and the stoopid started to flow.......

So what we have is a guy who had an opinion, and who adjusted it to the evidence he was presented with , and THEN became President, and THEN he did what it was assumed he would do, which, incidentally what all the McCain supporters were screaming for. So, at what point do you people take "yes" for an answer?


"After a little education…" – this was a phrase in the story on the service dog and store owner that followed your spiteful commentary about the President's initiative to "explore" offshore drilling as part of the new energy initiative. Perhaps your comments might be different, if you did a little more research on the drilling initiative. I applaud the President for willingness to explore all the options rather than sticking to partisan solutions!  Have you considered that perhaps he has access to information now as President Obama that he did not have as candidate Obama? My understanding, from other news sources, is that the initiative protects certain areas of the country from drilling (fulfilling some of the liberals' concerns) while considering the drilling option in a limited number of places (addressing concerns voiced by conservatives). If you can give the store owner a break who now understands about service dogs – why not give the President a break on the drilling issue?

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