Long Island, NY - "Nothing more than a one-man hot air machine spawned in Al Gore's back pocket," was how one Lilypond Lane, East Hampton Big Oil tycoon put it as the President's greenhouse gases speech was broadcast today.
"Cutting the crap in atmospheric pollution must start in the White House, not at the ever-tarnished and blackened coal face."
Other Big Oil nabobs went even further claiming Obama was imposing $8bn 'in stealth taxes' by offering that amount in federal loan guarantees to green technology investors looking at an array of projects 'like solar-powered aircraft carriers'.
The Georgetown University speech comes on the eve of the Presidential visit to South Africa where the mantle of World's Top Good Guy may soon be up for grabs as 94 year-old Nelson Mandela slips ever nearer into the sunset.
Democrat Party insiders have always reckoned that at the end of his Second Term Barack Obama would seek presidential election 'in some far-off foreign clime' where a stepping stone to glory was being prepared.
"Sorry, guys, but that greenhouse gases speech don't make Obama a new Nelson Mandela," the Lilypond Lane tycoon added with a wink.
"Still, might get him some brownie points in the ratings, maybe a few extra matrimonial favors from Sweet Michelle."
The price of a barrel of sweet light crude still hovers comfortably around the $100 mark.