Skip to comments.'Obama's Katrina': an Illustrated Timeline
Posted on 05/02/2010 12:16:54 PM PDT by Matchett-PI
20 April 2010: An oil rig rented and operated by BP in the Gulf of Mexico explodes, killing 11 workers.
21 April 2010: All 115 workers are evacuated from the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.
22 April 2010: The Deepwater Horizon collapses into the sea and sinks.
22 April 2010: President Obama delivers a speech on Wall Street to advocate more government intervention in the country's financial sector, but offers no reforms for Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, which helped precipitate the 2008 meltdown. He also delivers a speech regarding the contributions of Earth Day to environmental awareness.
Meanwhile, 200,000 gallons of oil are spilling daily.
23 April 2010: President Obama blasts the Arizona governor, state legislators, police officers and residents for backing federal laws that prohibit illegal immigration.
23 April 2010: The oil continues to flow.
24 April 2010: The president delivers his weekly radio address, which focuses on further regulation of Wall Street. He also calls upon certain segments of his original supporters -- African-Americans, Latinos, Hispanics, and women -- and asks them to mobilize for political action.
24 April 2010: Efforts to contain the spill are hampered by lack of resources and difficult weather.
25 April 2010: President Obama interrupts a weekend getaway to meet with the Rev. Billy Graham in North Carolina.
25 April 2010: Oil spreads across the gulf and heads toward the Louisiana shoreline.
26 April 2010: President Obama appears in a "Vote 2010" video, distributed by his political action wing Organizing for America, which serves as a stark appeal to blacks and Latinos -- specifically -- for their votes in November.
26 April 2010: The Coast Guard warns that the spill could become one of the worst in United States history.
28 April 2010: The President holds a rare, impromptu press conference on Air Force One, addressing "questions on the Arizona immigration law, the financial regulation bill and other issues." Obama also prepared to make his second nomination to the Supreme Court and warns of a "'conservative' brand of judicial activism in which the courts are often not showing appropriate deference to the decisions of lawmakers."
28 April 2010: large pools of oil are spotted close to the Louisiana shore line.
29 April 2010: the White House Flickr Feed is updated with a photo of the President meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and senior administration officials, including National Security Advisor Gen. James Jones, which indicates that they are urgently working the issue of the oil spill.
29 April 2010: Meanwhile, local officials, the Coast Guard and private citizens continue their efforts to prevent damage to the Louisiana coastline.
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Perhaps if the oil breached the Louisiana levees, then caught on fire, and then turned New Orleans into a Dresden-like inferno, the President would stop campaigning for a couple of days and actually pay attention to his own, personal Katrina. Even The New York Times has noticed, decrying the President's lackadaisical response. But I'm guessing that somehow, someway, it's all President Bush's fault.
At 8:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...
Let's also not forget that Big Sis Napolitano admitted yesterday that she had no idea the Defense Dept. had equipment that could have helped disperse the oil slick. She only dispatched two planes to drop the substance? Two Planes? Please! It's time the adults get back into the White House......if this was W he woulod have been raked over the coals, another wonderful energy producing fossil fuel.
OBAMA LIED - FISH DIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great post, Matchett. It puts things into perspective. Thank you for posting it.
Obama wants this to be as large a disaster as can be accomplished. “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
effective and devastating —another arrow for your quiver would include the part where he took time out to (get ready, this is not a joke) ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP OF MUSLIM IRISH IN DUBLIN.
No, I did not make that up.
Bush got skewered by the press for Katrina because he was a Repulbican and the press hated him. The real screw ups were by the Democrat Governor of Louisiana and the Democrat Mayor of New Orleans.
Since there is no Republican politician to attack in this scenario, BP will catch all the heat. Obama will be declared a hero.
Former oil spill response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ron Gouget, says that federal officials should have started burning off oil much sooner, even immediately after the event:
Ron Gouget, who also managed Louisiana's oil response team for a time, said federal officials missed a narrow window of opportunity to gain control of the spill by burning last week, before the spill spread hundreds of miles across the Gulf, and before winds began blowing toward shore. He also said the heavy use of dispersants instead of burning the oil has likely knocked so much oil into the water column that portions of the Gulf may be on the threshold of becoming toxic to marine life. Add in the oil spreading into the water as it rises from the seafloor, and Gouget said he expected officials would have to begin limiting the use of the dispersants.
There's more at the link, but if Gouget is correct, then federal officials appear to have completely blown the response. What may have been a garden variety spill now has the potential to wreak havoc on one of the most productive and pristine shorelines in the country. Some experts are saying that the spill could grow into one of the worst in US history.
Why didn't Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano use the in-situ burn procedure sooner?.....
Extra Point: Money Quote from Gouget: "This whole thing has been a daily strip tease. At first they thought it was just the diesel, then they said the well wasn't leaking. It's unfortunate they didn't get the burning going right away. They could have gotten 90 percent of the oil before it spread."
Obama's coast guard cuts: a recipe for disaster By Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) - 02/26/10 04:11 PM ET
Problem is, the MSM manufactured Bush’s Katrina. Somehow I don’t think they’ll do the same to Hussein.
I'd envision a graphic something like this:
It would not have to be that, but any photo that showed the concept as being a bit strange, or at least strikingly remote from the concerns of average Americans.
I think your timeline is HIGHLY EFFECTIVE.
Kindly be advised that the 'president' didn't do anything because...
A 'Typical' Angry Old White Guy
How's it feel when the shoe's on the other foot?
Someone else also made that point in the comment section:
At 10:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...
At 2:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...
Now we need a timeline of Bush during 9/11 or Katrina. Which timeline would be longer...
That would be comparing apples and oranges, though. This comment makes the point:
At 6:12 PM , Blogger Darleen said...
My only quibble with the "Katrina" equivalence is that the evacuation of New Orleans and surrounding areas was a local/state issue and President Bush could not go in before being invited. IIRC the LA Gov Blanco specifically rebuffed offers from the admin to come in and coordinate. The BP oil rig is far beyond the 3 mile limit of state jurisdiction. It was the Fed's responsibility from the get-go. Obama and his administration is far more responsible than what happened during Katrina."
You're welcome. Thank you!
.....he can’t do anything without his handlers saying so.....
the true Manchurian Candidate.
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