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Obama Knew From His First Briefing That The Spill Might Go On For Months. by The Elephant's Child

Obama was apparently told by Carol Browner,  his Energy Czar,  at one of the earliest briefings that the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion would lead to an unprecedented environmental disaster.  That capping a well at such depths had never been done before, and that they should expect an oil spill that might well continue until a relief well was drilled — probably to be completed by August.

The early briefing and the technical challenges involved may have given the Obama team the fatalistic notion that there was nothing they could do.  No one has blamed Obama because he has not stopped the spill.  The negative stories are a direct reflection on the president’s  response to the spill, to BP, to the people of the Gulf, and to the public in general.  He has not been straightforward.  He cannot make up his mind whether to attack BP or to criminalize their actions.  Offering all the assistance of the federal government,  suspending regulations that get in the way, seeing that the EPA responds to queries promptly and doing everything possible to protect the beaches doesn’t seem to have been done.  Poor public relations.  A little graceful appreciation for all the hardworking people who are doing their best, and a quick response to Governor Jindal’s requests would be more in order.

(h/t: Gateway Pundit)

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