That’s putting it mildly, actually:
Keep in mind: this is a Democrat!
Obama’s Katrina, anyone? How’s that vacation, Mr. President?
But it’s not only the problem of Obama failing to act here (which he is)…the problem is also the fact that his absence on the issue is preventing local authorities from acting, too:
“Let’s be clear: Every day that this oil sits is one more day that more of our marsh dies,” Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA) said Monday. “We’ve been frustrated with the disjointed effort to date that has too often meant too little, too late for the oil hitting our coast,” he continued. Specifically, Jindal is frustrated by the failure of the federal government to produce the 8 million feet of oil-blocking booms it asked for back on May 2nd and 3rd. So far Louisiana has only received 815,000 feet of boom, and even then the federal government has failed to place it in the correct locations.
Worse, Obama administration regulators continue to deny Louisiana officials permission to build up barrier islands between the coast’s marshes and the gulf. Federal regulators have so far refused to permit the state to act, fearing the unintended long-term damage to local wildlife. So instead of action, the oil continues to float on shore threatening the livelihoods of millions of Louisianans.
Why the silence? It couldn’t be simply based on politics, could it? Because Jindal is a Republican? Nah, surely not. That would be putting politics over principle, and sticking a finger in the eye of the American people, and Barack Obama would never, ever, EVER do that.
There’s my two cents.