But hey, Barack Obama really cares about those states, and about the environment.
The real disgrace here is why, if he really did know right away that this was the oil equivalent of an asteroid strike, he didn’t scramble some sort of all-hands-on-deck emergency operation to protect the coastline. Remember, Jindal reportedly requested five million feet of hard boom back on May 2, long after Obama (according to Wolffe) knew about the magnitude of the disaster. By May 24, not even 800,000 feet had arrived. What happened?
So, seeing as it’s been clear all along to the White House that we had an ecological disaster on our hands: why did the President not act in a timely fashion to try to keep the oil off of the beaches in the five Gulf of Mexico states?
State Governor Party Election Year? Note Alabama Bob Riley Republican Yes Open race Florida Charlie Crist Independent Yes Former GOP Louisiana Bobby Jindal Republican No GOP leader Mississippi Haley Barbour Republican No RGA head Texas Rick Perry Republican Yes Re-election
Gee, I don’t have the slightest idea.
There's my two cents.