According his official schedule, President Obama did not attend the May 25 memorial service in Jackson, Mississippi for the workers who died in the Deepwater Horizon explosion because he was en route to a fundraiser for Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, in San Francisco.
At Thursday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked why Obama did not attend the service. The president’s spokesman answered, “I’d have to look at the schedule. I don’t know the answer.”
CNN examined the president’s schedule for that day, and according to it, the president left the White House at 2:55 p.m. EST en route to Andrews Air Force Base for the cross-country flight to the San Francisco fundraiser.
Posts Tagged ‘White House Slow to Respond to BP Oil Spill’
This is a beauty on the Obama Admin’s failed response to the worst oil spill in US history. You know it’s bad when MSNBC doesn’t approve, not to mention James Carville.
From Rep. Tom Price:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5.5.2010 Administration’s Slow Response and Defensive Posture Raises Questions
Washington, May 5 – Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) issued the following statement regarding the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
“The environment and the livelihood of millions in the Gulf region depend on getting this oil spill cleaned up as quickly as possible. That is priority number one,” said Chairman Price. “Meanwhile, there must be a full investigation to learn exactly what went wrong and who should be held accountable. It would be utterly irresponsible to leave any questions unanswered about this disaster and Washington’s response. So far, the remarkably slow response by the Obama administration and their defensive posture raises questions about their handling of this matter. Such a response and attitude do not inspire confidence that similar disasters will be addressed more effectively in the future.
“This tragedy once again highlights the need for an energy policy that uses the full potential of American innovation, conservation, and production. This is a time to clean up the spill and get an accurate accounting of the situation, not for making short-sighted and reactionary decisions to limit access to our country’s energy resources. Taxpayers should not foot the bill for this disaster, and American families should not be hit with runaway energy bills because it was used to stymie future responsible and needed expansion of domestic energy.”
Congressman Tom Price is Chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC).