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May 4th, 2010
05:14 PM ET

Is oil spill 'Obama's Katrina'?

Ed Hornick
CNN

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From the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico to Washington, critics charge that the Obama administration didn't act fast enough after the April 20 oil rig explosion and subsequent spill.

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called the incident "Obama's Hurricane Katrina." A Palm Beach Post editorial stated that Obama "acted way too much like George Bush after Katrina." A Washington Examiner headline read: "Gulf oil spill becoming Obama's Katrina: A timeline of presidential delay."

Is the analogy fair?

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Jim

    He waited 8 days to respond to this disaster but failed

    May 4, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  2. Narlene

    This is not the same as Katrina, the coast guard was there on site the whole time. There is nothing that Obama can do to fix this. This is just one of the consequences of off shore drilling. Drill Baby..Drill.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  3. quiltwoman

    Why would CNN or any other news outlet feed into the "we want to bring down Obama agenda"? This question only legitimizes this type of right wing messaging! Wake up CNN and ignore this slander. Take away their power!

    May 4, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  4. Jeff Wilson

    Yes, it is Obama's Katrina. The EPA should have been dispatched to the site the minute the government heard about it. If I start a campfire in my back yard the fire department will be there in minutes to charge me. Why the government sat back and trusted BP to "clean up their mess" is beyond imagination. It doesn't pass the litmus test as sound government. Here is a prime example of when we NEED government involvement (and YES assistance) yet for over a week the government was silent and uninvolved. Yes, this will long be judged as "Obama's Katrina" and rightly so.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  5. Maria H-Miami

    I'm a Floridian and we're also getting impacted by the oil spill.

    Of course this is Obama's Katrina, but those that don't live in States along the sea I've noticed don't understand it nor does it phase them the way it does us so they won"t think this is Obama's Katrina.

    The President should have sent in the militaries, government teams, environmental experts, etc... immediately to begin containing the spill, plan a strategy, instead of letting BP handle the situation.

    This is a horrible mess that not only impacts many citizens, businesses financially but it impacts the States financially, destroys sea life, beaches, etc....and it won't go away any time soon.

    May 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm |