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Obama’s Katrina: From Day One (Update)

John on May 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm

It’s the latest sensation sweeping the nation!

that’s why the federal government has launched and coordinated an all-hands-on-deck, relentless response to this crisis from day one. – President Obama, May 2nd

Focus tested, mother approved…

We had DOD resources there from day one. This was a situation that was treated as a possible catastrophic failure from, from day one…And so the physical response on the ground has been, from, from day one, as if this could be a catastrophic failure. – Janet Napolitano, Meet the Press, May 2nd

And Again:

And in fact, the plain fact of the matter is, is that from day one the Coast Guard has been treating this as an incident, a spill that could ultimately reach shore….Indeed, indeed. And if I might add, that’s exactly why from day one they were already pre-deploying vessels and booms and getting ready in case the scenario continued to worsen. – Janet Napolitano, CNN’s State of the Union, May 2nd

One more time, Janet:

The administration responded all hands on deck from day oneJanet Napolitano, Fox News Sunday, May 2nd

Not to be outdone, here’s Ken Salazar:

From day one, there has been the assumption here on the worst-case scenario. – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, CNN’s State of the Union, May 2nd

You can do better, Ken:

You know, from day one we’ve been preparing for the worst-case scenario…The president has directed from day one that we spare nothing at all in terms of the effort to prevent damage onshore as well as taking whatever other actions taking place. – Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Meet the Press, May 2nd

But wait there’s more…

The most important thing is from Day One we stood corralling resources from a worst-case scenario working back. – Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry, May 1st

Do you think this might have anything to do with this NY Times editorial?

Update: If you’re wondering about the timeline of this disaster, start here and then read this. It took the President 12 days to visit the scene. And it’s not just bloggers and the NY Times complaining about the delay. A former NOAA official with expertise in oil spills says the response has been “unconscionable.” But none of that matters to Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, who contradicts the editorial staff of his own paper to assure us none of this is the administration’s fault.

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