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AP Fact Checks Obama’s “from Day One” Claims

John on May 7, 2010 at 9:33 am

On May 2nd I noted that “from Day One” had become the administration’s new mantra regarding their response to the Gulf oil spill. The AP seems to have noticed as well and their conclusion is much the same as mine:

To hear Obama administration officials tell it, they’ve been fully engaged on the Gulf Coast oil spill since Day One, bringing every resource to bear and able to ensure without question that taxpayers will be protected.

Not quite.


Napolitano’s comments over the weekend about the Pentagon’s Day One role seemed a change from last Thursday, when she seemed to indicate the Defense Department was not yet involved in responding to the spill: “If and when they have something to add, we’ll certainly make that known,” she said.

A Homeland Security spokesman, Sean Smith, said Napolitano’s more recent comments referred to the Navy’s help with the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission early on, and that when she was discussing the Defense Department last Thursday she was alluding to any additional help they could bring to bear.

The administration’s evolving rhetoric reflects not only the increasing seriousness of the spill itself, but its determination to be seen as responsive from the get-go and to squelch comparisons to the Bush administration’s slow-footed response to Hurricane Katrina.

It’s only natural that administration officials would adjust their response as the spill worsened and its seriousness became evident. But they invite judgment when claiming they responded at 100 percent starting Day One to an incident whose magnitude was not yet apparent…

In other words, “you lie!”

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