Obama’s Katrina … NOT!

How slow was the Obama Administration response to the BP oil leak? So slow that the Deputy Secretary of the Interior was on a plane to New Orleans before noon Wednesday, after an explosion that took place at 10:30 Tuesday night.  On Thursday the President convened a meeting in the Oval Office and set up a task force to deal with the problem.  As late as Friday, BP was still insisting that there was no leak from the well; the Coast Guard discovered otherwise on Saturday. All Obama was slow about was public dramatics.

The AP has a blow-by-blow account.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

3 thoughts on “Obama’s Katrina … NOT!”

  1. He's been in office more than a year and hasn't shut all US drilling, so i guess i agree with Thomas.

  2. I agree with Thomas that Obama should have used his magical powers to prevent the explosion.

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