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Obama administration all over the oil spill in the Gulf

If by “all over” you really mean whitewater rafting on a “working vacation” with your wife, while a “potentially unprecedented” environmental disaster unfolds on a significant portion of US coastline, then yeah:

Though his agency was charged with coordinating the federal response to the major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Department of the Interior chief of staff Tom Strickland was in the Grand Canyon with his wife last week participating in activities that included white-water rafting, ABC News has learned.

Other leaders of the Interior Department were focused on the Gulf, joined by other agencies and literally thousands of other employees. But Strickland’s participation in a trip that administration officials insisted was “work-focused” raised eyebrows among other Obama administration officials and even within even his own department, sources told ABC News.


One government official, asking for anonymity because of the political sensitivities involved, told ABC News that some Interior Department employees thought it was “irresponsible” for Strickland to have gone on the trip, given the crisis in the Gulf, which was fully apparent at the time he departed for the Grand Canyon.

I don’t begrudge anyone a vacation now and then.  Except if you’re a fracking high-ranking government official in a department that’s fracking in charge of  overseeing the containment of an unfolding disaster.

Despite the bogus memes that the administration is trying to push, crap like this just accentuates my beliefs that: a) these people are completely inept and b) they are mostly liars.

Also, can you imagine the uproar in the mainstream media if this was George Bush’s administration??

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