President Obama made damn sure to talk about the Gulf oil spill before leaving on a three day vacation to Maine today, suggesting that even if the lattest cap is not perfect, the worst of the oil spill is easily over.
Obama spoke to reporters at the White House before boarding his chopper, and in an usual display of loquaciousness, even took some questions.
Now even if a shut-in is not possible, this new cap and the additional equipment being placed in the Gulf will be able to contain up to 80,000 barrels a day, which should allow us to capture nearly all the oil until the well is killed.
I’m staying in touch each and every day monitoring the progress and getting briefed by the scientists.
The key here right now is for us to make decisions based on science, based on what’s best for the people in the Gulf; not based on P.R., not based on politics.
Well, he certainly hasn’t been making a lot of decisions based on PR, judging by HOW BAD HIS PR HAS BEEN on this. He was criticized so extensively for inattention to the crisis that last month he launched a two week publicity blitz during which he went to the region twice and he was basically all spill, all the time.
With the public now mostly focused on other things, Obama mentioned casually today that he’ll head back to the Gulf Coast probably “sometime in the next several weeks.”