White House PR Campaign Harming Gulf Clean-Up

2010 July 1
by INC

The quotes below are taken from the web page announcing the release today of a new report on the Gulf Oil Spill:  Report: How the White House Public Relations Campaign on the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-Up.  No commentary from me is necessary.

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“Frontline Accounts of Oil Spill Differ from Official Account on Key Points”

“House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report today entitled, “How the White House Public Relations Campaign on the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-Up,” [16 page pdf document] that reports the conclusions from the Committee’s recent fact-finding exercise on the Louisiana coast that uncovered evidence that Administration officials have misrepresented key facts including the number of assets dedicated to cleaning up the spill, the timing of when officials knew about the oil leak, the extent to which the federal government has been in control, and the effectiveness of its command structure….

“…Of enormous concern, the situation in the Gulf is actually more dysfunctional and dire than what has been portrayed through official reports and press accounts based on official information.  This blurring of reality is exacerbating problems with the clean-up effort.”

“The following key findings are based upon witness interviews and documents provided by federal and state entities to Committee investigators:

  • Officials on the ground dispute key White House assertions about the number and timeliness of assets deployed in the Gulf.  Local officials describe White House outreach efforts as more focused on stopping bad press than on addressing the disaster at hand;
  • The White House’s assurances that there are adequate resources are at odds with the reality on the ground, where those on the frontline of the spill express significant frustration over the lack of assets….;
  • While the White House has tried to use the delay in finding a visible leak to explain its early silence on the oil spill, Transocean officials and Coast Guard documents from the scene of the oil spill reveal clear and early indications of a substantial oil leak days earlier than White House accounts;
  • The failure of Administration officials to quickly waive laws preventing necessary foreign assets from reaching the Gulf and other regulations are hampering efforts to clean-up and limit damage from the oil spill….;
  • Local officials strongly dispute President Obama’s insistence that the federal government – and not BP – has been in control since day one…..
  • Local officials strongly believe the President’s call for a drilling moratorium will significantly compound the economic damage caused by the oil spill and will actually increase risk associated with future offshore drilling projects.”


H/T: Republican Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Announcement of Report release:  Report: How the White House Public Relations Campaign on the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-Up

“How the White House Public Relations Campaign on the Oil Spill is Harming the Actual Clean-Up” [16 page pdf document]

53 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 July 1 2:20 pm

    Earlier today David Freddoso had these excerpts from Rep. Issa:

    Phantom Assets

    “The number of assets claimed [by the White House], however, does not appear to match what is actually in the field….”

    Obama’s ‘Command-and-Control’ An Illusion: Who’s In Charge?

    “Parish officials maintain that the federal government has not been in control since day one….”

    Resources Used as Bargaining Chip to Mute Criticism

    “In some instances, it appears that equipment is provided simply to quiet public criticism….”

    Federal Response Ties Hands of Local Assets

    “LaFourche President Charlotte Randolph told committee staff that “we would have liked to have played offense. Would like to have made an effort to collect at the site instead of the shoreline.”…

  2. 2010 July 1 3:22 pm
    JustMary permalink

    INC, I am not anywhere near envirowacko status, but this spill breaks my heart. Seeing the beaches, the wildlife, and knowing that red tape is more to blame for this disaster at this point than the initial spill was. I am angry as hell at Obama (what else is new) because this is his disaster dream come true. He wanted it larger for political gain (C&T and less drilling) and so it had to be a larger crisis. UGH

  3. 2010 July 1 3:23 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    The press are so in the tank for O it makes me sick. An ingenious reporter would convince his boss that a couple of thousand is worth the press value. Start talking to shrimpers along the bayous. They’ll get you in touch with the druggie with the cigarette boat. All you have to do is convince them you are on the up and up. Somebody along the Bayou will be pissed enough to oblige you.

  4. 2010 July 1 3:25 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    By the way Klavan over at PJM has a new term — Electile Dysfunction. 🙂

  5. 2010 July 1 3:27 pm
    JustMary permalink

    How anyone can say Bush botched Katrina when it was a what, 2-3 day response only because they were unprepared, compared to 70+ days of nothing? Could Katrina have been handled better? Of course, but the left honest to God needs to shut up about it now and forever more. This was botched, botched BADLY, and economically things will be devastated for years to come.

  6. 2010 July 1 3:28 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #4 😆

  7. 2010 July 1 3:45 pm

    Well, as you know I’m not an envirowacko either. However, any Leftie who even claims to have any concern for the environment who isn’t angry over this has been outed as someone who only uses the environment to push a political agenda. They join all those Leftie feminists who “care” about how women are treated.

  8. 2010 July 1 4:00 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Seriously! That is exactly my problem. Feminists who have no problem trashing Sarah Palin or her young daughters, environmentalists who are ignoring the gulf…..

    It is all political, and the left is filled with selfish [insert string of swears here] who could care less about anything other than what suits their own desires.

  9. 2010 July 1 4:12 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    It is all political, and the left is filled with selfish [insert string of swears here] who could care less about anything other than what suits their own desires. — JM

    Really its better than JM. Think of all the advantages of being the pastor of a church. Now think you don’t have to be celibate. Thats an NGO. If you are the President or a board member of Sierra Club you are in the clover. So long as you can keep the donations coming in, you can maintain your high lifestyle all the while bemoaning the little people their cars and homes.

  10. 2010 July 1 4:16 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Examples of that are plentiful, drdog. It pisses me off to no end.

  11. 2010 July 1 4:43 pm
    brucefdb permalink

    November is not going to get here in time, I fear.

  12. 2010 July 1 5:12 pm
    JustMary permalink

    I’m thinking that too, Bruce.

  13. 2010 July 1 5:56 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Well my take is Obama started too late about CIR. Which is part of the reason I think he is not really interested except for the votes. This weekend is July 4. Semiofficially the political season will start in earnest next week. So most of those Dims are going to want a slow go, lets not rock the boat mentality till after Nov. (Well at least the smart ones.) So CIR won’t go anywhere till after Nov.

    My fear and I think it was either IP or Mullet that has pushed the idea is the lame duck session after. That’s our greatest risk. The GOP needs to work a plan to stymie any efforts in that regard, presuming they win back the House.

  14. 2010 July 1 5:59 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    I agree with drdog. Nothing until after the November election, then who knows. The GOP can stop anything if they hang together. By hanging together after the November election, they will be in a better (stronger) position come January get better terms if not dictate terms on any issue.

  15. 2010 July 1 6:06 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    all: The dims are going to be at their most dangerous after they lose the majorities in Nov. They have until Jan 3 (?) to run amok because they will have even less to lose than do now. They have been working to destroy America since Woodrow Wilson. They will never have another opportunity. They know it. We know it.

  16. 2010 July 1 6:12 pm

    If the GOP geldings in the senate hold together, they can stop the enemy.
    Those rinos primaried out might seek revenge however.

  17. 2010 July 1 6:16 pm

    What day is it? 73? stopping skimmer over life vests … again.

  18. 2010 July 1 6:17 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Are you kidding me, KH? 👿

  19. 2010 July 1 6:21 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #15 Before November or January, I agree.

  20. 2010 July 1 6:25 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Language warning but HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  21. 2010 July 1 6:35 pm
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    Bad Mary, Bad Mary!!!


    Loved Pelosi’s picture.

  22. 2010 July 1 6:39 pm
    Havok permalink

    Hey on the bright side, ammo prices are starting to drop!!!

  23. 2010 July 1 6:41 pm
    justrand permalink

    and speaking of Queen Piglosi, the audio from her today proclaiming that “Unemployment checks creatre jobs” was priceless…bless her heart

    As Mciehlle Malkin pointed out: “by that reasoning if unemployment was 100% then everyone would have a job!!” Only Queen Piglosi can wrap her head around THAT!

  24. 2010 July 1 6:44 pm
    justrand permalink

    time to buy, Havok! 🙂

    had we not lost all our guns in a tragic boating accident (AND the damn boat!) we would be stocking up. As it is, when we go out in public we protect ourselves by wearing signs that read: “Unarmed and helpless“.

  25. 2010 July 1 6:47 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Lakes should be banned. /dem

  26. 2010 July 1 6:47 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #26 Totally

  27. 2010 July 1 6:49 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #22 Ladies after my own heart with the Biden/etch-a-sketch 😆

  28. 2010 July 1 6:58 pm
    Havok permalink

    With arms like these I can never be a “gun” free zone, no matter what my shirt says.

  29. 2010 July 1 7:05 pm

    18 – I wish I was.

  30. 2010 July 1 7:08 pm

    21 – Hilarious! Thanks I needed that.

  31. 2010 July 1 7:14 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Should have done it Jib Jab style. But it very funny.

  32. 2010 July 1 7:15 pm

    35 – Yeah that would have been even better.

  33. 2010 July 1 7:16 pm
    Federalist permalink

    Can someone tell me why the eagles on the flags behind Ozero look like Dragons? Or some kind of Winged Serpent?


    Glenn Beck always jokes about flies and rats always around Ozero, I am starting to wonder…

  34. 2010 July 1 7:22 pm

    What a hilarious photo of the Messiah.

    “It’s magic! look at the birdies small people, not my disastrous policies!”

  35. 2010 July 1 7:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    OT but some awesome pics of sitting in the power seat — http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/06/ff_cockpits/

  36. 2010 July 1 7:25 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    “Oh Mohamed I beseech thee….” probably ought to be the caption.

  37. 2010 July 1 7:31 pm

    Left wing academic poll ranks Hussein 15th greatest President ever! (wont bother to post link, wate of reading)

    Only 15 ?????????????????? Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So if we had a real survey he would probably be 45-50

  38. 2010 July 1 7:32 pm

    waste, not wate

  39. 2010 July 1 7:37 pm

    41 – I saw that.. I skipped following the link too lol

    All praise to the great Allan.

  40. 2010 July 1 7:39 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    That is the Colonial masthead style. Some other examples of that style of work are here — http://www.paulwhitewoodcarving.com/eaglegallery3.htm

  41. 2010 July 1 7:40 pm

    Cruise ship and the 787 seemed the coolest.

  42. 2010 July 1 7:50 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    I was struck by how little visibility the pilot of the SR-71 has. But then at 3000mph I guess it really does not matter. One would have hit whatever before one had time to think about it.

  43. 2010 July 1 7:58 pm

    “As the Senate sought to negotiate and further delay a late budget to head off 6,900 promised vetoes, Gov. David Paterson rifled through a 2-foot high stack of the Legislature’s budget bills, voiding them at a rate of one every 3 seconds Thursday.”

    “I’m not talking to them,” Paterson told reporters during a break in vetoing the Legislature’s budget bills that he said the state can’t afford. “They sent me a message. They sent that budget that was out of balance.”

    6,900 bills on the desk, take one down veto it around, 6,899 bills on the desk, take one down strike it down, 6,898 bills on the desk.

    46 – Yeah heat’s a mofo at those speeds, not to mention the ceiling. I image they could make’em a little bigger given technology today though not that much bigger.

  44. 2010 July 1 8:09 pm
    justrand permalink

    THIS is what we need to worry about:

    yup…not with a bang but with the whisper of a pen signing a regulation..

  45. 2010 July 1 8:18 pm

    Unemployment numbers are in hand (Marc Ambinder) embargo’d till after midnight apparently.

    “The White House is girding itself for the release of June employment figures, which will show a relative paucity of private sector jobs created. In a way, the impact of this number has been blunted by expectation-setting and headlines that suggest the recovery might be fizzling. There will be a vigorous presidential response designed to show how engaged the president is. Reporters have been given a 12:01 a.m. embargo regarding its contents, but suffice it to say, it’s a little like putting lipstick on a … bad jobs number. “

  46. 2010 July 1 8:35 pm
    JustMary permalink

    After midnight news dump, eh? Figures.

  47. 2010 July 1 8:36 pm
    JustMary permalink

    Who wants to bet it gets pushed out till tomorrow night at midnight just to be safe?

  48. 2010 July 1 8:48 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    JR – close down all of the plants. Then tell the people who is responsible for the closing of the plants. Let Obama and the EPA explain it. And refuse to reopen until they give in.

    No jobs, no money, no food – I give it 48 hours until the pitch forks and torches are brought out.

    And it will take several days to bring those plants back on line. Love to see the face on the Obama and the EPA when they realize what has happened. You just don’t fire those things up and go.

  49. 2010 July 1 8:58 pm

    51 – Can’t it’s already been released to the MSM… you know us Small people have to wait till 8am for the full public release.

  50. 2010 July 1 9:04 pm

    Tomorrow, President Obama will announce investment in sixty-six new Recovery Act broadband projects nationwide that, according to the grantees, will not only directly create approximately 5,000 jobs up front, but will also help spur economic development in some of the nation’s hardest-hit communities, helping create jobs for years to come. In total, tens of millions of Americans and over 685,000 businesses, 900 healthcare facilities and 2,400 schools in all fifty states stand to benefit from the awards. The $795 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture have been matched by over $200 million in outside investment, for a total public-private investment of more than $1 billion in bringing broadband service to these communities, most of which currently have little or no access, to help them better compete and do business in the global marketplace.

  51. 2010 July 1 9:53 pm

    “(You know who) — A massive gun battle between rival drug and migrant trafficking gangs near the U.S. border Thursday left 21 people dead and at least six others wounded, prosecutors said.

    The fire fight occurred in a sparsely populated area about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the Arizona border, near the city of Nogales, that is considered a prime corridor for immigrant and drug smuggling.”

  52. 2010 July 2 2:25 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “The $795 million in grants and loans through the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture have been matched by over $200 million in outside investment, for a total public-private investment of more than $1 billion in bringing broadband service to these communities, most of which currently have little or no access, to help them better compete and do business in the global marketplace.” — from KH posting

    This is worse than govt meddling in the tobacco business. You got the Commerce Dept running around trying to put lipstick on a broadband pig throwing money around to blunt bad job numbers. While over at the FCC you have them trying to reclass broadband to Title II status that will discourage companies from deploying any more broadband. Left hand, Right hand. Your tax dollars at work.

  53. 2010 July 2 5:55 am

    56 – I notice that too, I agree with your assessment of the flustercluck as well.

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