April 30th, 2010
04:53 PM ET
5 years ago

Political fallout for Obama amid oil spill disaster?

Washington (CNN) – As the oil slick from the recent offshore oil rig disaster makes its way to Gulf Coast shores - expected to devastate the precious ecosystem and hurt struggling businesses - the seeds of political fallout for the Obama administration are beginning to sprout.

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on his program that the oil slick disaster is "Obama's Katrina."

Not so, says Media Matters for America:

"Media conservatives have rushed to absurdly compare the Obama administration's response to a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to the Bush Administration's botched response after Hurricane Katrina, a hurricane that left more than 1,500 dead," the liberal-leaning group said on its website. "This claim is undermined by a number of facts."

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm actually glad this did happen. This gives the President the opportunity to rethink his expansion of off shor drilling. This will work out for the President the better hopefully.

    SPILL BABY SPILL

    April 30, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rush Limbaugh, the same one who said if health care reform passes he's leaving the country, say it isn't so. It looks like no other country wanted his sorry you know what, not even Mexico.

    April 30, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Glenn Koons

    The Left , the socialist pacifist nutter enviros that support Obama know that he wanted offshore exploration for the Nov. elections. He loves this oil rig explosion because he wants to dis out huge domestic oil, gas, coal and safe building of nuclear energy. He would rather rely on a mythical Green technology. Of course, none of this will run our military, ever. And Media Matters is a leftist smear machine that which knows that people are wondering if we ever will be out of Opec's and the Islamofascist ME grip. IT too Obama 8 days to react. Oh well, we shall see if the Dems now ask for complete stoppage of offshore drilling> You wanna bet?

    April 30, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yeah, nice one Rush, how many oxycontin did you take before you came up with this "vision?"

    April 30, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. art in kingwood

    Obama's total failure to act quickly is a crime in its self. Then the other big story, his desire to kiss the Islamic butts in Tehran by not say ONE WORD about the laughable fact that Iran has joined the U.N. Womens right panel.

    The fact that there is NOTHING on the CNN sight about the crime at the U.N. tells us everything we need or want to know about CNN.

    April 30, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. Indiana voter

    The media is not going to go after Obama ever, even if he is not doing anything to help out in the gulf. The media is biased in their reporting and will not try at all to bring out the truth with this President. They definitely went after Bush with more stamina.

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA , has the typical liberal viewpoint that hopes for a disaster to gain political points, just like they hoped the U.S. would lose the Iraq war while Bush was President, and hoping for death and destruction with Katrina, so they can blame Bush for the Democrat controlled state response, or lack of response.

    April 30, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. SC Ex-Pub

    Obama is also responsible for Limbaugh's drug addiction. Obamacshould have been there to keep him from going to multiple Drs. getting pills.

    April 30, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  8. art in kingwood

    Dutch – what you said confirms what many patriots were thinking. Obama is blocking efforts to stop the spill because he thinks it will work to his advantage. This is going to backfire on him bigger than his foolish statement about Arizona. Within 24 hours he has shown himself to be a mysogenist, an Islamist, and totally blind to the damage he is causing off the coast of Louisiana.

    April 30, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. billybob 'n NC

    How do you wing nutts sleep at night with all these conspiracy theories dancing in your heads?

    April 30, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. Wisconsinite

    "This claim is undermined by a number of facts."

    Yeah, but we all know that the irrational Rabid Right never let small things like FACTS get in their way!

    April 30, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  11. Tim

    Katrina, Katrina, Katrina

    The difference is that Bush wasn't solely responsible for Katrina, it was more Negan and the governor of LA. In this case, it's all Obama, there is no mayor or governor of the gulf.

    April 30, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    How you can compare the two events is beyond me. Only a real idiot could draw comparisons.... oh, that's right, it WAS Rush.

    April 30, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. Ran

    Are all Republicans liars. Hutchinson of TX said she would leave the Senate if she lost the Gov. race. Limbaugh said if HCR passed he would leave the country.

    To try and compare this incident to Katerina is laughable.

    Nov. 2010 can not get here fast enough for me so we can get ride of as many fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans as we can. Then get ride of the rest of them in 2012.

    April 30, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. John F. Leech

    Limbaugh is a moron. Why am I not surprised he would take this tack on the Oil Spill.

    It;s the Dems turn now. Instead of Drill Baby Drill, maybe we can hear a continuous chorus of Spill, Baby Spill.

    Let's see the bumper sticker mentality used against he GOP for a change.

    John – Phoenix, AZ

    April 30, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Nice try by Limbaugh but not even close to comparable to Katrina. Only people who buy this line of skewed thinking are idiots like Glenn Koons at 5:01pm and he's on here all the time continually showing people what a moron he is.

    April 30, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. brs

    so let me get this right...they bash him for a poor reponse even thought no one knew how bad this thing was for the first 3 days, but it's a 100% guarantee that if he had gone in on day one with the EPA and started cleaning the oil slick the same people would have blasted him for using federal money to clean up a private companies mess. And I know – what if schmut if – but you know it would have happened.

    April 30, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Vic of New York

    Wow! Can you beat all the conspiracy theories from those "gene defective" Conservatives?

    Find some way to blame Obama! Hey, drill baby drill! Spill baby spill!

    Here's where I agree with the Right-wing nuts: We don't want big government interfering with Louisiana, Alabama, or Mississippi. I'm all with the TEA party on this one: No tax dollars to bail out those states. That's like giving lazy states that can't manager their own affair federal Welfare!

    Republicans are right. Let's Bobby Jindal take care of his own problems – we should not be running up government debt to bail out these states!

    After all - that's what "freedom" is all about – right?

    April 30, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. JFS

    It is not Obama's fault that a private oil rig caught fire and is spewing oil. It is...or was...the responsibility of BP to stop the leak. From what I have seen since the disaster the President and US officials have been advised by BP daly as to BP's progress. It was ONLY after bad weather that this has gone beyond BP's ability to STOP the flow. Not to mention BP's feeding the world a fib as to the seriousness of the leak. The USA is now getting involved and you can count on the fact that BP will have to pay the USA for stopping a potential egological nightmare. This is not Katrina, no matter how the Rush group exaggerate. Not even the same scenario.

    April 30, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. lolo

    You repugs know who is the true christian in all of this? Obama that's who, because he knows how to turn the other cheek. You repugs no matter how you try to derail him he always come out smelling like a rose. God is definitely watching over him. Please give it up. Obama is doing an excellent job and you can not stand it. He is definitely doing more than your party is doing. You lost the election, please suck it up, but then again with your party it is really not about the politics or big govenrment now is it? Keep listening to fox news and Ms. Idiot Palin. That is the only thing you are good for. Just spreading lies and hate.

    April 30, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. CEvans, Texas

    Rush crawl back under your ROCK!!! There is no comparison!! You are just down right STUPID!! Do you even like YOURSELF? Probably not!! Trash is as trash does!! Get a LIFE!! Stay the hell out of our PRESIDENT'S!!

    April 30, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  21. crooked politics

    LOL Rush...don't cry over spilled oil!!

    KATRINA??? give me a break...Katrina for who? the CEO of British petroleum, and greedy oil tycoons?? Mad because we have no one to bomb for this???

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    April 30, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Smith in Oregon

    No way does this dump on President Obama, it was the Republican mantra over and over again by Sarah Palin down thru John McCain to the rabid applause of ALL Republican lawmakers, Tea Party members to drill baby drill.

    Now it is SPILL BABY SPILL.

    I particularly take um-bridge at the LIES by BP that substantially downgraded the extremely dire and serious nature of the amount of heavy crude oil spewing out on the deep Ocean floor of that ruptured well head. It wasn't until NOAA weather satellites photographed that massive and rapidly growing Oil Slick that BP's version in no way added up to the exponential growth of that Oil Slick.

    There is 2.5 BILLION gallons of heavy crude Oil in the Oil Reservoir attached to that ruptured well head. The result of 2.5 BILLION gallons of HEAVY crude oil spilling into the once beautiful Gulf of Mexico would be THOUSANDS of times worse than the 11 Million gallons of light crude oil from the Exxon Valdez disaster.

    Heavy Crude Oil almost immediately turns into tar balls which sink beneath the Ocean's surface, making cleanup and removal practically impossible and the bulk of the spilled Heavy Crude Oil as heavy Tar across the Ocean's bottom at some 5,000' deep is impossible to remove.

    The result is going to be a Huge Toxic Dead Zone where there are no shrimp, oysters, shellfish, fish, mammals, birds and if any venture into that region they'll become toxic and die off also.

    The Republican lawmakers released their surprise Arizona racist State Immigration law to move the media away from focusing on this huge unfolding ecological and economical disaster. Yes up to 1 MILLION America jobs could be lost as a direct result of this huge Oil Spill and during these difficult economic times, 1 Million Jobs being lost is a very serious blow to Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida's State economy and recovery from the horrific Bush-Cheney administration.

    I agree with other bloggers here in hopes that this SPILL BABY SPILL will continue to be under the Media Spotlight, and helps to push President Obama and the American People AWAY from its Republican dependence on Big Oil and Fossil Fuels.

    April 30, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  23. David

    who is Rush Limbaugh? oh i forgot, he is the wolf disguised as a GOP Conservative. Hitler would had loved to have him on his propaganda machine, but Germany would had still lost the war, that is the irony with Rush.

    April 30, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  24. vegage

    I have to admit, Obama has been very slow to respond to this disaster and I think he has not given the importance it deserves. Government needs to jump in and do all it can to control the spill, if not this is going to be another Exxon Valdez.

    April 30, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. steve

    Repugs, how's that drill baby drill thingy working for ya now?

    April 30, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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