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. anthony

    Rush L reaching hard on this one. These guys just wait for bad things to happen. I bet they wish for it. Anything to make Obama look bad. Even if its at the stake of the nation.

    Business as usual.

    April 30, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. vet in TX

    In order for this spill to be Obama's Katrina, he would have had to be on vacation "cutting brush" then wait 2 more days and just fly over, then go on TV and tell whomever is over FEMA "your doing a heckuva job"........America, without regulation, the private sector will poison your water, steal your money, and give your kids cancer.

    Limbaugh is running out of things to critique and twist for the blind followers to gobble up. Remember he said the only reason for the massive response to Haiti is because they were black. Wake up and see for yourselves instead of listening to people who get PAID to rile you up! Essayons America!

    April 30, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Marie MD

    Once again tub of lard (yes, you are still a FAT boy) doesn't get it. Katrina was a natural disaster that bush saw from the air after the fact while he and darth vader played the violin.
    This oil rig was erected under the bush watch and, becuase it's all about the oil money, it was allowed to be built without the right valves and emergency system to shut it down.
    President Obama didn't let BP build a disaster waiting to happen.
    I do think that the winky dinky quitter from AK should now shut her trap about drill baby drill. How's that going for you mavericky witch?

    April 30, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Patsy, Texas

    So, CNN, now you quote Limbaugh, one of the most hateful people
    in America, you LUV Pain (yes, I can spell, to me, she is Pain), and
    you will keep a negative story about OUR President up as long as
    possible. If you are trying to keep up with Fox, you will surely lose
    the respect you used to have all over the world. It is starting to fade
    now, and that is so sad.

    April 30, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. JT from MO

    Why is everyone attacking each other here? The fact that this horrible accident occured was due to very unfortunate chain of events that was out of the president's control; since BP owned that particular oil rig, reasonably, it should be their responsibility to clean it up and bear the cost of it. The best thing that we can do is to learn how to study our mistakes of the past and learn from them; the best way to do that is to pick up a book once in a while, even if you're out of school, to inform yourself of what's going on. I'm currently a freshman in college, and by now, professors expect us to learn how to intelligently analyze problems given to us in class and in the world outside. So, in conclusion, if you do not agree with a particular opinion, intelligently say that you do not agree. When we make mistakes, we have to learn from them, and try not to make them again; that is where history comes into play. Those who do not know history are doomed to see it rhyme; that is why it is important to pick up a book and educate yourself.

    This message was directed at everyone.

    April 30, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Rush Limbaugh?? The same idiot that blamed the Union for the mine disaster at a non-Union mine?? This man has no credibility at all and can't even get his facts straight. Now he wants to blame Obama for the offshore drilling rigs that Rush himself so adamantly supported during the McCain run for the Presidency. Come on Rush....run and hide you moron.

    April 30, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Greg

    Conservatives are dying to portray this as Obama's Katrina. How? Has he ignored it like Bush? Do we have tapes of him acting like it was nothing, like Bush?

    Just one question for "drill baby drill" Palin. How's that "Oily Drilly thing working out for you"?

    Sad that it takes this to realize how dangerous off shore drilling is regardless of what the idiot Pail says.

    April 30, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. SH

    Move along, nothing here to see... Just CNN trying to pour oil on a fire started by the Grand Ol' Wizard himself that has already been extinguished.

    April 30, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Jasmine

    "Obama's total failure to act quickly is a crime in its self. "

    Really, art ink ingwood?!?! So I guess it wouldn't have been much of a crime if he was notified in a first grade room while finishing My Pet Goat for FIFTEEN minutes while people were losing their lives in the progress.

    Yes art. Obama is just completely slow to react. The nerve of him!
    *rolling my eyes in sarcasm"

    April 30, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Marc

    Before anyone starts saying this or that against him or her...
    What happened? An offshore oil rig disaster that killed (presumably but let's face it, is there any chance that those guys didn't died?) ELEVEN HUMAN BEINGS.
    Sure, it's a thing that happens ever since we started this stuff called politics, when something bad happens the 'opposition' tries to link it somhow and someway to the 'situation'...
    Dems did it, Gopers did it, EVERYBODY did it. And still do.
    Whatever you have to say about it, please remember: ELEVEN PEOPLE DEAD.
    Deal?

    April 30, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. Victim of GOP Taliban

    What does it matter what a political activist talk show celebrity that was hooked on illegal prescription pills has to say? Nobody asks me for my opinion. So Wolf Blitzer based his negative spin today to lead his show based on what this jerk said to increase his ratings for the rightie wingnuts?

    April 30, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. Andy

    Alright, lets look here – the drilling policies were set in the Bush era, the reason the federal government waited to respond was due to BP trying to cover up this mess and saying it wasn't that big, and this oil rig is exactly what the GOP has been clamoring for more of.

    In other words, unless conservatives are against offshore drilling, are all in favor of the federal government interfering with private businesses and Bush was a Dem, they should all be shutting up right now.

    April 30, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  13. A Winning Game Plan

    It's the Republicans, not the President that look stupid in light of this spill.

    Each and every one of them was in favor of offshore drilling ... running around yelling "Drill-Baby-Drill. Romney, Palin, McCain, Huckabee, Thompson, Guiliani ... EVERY ONE OF THEM.

    The President's response to this is the antithesis of Bush II's Katrina.

    President Obama but 3 of his cabinet members on the ground ... EPA ... Sec of Interior ... Homeland Security (due to it's oversight of the coast guard). Moreover, the Justice department had boots on the ground before the oil slick arrived. The Obama administration has outmanaged the Bush Administration hands down ...;. Limpy

    April 30, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Kari

    There were bodies in the streets and people stranded and left to die in homes, hospitals and shelters after the Katrina disaster. It's a bit of a stretch to compare that to the oil spill.

    April 30, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. D.

    All CNN cares about is "Obama's political fallout."
    It is time to worry about what is good for the US, what is good for the economy, what is good in general, what will raise employment, etc. etc.
    Enough collaboration of the media with Obama endless campaign!

    April 30, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Limbaugh is a Liberal

    Hey, what are people complaining about? Supposedly an overwhleming majority of Americans support offshore drilling, knowing fully well all the risks it entails! And I'm sure if it happened on the beaches of your state, spilling the oil on your hometown you'd be very understanding too, knowing it's a risk that was worthwhile!

    April 30, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Preposterous. This administrations critics are once again putting on full display their uncanny ability to grasp at straws. To compare the COMPLETE LACK OF INACTION BY A SITTING PRESIDENT while his citizens were drowning by the hundreds due to a natural disaster, to the expedient response of this White House to invetigate the cause of an accident caused by a private business during the coure of doing business is ridiculous at best, and totally unworthy of addressing further.

    I thought that you wanted the government to STAY OUT of private enterprises doings????? Make up your deluded mind!

    April 30, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. Tommy Sayles

    Republicans and Conservatives are so funny they are so angry all the time anymore it seems, for once Democrats are getting things accomplished with or with out their help. And they are mad so they take any little thing that happens to try and rally people into thinking Obama is failing or not able to handle the job. I guess the reason the are so mad this time is not just that democrats control the Congress but that a Black man and a democrat is in the White House and a Minority Woman is the Speaker of the House and the 2nd in line to the Presidency. Americans should only stay focused on who got our Country into this mess we are in today and although recovery is slow we are recovering and don't loose site that republicans are in panic mode and trying to stop real recovery from continuing.

    April 30, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I meant to write COMPLETE LACK OF ACTION.

    Mea culpa.

    April 30, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Peter E

    I thought republicans were criticizing Obama for sticking his nose in everything. Oh right, if something goes wrong then it IS the federal government's responsibility to clean it up? I thought republicans were the party of personal and corporate responsibility! Why should the government interfere at all? Why should the federal government act at all? Why should it bail corporations out? Shouldn't it be the responsibility of the corporation to clean itself? NOW republicans want Obama to bail a corporation out and clean up its mess? NOW they actually want the EPA and Dept. of the Interiro to stick its nose into corporate business?

    April 30, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. hawk1

    bp is the one slow to react.they should have had equipment ready to take to any rig in the gulf. was the blow out preventer checked befor it was put in place. i have seen them full of concrete that would not close. this is not Obamas fault any more than it is mine. when you are drilling in 5000 feet of water you had better get ready for any thing. the fault lays with bp and bp only.as for rush he needs to be run out of the country.

    April 30, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Ken in NC

    It's amazing how all of this Oil spill is the fault of President Obama for not jumping on it from the very beginning and for not making sure the right valves were in place before the explosion. People, the rules that govern oil spills state that the company owning the rig is responsible for the clean-up. Also, the valves spoken of my many are in use in South America but the oil industry convienced the administration that they were not necessary and that the industry could control it's own safety. Oh, the administration tht allowed the industry to self regulate was the Bush Administration and not the Obama Administration but it's ok. I understand that there are those among us that would blame the President if it rains so go on and do it.

    April 30, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Betty

    The oil spill and Katrina are not the same thing at all. Katrina was caused by natural disaster – no one was responsible. The oil spill was the responsibility of BP. If Obama had rushed into clean up their mess, how would that be different from another bailout. And I'm sure that's how the Republicans and Tea Baggers would have played it.

    April 30, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. john

    LIMBAUGH ROCKS'S!!!
    Of course if Bush was in office, CNN and all of the liberal media would be slamming him for waiting 8 DAYS to do anything. Now all of a sudden it is a national disaster...please...liberals are so pathetic. KEEP DRILLING...DO NOT bow down to left wing nutjobs who want us living in caves, well the poor ones, the rich ones fly from place to place in their lear jets talking about climate change...lol...oh the liberal hypocrisy grows and grows daily.

    April 30, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. Kevin Cantu

    rofl.......Obama's Katrina.....and I thought that particular disaster would be the least on the minds of people like Limbaugh....AWESOME!

    April 30, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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