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May 3rd, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Is oil spill President Obama's Katrina?

(CNN) – The ruptured undersea well off Louisiana is spewing about 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of crude a day into the Gulf of Mexico. And efforts to corral the rapidly growing oil spill have so far been unsuccessful.

In the past few days, some of the focus has shifted to the White House and whether it sprang to action soon enough to make a difference. Some critics are calling this "Obama's Hurricane Katrina." Our Jim Acosta has the report.

Filed under: Politics
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  1. Patriciaext month

    Yes I do believe this is true Obama knew that it was going to explode. And he agreed to pump the oil out. And what's going to happen next cause Hurricane season is next month???Wow, that makes you wonder! I put two and two together and what do you get?

    May 13, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  2. Glenn

    It's the job of the President to protect the U.S. and its property. This is Obama's job no matter who cause the problem. BP and the oil industry caused the problem. The president must manage it. Leaving BP to solve the problem was unacceptable management by our president. It shows complete incompetency. What the president should have done is to gather all the experts of the world in one room including university professors, oil industry experts, call on every country with knowhow to solve this problem. The failure of BP to solve the problem is the failure of Obama to manage it! Obama failed to protect the U.S. and he is a failure! Unfortunately, we voted for an incompetent. We were all fooled, myself included. Knowing what I know now about Obama's complete incompetency, I would never have voted for him.

    May 11, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  3. wayne

    can they maybe pump concrete in that funnel to maybe slow down the oil not sure if this could work its a idea

    May 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  4. Dee

    It is amazing that President Obama would be blamed for the oil spill–and not responding soon enough. I think that he is the only President that I have seen that is responsible for everything occuring in the entire world.
    However, this is the same old corporate "racism" game. Make the black man overly responsible–load him down with so much work that it is impossible to succeed. Then call him incompetent. However, if he does succeed find a way to take all of the credit.
    No one in the world is fooled–it is the classic "racism" game. However–America–the world is watching–and they are not fooled. Be very careful how you tread in the "free" world as you portray yourself as a "democratic" country.
    The economy is improving, health care has been passed, jobs are being created–so now we blame the President for what he is not responsible for.
    /Furthermore, to compare this to Katrina is absolutely ridiculous! 5 people died with this oil explosion and spill, however thousands of people have died in Lousiana and the gulf states due to the faulty levy system–directly related to the budget cuts with the army corp of engineers.
    This latest blame game is insane–you think?

    May 9, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  5. tehheh

    The neo-cons are trying to pull Obama down closer to Bush's low popularity level because 2010 primaries are coming up. The GOP is trying to get some power back. They haven't done anything to deserve it that I can see, but that isn't stopping them from putting up road blocks, twisting facts and pointing fingers in a desperate attempt to grab for political control. If BP doesn't respond adequately soon, then the government should intervene and bill them for the cost of the massive and complicated clean up.

    May 6, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  6. Jamie

    Surprising that a liberal rag like CNN would even think about throwing their token underneath the bus. Newsflash!!! This is not Obama's fault nor was Katrina Bush's fault. The Katrina mess goes back to that idiot Nagin(who was somehow re-elected, still scratching my head at that)and their equally stupid governor at the time(Blanco I think) and Mother Nature of course. Even the great GW can't steer a hurricane. This spill is mostly BP's fault and the a little of the govt for not enforcing the strict application of preventative devices to ensure that the spill would be minimal. If you drill for oil will have a disaster eventually.

    May 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  7. Rebecca Sweeney

    While this is far from a Katrina it was not responded to as quickly as it should have been. In fact, it still isn't. It was days before any information about the oil spill even came out. Consider the impact on not just LA, but the seafood industry nationwide, and WHY did we ever allow oil wells that close inland to begin with? No, they should have many more skimmer boats out, they should have the GULF filled with cleanup crews. Planes should be filling the skies with the disbursement they spray. Trying to boom areas is a day late and a dollar short. It is still not being handled properly. I think because they got a break with Mother Nature they aren't responding as urgently anymore. as if say the oil had come ashore already. THEN you'd see them scrambling!!! But THEn it's too late!

    May 6, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  8. Tom

    With Katrina everyone knew the storm was coming many days in advance, and did nothing before or after FOR YEARS!. The BP oil slick is not a natural disaster, even if some SOMEHOW thinks so. BP will get their big diaper (they call it something about a containment device.) and get the WetVac to suck it up. Looks like the Gulf of Mexico will get slicked, so much for summer on the Redneck Rivera.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  9. Pam J.

    It's Dick Cheney's fault – he didn't think the auto shut-off valve was needed. GUESS HE WAS WRONG!!! Out of office for over a year and they're still putting people out of work.

    May 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
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