Napolitano: We Were on Oil Spill 'From Day 1'
Heads off criticism of White House's reaction
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2010 10:31 AM CDT
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the American Jewish Committee Annual gala dinner in Washington, Thursday, April 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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(Newser) – Some Sundays you might as well sleep in, but the talk shows today were abuzz with the Gulf oil spill, Times Square car bomb, and Arizona's immigration shenanigans. Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano had her fingers in each pie, and headed up a list of White House honchos storming the airwaves to defend the administration's handling of the oil spill. The White House knew "from day one that this could be a catastrophic failure," she told Meet the Press.

  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar emphasized the talking point, reports Politico: “From day one there was the presumption of worst-case scenario,” he told State of the Union.
  • BP's not just sitting on its hands, either, Chairman Lamar McKay says: “We are doing everything possible that we know of.” BP isn't halting other operations until it finds out what went wrong, he said.
  • Weather's slowing the effort to stanch the oil leak, said newly appointed response coordinator Thad Allen, citing "6- to 10-foot seas."
  • Feds are treating the Times Square bomb as a "potential terror attack," Napolitano said, adding, "We view this very, very seriously."
  • "Comprehensive immigration reform" is the only answer, Napolitano said, calling the law in her native Arizona "a shame."

 

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