Spin and Reality on the Ground in Grand Isle, Louisiana
The speech excerpts are from Obama’s Weekly Address. Photos are from me taken on the ground at Grand Isle and Caminada Bay in Grand Isle, Louisiana during the Presidential visit! Some of these things are not like the other!
"I’m speaking to you from Caminada Bay in Grand Isle, Louisiana, one of the first places to feel the devastation wrought by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. While I was here, at Camerdelle’s Live Bait shop, I met with a group of local residents and small business owners."
Meanwhile, every one that was not the White House Press Corps and not the hand-selected few were back here guarded in this fashion. What you are seeing are members of the Japanese Press and some folks from Louisiana being watched by one of four fully armed SWAT commandos. Needless to say, the President spoke to the chosen few, was photographed by the chosen few, and saw absolutely nothing of the clean up effort Potemkin Village because they knew he wasn’t going to the beaches that day.
"That’s why from the beginning, we’ve mobilized on every front to contain and clean up this spill. I’ve authorized the deployment of 17,500 National Guard troops to aid in the response. More than 20,000 people are currently working around the clock to protect waters and coastlines. We’ve convened hundreds of top scientists and engineers from around the world. More than 1,900 vessels are in the Gulf assisting in the clean up. More than 4.3 million feet of boom have been deployed with another 2.9 million feet of boom available – enough to stretch over 1,300 miles. And 17 staging areas are in place across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida to rapidly defend sensitive shorelines. In short, this is the largest response to an environmental disaster of this kind in the history of our country."
Any one spot one of the 20,000 people currently working in this picture of the Gulf of Mexico side of Grand Isle in what used to be a busy beach? Any one? Can you spot the mess that they left? Here, let me help you by giving you a little closer shot.
"So we will continue to leverage every resource at our disposal to protect coastlines, to clean up the oil, to hold BP and other companies accountable for damages, to begin to restore the bounty and beauty of this region – and to aid the hardworking people of the Gulf as they rebuild their businesses and communities. And I want to urge all Americans to do what you can as well – including visiting this area. The vast majority of beaches are pristine and open for business."
Remember, only YOU my blogging friends, can prevent an Okey-Doke.