Posted by DrJohn on 30 May, 2010 at 11:11 am. 5 comments already!

You never want a serious crisis go waste

Obama was not going to let the oil spill go to waste.

Perhaps you saw news footage of President Obama in Grand Isle, La., on Friday and thought things didn’t look all that bad. Well, there may have been a reason for that: The town was evidently swarmed by an army of temp workers to spruce it up for the president and the national news crews following him.

It was important that it appear the One was doing something. It was important that it appeared like Obama cared.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, whose district encompasses Grand Isle, told Yahoo! News that BP bused in “hundreds” of temporary workers to clean up local beaches. And as soon as the president was en route back to Washington, the workers were clearing out of Grand Isle too, Roberts said.

“The level of cleanup and cooperation we’ve gotten from BP in the past is in no way consistent to the effort shown on the island today,” Roberts said by telephone. “As soon as the president left, they were immediately put back on the buses and sent home.”

A local radio host suggested that the White House was behind the effort to set up the photo op.

“Who else has the kind of authority to bring a bunch of strangers to Grand Isle when the president is in town for a visit? You think they did background checks on all those people?” wondered McConnell. “I’d be a lot less upset about this if they would have at least stayed to clean the beach.”

At least one local politician wasn’t buying the deal:

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts didn’t buy into the cleanup effort.

“They must think we’re all fools,” he said.

They do. And they’re 53% right.

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